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Virender Sehwag

Virender Sehwag

India

BATSMAN
  • 42 yrs.
  • Right Handed

One of the many Indians who idolised Sachin Tendulkar, this man was really something special. Unreal hand-eye coordination, minimal foot movement and tremendous positive instinct were the things on which this legend based his game on. It was hard to differentiate him in the middle when he was sha

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Personal Information
Born October 20, 1978
Birth Place Delhi
Current age 42
Role Batsman
Batting style Right Handed
Bowling style Off break
ICC Rankings ODI Test T20I
Batting
Bowling
All Rounder
Profile

One of the many Indians who idolised Sachin Tendulkar, this man was really something special. Unreal hand-eye coordination, minimal foot movement and tremendous positive instinct were the things on which this legend based his game on. It was hard to differentiate him in the middle when he was sharing the crease with the Little Master.


There could be no Indian Test XI of all-time without Virender Sehwag featuring in it as an opener. This is the same player who was no where in contention for a place in the longest format. Sehwag could be the most important player post-2000 as he changed batting manuals completely with elan. This was on evidence specially during India’s two important Test tours against Australia and Pakistan in 2003/04 where he scored in huge number to effect a draw and a win respectively. Here was an opener who would attack bowlers from the word go. Sanath Jayasuriya had shown that in ODIs prior to him but in Tests it was Sehwag who gave the lie to all earlier conceptions of batting.


The result was six double centuries, highest by an Indian, including two triple centuries. It could safely be said that no batsman during that time won India as many Tests as Sehwag. He played several great knocks but one that comes to mind straightaway was his double century against Ajantha Mendis and Muttiah Muralitharan in Galle in 2008. While Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman had great difficulty facing them all through the series, Sehwag played them as if they were average bowlers. He played off spinners with ease and he also told his teammate Ravichandran Ashwin once that 'You know what, I don't think off-spinners are bowlers. They do not trouble me at all. I just find it easy smashing them'. That just speaks volumes of his dominating nature with the bat.


Sehwag, who had scored a ton on his Test debut in South Africa in 2001, was a part of the team that won the 2007 World T20 and 2011 World Cup and played his role to perfection. The Nawab of Najafgarh retired from international cricket in 2015 and took up cricket commentary. “Viru” is very popular with fans in his new role for his humorous observations. He was appointed as the director (Cricket Operations) for Punjab in the 2017 Indian T20 League.

Team Rankings

RankTeamPointsRating
1 India 2914 121
2 New Zealand 2166 120
3 England 3493 109
4 Australia 1844 108
5 Pakistan 2247 94
FULL Ranking
RankTeamPointsRating
1 New Zealand 2054 121
2 Australia 2945 118
3 India 3344 115
4 England 3100 115
5 South Africa 2137 107
FULL Ranking
RankTeamPointsRating
1 England 6088 277
2 India 6811 272
3 New Zealand 6048 263
4 Pakistan 7818 261
5 Australia 5930 258
FULL Ranking