Virender Sehwag

Birth name : Virender Sehwag 

Full name : Virender Sehwag

Nickname : Viru, Nawab of Najafgarh (Haryana)

Born : October 20, 1978

Born Place : Delhi NCR (Haryana), India

Height : 5' 7" (1.70 m)

Playing role : Top-order batsman, occasional off spinner

Batting style : Right-hand bat

Bowling style : Right-arm offbreak

Major teams : India, Asia XI, Delhi Daredevils, ICC World XI, India Blue, Leicestershire, and Rajasthan Cricket Association President's XI

About Virender Sehwag

Who is Virender Sehwag ?

Virender Sehwag (also known by his nickname: - Viru, also called the Zen master of modern cricket or the Viv Richards of this era by columnists, the Nawab of Najafgarh) is a professional cricketer in India. He is the one of the best batsmen in the cricket history. Virender Sehwag was born on October 20, 1978 in Delhi in India. Sehwag is a part-time off-spin bowler with right-arm and an aggressive opening batsman with right-handed. He played in 1999 his first ODI (One Day International) and joined in 2001 the Test cricket team of India.

Sehwag became in April 2009 the only Indian to be honoured for his performance in 2008 in the World like the Wisden Leading Cricketer subsequently becoming the first cricketer of any nationality for 2009 to retain the award. Sehwag holds multiple records together with the very best runs scored by an Indian in test cricket (319), that was conjointly the fastest triple century within the history of international cricket (reached 300 off solely 278 balls) yet as the fastest 250 by any batsman in the world (in 207 balls on 3 December 2009 against Sri Lanka in Mumbai at the Brabourne stadium). His other innings of 293 and 309 are also the third and second best by any Indian cricketer.

Sehwag also holds the excellence of being one among four batsmen in Test cricket to have ever surpassed 300 twice in the world. He became the only one cricketer to take a five - wicket in an innings and score two triple centuries. Sehwag smashed the fastest century in March 2009 ever made from 60 balls in ODI cricket by an Indian. He hit his maiden double century on 8 December 2011 in ODI (One Day International) cricket against West Indies and becoming the second batsman in the world after Sachin Tendulkar to succeed in the landmark. His score 219 against 149 balls remains the very best individual score in ODI cricket. He is the only cricketer to score in Test Cricket a triple hundred and in ODI a double hundred in the world.

Sehwag was appointed in October 2005 as vice-captain of the Indian team under Rahul Dravid but he was later replaced by V. V. S. Laxman during his poor formative in December 2006 as Test vice-captain. Sehwag was dropped in January 2007 from the One Day International (ODI) team and latest from the Test team as well. Sehwag during his term as vice-captain made skipper the team in 1 Test and 2 ODIs in place of injured Dravid. The retirement of Anil Kumble, following his comeback in 2008 to form, Sehwag has been re-appointed for ODIs and Tests as the vice-captain. Sehwag had re-established himself in early 2009 in ODI cricket as one of the best performing batsmen. A rift was drawn in early February between Virender Sehwag and the Indian Skipper (MS Dhoni) but it had been solved.

Virender Sehwag was dropped from the squad of Asia Cup on fitness grounds, but when an improved performance in the IPL (Indian Premier League) Sehwag is making a return to the ODI side of India to play a series of Sri Lanka.

Virender Sehwag’s Early years and Personal Life :

Sehwag was born in Haryana and belongs to a Jat family. Sehwag The son of a grain merchant spent his childhood in a joint family,   with uncles, aunts, siblings and sixteen cousins in a bungalow. Though the Sehwag family hails from Haryana now settled in New Delhi. His father's name is Krishan Sehwag & he was a grain merchant. Sehwag’s mother named Krishna Sehwag.

Sehwag was the youngest of 4 kids. Anju, Manju, Sehwag and Vinod are the children. Sehwag's father gave him a bat toy when he was just at 7 months old. He attended Arora Vidya college in Delhi, and harassed his parents to let him play cricket, on the basis that he wasn't academically talented. His father tried to finish his career once he broke a tooth as a baby in 1990, however Sehwag evaded the ban with the help of his mother. Since graduation he attended Jamia milia Islamia. 

Virender Sehwag married Aarti Ahlawat in April 2004 under a heavy security in a wedding hosted by the law Union minister of India, Arun Jaitley, at his residence. They have 2 kids, Aryavir (born October 18, 2007) and Vedant (born in 2010).

