Virender Sehwag, with his rare and greatest-ever batting records did deserve a farewell Test as he wanted.
Virender Sehwag is among the primary stalwarts of power hitting in International cricket. His aggressive style made out the all destructive batsmen in him nick several records. The cricket fraternity of India calls him Viru. He is also known as the Nawab of Najafgarh and Sultan of Multan for his aggression in hitting boundaries. The 5 feet 8-inch batsman is the former opener of team India. He is also apt in off break deliveries. Sehwag played 104 Tests, 251 ODI and 19 T20s during his International stint of 14 years. His impressive records in international cricket could be a far cry for most cricketers. The honors that such records brought are equally great and rare. In October 2017, Delhi and District Cricket Association named Gate No. 2 at Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium after him.
Sehwag’s tremendous contribution to Indian cricket made him an idol for his fans. In a recent match in Kannada Chalananchitra Cup at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, a fan broke security and boundary barriers just to touch his feet. His stardom is still intact even after years of retirement from international cricket. In the match, the former captain knocked several big sixes, which he tweeted latter as his ‘usool’ or ‘principle’ of batting. Sehwag is active and entertaining in social media. His Tweets and quips on relevant issues has been a topic of discussion for the cricket fraternity and entertaining for all.
Sehwag married Aarti Ahlawat, his childhood friend. Now, they are parenting two children.
Sehwag spent his childhood in a large joint family. Their family business was based on grain trading. He was born in October 1978 at Najafgarh of Delhi. Although not inclined to sports, Virender’s first introduction to the game was when his father Krishan Sehwag brought him a toy cricket bat. He was just seven months old. While reaching school age, the kid pleaded his father to let him join a cricket academy citing his lack of interest in academics. Once in 1990, young Sehwag broke his tooth while playing a match. This made Krishan Sehwag to withdraw his support from the sports. At this moment, his mother Krishna backed up to play again. He was trained under coach Amar Nath Sharma as a child.
Sehwag married Aarti Ahlawat at the age of 26. He proposed her five years before their marriage, but their story started when he was just seven years old. It was in his cousin’s marriage when they met as children. They grew up knowing each other and as years rolled by, it turned as a livelong bond. Their marriage was a strict family affair hiding away from media or paparazzi. The wedding was in Arun Jaitley’s house, the top minister of the country. In 2007, the couple had their first son named Aryavir and the second arrived in 2010. They named him Vedant.
Sehwag has many records of highest scores in Test as well as ODI.
Virender Sehwag debuted first-class cricket in 1997-98 season for Delhi. In the following season, he debuted Duleep Trophy to become the fifth highest run getter. His saga of high scores started since the second season of Duleep Trophy he played in 1999-2000. In the tournament, the batsman knocked 274 against South Zone in a match at Agartala. In 2014-05 and 2005-06 season of Deodhar Trophy, Sehwag captained the North Zone, leading the team to victory.
Sehwag’s ODI debut was against Pakistan, in April 1999. Although he did not flare up properly in the match, his first palpable knock came out in March 2001. In the fourth ODI against Australia, he knocked 58 off 54 balls and took three wickets as the match winner. His performance earned him the first Man of the Match award. Sehwag debuted Test in late 2001 against South Africa. He knocked a century scoring 105 on his debut, even though India could not mark a victory.
Virender Sehwag was honored by Wisden as the Leading Cricketer in the World in 2009.
It was in 2004, when Sehwag did his job to become the Sultan of Multan. He became the first Indian to score a Triple Century in Test cricket. In the first Test against Pakistan in Multan, he scored 309, which also marked the highest ever Test score by India against Pakistan. Latter, he auctioned the bat for rupees 70,000 and donated the money for Tsunami victims of 2014 Indian Ocean earthquake disaster. In 2006, January, he knocked 254 runs again against Pakistan in the Lahore Test. This is the second fastest double century in Test history and the first Test century with a strike rate of more than 100. His habit of making big centuries broke Donald Bradman’s record for hitting seven consecutive centuries scoring more than 150 runs.
His ferocious attacking style of batting earned him the description by Wisden’s Cricketer’s Almanack as the “most exciting opener in the world.” In December 2011, Sehwag smashed his maiden double century in ODI. It was his highest individual score at 219 off 149 balls. He is the only cricketer along with Chris Gayle who scored a triple hundred in Test and a double hundred in ODI. In 2009, Sehwag was honored as the Wisden Leading Cricketer in the World. He is the only Indian with this rare privilege. Sehwag’s trait of scoring record runs continued in many Test series he played until his retirement from all forms of International cricket in 2015.