Picture of Virender Sehwag

Virender Sehwag

Batting style:
Right Handed bat
Bowling style:
Off break
Played for:
India, Asia XI, ICC World XI, India A, India B, India Blue, Indian Board President's XI, Indian Inv XI, India Seniors, Leicestershire, North Zone, Rest of India, Rest of the World, Wills XI, Punjab, Delhi, India Under-19, Delhi, Haryana, Marylebone Cricket Club, Sachins Blasters
Roles played:
Ex Skipper-Test,ODI,T20 | Batsman
Home country:
India
Born:
October 20, 1978, Delhi

Profile

One of the many Indians who idolised Sachin Tendulkar, this man was really something special. Unreal hand-eye coordination, minimal foot movement and tremendous positive instinct were the things on which this legend based his game on. It was hard to differentiate him in the middle when he was sharing the crease with the Little Master.


There could be no Indian Test XI of all-time without Virender Sehwag featuring in it as an opener. This is the same player who was no where in contention for a place in the longest format. Sehwag could be the most important player post-2000 as he changed batting manuals completely with elan. This was on evidence specially during India’s two important Test tours against Australia and Pakistan in 2003/04 where he scored in huge number to effect a draw and a win respectively. Here was an opener who would attack bowlers from the word go. Sanath Jayasuriya had shown that in ODIs prior to him but in Tests it was Sehwag who gave the lie to all earlier conceptions of batting.


The result was six double centuries, highest by an Indian, including two triple centuries. It could safely be said that no batsman during that time won India as many Tests as Sehwag. He played several great knocks but one that comes to mind straightaway was his double century against Ajantha Mendis and Muttiah Muralitharan in Galle in 2008. While Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman had great difficulty facing them all through the series, Sehwag played them as if they were average bowlers. He played off spinners with ease and he also told his teammate Ravichandran Ashwin once that 'You know what, I don't think off-spinners are bowlers. They do not trouble me at all. I just find it easy smashing them'. That just speaks volumes of his dominating nature with the bat.


Sehwag, who had scored a ton on his Test debut in South Africa in 2001, was a part of the team that won the 2007 World T20 and 2011 World Cup and played his role to perfection. The Nawab of Najafgarh retired from international cricket in 2015 and took up cricket commentary. “Viru” is very popular with fans in his new role for his humorous observations. He was appointed as the director (Cricket Operations) for Punjab in the 2017 Indian T20 League.


Fast Facts

  • Scored a ton on his Test debut against South Africa in 2001
  • Has scored six double Test centuries, highest by an Indian
  • Scored two triple centuries, only Sir Don Bradman, Brian Lara and Chris Gayle have done it
  • Part of the team that won the 2007 World T20 and 2011 World Cup
  • Became second Indian to score a double ton in ODIs
  • ICC Test Player of the Year in 2010

 


Statistics

Show:
  Matches Innings Runs NO Avg. SR 100's 50's HS
Test 104 180 8586 6 49.34 82.23 23 32 319
ODI 251 245 8273 9 35.05 104.33 15 38 219
T20 19 18 394 0 21.88 145.38 0 2 68
IPL 104 104 2728 5 27.55 155.44 2 16 122
CLT20 12 11 314 0 28.54 129.75 0 3 66
  Matches Innings Balls Runs Wickets BBI BBM Avg. Econ. 4w 5w 10w Extras
Test 104 91 3731 1894 40 5/104 / 47.35 3.04 0 1 0 37
ODI 251 146 4392 3853 96 4/6 / 40.13 5.26 1 0 0 113
T20 19 1 6 20 0 0/20 / - 20.00 0 0 0 1
IPL 104 15 136 235 6 2/18 / 39.16 10.36 0 0 0 2
CLT20 12 2 12 18 0 0/8 / - 9.00 0 0 0 0
  Catches Stumpings Runouts
Test 91 0 1
ODI 93 0 12
T20 2 0 1
IPL 34 0 8
CLT20 1 0 0
  Matches Won Lost Tie No Result Win percentage
Test 4 2 1 0 1 50
ODI 12 7 5 0 0 58.33
T20 1 1 0 0 0 100
IPL 53 29 23 1 0 54.72

Career

Span:
Test:
2001-2013
 
ODI:
1999-2013
 
T20:
2006-2012
 
IPL:
2008-2015
 
CLT20:
2009-2014
Test
Debut:
India Vs South Africa at Goodyear Park (Springbok), Bloemfontein - Nov 03, 2001
Last played:
India Vs Australia at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad - Mar 02, 2013
ODI
Debut:
India Vs Pakistan at Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Mohali - Chandigarh - Apr 01, 1999
Last played:
India Vs Pakistan at Eden Gardens, Kolkata - Jan 03, 2013
T20
Debut:
India Vs South Africa at New Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg - Dec 01, 2006
Last played:
India Vs South Africa at R.Premadasa Stadium, Colombo - Oct 02, 2012
IPL
Debut:
Delhi Vs Rajasthan at Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi - Apr 19, 2008
Last played:
Punjab Vs Mumbai at Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Mohali - May 03, 2015
CLT20
Debut:
Delhi Vs Victoria at Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi - Oct 09, 2009
Last played:
Punjab Vs Chennai at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad - Oct 02, 2014
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