Virender ‘witty’ Sehwag remembers Suraj Randiv’s ‘deliberate’ no-ball act that deprived him of his hundred

On this day, six years ago, Sri Lankan off-spinner Suraj Randiv bowled a no-ball when the scores were level and Virender Sehwag was unbeaten on 99. Sehwag, being Sehwag, hit the ball into the stands, caring little about the milestone like he always did. However, unfortunately, he was denied of a well-deserved ODI hundred as the match got over by the one run India earned from the no-ball and Sehwag stayed unbeaten on 99.

After the match, the infamous no-ball took shape of a proper controversy as Sehwag alleged it was being bowled deliberately so as to deprive him of his hundred. He even said that the Lankans had done it in the past too, when Sachin Tendulkar was once left stranded on 96 by their similar shameful act. Various theories started doing the rounds, with some of them claiming skipper Kumar Sangakkara and senior player Tillakaratne Dilshan being the masterminds behind the incident. ALSO READ: Virender Sehwag heaps praise on Usian Bolt; advices him to compete in F1 race without a car.

The controversy soon died a natural death after Sri Lankan team management issuing a writer apology to Team India and Sehwag. Even Randiv made a visit to Sehwag’s room and tendered apology in person, claiming it was done in the spur of the moment. For India, sweet revenge came the following year, when they beat Sri Lanka in the final of the ICC World Cup 2011.

Six years have since gone by, but seems Sehwag still holds some grudge about the incident. Once a swashbuckling batsman, who tore apart the opposition on the cricket field, Sehwag has turned into a prankster on social media where he tears apart people who are on the receiving end of his pun and humour. On this occasion, he remembered that fateful day in his own inimitable style as he wrote on his Twitter handle:

Sehwag deliberately mentioned Randiv’s full name ‘Hewa Kaluhalamullage Suraj Randiv Kaluhalamulla’, an act that must have surely induced laughter amongst his followers. It is notable here that Sri Lankan cricketers are often mocked for the long names that they have. In the process, Sehwag killed two birds with one throw; he remembered the incident and at the same time took a dig at Randiv, thus punishing him for his act.