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Virender Sehwag

Full NameVirender Sehwag

BornOctober 20, 1978

Height5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)

NationalityIndian

RoleOpening Batsman/Right Hand Batsman

Relation(s)Aarti Ahlawat (Wife)

Virender Sehwag Biography


Born in the suburbs of Delhi, Virender Sehwag has very elegantly paved his way to being called one of the best batsman the world has seen.

 

From his uncanny resemblance to Sachin Tendulkar’s style of play and build, Sehwag developed an invincible ability to hit the ball out of the pitch using minimal amount of balls and thoughtful footwork.

 

He is a right-handed batsman and a right arm off break bowler whose strong upper cutting and square cutting has often be cited by commentators.


Major teams he played for include the Indian national team, Asia XI, Delhi, Delhi Daredevils, ICC World XI, India Blue, Kings XI Punjab, Leicestershire, Marylebone Cricket Club, Rajasthan Cricket Association President's XI - presently still active in Delhi, Delhi Daredevils and Kings XI Punjab..

 

Childhood

 

With no connections to the world of cricket, what sparked his love for batting was a toy bat he received as a gift when he was around seven months old.


Although his parents initially discouraged his ambitions in cricket, his constant pestering changed their minds to a point that they became his supporters.

 

In the making

 

During his graduation, Sehwag played his top game and was awarded a chance to play for the North Zone cricket team for Duleep trophy in 1997-1998.

 

After a successful series of matches, he played for the India U-19 team in the series against South Africa where his excellent stats earned him a place in the Indian national team.

 

Unfortunately, his ODI debut (in April, 1999) had not been up to the mark when he was sent off the pitch after scoring just 1 run. He had also conceded 35 runs in 3 overs in the same game. After such a discouraging performance, he was not given another chance to play for India for the next 20 months.

 

His subsequent matches had been unexceptional as well, considering his performance in the beginning of the 2007 World Cup.

 

Sehwag made his Test debut in late 2001 against South Africa. He scored 105 for the team despite their loss.

 

Entering the major league

 

His emergence to greatness was when he scored 114 runs off 87 balls against Bermuda, leading India to a victory, which in fact, had been the only match India won in the 2007 World Cup.

 

In due course, his performance graph climbed whilst he bagged extraordinary awards and broke records making his a name that would eventually be chanted during cricket matches.

  

Achievements

 

Some of his remarkable achievements include fastest to score 150, 200, 250 and 300 runs in test innings, and fastest to reach the 150 and 200 marks in the ODIs.

 

He was presented with the Wisden Leading Cricketer in the World award twice - in 2008 and 2009 and is the only Indian to receive the honour.


Following retirement

 

Virender Sehwag announced his retirement from the international cricket after he was out of the team for about two years.

 

However, he still manages to stay in the news in relevance to his school ‘Sehwag International School’, 22 students from which have succeeded on either national or international level in sports.


All in all, Virender “Viru” Sehwag remains an integral part of Indian cricket, a funny Twitterati with the right amount of sass and a personality that has undoubtedly made India stand proud at the world stage.

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Best Asian T20 International XI
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Ice Cricket: Highlights of the 1st clash between Sehwag's and Afridi's teams
While Sehwag scored an explosive 62, Afridi lost his wicket for a duck.
IPL 2018: Yuvraj Singh set to begin second innings with Kings XI Punjab
IPL 2018: Yuvraj Singh set to begin second innings with Kings XI Punjab
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Cricket will see a new terrain when the legends lock horns at St.Moritz, Switzerland in a couple of T20s.
South Africa vs India, 2018: Virender Sehwag engages in twitter banter with PSU bank employees
South Africa vs India, 2018: Virender Sehwag engages in twitter banter with PSU bank employees
The former Indian cricketer compared the match officials of the 2nd ODI between India and South Africa to PSU employees.
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Kevin Pietersen picks Virender Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar in his best Test XI
Kevin Pietersen picks Virender Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar in his best Test XI
Sehwag opens the batting in Pietersen's best ODI and T20 XI as well.
Virat Kohli needs someone to point out his mistakes: Virender Sehwag
Virat Kohli needs someone to point out his mistakes: Virender Sehwag
Sehwag said Kohli's captaincy is being affected by his own expectations from other players.
IPL auction 2018: Sehwag backs Yuvraj Singh to make a strong comeback, reveals KXIP's favoured RTM picks
IPL auction 2018: Sehwag backs Yuvraj Singh to make a strong comeback, reveals KXIP's favoured RTM picks
Sehwag feels if Ashish Nehra can make a comeback at 36, then why not Yuvraj Singh.
Interview with Virender Sehwag: "Ben Stokes will go for a higher price than Virat Kohli"
Interview with Virender Sehwag: "Ben Stokes will go for a higher price than Virat Kohli"
Ahead of the auction, Sehwag spoke to Sportskeeda in an exclusive interview.
South Africa vs India 2018: India's chance of comeback is around 30 percent, says Sehwag
South Africa vs India 2018: India's chance of comeback is around 30 percent, says Sehwag
Sehwag is of the opinion that India should go in with six specialist batsmen and four bowlers.
IPL 2018: Kings XI Punjab set to play home matches at Mohali and Indore
IPL 2018: Kings XI Punjab set to play home matches at Mohali and Indore
The franchise had earlier wanted to shift their home matches out of Mohali.
IPL 2018: Kings XI Punjab will only retain one player says Virender Sehwag
IPL 2018: Kings XI Punjab will only retain one player says Virender Sehwag
Kings XI Punjab Director spoke about the team's retention plans.
Top 5 ODI performances by Indians against South Africa
Top 5 ODI performances by Indians against South Africa
Match-winning innings and spells by Indian players against South Africa.
Virender Sehwag reveals his current best batsman in world cricket
Virender Sehwag reveals his current best batsman in world cricket
Sehwag reeled off as many as nine names before settling in on one particular batsman.
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