In a flash, just a tuck sound and you could see fielders not even trying to stop it. All clueless.
The man who taught India how to play the new ball, one of the few specialist openers who was never afraid to go out and just play and when it was his day, boy, was there any moment without adrenaline rush.
Virendra Sehwag needs no introduction. The famous hand eye coordination which we last saw at International arena in March, 2013 finally announced retirement thus marking the end of childhood of a lot of people. Here, we look at few his iconic innings:
- 195 v Australia, Melbourne, 2003
It was third test of the series on a bouncy track. Being called a flat track bully for posting high total in Indian subcontinent condition, this inning proved many critics wrong. Australian bowlers were countered sensibly and this helped India post a good total on the board.
- 151 v Australia, Melbourne, 2008
A brilliant match saving knock on fifth day reiterated why he’s so indispensable for the team. To give perspective, the whole team managed to get 269 that day with second highest score being 20. Also, this was unlike any Sehwag inning. He took 236 balls to reach it, quite slow by his standards.
- 87 v England, Chennai 2008
Chasing 387, a draw looked inevitable. Infact, no one was expecting India would give a fight. But Sehwag had other things in his mind. He blasted off with an optimistic and smashing 87 which set the tone for victory. Sachin’s 100 did steal the show but I really admire this inning of Sehwag.
- 126 v England, Colombo, 2002
Chasing a target of 270 in those days weren’t as simple as today. Also, this had never been done at Colombo’s R. Premadasa Stadium, but thanks to Sehwag’s swashbuckling ton, India ensured there were no hiccups in this Champion’s Trophy match.
- 309 v Pakistan, Multan, 2004
Ah, the Multan. ‘The Nawab of Najafgarh’ became the first Indian to score 300 on second day of first test at Multan against formidable Pakistani bowling attack comprising of Shoaib Akthar, Mohammad Sami and Saqlain Mushtaq. It was exciting more so because it was first Indian tour after almost 15 years to Pakistan.
- 319 v South Africa, Chennai, 2008
It’s not often when Micky Arthur, South Africa’s coach say, “I think that’s the best Test-match innings I’ve ever seen.”
Virender Sehwag dismantled the South African bowlers and achieved highest ever score in cricket in the first Test match at Chennai in 2008. he took 278 balls to make triple-hundred, the fastest ever in the history of Test cricket.
- 219 v West Indies, Indore, 2011.
Then, the highest ODI individual score, Sehwag smashed a 149-ball 219 against West Indies. This came after Sachin scoring a double hundred for the first time in Gwalior.
oh yes, Sehwag’s 219 helped India post it’s highest score (418-5) till date.