Asia’s best middle-order batsman: Virender Sehwag on Inzamam-ul-Haq

Everyone talks about Sachin Tendulkar, but Inzamam-ul-Haq is Asia’s greatest middle-order batsman, Sehwag said on Breakfast with Champions, hosted by Gaurav Kapoor.

You see, Tendulkar was higher in the league of batsmen. So he doesn’t count. But when it comes to the best middle-order batsman in India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, I haven’t seen anyone better than him (Inzi), he said.

Sehwag also recalled how fearless Inzamam-ul-Haq was during the chase.

In that era – 2003-04 – he talked about scoring eight goals a game. He used to say: Don’t worry. We’ll score easily. If it took 80 in 10 overs, any other player would panic, but he was always confident, he said.

Sehwag also recalled a case from the 2005 series between India and Pakistan and how he fooled Inzamam-ul-Haq by getting the far fielder to get up so he could hit a six.

This was in 2005. Kaneria (a Dane) was bowling around the wicket right at my finger pads. They tried to stop me from scoring. I played a couple of minutes defensively. I said to him, Inzee bhai, it’s been a long time. Now my feet also hurt… How long do I have to warm up and take on the pads?

I told him to call a fielder long-on inside the circle. He asked me what I was going to do. I said I would hit six. He said: You’re kidding. I said: Send the fielder back if I don’t hit a six.

He agreed and called the fielder closer. Kaneria bowled a googly. He didn’t know about it, so I bowled a googly six over the longs. Kaneria got mad. He said, Inzi-bhai, why did you bowl a fielder? Inzamam said to him, Shut up, you don’t know what’s going on here… Go back and play. Otherwise I’ll send you off the field.

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