Bold and honest, frank and opinionated, Virender Sehwag is more than what you think. Virender Sehwag is more than the sum total of all cricketing adjectives in the whole wide world. The way he’s made a place in the heart of his fans, post a glittering India career goes onto show that it does take some quirk, after all, to forge a position for oneself in the challenging domain of social media.
For someone who’s made quite a reputation for himself by cracking up people all the time, often anointing funny but strange nicknames to so many of contemporary cricket’s stars, some of whom at one point, were his contemporaries, like calling Ross Taylor a tailor, Sehwag has millions of fans today.
And to them, he’s the best humorist in time. And we don’t know for sure whether Kapil Sharma has agreed to the idea too but what we do know is that that the man who’s emerged as India’s funny man on Twitter and Facebook has only recently something rather poignant.
So here’s what Virender Sehwag had to say.
Well, it appears that there’s a connection between India’s top-order batsman, the first man ever to score a Tes triple (only to repeat the feat again), and the mythological legend Ramayan.
In fact, Virender Sehwag, who, it is known, is a watcher of the famous Ramanand Sagar-directed Ramayan revealed the one character that gave him inspiration as a batsman.
And before you think that it is none other than Prabhu Shri Ram, it’s anything but the truth.
Surely, for someone who stroked bowlers to all parts of the cricket ground and mostly with utter disdain, the character of Lord Shri Ram- a kind, caring, compassionate and utterly polite one- just doesn’t go with a man, who went by the nickname of the “Butcher of Najafgarh!”
So who’s Virender Sehwag’s batting inspiration. Making a candid confession on his Twitter account, where he was shown bestowing immense love for the lovable character of Angad, here’s what the right-hander shared it without holding back:
Sehwag tweeted a photo of a scene from the iconic ‘Ramayan’ TV show, a rerun of which is now being shown on Doordarshan, and wrote, “So here is where I took my batting inspiration from.” The photo is a scene from Ravan’s court, where Angad – the son of Bali and a member of the Vanara sena – is standing strong as one of Ravan’s generals tries to move his feet as part of a challenge.
So there you have it.
It appears that it is the son of Bali and Tara, Angad, an important character in the moving mythological legend who Sehwag gained all the batting inspiration from.
Now one just wonders, what if the star batter would’ve revealed Hanuman Ji’s name?
Even that may not have sounded far off the mark, isn’t it? What do you think? Think of the bat being in the place of the famous mace (gada)!
Just think of it. What an iconic pairing would that have been, no?