Virender Sehwag is a former Indian cricketer who is widely regarded as one of the most destructive opening batsmen in the history of the game.
Born in Delhi on 20 October 1978, Sehwag made his debut for the Indian cricket team in 1999 and went on to become one of the most successful batsmen of his generation.
Sehwag’s batting style was unique and aggressive. He was noted for his ability to attack the opposition, especially in the first hour of play. He was an aggressive opening batsman who used to put the opposition bowlers under immense pressure and score runs at a rapid rate.
Sehwag made his Test debut in 2001 against South Africa and scored a century in his third Test against England in 2002. He scored a total of 23 Test centuries, including two triple centuries, and averaged over 49 in the longest format. of the game.
Sehwag’s most memorable Test innings came in 2008 when he scored 319 against South Africa in Chennai.
His innings played in just 304 balls included 42 fours and five sixes. This was the second highest individual score in Test cricket at the time, and helped India win the match by an innings and 6 runs.
Sehwag was also a prolific scorer in One Day International (ODI) cricket, scoring over 8,000 runs in 251 matches at an average of 35.05.
He scored 15 centuries and 38 half-centuries in the ODI format, and his highest score was 219 against the West Indies in 2011.
Apart from his batting skills, Sehwag was also a useful off-spinner, taking 40 Test wickets and 96 ODI wickets. He was known for his ability to bowl accurate off-spin and pick up crucial wickets in the middle overs.
Sehwag’s contribution to Indian cricket was recognized when he was awarded the prestigious Padma Shri in 2010. He retired from international cricket in 2015 after playing for more than 14 years.
Since his retirement, Sehwag has been involved in the sport in various capacities. He has worked as a commentator and has been a consultant for the Kings XI Punjab and Delhi Daredevils (now Delhi Capitals) teams in the Indian Premier League.
In conclusion, Virender Sehwag was one such batsman who redefined the art of opening in international cricket.
His fearless and aggressive approach to the game made him a fan favorite and one of the most successful Indian cricketers of all time. His contribution to Indian cricket will always be remembered and considered a true legend of the game.