From telling Shoaib Akhtar to bowl short balls to "his baap" Sachin Tendulkar to his Twitter antics, Virender Sehwag is a gift that just keeps on giving. The former Indian opener has now come out with a story about how he stopped a Test match because he had forgotten the lyrics for a song.
In a 2008 Test match against South Africa in Chennai, Sehwag was en route to his second triple-century, when he stopped the play and asked for drinks in an attempt to get the lyrics of the song "Tu Jaane Na".
"Once when I was batting in Chennai on 300, I forgot the lyrics of song. So I called Ishant Sharma, who was the 12th man for that game, to the field and told him to get the lyrics of the song from my iPod, and he did that," Sehwag said at the launch of the second season of the Goregaon Sports Club's premier league, reported TOI.
"Obviously, everyone thought that I had asked for 'drinks' from Ishant, but sometimes, the 12th man can be used in this way too! The song was ' Tu Jaane Na '."
After telling the crowd that he used to sing songs while playing, he was asked what song he listened to while facing Pakistani pacer Shoaib Akhtar, and Sehwag replied :
"Aa dekhen zara, kismein kitna hai dum."
"Before facing a ball, I used to keep thinking about whether to hit the ball for a four or a six. To avoid thinking too much, and maintain my concentration, I started singing," Sehwag explained.
Sehwag said that he was never really troubled by sledging during his career. When he was asked about former England captain Ian Botham's witty reply once that the best way to deal with mother-in-laws was to send them to Pakistan, Sehwag said he had a different solution.
"There's no point in arguing with them. Treat them like I would treat fast bowlers. I realised that there's no point in 'sledging' them. Once, when Andy Flintoff was bowling bouncers to me in India, I promised him that if he didn't do that, I would take him to a place where you get good curry in the evening. It worked," Sehwag suggested.
Sehwag always had a solution for everything the bowlers could throw at him but there is one person he just can't beat.
"I would never argue with the umpire, because he could give me out anytime. Similarly, I would never argue with my wife. An umpire would still forget what happened, but your wife would remember what exactly did you say when you fought with her," he said.