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Virender Sehwag (left) and Sourav Ganguly during their playing days © AFP

Sourav Ganguly and Virender Sehwag are two of the iconic sports persona that India has produced. Recently, on Ganguly’s 45th birthday, Sehwag wrote a touching message on Twitter thanking his former captain, “Whatever success I could achieve in Test cricket, I truly attribute it to the wonderful support you gave me.” According to several reports, Ganguly, who is a member of the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) entrusted with the job of selection of India’s coach, had favoured Sehwag for the high profile role. The duo has shared an excellent camaraderie for close to two decades, but that does not mean that there is no room for banters. ALSO READ: Virender Sehwag lashes out at fans for criticising Sarfraz Ahmed’s English skills

Ganguly and Sehwag were seen sharing the commentary box during the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 in England and a light-hearted argument broke out between the two. To both these great batsmen’s discredit, ‘running between the wickets’ was never their forte. Things boiled down to a point where Ganguly, fondly addressed as Dada, ended up throwing a challenge to Sehwag. Talking to host Vikram Sathaye on ‘What The Duck 2′, which streams on Viu app, Sehwag revealed more on the incident. READ MORE: Ganguly had reservations about Shastri’s appointment as Team India coach

“We were pulling Dada’s leg in the commentary box. We happened to discuss about running between the wickets. I said Virat Kohli is the fastest runner and definitely much quicker than you Dada. He was quick to defend that ‘singles matter more than how quick the runner is. And if speed is what matters to you then I challenge you. On June 20, we will face off in a 100-meter sprint. We will see who wins.’ So I accepted the challenge,” revealed Sehwag.

Seriousness is a word that does not fit well with Sehwag, but the Nawab of Najafgarh began practicing for the race against his former captain. However, Sehwag soon learned that Ganguly flew back after the final on June 19.

“He plotted with the broadcasters and sent me back to India too. That competition did not take place but I want to say Dada that whenever I get chance I will complete the race against you. I am sure I will finish off the race. No sure about you,” laughed Sehwag.

The 38-year-old former batsman is one of the wittiest commentators and has now emerged as a social media celebrity. Sehwag is also the mentor to Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) in the Indian Premier League (IPL) and manages a few business ventures. He had unsuccessfully applied for the head coach’s job for Indian cricket team. Meanwhile, we do empathise with Ganguly not turning out for the race. He is amongst the busiest from the cricketing fraternity. He dons multiple hats of member of CAC, President of Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB), member of MCC’s World Cricket Committee and a member of IPL’s Governing Council. It does not end there. He is a commentator, columnist and analyst, a host of a popular show, there are his business ventures and not to forget, he is still a hot property for advertisers.