‘Nawab of Najafgarh’, Virender Sehwag, has given sleepless nights to many bowlers all over the world during his international cricket days. His explosive batting has been great entertainment to all his fans, young or old, irrespective of the format that he played. He was fearless and always took the bowlers ‘head-on’. With very restricted footwork, his hand-eye synchronization has been flawless while he stayed on the crease for batting.
When daily fantasy cricket was played during his career days, he was a consistent player for anyone’s dream team. It is sad for many fans to not watch him on the crease and batting after his retirement on 20 October 2015.
Let’s check some of his lesser-known facts whether we can include him in our India fantasy cricket team or not:
Sehwag holds the record for the highest score by an Indian batsman in Tests. He scored 319 runs against South Africa at the Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai, on 28thMarch, 2008.
Virender Sehwag holds the record for the fastest triple century, 300 runs off 270 balls, in the match against SA at Chennai.
His score of 309 against Pakistan scored on 28 March 2004, against Pakistan at Multan is the second-best score following his 319 runs against SA.
Sehwag nicknamed ‘Sultan of Multan’
Sehwag’s knock of 293 runs against Sri Lanka registered at the Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai, is the third-best personal score by an India batsman. In this match, he scored the fastest 250 runs (off 207 deliveries) by any batsman in the world.
Virender Sehwag is one of the four batsmen in the world to have crossed 300 runs twice in Tests.
He is the only player in the world to score two triple hundreds and take a five-wicket haul.
Sehwag’s father tried to end his cricket career when he broke a tooth as a child in 1990, but he evaded the ban with the help of his mother.
In the 1999-2000 season, Virender Sehwag was the fourth-highest run-getter in Duleep Trophy.
He was seventh on the list of Duleep Trophy top scorers in the 2000-01 season.
Sehwag blasted the second-fastest ODI century (off 60 deliveries) by an Indian batsman on 11 March 2009, playing against New Zealand.
His highest ODI score of 219 runs was registered against West Indies at Indore on 8 December 2011.
Seven ODI centuries scored while chasing a target
Sehwag holds the record for most runs in Tests by an Indian batsman on a single day. He had scored 284 runs against Sri Lanka on 2nd December 2009, in Mumbai.
Virender Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar, are the only two Indian batsmen to have scored six double centuries in Tests.
Of the six double centuries scored by Virender Sehwag, three were against Pakistan.
On 11 occasions, Virender Sehwag has converted his hundreds to 150+ runs.
Virender Sehwag has been involved in two consecutive double century partnerships in an innings of a test match. On 27-28 March 2008, he was first involved with Wasim Jaffer for the first wicket (213 runs) and then with Rahul Dravid for the second wicket (268 runs), playing against South Africa in Chennai. This was the first time in the history of test cricket that the first two wickets resulted in double-century partnerships.
The above feat was repeated 03-04 December 2009, when playing against Sri Lanka at the Brabourne Stadium, Sehwag was involved in a double century partnership (221 runs) for the first wicket with Murali Vijay and another double century partnership (257 runs) with Rahul David.
2011 World Cup saw Sehwag launch the first five of India’s innings with a first-ball boundary.
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