While talking about aggressive mode of opening in Test cricket, it is hard to look beyond the former Indian batsman Virender Sehwag. The belligerent batsman was known for his flamboyant batting style which ended up becoming a headache for many captains.
However, ex skipper of Pakistan, Wasim Akram recently revealed that it was Shahid Afridi and not Virender Sehwag who redefined opening in the purest format of the game. The 53-year old who represented Pakistan in 450 International games was found lauding Afridi’s contribution to the Test team.
In this format of the game, the hard-hitting batsman averaged 36.51 with bat while scoring a total of 1716 runs. He also claimed 48 wickets at 35.60, providing all-round utility to the national team.
“Sehwag came later, but in 1999-2000 it was Shahid Afridi who changed the mindset of opening in Tests. As a bowler, I would know that I can get his wicket. However, getting hit by him will also be on my mind. Afridi was good at punishing the loose balls for six at will,” said by Wasim Akram.