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Virender Sehwag ( ) (born 20 October 1978, in Delhimarker, Indiamarker), affectionately known as Viru, is one of the leading batsmen in the Indian cricket team. Sehwag is an aggressive right-handed opening batsman and an occasional right-arm off-spin bowler. He played his first One Day International in 1999 and joined the Indian Test cricket team in 2001. In April 2009, Sehwag became the only Indian to be honored as the Wisden Leading Cricketer in the World for his performance in 2008.

Sehwag holds multiple records including the highest score made by an Indian in Test cricket (319), which was also the fastest triple century in the history of international cricket (reached 300 off only 278 balls). Sehwag also holds the distinction of being one of three batsmen in the world to have ever surpassed 300 twice in Test cricket, and the only one to score two triple centuries and take a five-wicket innings haul. In March 2009, Sehwag smashed the fastest century ever scored by an Indian in ODI cricket, from 60 balls.

Sehwag was appointed as vice-captain of the Indian team under Rahul Dravid in October 2005 but due to poor form, he was later replaced by V. V. S. Laxman in December 2006 as Test vice-captain. In January 2007, Sehwag was dropped from the ODI team and later from the Test team as well. During his term as vice-captain, Sehwag skippered the team in place of injured Dravid in 2 ODIs and 1 Test. Following his return to form in 2008 and the retirement of Anil Kumble, Sehwag has been reappointed as the vice-captain for both Tests and ODIs. By early 2009, Sehwag had reestablished himself as one of the best performing batsmen in ODI cricket.

Early years

Sehwag was born into a Jat family from Haryanamarker. The son of a grain merchant, Sehwag spent his childhood in a bungalow in a joint family, with siblings, uncles, aunts and sixteen cousins . Though now settled in New Delhi, the Sehwag family hailed from Haryanamarker. Sehwag was the third of four children born to father Krishan and mother Krishna Sehwag, with two older sisters Manju, Anju and younger brother Vinod. His father attributes his interest in cricket to a toy bat which he was given when he was seven months old. He attended Arora Vidya School in Delhi, and pestered his parents to let him play cricket, on the basis that he was not academically gifted.

His father tried to end his career when he broke a tooth as a child in 1990, but Sehwag evaded the ban with the help of his mother.


Cricketing career

Early domestic cricket

Sehwag made his debut for Delhi cricket team in first class cricket in the 1997–98 season. He was selected to the North Zone cricket team for the Duleep Trophy the following 1998-99 season, ending fifth in the total runscoring list. The following year he was fourth on the Duleep Trophy run scoring list, including a 274, the highest score of the competition. This was attained against South Zone at Agartalamarker in just 327 balls, and followed a rapid 187 from just 175 in a Ranji Trophy match against Punjab. He was then selected for the U-19 team which toured South Africa. He was seventh in the 2000–01 season with two centuries, but his consistency earned the attention of selectors and he became a regular member of the national team in mid 2001.

Since his international career started, he has continued to play for Delhi in the domestic competition whilst he is not occupied with international duty and has captained North Zone to victory in the Deodhar Trophy in 2004–05 and 2005–-06. He also had a short stint with Leicestershire in county cricket in 2003, but a back injury lead to a mutual termination of the contract.

ODI career

Sehwag's ODI career started poorly when he scored 1 against Pakistan in Mohalimarker in April 1999. His bowling performance was also ineffective and expensive, conceding 35 runs off 3 overs.

Sehwag wasn't given another match until the home series against Zimbabwe in December 2000. Sehwag rose to prominence in his fourth ODI match in March 2001 when he scored 58 off 54 balls, against Australia in Bangaloremarker. Combined with his three wickets, he help earn India a victory and was awarded his first man of the match award. He followed this with an unproductive tour of Zimbabwe in mid 2001.

Sehwag had his international breakthrough in Sri Lankamarker in August 2001 when he was promoted to the opening slot for the tri-series also involving New Zealand. The promotion to open the innings came because regular opener Sachin Tendulkar was absent due to a foot injury. In the match against New Zealand that was to decide the finalist, he scored his maiden century from 69 balls. The century is the third fastest ODI century for an Indian behind Mohammad Azharuddin's 62 ball effort and Yuvraj singh's 64 ball effort. This was his first score beyond 50 in ten matches and saw him named man of the match. This performance earned him a regular spot in the ODI squad in the middle-order. He bettered his own record by hitting a 60-ball century against New Zealand during the 2009 tour. An innings of note in 2002 was the 22 ball half-century against Kenya in Bloemfonteinmarker, tying the second fastest 50 by an Indian.

