When Sehwag told Muralidharan after losing the triple century, I did not want to listen to Rahul

Former India opener Virender Sehwag is known for his smokey batting. Sehwag has played many explosive innings in his cricket career. He has scored two triple centuries in his Test career. Viru had lost his third triple century of Sri Lanka by just 7 runs in 2009 against Sri Lanka. Commenting on this Test match, Sri Lankan great spinner Muttiah Muralitharan recalled that Test match and Sehwag’s spectacular innings and said, “Don’t listen to Rahul Dravid and try to complete his triple century instead.”

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Speaking to ESPN’s Cricinfo, the legendary spinner said, ‘I think he was batting against us in Mumbai at 290 and Dravid told us to stop the 300 runs the next day. The next morning he tried to tap but was caught and bowled. He said to me, ‘I should never listen to Rahul and go out instead.’

Murali added, ‘Sehwag can read and understand my balls. He says he doesn’t understand me but I can say that Sehwag played my bats differently than other batsmen. I have said many times that he is a dangerous batsman.

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The incident was the third Test match between India and Sri Lanka in 2009. Sri Lanka were all out for 393 in the first innings. At the end of the second day, Sehwag returned with an unbeaten 283. Sehwag was expected to complete his third triple century soon on the third day, but was dismissed for 293 when Muralitharan attempted to single out. Sehwag completed his first Test triple century in 2004 against Pakistan with a six over Saklane Mushtaq at the Multan Ground. Sehwag has scored 8586 runs in 104 Tests at an average of 49.34.

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