Sachin-Sehwag: One of the most phenomenal partnerships in cricket history

India has been a batting power house for quite a while. From the period of Vijay Merchant to Sunil Gavaskar to Sachin Tendulkar and to now, Virat Kohli, India has seen several batting greats go back and forth. In ODIs particularly, there have been some truly effective opening partners for India who have set foot on the ground. 

The birth of a household name

Sachin is a name that a billion people once lived by; one that would start from Mumbai and reverberate across oceans.To the people of India he is an emotion; a symbol of hope in a nation that revered him as the “God of Cricket”. In a game loaded with statistics, he possesses pretty much every batting record worth claiming, including that of the most runs for Test and ODI cricket. Tendulkar gave the people a legend they could look up to regardless of age, colour, creed or sect – and slung cricket from a sport to a religion in the subcontinent. He found his calling at the highest point of the request when he was shipped off open against New Zealand in 1994 and struck a 49-ball 82,and made the initial opening his own. He proceeded to accumulate 49 ODI hundreds before the finish of his career, obscuring the second-best by nineteen hundreds. 

In a country that has a liking towards premature regret, leaving nothing to chance is an inborn quality imparted in their navigation. A polio-stricken super leg spinner, a gifted 16-year-elderly man child, and as of late, a gloveman with the most shrewd, un-Indian audacity. Similarly, around the turn of the millenium, a short-statured batsman from the wilds of Najafgarh had risen as an explosive batsman and was scheduled to play a recently presented trudge fest in Hong Kong as the Indian team prepared for its dreaded visit to South Africa. There he was presented Test cap #239 for India, and anticipating his chance to wield the willow.

As Virender Sehwag joined his idol Sachin Tendulkar on the middle strip at the Mangaung Oval, the standard definition generation out of nowhere thought that it is hard to detect the distinction between the strokeplay of the two. The uncanny likeness between their smaller and punchy strokeplay, was of no assistance to those attempting to distinguish them, and nor was their alike stature. 

The greatest opening partnership in ICC history

For an age of cricket fans in India, watching Sehwag and Tendulkar leave to the center is a passionate sight as it brings back so many beloved recollections. The pair opened the innings for India on 93 events, some of which were during the group’s effective missions in ICC Cricket World Cups in 2003 and 2011. They scored 3919 runs while opening the innings at an average of 42.13. They likewise scored 12 century partnerships  separated from 18 half-century stands. Their most noteworthy truly opening stand of 182 came against New Zealand in Hyderabad in 2003. 

Complementing each others’ style of play

The one who bats like Tendulkar: this caused a rush of excitement in the Indian masses, as Sehwag began to dismantle the acclaimed South African bowling alongside the expert at the opposite end. There were check-drives, cover drives, flicks,  even the signature late-cuts and an early rendition of the upper-cut which would later proceed to turn into a characterizing shot. Experts on the matter agree, Sehwag has an incomprehensible capacity to deliver any technical analysis useless, and thus, to make the circumstance, the bowler and the pitch appear to be unimportant. With his casual methodology at the crease, ironically attention is centered around him when he is at the crease.  

As a partnership, their characters were yin and yang. Sehwag’s penchant for power-hitting had a diametric opposite in Tendulkar’s measured approach.

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