With Ganguly's injury in the India-England ODI Series in January 2002, Sehwag received another opportunity to open the innings which he seized by scoring 82 from 64 balls in Kanpurmarker in an eight-wicket Indian victory. With good performances as opener, Sehwag was made a permanent fixture at the top of the innings. Sachin Tendulkar, who opened in the England ODI series, was moved to middle order - a strategy that reaped dividends for India in 2002 in ODI matches. In the England series and the preceding tour to South Africa, he compiled 426 runs at 42.6 with four half-centuries .

After modest returns on the tours of the West Indies and England in early and mid 2002, he scored 271 runs at 90.33 in the 2002 ICC Champions Trophy in Sri Lankamarker, with two man of the match performances. After running out Ian Blackwell, he was involved in a 192 run partnership with Ganguly, scoring 126 from 104 balls to help set up an eight wicket victory against England in a group match. He then scored 58 from 54 balls and took 3/25 including two wickets in the final over to help defeat South Africa by 10 runs to help India progress to the final.

In late 2002 he scored an unbeaten 114 from 82 balls that included a 196 run partnership with Ganguly to lead India to a nine wicket win over the West Indies in Rajkotmarker. He was the only batsman to score a century in the 7 match New Zealand ODI Series where he made two centuries - 108 in Napier in an Indian defeat and 112 in Auckland in a one-wicket victory.

Virender Sehwag had a mediocre 2003 Cricket World Cup, scoring 299 runs at an average of 27, he top scored with 82 in the loss against Australia in the final.
Sehwag in fielding practice.
Later in 2003, he scored his fourth century and earned Man of the Match award against New Zealand in Hyderabadmarker, scoring 130 and putting on a 182 run partnership with Tendulkar, to lay the foundations for a 145 run victory. In spite of it, Sehwag struggled for consistency in 2003 and 2003/04 ODI series where he had only one century and 3 fifties, two against minnows - Bangladesh and Zimbabwe and one against Pakistan, in 22 matches.

Even with his inconsistent form, he earned 3 MoM awards in 2004 and 2004/05 ODI season with one award each against Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Pakistan. In the match against Pakistan in Kochimarker he scored 108 off 95 balls, his first century in eighteen months which set up a 95 run victory.

Sehwag then started a two year streak without a century in ODIs, as well as having his ODI tour of Pakistan in early 2006 curtailed due to a shoulder injury. His drought in limited overs cricket has puzzled cricket experts because of the consistent performances in Test matches with a high scoring rate has not translated into significant contributions in the ODI format of the game. Sehwag was dropped from the ODI Squad for the WI-IND 4 Match ODI series. With debate over whether he deserved to be included in the 2007 Cricket World Cup squad, captain Dravid's insistence on his retention paved the way to being named in the World Cup squad. However, despite this assurance, Sehwag's form continued to decline.

Sehwag started the 2007 World Cup in poor form, only being picked for the side because of Rahul Dravid's wishes. He scored poorly in the first group match but bounced back to hit a magnificent 114 from 87 deliveries against lowly ranked Bermuda. The Indian team scored 413-5, the highest team total in a World Cup match, and went on to win the match but this was their only win in the tournament.

On March 11, 2009, Sehwag blasted India's fastest ODI hundred against New Zealand by reaching 3 figures in just 60 balls. Eventually, he led India to win its first series win in New Zealand.

ODI summary

Sehwag's scoring rate is extremely quick, at 101.66 runs per 100 balls (it is exceeded only by six current players, only one of whom has played 100 matches, and all of whom have a much lower average). He has had more success in run chases, averaging four more than when batting first, as well as scoring five of his nine centuries in run chases. He has led India on three occasions, due to the unavailability of Dravid due to illness, injury or rotation policy.

Test career

An innings-by-innings breakdown of Sehwag's Test match batting career, showing runs scored (red bars) and the average of the last ten innings (blue line).