Virender Sehwag’s Domestic Career :

Sehwag made his debut in the 1997–98 season in first class cricket for the Delhi cricket team. He was selected for the Duleep Trophy to the cricket team of North Zone the following 1998–99 season and finishing fifth within the list of total run-scoring. The following year he was fourth in the list of run-scoring of the Duleep Trophy, as well as a 274, the best score of the competition.

This was obtained in Agartala against South Zone in just 327 balls, and followed a fast 187 from simply 175 against Punjab in a Ranji Trophy match. Sehwag was then chosen for the U-19 team that toured South Africa. He was seventh with two centuries in the 2000–01 season however his consistency earned the eye of selectors and he became a regular member in mid 2001 of the national team.

Since his international career started, he has continued to play within the domestic competition in Delhi while he's not occupied with international duty and has captained North Zone in 2004–05 and 2005–06 for success within the Deodhar Trophy.

Virender Sehwag’s International Career :

Sehwag was the only player who leads his team as a Captain continues to time in the Indian Premier League. His lead in the first two editions of Delhi Daredevils Team. Sehwag is transferring it with Gautam Gambhir before he could concentrate more on his batting. In a fourth edition of IPL he was the only player who has offered to lead the team of Delhi Daredevils. Sehwag again leads the team in a fourth edition of the league, where he made the record that he was the only batsman who scored five consecutive half centuries in T20s.

Virender Sehwag’s International Centuries :

Aggressive batting of Sehwag has found success at the highest in the batting order. He has made centuries on 22 occasions in 15 one day International (ODI) matches and in test cricket however is nonetheless to score a century during a Twenty20 international. Sehwag has scored in Test centuries against playing Test-cricket nations except Zimbabwe and Bangladesh, and in the leading list for India of century makers is on the sixth. He became the eleventh Indian cricketer in 2001 to score a century with 105 runs on Test debut against South Africa. He has been scored his centuries at 14 cricket grounds, eight of which outside of India.

Virender has made six scores of two hundred runs or a lot of, the foremost by an Indian batsman, of that a record 3 have returned against Pakistan. Sehwag is that the sole Indian to own scored a triple century and has done this twice—319 against South Africa in 2008 in Chennai and 309 against Pakistan in 2004 in Multan, the later being the quickest triple century in test cricket with three hundred turning out off simply 278 balls. Sehwag made his maiden century in ODIs against New Zealand in 2001 at the Sinhalese Sports Club, Colombo. His highest score of 219, the very best ODI score ever, was made against the West Indies in Indore at the Holkar Cricket stadium. He dismissed in the nineties five times.

Virender Sehwag’s Achievements (Awards and Records) :

Awards :

  • Arjuna Award in 2002.
  • Wisden Leading Cricketer in the World 2008, 2009.
  • ICC Test Player of the Year in 2010.
  • Padma Shree in 2010.

Records :

  • Highest individual score in the history of an ODI match on 8 December 2011 with scores 219 against West Indies, surpassing the previous record by Sachin Tendulkar (200) *.
  • Fastest 250 in terms of balls faced (207) in Test cricket.
  • Fastest 300 in terms of balls faced (278) in Test cricket.
  • Most Test runs by an Indian in a single day. Sehwag scored 257 in a day in Chennai against South Africa. He surpassed against Sri Lanka this in a day in making 284. The latter was the second consecutive innings during which India scored over 400 runs in Tests in a single day. Sehwag also scored a century at quicker than a run a ball on the previous occasion.
  • Only Indian batsman in Test cricket to have scored two triple centuries. He is one in the entire four batsmen in the Test cricket history to score two triple centuries, alongside Chris Gayle and Brian Lara of the West Indies and Sir Donald Bradman of Australia.
  • Fastest century by an Indian in ODI cricket –100 scores with 60 balls in 2009 against New Zealand.
  • Second fastest by an Indian in ODI 50. He shares a record with Kapil Dev, Yuvraj Singh and Rahul Dravid – once he took 22 balls in 2001 against Kenya.
  • Six double centuries – the first three of which came against Pakistan. Greg Chappell and Thilan Samaraweera are the other players to have scored multiple double centuries against Pakistan.
  • Tendulkar and Sehwag the only Indians cricketer to have made double centuries in six tests.
  • Highest score in Test cricket by an Indian batsman. He first achieved it when he made 309 runs at 2004 in Multan against Pakistan and much better from his previous record at Chennai in March 2008 by scoring 319 against South Africa.
  • He is one in all of the five cricketers to have scored more test 100 than test 50 on 7 August 2008, along with Matthew Hayden, Don Bradman, Kevin Pietersen and Mohammad Azharuddin.
  • He becomes the first person in the test cricket history to hit 2 triple centuries and take five wickets during an innings of a Test.