Former Pakistani pacer Rana Naved Ul Hasan has claimed that he found India’s opener Virender Sehwag as the easiest batter to dismiss while speaking about the rivalry between India and Pakistan.
Rana played 9 Tests, 74 ODIs, and 4 T20Is for Pakistan from 2003-2010 and picked 18, 118, and 5 wickets respectively.
Recalling the India-Pakistan rivalry, Naved claimed that the flamboyant Indian opener was one of the easiest batters for him. He also revealed that he sledged the Indian batter during the 2004-05 series.
“I will tell you an incident. There was a match where Sehwag was playing on 85. I am talking about the 2004-05 series which we won going there. I was the player of the tournament. The series was such that we were trailing 2-0. It was a best-five series. In the third match of the series, Sehwag was hitting big. They almost scored 300 and Sehwag was nearing 85. I asked Inzy bhai to give me the ball. I bowled a slow bouncer,” he said on Nadir Ali Podcast.
“I went up to him and said ‘You don’t know how to play. Had you been in Pakistan, I don’t think you would have ever made it to the international team,” he said.
“He said a few things back to me. On my way back I told Inzi bhai ‘Next ball, he is getting out’. He was surprised. I bowled a back-of-the-hand slower ball, and an infuriated Sehwag tried to hit it big but holed out. The wicket was so important that we won that match. These are certain tricks of the fast bowler,” he further added.
The former pacer said Sehwag was the easiest to dismiss in the Indian team while naming Rahul Dravid as the most difficult batter to bowl to.
“Sehwag was the easiest to dismiss and the most difficult to bowl at was Rahul Dravid,” said Naved-ul-Hasan.
Despite Naved-ul-Hasan’s dismissal of Sehwag, Pakistan fell short by 58 runs and lost the match against India at Visakhapatnam.