Happy Birthday Virender Sehwag, the explosive opening batter turns 43 today

Virendra Sehwag scored 17,253 runs in his 374 international matches. He was also a part of the team that won the inaugural 2007 T20 World Cup, as well as the iconic 2011 World Cup.

Virender Sehwag has been recognized around the world as one of the most destructive batsmen. It did not matter to him which format he was playing, from T20 to Test Cricket, his stroke-making was alike: Firesome and Crisp. With his singular mentality, he achieved several feats in his life. On the occasion of his 43rd birthday let us revisit some of them by the means of this article.

Sehwag and first ball Boundaries is one of the oldest love stories, but did you know that Sehwag and debut match century is also one of his peculiar feats? Yes, the explosive opener scored 118 in his first inning with the bat in hand at the Ranji Trophy, later he also scored 105 on his test debut against South Africa, making him the only third player in the world to achieve this feat.

It is a commonly known fact that Sehwag is the only Indian batsman with 2 triple centuries to his name in the test cricket, but very few people know that he is the only batsman in the world to have reached the milestone with a six. Also, the Indian opener would have become the first batsman to have 3 triple centuries. He was once dismissed on 293, in a Test against Sri Lanka.  He remains the highest runscorer in an inning for India, with 319 runs to his name.

Keeping his quick scoring prowess in mind, it does not come as a surprise that Sehwag is the only batter with most centuries 23 in less than 100 balls. The second highest is by Adam Gilchrist who has just 6 to his name. Similarly, he has 3 out of the 5 double centuries scored in the history of the game.

Sehwag scored 219 runs in 2011, while he was captaining his side in a series against West Indies. With this score, he broke the record of the highest individual score by a captain which was previously held by Sanath Jayasuriya’s 189. Virendra Sehwag scored 17,253 runs in his 374 international matches. He was also a part of the team that won the inaugural 2007 T20 World Cup, as well as the iconic 2011 World Cup.

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