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, Wills XI, Punjab, Delhi, India Under-19, Delhi, Marylebone Cricket Club
Roles played:
Ex Skipper-Test,ODI,T20 | Batsman
ICC Rank:
Batting:
41
Bowling:
88
Batting:
67
Bowling:
0
Batting:
87
Bowling:
0
Home country:
India
Born:
October 20, 1978, Delhi

Profile

It took a while for Virender Sehwag to come out of his shell. But when he finally shelved his fearful nature and broke loose, without caring for consequences, he steadily established himself as one of the most dangerous batsmen in world cricket.

One can probably cite the Tri-series in Sri Lanka in 2001, involving India and New Zealand, as the tournament which saw Sehwag’s transition. Tendulkar-less, the Indian top order was trying in vain to find an opening partner for Sourav Ganguly. After various failed experiments, then lower-order all-rounder ‘Viru’, as his team-mates fondly call him, was promoted to walk the turf alongside the elegant left-hander. A century off 97 balls in a mammoth opening stand during a do-or-die match exposed his potential. It also changed his role in the side, from a bowling all-rounder to an opener cum part-time spinner. After a spree of fifties later in the year, Sehwag earned his maiden Test cap against South Africa. Playing again in the lower-middle order, he scored a century on debut. Against England in 2002, the failures of Shiv Sunder Das, Deep Das Gupta and Wasim Jaffer to solve India's opening woes allowed Sehwag to make the Test opening slot his own. Again, a century in a relatively quick time ensued, and inevitable comparisons began to be drawn with Sachin Tendulkar.

With a well-advanced back-lift set to hammer the oncoming delivery with minimalistic footwork, Sehwag's frugal run acquisitions made him arguably India's most feared batsman. It also helped him set various strike-rate related records, aside from being India's first ever batsman to score a triple hundred in Tests. Sehwag formed successful opening pairs with Sachin Tendulkar and Delhi teammate Gautam Gambhir. Both partnerships helped India in its journey of becoming one of the most dominant teams in world cricket. He opened his account in the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup with a smashing 175 not out in India’s first match against Bangladesh. That score remained the highest individual score of the tournament. He was a constant support to Team India’s batting line-up and made an extensive contribution towards the team’s historic win. Sehwag entered the record books as he scored a swashbuckling 219 and became the world’s second cricketer to score a double century in ODIs.

Sehwag was an 'icon' player for Delhi during the inaugural season of the Indian T20 League. Over the years, he has played some scintillating knocks for the franchise. However, a dip in form during the 2013 season perhaps prompted them not to retain or buy him again during the 2014 auction. Mohali stepped in happily and bought Viru to end his 6-year stint with Delhi.


Fast Facts

  • Along with legends Don Bradman and Brian Lara, Virender Sehwag became the third player to cross the 300-run mark in Tests twice.
  • He became the first to retain Wisden's "Leading Cricketer of the Year" honours in 2010. In the same year he also received the ICC Test Player of the Year award.


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 82 82 2225 5 28.89 159.49 1 15 119
CLT20 7 6 208 0 34.66 140.54 0 2 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 82 15 136 235 6 2/18 / 39.16 10.36 0 0 0 2
  Catches Stumpings Runouts
Test 91 0 1
ODI 93 0 12
T20 2 0 1
IPL 30 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 52 29 23 0 0 55.77

Career

Span:
Test:
2001-2013
 
ODI:
1999-2013
 
T20:
2006-2012
 
IPL:
2008-2014
 
CLT20:
2009-2012
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 Hyderabad at Sharjah Cricket Association Stadium, Sharjah - Apr 22, 2014
CLT20
Debut:
Delhi Vs Victoria at Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi - Oct 09, 2009
Last played:
Delhi Vs Highveld Lions at Kingsmead, Durban - Oct 25, 2012
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