Sehwag's maiden century in mid-2001 in Sri Lanka was not enough to gain selection in the Test team for the corresponding series. Sehwag made his Test debut in late 2001 in the First Test against South Africa in Bloemfonteinmarker as a middle-order batsman. He scored 105 on debut despite the South African win. He was given a one match suspension by ICC match referee Mike Denness for overappealing in the Second Test in Port Elizabethmarker, which lead to political dispute amongst the ICC and the two countries. He returned for the home series in 2001-02 against England and Zimbabwe. After scoring two half-centuries in the preceding series, he was promoted to a makeshift-opener on the 2002 England tour after the failure of previous openers and an experiment with wicket-keeper Deep Dasgupta. He scored 84 in the new role at Lord'smarker and then a century in the Second Test at Trent Bridgemarker, and has batted there in Test matches ever since. He scored his maiden home-century of 147 in the First Test against the West Indies in the 2002-03 home season in Mumbaimarker, which was at the time his top score in Test matches, earning him his first man of the match award. After a poor tour to New Zealand, he scored passed 50 for the first time in 9 innings when he scored 130 in a Test at Mohalimarker against New Zealand in late 2003 .

He then scored 195 against Australia on Boxing Day 2003 at the Melbourne Cricket Groundmarker. His dismissal on the first afternoon lead to an Indian collapse and eventual defeat.

In early 2004, he became the only Indian to score a triple century in Test cricket, with 309 against Pakistan in the First Test in Multanmarker, beating V. V. S. Laxman's previous Indian record(281 against Australia) and helping India to a total of 5/675, the highest ever against Pakistan. It was Sehwag's sixth Test century in 21 Tests. India went on to win by an innings, with Sehwag named man of the match. He also scored 90 in the Second Test defeat in Lahoremarker and was named man of the series for his efforts after being the highest run scorer and average for the series. He later auctioned the bat with which he made the triple century, for Rs. 70,000, to aid in relief efforts for the tsunami victims of the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquakemarker .

In the First Test of the 2004 Border Gavaskar Trophy in Bangaloremarker, Sehwag was fined for showing "serious dissent" towards umpire Billy Bowden following an LBW dismissal. Replays showed that he had hit the ball off the middle of his bat onto his leg, which later lead to an apology from Bowden.Sehwag scored 155 in the Chennaimarker test match to set up a triple figure lead for the Indians, but the match was rained out on the final day with the Indians requiring 229 for victory. In the home series against South Africa that year, he scored 164 in the drawn First Test in Kanpurmarker, and 88 in the Second in Kolkatamarker, which India won to claim the series. Sehwag was again named man of the series.

Sehwag failed on the tour of Bangladesh, but on the 2005 home series against Pakistan, he scored 173 in Mohalimarker, 81 in Kolkatamarker and then 201 in Bangaloremarker, totalling 544 runs at an average of 90.66 to win the man of the series award. He passed the 3000 run mark in Tests during the Bangalore Test, becoming the fastest Indian to reach the mark in terms of innings played. His performances over the preceding 12 months earned him selection in the ICC Test Team of the Year as well as nomination for Test player of the year.

He earned selection for the ICC World XI which played Australia in the 2005 ICC Super Series, where he top scored in the first innings with 76. He attracted some criticism at the end of 2005, having failed to pass 50 in four Tests against Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka. He also missed the Second Test against Sri Lanka in Delhimarker due to illness, but returned to the team in the following match in Ahmedabadmarker and captained the Indians to victory whilst Rahul Dravid was ill.

Sehwag scored his first century in a year when he compiled 254 against Pakistan in the First Test in Lahoremarker in January 2005, the highest ever Test score at a strike rate of over 100 and the second fastest double century ever. In doing so he was involved in a 410 run partnership with captain Rahul Dravid, the highest ever against Pakistan and in Pakistan, and just four short of a new world record opening partnership in Test matches. Sehwag went on to lampoon the Pakistani attack led by Shoaib Akhtar. Sehwag however failed to pass 50 in the following two Tests against Pakistan, and aside from a 76* in the Second Test in Mohalimarker against England, fell seven times for less than 20 runs to the new ball , leading criticism of his position in the team.

During the 2006 West Indies tour, Sehwag narrowly missed out on scoring a century in the opening session of the Second Test in St Luciamarker, ending with 99 at the interval. He went on to compile 180 in just 190 balls, and also collected four wickets for the match to be named man of the match. Although Sehwag had collected more than 50 wickets in ODIs, he was substantially used as a Test bowler for the first time on the West Indies tour, taking nine wickets in the first two Test matches when he was used in the absence of off-spinner Harbhajan Singh as India opted to only use one specialist spinner. He had previously only three wickets at Test level . He was also fined in the First Test for excessive appealing.

