The preeminent portrayal of Virender Sehwag‘s batting is best described by former Aussies captain Ian Chappell “He can change the course of a match with the ease of Moses parting the Red sea.” .
Sehwag had an uncanny ability to play long innings in test matches with four scores of 250 plus, next only to Bradman’s five. He, along with Mathew Hayden, redefined the opening batting in test cricket. The batting was based on simple technique of perfect hand-eye coordination.
Over the years he played number of memorable and match winning knocks for India. Sehwag is the only person who had the guts to smash a six to reach hundred and triple hundred. At the stroke of 1 pm, he floated Saqlain over midwicket to become the first Indian to reach 300 runs in test cricket. His brutality against Pakistan bowlers, in particular Saqlain, was such that it ended Saqlain’s career. The match turned out to be last one for the off Spinner. Saqlain’s bowling figure was 43 overs – 204 runs.
Multan ka Sultan also holds the record of fastest triple century of 278 balls in test cricket when he tore apart Proteas at MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chepauk, Chennai. Sehwag had the oppourtunity to break Bradman’s record of most triple centuries while he was batting on 293 against Sri Lanka. But then a loopy delivery from Murali, dipping in front and Sehwag scooped it back to the bowler; thus the end of a dazzling innings.
Among all modern greats he was the one blessed with “Memory Loss Property”. A bowler could get past him for couple of deliveries, but he could smash the next ball over extra-cover point for four.
Here we pick top 10 test innings of Virender Sehwag over the years in chronological order.
105 vs SA 2001
309 vs Pak 2004
254 vs Pak 2006
151 vs Aus Jan 2008
319 vs SA march 2008
201+50 vs SL july 2008
83 vs Eng dec 2008
293 vs SL 2009