“Bowlers were left to share jokes to overcome their pain”, Afridi recalls Sehwag’s majestic 254 against Pakistan

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India’s tour of Pakistan in 2004 was quite a memorable one as Virender Sehwag and Rahul Dravid were the Top Performers in India’s 2-1 win over their arch-rivals.

Three years later, with Dravid was carrying the additional responsibility of captaining the side, India returned to Pakistan for another three-match series.

It was obvious that Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, and Rahul Dravid were at the center stage of India’s batting line-up.

No doubt, The first match was a memorable one, as six of the four Pakistani and 2 of The 3 Indian Batsmen, who took the field managed to score hundreds with Sehwag top-scoring them with an innings of 254 off just 247 balls, which was also his second double hundred against Pakistan after his own immense record-breaking 309 at Multan.

Recalling that run-fest at Lahore, Shahid Afridi, former Pakistan captain, who himself that time gave a commendable performance by scoring a sparkling hundred (102 of 81 balls) in the first innings of that test match said, that they had to resort to jokes to ease the pain of the bowlers during that Lahore test match.

Afridi replied to a tweet from Pakistan Cricket Board, in which they had shared his photograph with Shoaib Akhtar’s, “Great memories, this was I believe after one of my favorite test inns in Lahore against India”.

“In 2006, Shoaib was always a threat for batsmen but this for very flat wickets and bowlers were left to share jokes to overcome their pain.” Afridi retweeted.

Pakistan, batting first had scored 679/7 d with Younis Khan (199), Mohammad Yousuf (173), Kamran Akmal (103), and Shahid Afridi (102) scoring centuries.

In reply, to these centuries made by Pakistani players, India scored 410/1 with Sehwag (254) and Dravid (128*) as they Pakistan bowling line-up in the rain-affected match.

Pakistan however, went on to win the series 1-0 after winning the last Test Match in Karachi
Whereas, this match ended up a pale Draw.

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