After setting the stage on fire in the first-ever Ice cricket tournament with a blazing half-century, Virender Sehwag has floored one of his former captains with his witty one-liner on his official Twitter handle. On Thursday, the former India opener Virender Sehwag became the first cricketer to score a half-century on ice field in the opening match of the St. Moritz Ice Cricket between Palace Diamonds and Royals in Switzerland.
Sehwag, who is the captain of Palace Diamonds, slammed 62 runs off 31 balls to drive his team to 164/9 in their allotted 20 overs. Andrew Symonds impressed in the middle-order with a 40-run knock, while India's Mohammad Kaif and Joginder Sharma contributed 19 and 18 runs respectively. However, the total was later chased down by Royals with almost five overs to spare as England batsman Owais Shah scored a quickfire 74.
After his knock, Sehwag posted a message on the microblogging site that bowled over one of his captains during his playing days - Sourav Ganguly. He wrote, "Hathiyar chhode hain ,chalana nahi bhoole hain :) Great fun on the ice."
Hathiyar chhode hain ,chalana nahi bhoole hain :) Great fun on the ice. pic.twitter.com/V1bjFATGnI— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) February 8, 2018
To this, the former India captain Sourav Ganguly replied, " kya baat kaha Viru...".
@virendersehwag .. kya baat kaha Viru...— Sourav Ganguly (@SGanguly99) February 8, 2018
Sehwag is not new to playing exhibition games outside India. He played the MCL in Dubai and was also part of Cricket All Stars which was played in the USA two years ago. The matches are being played on a matting pitch spread over a frozen lake at St. Moritz. Players used the traditional cricketing gear, including the red-ball but wore sports shoes instead of spikes. The weather has been nice and sunny during the day but the temperatures might dip to as low as -20 degree Celsius.
Organisers VJ Sports have claimed that the event has the approval of International Cricket Council (ICC).