Virender Sehwag is a name that used to lit up the faces of the nation whenever he used to come out to bat for India. The explosive batsman was one of the most feared batsman in world cricket during his prime. It will not be unfair to say that he was a bowlers darkest nightmare and could rip apart a bowling attack in a matter of over’s.
The fearless opener, also known amongst his teammates as ‘Viru’, was born today in 1978. Viru played many memorable knocks at the top of the order against quality oppositions and dominated the bowlers with ultimate ease.
His top 5 memorable innings in international cricket are worth remembering.
5) A ton on debut (2001)
Sehwag scored a fantastic century on his test debut versus South Africa when he notched up 105 runs of 173 balls with the help of 19 fours but interestingly he never hit a six during that knock but many were supposed to come in his illustrious career ahead.
4) First Triple century for India (2003-04)
Sehwag has the honor of becoming India’s first batsman to score a triple century. He scored 309 runs off just 375 balls including 39 fours and 6 sixes at a strike rate of 82 against Pakistan in Multan. His triple hundred led India to a famous win against old foes Pakistan.
3) Double ton in an ODI (2011)
Sehwag scored a massive double century and became the second Indian to score a double ton in the 50 over format when he scored 219 off 149 balls including 25 fours and 7 sixes and inflicted a lot of misery on the Windies bowlers at Indore. In that innings every West Indies bowler economy rate was over 7 as India gave a huge target of 419 runs.
2) Century at Seddon Park (2009)
Sehwag scored a fine century against New Zealand at Hamilton in conditions where sub continent players find it hard to manage the swing and seam. But this inning once again proved why he was one of the most talented batsman in world cricket. He amassed 125 runs 74 balls including 14 fours and 6 sixes.
1) 150 at Adelaide (2007-08)
Sehwag played a memorable knock at the Adelaide oval when he scored 151 runs in a well grinded knock and hence insured that India managed to draw that match which was a significant feat during Australia’s prime. His innings included 11 fours and 2 sixes.
A night before his 37th birthday news was speculating that he has decided to retire from International cricket as he is looking forward participate in MCL 2020 which is a retired cricketers league and is bound to start in February.
Sehwag has played 104 test, 251 ODIs and 19 T20Is and amassed over 17000 runs international runs. He was a handy bowlers as well and took wickets at crucial moments of the match and was known as the partnership breaker.
Sehwag will be remembered for his entertaining knocks and free flowing batting at the top of the order for a long span of time as he was one of the forerunners who changed the way openers handled the starting over’s of an innings.
His magnitude as a player can be judged by Brett Lee’s words about him
” No matter how good and experienced you are, he can kill your attitude”