Poor form saw Sehwag being dropped from the Test team in 2007. In December 2007, he was recalled for India's tour of Australia after being omitted form the list of probables,amid calls for his return by several commentators, most notably Ian Chappell.

Though he was omitted from the team for the first two matches, both of which India lost, he was picked for the third Test at the WACAmarker in Perthmarker after scoring a century in a tour match against the ACT Invitational XI .He played a key part in India's victory, making 72 runs at a brisk pace and taking 2 crucial wicketsHe scored a match-saving 151 in the second innings of the fourth Test in Adelaidemarker. This was his first century in the second innings of a test match, and was notable in that he rejected his usual, aggressive batting style in favour of a more defensive approach which was the need of the hour.

Sehwag continued his good form against South Africa in the home series in April 2008, scoring 319 in the first Test in Chennaimarker, having reached 300 off just 278 balls, the fastest triple century in test history. Sehwag became only the third batsman after Sir Donald Bradman and Brian Lara to score 2 triple centuries in Test Cricket. He scored 257 runs the third day of the match, which was the most runs scored by an individual batsman on a single day of a Test match since 1954, when Dennis Compton made 273 runs on the second day of the Nottinghammarker Test against Pakistan .

He has a habit of making big centuries, with his last eleven centuries having all been over 150, including two triple centuries and further three double centuries which surpassed Sir Donald Bradman's record of having seven consecutive centuries beyond 150.

In the first test against England in Chennai in December 2008, Sehwag's rapid 83 off just 68 balls, in the last session of the fourth day, set India up for its record run-chase of 4/387, the highest successful target on Indian soil. He got the man-of-the-match award despite Sachin Tendulkar scoring an unbeaten century later in the same innings and Andrew Strauss scoring a century in each of England's innings.

He has been noted for his record against Pakistan, averaging over 90 against and in Pakistan, scoring four centuries against India's arch rivals. The disparity in his average in the first and second innings is often noted, being 68 and 25 and all but one of his fifteen Test centuries having come in the first innings .

Sehwag in Non-India Colours

He was selected in the ICC World XI for the 2005 ICC Super Series against Australia in late 2005, but only managed 64 runs at an average of 21.33 . Earlier in 2005, he was selected for the Asian Cricket Council XI for the fundraising match against the ICC World XI in the aftermath of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunamimarker.

Playing style

Sehwag batting in the nets.
Sehwag was often compared to Sachin Tendulkar in his early days due to the similar batting style, build and appearance. He has acknowledged numerous times that he consciously attempted to model his playing style on Tendulkar's in his youth.

Sehwag's technique is often cited as being particularly unorthodox, often backing away (considered technically incorrect) to free his arms whilst playing his shots, in particular to cut or drive spinners inside out. He is frequently cited by commentators for his extremely strong (physically) square cutting and upper cutting and power through the off-side. He is also an excellent player of the late cut. In particular his tendency to strike the ball in the air and risk dismissal is a trait which has seen him noted for his chancy and adventurous mindset. He is also noted for a relative lack of footwork, with his timing often attributed to his eyesight. Of late, Sehwag has shown a proclivity to be dismissed by inswing deliveries, something attributed to his leaden-footed batting style. He has also got dismissed playing the cut shot when the ball was too close to his body to cut, especially in limited over matches.

Virender Sehwag is often noted for his extremely attacking style of batting, and in 2005 he was described by Wisden Cricketers' Almanack as the "most exciting opener in the world" due to his aggressive style in Test matches, his strike rate being inferior only to that of Adam Gilchrist and Shahid Afridi. Sehwag has also been noted for his apparent disregard for the match situation, exhibited by aggressive batting even when his team is in a poor position or after being out manoeuvred by the bowler in the recent past. This is a two-edged sword as it allows him to not be psychologically hindered by previous failures, but can also lead to excessive aggression. He was quoted by Pakistan coach Bob Woolmer as a sophisticated slogger. But over the years, his style has changed from "reckless hitting" to that of "controlled aggression", according to an article in the Sydney Morning Herald. Previously Sehwag was known predominantly as an offside player, with a weakness against straight short pitched bowling. However in the last 2 years he has improved his leg side and bouncer hitting considerably. This is shown in the recent ODIs against New Zealand where he utilised the pull, hook and flick shots to devastating effect.

