Virender Sehwag, who scored 198 runs in 47 balls and created a world record and scored the first triple century in Test cricket for India, changed the definition of opening in this format.
Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag
In every generation of cricket, certain players stand at the center of sensation. They write a page in history with revolutionary changes in the way they play in fields like batting, fielding or bowling. There are some team India cricketers in this list. However, there is no doubt that there was no better player during Sachin Tendulkar’s era. But, Virender Sehwag made his mark and changed the way of opening in Test cricket. Today is Virender Sehwag’s birthday on 20th October. Virender Sehwag, one of India’s legendary cricketers who washed away the bowlers with the bat at the top of the batting order, has filled new energy especially in Test cricket.
Sehwag spread his power across all three formats and won matches for India by playing several brilliant innings, but his biggest contribution is considered to be bringing excitement to the start of Test cricket. The new ball is considered the most dangerous ball in cricket and there are two ways to make the ball old, drop it or hit it. Sehwag tried another method and turned it into a philosophy.
Whenever Sehwag’s records are talked about, he is first called ‘Sultan of Multan’. During the tour of Pakistan in 2004, Sehwag played a memorable innings of 309 runs in Multan. He became the first batsman to score a triple century for India.
Sehwag scored the Multan triple century in just 364 balls. But, 4 years later he scored the fastest triple century and created a world record. Sehwag scored a triple century in just 278 balls against South Africa. He was dismissed for 319 runs. 198 runs came from 47 balls with the help of 42 fours and 5 sixes.
With this innings, Sehwag became the third batsman in the world to score two triple centuries in Test cricket. Only Don Bradman and Brian Lara could do this feat before him. After that Chris Gayle also inscribed his name in this special list.
Sehwag created a world record not only in Tests but also in ODIs. He became the second batsman after Sachin Tendulkar to score a double century in this format. Sehwag scored 219 against West Indies in Indore in December 2019.
Sehwag played a key role in India winning the 2007 T20 World Cup and the 2011 ODI World Cup. In his long career, Sehwag scored 8586 runs (23 centuries, 32 fifties) in 104 Tests, 8273 runs (15 centuries, 38 fifties) in 251 ODIs and 394 runs (2 fifties) in 19 T20s. Apart from this, Sehwag contributed as a part-time off-break bowler by taking 40 wickets in Tests and 96 wickets in ODIs.