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Thursday, March 10, 2005

One, two, three, four

This first appeared on Cricinfo's Plays of the Day.

It is rare that with Sachin Tendulkar at the crease, Indian crowds chant someone else's name. That is the impact Virender Sehwag has had on Indian cricket. As Rana Naved-ul-Hasan ran in to bowl to Sehwag, the crowd chanted "Sehwag, Sehwag". Short ball outside off, Sehwag slashed it past point for four.

The crowd now began to chant:
Ek Chawkka aur maar
Ek do teen chaar

(Hit one more four
One, two, three, four)

Naved ran in again, pitched short again, and Sehwag slashed him past point again. Four more.

As an enraptured crowd continued chanting, Naved shifted to bowling round the wicket, and Sehwag edged him between the wicketkeeper and slip for another boundary. In that over, it was "Ee do teen". Now, had it been an eight-ball over …
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