Virender Sehwag and Shoaib Akhtar are friends on and off the field. Pakistan's most destructive bowler of all time has retired from cricket long back so as the former India captain. They are often seen in the media boxes doing commentary and enjoying their after-cricket life. They still now entertain the fans the same as they did in their playing days for their respective countries. Now also they continue to give fresh doses of entertainment to fans through their banter.
In a video posted on social media by Akhtar, Sehwag can be seen mocking the former Pakistani star's preparations. Despite playing for opposing sides, Sehwag and Akhtar have a great deal of good friendship, which is evident in the video the latter uploaded. Akhtar is the brand ambassador for the ILT20 and he has been amassed with the fact of the rise of these franchise T20 leagues and the financial benefits they offer players help the players to play these lucrative leagues all over the world over playing for their countries.
Previously Akhtar was involved in a funny banter with former great Sachin Tendulkar during the ODI World Cup where the two had some fun moments on social media while Tendulkar had the last laugh after India defeated Pakistan.
Here's the video
Hamaray pyaray Viru bhai @virendersehwag yeh batatay huay k mera lamba run up ko kitna intezar kerwata tha.— Shoaib Akhtar (@shoaib100mph) January 21, 2024
And he feels it was a big distraction. @ilt20official @ilt20onzee #dpworldilt20 #allinforcricket pic.twitter.com/xwzJFFpZdp
Hamaray pyaray Viru bhai: Shoaib Akhtar
The 48-year-old posted on Twitter, "Hamaray pyaray Viru bhai @virendersehwag yeh batatay huay k mera lamba run up ko kitna intezar kerwata tha. And he feels it was a big distraction." Sehwag replied saying, "I would keep looking down, knowing that it would take 10-15 seconds for him to finish his run-up". Akhtar asked the former India opener if his long run-up distracted him. "A lot of thoughts would run through my mind. Will he hit my toes or a beamer on my head? He will hit somewhere."
Sehwag was aggressive in his playing days and his style set numerous records, including the fastest triple century in Test cricket. On the other hand, the Rawalpindi Express was known for his brutal bowling and fearful pace which demolished the star batters.