Happy birthday Virendra Sehwag: Former Team India opener Virender Sehwag, who is widely renowned as the ‘Nawab of Najafgarh’, celebrates his 43rd birthday on Wednesday (October 20).
During his playing days, Sehwag notched up a total of 8,586 runs from 104 Tests he played at an average of 49.34 besides also amassing 8,273 runs from 251 ODIs.
The former opener also appeared in 19 T20Is for India, accumulating 394 runs.
The 43-year-old was also a part of two World Cup-winning squads, led by former skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni. India clinched the inaugural World T20 in South Africa before lifting the World Cup in 2011 on home turf.
In the Indian Premier League (IPL), the all-rounder scored 2,728 runs from 104 games he played for the Delhi Daredevils and Kings XI Punjab.
He is the only Indian cricketer to score a triple century (300 or more runs) and managed to achieve that feat twice 309 in 2004 against Pakistan and then 319 in 2008 against South Africa.
Viru’s 278-ball 319-run knock against South Africa in Chennai in 2008 is also the fastest triple ton scored in Test cricket.
Meanwhile, Sehwag was also in contention for India’s coaching role after Anil Kumble stepped down from the post following the side’s Champions Trophy campaign earlier in the year.
However, the BCCI handed the job to former team director Ravi Shastri.
After putting his bat down, Sehwag keeps his fans entertained on social media throughout the year.
Not only does he wish people he knows in a unique manner but also his posts inevitably end up going viral.
He won the T20 World Cup in 2008 and then the ODI World Cup in 2011 and called time on his career in 2015.
Take a look at the top-10 facts from the legend’s career:
- Sehwag was banned from cricket by his father after he broke his tooth during childhood. However, with the help from his mother, he kept on pursuing his passion
- He made his first-class debut in February 1998 and didn’t get a chance to bat but took the wicket of former India cricketer WV Raman.
- Two days after celebrating his 20th birthday, in only his second first-class match, Sehwag scored 118 from 147 after coming in to bat at No.7 – his maiden ton. After an impressive season, Sehwag was named in the list of 1999 World Cup probables.
- Sehwag made his India debut against Pakistan in April 1999 and after playing in the middle order for the first 11 ODIs, he was promoted to open the innings in the 12th match. And soon smashed a 70-ball century.
- In November 2001, Sehwag made his Test debut against South Africa in Bloemfontein and scored a hundred in the first innings and 31 in the second.
- The promotion to open the innings in Test came soon enough and he responded with a 96-ball 84 at Lord’s and 106 at Trent Bridge.
- During India’s historic tour of Pakistan, Sehwag created history in Multan by becoming the first ever India batsman to hit a triple-century in Test cricket. He scored 309 and it helped India to an innings win.
- Sehwag set up India’s famous win over England in the Chennai Test of 2008. He blazed away to a 68-ball 83 set the ball rolling before Sachin Tendulkar scored an unbeaten 88 to help India chase down 387.
- With six double-centuries in Test cricket, Sehwag is second on the list of most such scores by an Indian after Virat Kohli who has seven. He also became the second ever male cricketer to score a double-century in ODIs after Sachin Tendulkar.
- Sehwag scored 8586 runs in 104 Tests including 23 centuries and 32 half-centuries. In 251 ODIs, he scored 8273 runs including 15 hundreds and 38 fifties. He also played 19 T20Is and scored 394 runs in them including two half-centuries.