Wasim Akram: Pakistan’s Shahid Afridi changed Virender Sehwag’s style of opening in Test: Former Indian opener Virender Sehwag’s explosive batting is widely regarded by the world. The veterans believe that the way Sehwag started the innings in Test cricket, he changed the way he opts. Former Pakistan fast bowler Wasim Akram does not agree with this fact of the veterans. He said that it was not Sehwag but former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi changed the style of the opening in the Test.
Wasim Akram has said that Virender Sehwag, who changed the definition of Openig in Test cricket, was not Shahid Afridi, the Pakistani all-rounder. These days almost every former Pakistani cricketer has his own YouTube channel. In free time, they share their views on it. Akram also revealed in one such video that the credit for making Atishi debut in the test goes to Afridi, not Sehwag.
He said, “In 1999-00, Shahid Afridi changed the mindset of the opener, Virender Sehwag came after him many years later. As a bowler, I knew that I would definitely get his wicket, but I also knew that I would have boundaries. Afridi’s specialty was that he used to hit weak balls for sixes. ”
Akram, speaking of the 1999 tour of India, said that Afridi was not part of the team going on that tour. He had talked to former captain Imran Khan separately to include him in the team. Akram told, “I called Imran Khan and said, Captain I want to take Afridi on a tour of India but some selectors are not ready to agree on this. He told me that you must take him on a tour of India, he will win one or two Test matches and get him to start the innings. ”