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Full Name : Virender Sehwag
Date of Birth : October 20, 1978, Delhi
Major Teams : India, Asia XI, Delhi, Delhi Daredevils, ICC World XI,Kings XI Punjab, Leicestershire, Marylebone Cricket Club
Batting Style : Right Hand Bat
Bowling Style : Right Arm Off Break
(written on Oct 1, 2015)
Virender Sehwag has certainly been one of the most daring and dazzling Test opener in Test cricket history. With two triple centuries in his Test career, Virender Sehwag is in the elite club which has Don Bradman and Brian Lara. He is also one of the three players to have hit a double century in ODI cricket till date apart from Sachin Tendulkar and Rohit Sharma.
Nicknamed as the ‘Viru’ and also given the title ‘Nawab of Najafgarh’, Virender Sehwag made an insignificant ODI debut against Pakistan in 1999. His Test debut came in 2001 against South Africa at Bloemfontein. Sehwag scored a century on debut and during his knock was regarded as the duplicate Sachin Tendulkar.
Virender Sehwag’s career took off following the debut Test hundred. Just before that Sehwag had announced his arrival as an international cricketer in August 2001 when he smashed his maiden ODI century in just 69 balls against New Zealand. From that period onwards, Virender Sehwag has been a regular feature in all formats of the game for India although he has been dropped in between when he was out of form.
Sehwag who is 36 today may not be having any future in the Indian team but he has achieved quite a lot in his international career. He has played 104 Tests, 251 ODIs and 19 T20Is. Sehwag has smashed 23 Test centuries and 15 ODIs besides several half centuries. He has a batting average close to 50.00 in Tests along with a dominating strike of 82.23. Despite playing so many ODIs, Sehwag manages to have a strike rate of 104.33 while his average is slightly disappointing at 35.05.
This Delhi Cricketer who has also led India occasionally has scored more than 8000 runs in both Tests and ODIs. All those runs have been scored by Virender Sehwag with minimum footwork but with a proper straight bat most times. It is his hand-eye co-ordination which had helped Sehwag score so many runs against the best of bowlers at a fast clip. This same quality has deserted Virender Sehwag in recent times which has led to his exit from the Indian team.
Sehwag who is more than a useful off-spinner last played for India in 2013. Since then his cricketing career has been confined to playing for Delhi and for the Kings XI Punjab.
|Test debut||South Africa v India at Bloemfontein, Nov 3-6, 2001|
|Last Test||India v Australia at Hyderabad (Deccan), Mar 2-5, 2013|
|ODI debut||India v Pakistan at Mohali, Apr 1, 1999|
|Last ODI||India v Pakistan at Kolkata, Jan 3, 2013|
|T20I debut||South Africa v India at Johannesburg, Dec 1, 2006|
|Last T20I||India v South Africa at Colombo (RPS), Oct 2, 2012|