Dubai, Jan 29: With age players change their batting style. But that doesn't apply to one man. He is none other than the "Nawab of Najafgarh" Virender Sehwag. Despite his retirement from international cricket, the Delhi batsman knows to play only one way - "see ball, hit ball".
The league commenced last night (January 28) in Dubai. And guess what. Sehwag was facing the first ever ball of the new tournament and what does he do? Smack it over the boundary for a six. What is how Sehwag has played, will play and continue to play.
The 37-year-old Sehwag is captaining Gemini Arabians in MCL. The opening match was against Libra Legends and Sehwag's team won by 78 runs thanks to Kumar Sangakkara's superb 86 off 43. But the talking point on social media was the Delhi batsman's first-ball six off New Zealand left-arm paceman Andy McKay.
On Twitter, fans hailed Sehwag as soon as he had flicked the ball over the on-side boundary at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium. Sehwag did not last long but he ensured his strike rate was over 150. He hit 21 off 11 balls (2x4, 1x6) at a strike rate of 190.90.
No matter what the conditions, bowlers, leagues are, Sehwag remains a swashbuckler.
Here are some of the reactions to Sehwag's 1st-ball six in MCL
It is learnt that the first ball of the Masters Cricket League was despatched for a 6 by a certain @virendersehwag !!— Anirudh Chaudhry (@AnirudhChaudhry) January 28, 2016
You know it's Sehwag if the ball sails to the boundary for a maximum on the very first delivery of the game. Wow! #TheMastersAreBack— Sony SIX (@SonySIX) January 28, 2016
1st ball of World Cup 2011: FOUR by Sehwag 1st ball of Master Champions League: SIX by Sehwag #MCL2020— Bharath Seervi (@SeerviBharath) January 28, 2016
Virender Sehwag hits six in his first ball of MCL T20... Everything changed but his first ball boundary remains forever.. #MCL2020— Broken Cricket (@BrokenCricket) January 28, 2016
Dad: Sehwag is facing the 1st ball. Tell me the future tense Son: India's score is 4 or 6 for no loss #MCL2020— CRICKBC (@crickBC) January 28, 2016
Joke around, sing a song and hit the first ball for a six. Sehwag sticks to this routine no matter what. First ball six again. #MCL2020— Moulin (@Moulinparikh) January 28, 2016
Virender Sehwag first ball boundary nd MS Dhoni last over six is common — feeling determined— Chaitu@94 (@94_chaitu) January 29, 2016
First ball of #MCL2020 Virender Sehwag batting.. SIX!!! Some things never change...— iamamitjangid (@iamamitjangid) January 29, 2016