As on 1 March 2007, Sehwag has an average of nearly 65 in the first innings of test matches where he has scored 3374 runs, 12 centuries and 8 fifties in 52 matches. In the second innings, his average drops to 25 and has scored 781 runs and 4 fifties in 50 innings. The first and second innings difference of 40 runs is the one of the highest and indicates a lack of ability in dealing with more difficult batting conditions as the pitch deteriorates. However, his match-saving second-innings 151 against Australia at Adelaide during the 2007-08 Border-Gavaskar series, and a match winning 92 in trying situations at Nagpur during the 2008-09 series, went a long way towards repairing that image. In the 2008 Test series against England, Sehwag played a key role in the fourth innings of the first Test in Chennai. He amassed 83 runs in 68 balls, which helped India chase down an improbable target of 387 with six wickets to spare. This was the highest successful run chase in India, and the fourth highest in Test history. For this effort, Sehwag was adjudged Man of the Match.

Controversy

In November 2001, Sehwag was involved in controversy in the Second Test match between India and South Africa at St George's Parkmarker, Port Elizabethmarker, when he was given a one Test ban for "excessive appealing" by ICC Match referee Mike Denness. He was one of six Indian players to be receive bans, four of which were suspended bans. The unprecedented severity of the bans precipitated an international cricketing, political and administrative crisis with the Indian cricket establishment threatened to call off the tour unless Mike Denness was removed as match referee from the third test match. ICC backed Mike Denness and the South African board backed the Indian cricket establishment and did not allow Mike Denness to enter the stadium on the first day of the third test match. ICC declared that the match was 'unofficial' and 'friendly five day match' and the series was officially declared as a 2 match series and South Africa as 1-0 winners. The subsequent England tour to India was placed in jeopardy when India picked Sehwag in the test squad. Subsequent to this development, ICC issued a warning that any match with Sehwag in the cricket team will not be considered an "official" Test match until Sehwag had served his one match ban. After negotiations with ECB and ICC and in general interest of cricket, Sehwag was dropped from the team for the first Test against England.

Personal life

Sehwag married Aarti Ahlawat in April, 2004 under heavy security in a media publicized wedding which was hosted by Arun Jaitley, the union law minister of India at his residence. The couple have a son, Aryavir, born on October 18 2007.

Sehwag is fondly referred to in the media as the Nawab of Najafgarh, Najafgarh being his home locality in Delhimarker. A lifelong vegetarian, Sehwag owns a vegetarian eatery, Sehwag Favourites, which opened in late 2005 in the Fun Republic cineplex in Delhi, following the footsteps of his role model Sachin Tendulkar. The majority of the products on the menu are named after cricketing themes related to his memorable innings, such as Multan Ke Sultan Ki Tikdi, meaning dish for three persons, which alludes to his triple century in Multan and is priced at 309 rupees. There are plans to expand the chain across India with a second outlet already planned in Ludhianamarker. Sehwag does charity work for UNICEF .

International centuries

See: List of international cricket centuries by Virender Sehwag

Achievements

Awards





Records

  • Only Indian batsman to have scored two triple centuries in Test cricket. He is the third batsman in the history of Test cricket to score two triple centuries, alongside Sir Donald Bradman and Brian Lara.
  • Fastest century in ODI cricket by an Indian - 100 runs off 60 balls against New Zealand in 2009.
  • Second fastest ODI 50 by an Indian. Cricinfo - Records - One-Day Internationals - Fastest fifties - a record, he shares with Rahul Dravid, Kapil Dev and Yuvraj Singh - when he took 22 balls against Kenya in 2001
  • Five double centuries - the first three of which came against Pakistan. Greg Chappell is the only other player to have scored multiple double centuries against Pakistan (2)
  • Highest score by an Indian batsman in Test cricket. He first achieved this when he scored 309 against Pakistan in Multan in 2004, and bettered his previous record in March 2008 at Chennai against South Africa by scoring 319.
  • Fastest triple century: His second triple century scored at Chennaimarker on 27-28 March 2008 against South Africa was the fastest in terms of balls faced by any batsman (off 278 balls).
  • Consecutive 150+ scores in Test cricket: He holds the record for consecutive test hundreds converted to scores of 150+, at 11.
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  • Two consecutive double century partnerships in a Test innings. He achieved this record, for the first two wickets in Chennaimarker on 27-28 March 2008 (with Wasim Jaffer and Rahul Dravid respectively). This was the first time in Test history that the first two wickets in an innings have resulted in double-century stands.
  • He is the first person in the history of test cricket to hit two triple century and take five wickets in test match.


