During the 2003 World Cup, Virender Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar were considered one of the deadliest opening pairs. The duo had even proven the same when they put up a 153-run stand against Sri Lanka at Johannesberg. It was also ranked No. 6 amongst the top 10 highest partnerships during the 2003 World Cup.

The duo then also went on to build 182 runs for opening wicket against New Zealand in 2003. They had equalled the record with Rick McCosker and Alan Turner who had achieved the feat against Sri Lanka in The Oval in 1975. In fact, Sourav Ganguly had to sacrifice his opening slot to accommodate the unstoppable Sehwag, who was termed as a Tendulkar-clone when he first broke into the international scene.

That s how close the bond is between Tendulkar and Sehwag. The two have shared banters on Twitter.

When the two had met in Delhi earlier this year, Sehwag posted a photo with Tendulkar with the message reading, God ji ke darshan in Delhi. For which Tendulkar sportingly replied, Arre Virender Sehwag, thodi der ruk jata to yeh photo use karleta 🙂 (had you waited for sometime could have used this photo) always a joy to meet you!

Itt ka Jawab Patthar se (Tit for Tat)

As Sehwag turns 39 on October 20, Tendulkar took the opportunity to go the Virender Sehwag way on Twitter.

Sehwag has always been witty while wishing his teammates on Twitter. This time it was Tendulkar s turn. He took the ulta route to wish the wackiest man on #ViruDiwas

His message was upside and down and we managed to crack the code. It read, Happy birthday, viru! have a great start to the new year. You ve always done ulta of what i have told you on field. so here s one from me?

Interestingly, the birthday boy had the most hilarious reply to his God ji. Thank you God ji. Uparwala sab dekh raha hai, yeh to suna tha, par aaj samajh aaya, woh neeche waalon ke liye likhta kaise hai! Other birthday wishes… After the God himself has wished Sehwag, there were his Indian teammates too who wished the legend. From VVS Laxman to Suresh Raina to Ishant and likes took to their Twitter accounts to wish Sehwag on #ViruDiwas













Sportsmen and celebrities from other sports too wished the enigma called ‘Virender Sehwag’.