Indian Cricketer Virender Sehwagrecently took retirement from all formats of international and national cricket. Known for his aggressive batting style, the Nawab of Najafgarh has won many cricketing battles for Team India. The 37-year-old former opener holds an impressive record of hitting a triple century in 2004 against Pakistan in Multan.
Often acknowledged as a very mentally-strong player by his teammates, Viruis known for his wonderful hand-eye coordination and an even better balance. Adding to that thought, let us take a look at five of his best innings that you can never forget:
1. Multan, 2004; 309 Runs:
Who can ever forget this series? This was responsible for bringing Sehwag in the good books of many cricket critics and fans. It was March 29, 2004 when he became the first Indian ever to score a whopping 300 runs! He scored 309 against Pakistan which let to India’s victory. Due to this, he even earned the nickname ‘Multan ka Sultan’.
2. Chennai, 2008; 319 Runs:
This match was played against South Africa and Sehwag ensured that everyone on and off the field took him very seriously. He flaunted his majestic batting style and secured the fastest Test triple-century with just 278 deliveries.
3. Sri Lanka, 2008; 201 Runs:
It was because of Sehwag that India won its first and only victory in this series. Sehwag scored 70 runs against Ajantha Mendis. For cricket enthusiasts cum Sehwag fans, this win was no doubt more than magnificent.
4. Adelaide, 2008; 151 Runs:
The tour of Australia that year didn’t offer much to celebrate to the Indian cricket team in the first four days. It was on the fifth day of the test match that Sehwag scored a marvelous number of runs, uplifting the efforts of legends such as Sachin Tendulkar, Saurabh Ganguly, Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman who had together struggled to make 54 runs against the otherwise invincible Kangaroos.
5. Mumbai, 2009; 293 Runs:
Sehwag literally destroyed every bowler in this particular Test match with Sri Lanka, including the supremely destructive Muttiah Muralitharan. He hit 47 boundaries, including 40 fours and 7 sixes. His performance broke a number of records such as most runs by an Indian in a day, most double-centuries by an Indian, etc. This win also took India to No. 1 in the overall rankings.
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All said and done, Sehwag has had an extraordinary career. With an aggressive intent, he has been able to score maximum at a faster rate than anyone in the history of cricket. There’s no doubt that we all will miss him!