Virender Sehwag : The impact man bids adieu

Virender Sehwag : The impact man bids adieu

October 20th, 2015 saw an end of another era as the maestro of power hitting Virender Sehwag called it a day from international cricket and also ended that he won’t be a part of IPL as well. Sehwag is reckoned as the most destructive opening batsman who was capable of hammering any bowling line up brutally on his day. With two riveting triple hundreds for India and one of them being the fastest of all time, Sehwag managed to break numerous records. Viru was amongst those trend changers of the game who showed the world an innovative style of playing Test cricket. Sehwag first made his international appearance in the year 1999 in the shorter format of the game against Pakistan and occupied a place in longer format in the year 2001 against South Africa. Though, he didn’t manage to get a kick start in his ODI debut match against Pakistan but later on proved to be a lethal weapon for the Indian batting line up. He went to score more than 8000 runs along with 15 hundreds to his name in this format. He also holds the record of scoring second highest individual score for India in one day format. He scored a ferocious 219 runs against West Indies at Indore in the year 2011. Sehwag’s scoring rate was extremely quick, at 103.44 runs per 100 balls. He was also a major part of the Indian team that won the ICC World cup in 2011 under the leadership of MS Dhoni. Sehwag made his Test debut in late 2001 in the First Test against South Africa as a middle- order batsman and scored 105 on debut. But this was just the beginning of a magnificent career. He scored more than 8000 runs in this format as well and went on to make 23 hundreds including two triple hundreds. In 2004 he scored his first triple century (309) in the first test match played against Pakistan in Multan.

 

Then in 2008, in the home series against South Africa, he scored 319 in the first Test at M. A. Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai, having reached 300 off just 278 balls, the fastest triple century in test history. He scored 257 runs on the third day of the match, which was the most runs scored by an individual batsman on a single day of a Test match. He thus became only the third batsman after Sir Donald Bradman and Brian Lara to score 2 triple centuries in Test Cricket. He attracted some criticism at the end of 2005, having failed to pass 50 in four Tests against Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka. But came back strongly in January 2006 to smash 254 against Pakistan at Lahore. Being an aggressive willow holder Sehwag was the first choice as an opener in T20s. He proved to be a mighty hitter in the shortest format as well scoring 394 runs in 19 matches at a strike rate of 145.48. He also opened the batting for India in the T20 World cup 2007 with Gautam Gambhir. The team eventually lifted the trophy. Sehwag used to be a nightmare for the bowlers in IPL as well. He scored more than 2000 runs in 96 matches with a best score of 122 to his name. Viru was also a handy customer with the ball. He dismissed 96 batsmen in ODIs in his career with a best figures of 4 for 6 against Bangladesh. In Test cricket he picked up 40 wickets and also had a five-for against Australia in the longest format of the game. Sehwag was appointed as the vice-captain of the Indian team under Rahul Dravid in October 2005 but due to poor form, he was later replaced by V VS Laxman in December 2006 as Test vice-captain. In January 2007, Sehwag was dropped from the ODI team and later from the Test team as well. During his term as vice-captain, Sehwag skippered the team in place of injured Dravid in 2 ODIs and 1 Test. Following his return to form in 2008 and the retirement of Anil Kumble, Sehwag was reappointed as the vice-captain for both Tests and ODIs. By early 2009, he had reestablished himself as one of the best batsmen in ODI cricket.

 

HERE ARE THREE OF HIS BEST INNINGS OF ALL THE THREE FORMATS:-

309 VS PAKISTAN AT MULTAN, 2004
In this match Sehwag became India’s first triple-centurion. In nine hours, he scored 309 to set up India’s first Test win in Pakistan. In the first innings India scored a mammoth 675. In reply Pakistan scored 407 runs in their first innings and 216 in second innings to face a heavy defeat by an innings and 52 runs.

 

219 VS WEST INDIES AT INDORE, 2011
This time he broke the record of little master Sachin Tendulkar’s 200. Virender Sehwag scored a blasting 219 in the 4th ODI against West Indies at Indore, Madhya Pradesh. He reached his 200 from just 140 balls that included 23 fours and 6 sixes. The Indian batsmen were in top form as they scored a huge total of 418 runs. The West Indian batsmen failed to even come near this score and were dismissed on a mere 265 runs to face a defeat by 153 runs.

 

68 VS ENGLAND, 2007
This was a match between India and England in the ICC T20 World cup 2007. This match is better known for Yuvraj’s six sixes but initially it was Sehwag who gave a dominating start along with Gambhir. Viru scored a swift 52-ball 68 to give India an opening stand of 136 runs with Gauti. India won the match by 18 runs.

 

ACHIEVEMENTS
* Arjuna Award (2002)
* Wisden Leading Cricketer in the World 2008, 2009
* ICC Test Player of the Year 2010
* Padma Shree 2010

 

TRIBUTES
“Pleasure to have played with you @virendersehwag bhai. What an amazing career. Thanks for the guidance and the memories. Modern day legend!” – Virat Kohli

 

“Didn’t see Viv Richards bat in person but I can proudly say I have witnessed Virender Sehwag tearing apart the best bowling attacks” - MS Dhoni

 

“Clear thinking n attacking stroke play is been hallmark of ur batting! thank u @virendersehwag for grt memories & wonderful friendship!!” - Zaheer Khan

 

“@virendersehwag leaves his signature on the game with his tremendous achievements. Loved his instinctive approach to batting & life.” - Sachin Tendulkar





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