Former international cricket umpire Mr. Simon Taufel, who is widely regarded as the best umpire in the history of the game, praised former Indian cricketer, Mr. Virender Sehwag, in his recent interview with Outlook.
Talking about Sehwag, Simon Taufel said that he always enjoyed umpiring and working with players Virender Sehwag. He also added that Sehwag had an excellent temperament and his conduct on the field always remained the same.
“I always enjoyed umpiring and working with players like Sehwag. He had an excellent temperament he could score 300 or 0, and he would be the same person standing next to me at square leg. He very rarely got emotionally hijacked and his cheeky humor always shone through,” Simon Taufel was quoted as saying in Outlook.
Simon Taufel mentioned the Test match between Pakistan and India in Multan and said that Virender Sehwag’s triple-hundred was so impactful that he didn’t remember Sachin Tendulkar’s not out in the same match.
“I was very lucky to have umpired that match in Multan with David Shepherd and Ranjan Madugalle (match referee) — both good men and strong in a crisis. Their experience helped me a lot in a significant series like this,” the veteran stated.
“I did not remember that one of my signals was responsible for Viru’s triple hundred. My notes tell me that Sourav Ganguly was ruled out of the match with injury and Rahul Dravid took over as captain,” Taufel added.
“I tended not to get involved in a player’s skill during a game and focused only on what myself and my umpiring team needed to do. I do though, remember Viru’s achievement as a triple century is significant, so much so, that I did not remember Sachin Tendulkar’s 194 not out [in same innings],” he said