Test Matches Awards

Man of the Series Awards

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Notes

  1. Sehwag is world's top cricketer for 2008
  2. Player profile Cricinfo
  3. PTI: Sehwag becomes fastest Indian centurion in ODIs
  4. Cricinfo - Sehwag out, Ganguly picked for ODIs
  5. Cricketnext: Top Performer: Virender Sehwag
  6. rediff.com World Cup 2003: An encounter with Virender Sehwag's family
  7. The Tribune - Magazine section - Windows
  8. Batting - Most Runs
  9. Batting - Most Runs
  10. Cricinfo - Give Shewag the freedom to run riot
  11. Batting - Most Runs
  12. Cricinfo - India - Deodhar Trophy Winners
  13. Cricinfo - Leicestershire and Sehwag part company
  14. 6th ODI: India v Pakistan at Mohali, 1 Apr 1999
  15. 1st ODI: India v Australia at Bangalore, 25 Mar 2001
  16. Cricinfo - Injured Tendulkar ruled out for Sri Lanka tri-series
  17. 9th Match: India v New Zealand at Colombo, 2 Aug 2001
  18. 4th ODI: India v England at Kanpur, 28 Jan 2002
  19. Cricinfo - Pushing Tendulkar and Dravid around
  20. England v India at Colombo (RPS), 22 Sep 2002
  21. India v South Africa at Colombo (RPS), 25 Sep 2002
  22. 3rd ODI: India v West Indies at Rajkot, 12 Nov 2002
  23. 2nd ODI: New Zealand v India at Napier, 29 Dec 2002
  24. 6th ODI: New Zealand v India at Auckland, 11 Jan 2003
  25. Final: Australia v India at Johannesburg, 23 Mar 2003
  26. 9th Match: India v New Zealand at Hyderabad, 15 Nov 2003
  27. 1st ODI: India v Pakistan at Kochi, 2 Apr 2005
  28. Cricinfo - Sehwag and Harbhajan to return home
  29. Cricinfo - Sehwag’s one-day blues
  30. Cricinfo - India to persist with Sehwag at the top
  31. Cricinfo - Shewag's century not enough for place in Test squad
  32. 1st Test: South Africa v India at Bloemfontein, 3-7 Nov 2001
  33. Cricinfo - Fines and bans handed down to Indian players
  34. Cricinfo - Late wickets lift England after India threaten to cut loose
  35. 2nd Test: England v India at Nottingham, 8-12 Aug 2002
  36. Cricinfo - Sehwag century dominates West Indians at Mumbai
  37. Cricinfo - Sehwag's century lights up Mohali
  38. 2nd Test: India v New Zealand at Mohali, 16-20 Oct 2003
  39. Cricinfo - Sehwag century puts India in command
  40. Cricinfo - Not rolled over
  41. Armstrong (2006), p. 212.
  42. Cricinfo - India high on Sehwag's 309
  43. 1st Test: Pakistan v India at Multan, 28 Mar - 1 Apr 2004
  44. 2nd Test: Pakistan v India at Lahore, 5-9 Apr 2004
  45. 3rd Test: Pakistan v India at Rawalpindi, 13-17 Apr 2004
  46. India in Pakistan, 2003-04 Test Series Averages
  47. Cricinfo - Sehwag fined 65% of match fee for dissent
  48. Cricinfo - Bowden apologises for horror decision
  49. Cricinfo - India ride on Sehwag hundred after Warne's record
  50. Cricinfo - 2nd Test: India v Australia at Chennai, Oct 14-18, 2004
  51. Cricinfo - Sehwag shines on a sluggish pitch
  52. http://content-uk.cricinfo.com/engine/match/64110.html
  53. Cricinfo - 1st Test: India v Pakistan at Mohali, Mar 8-12, 2005
  54. Cricinfo - 2nd Test: India v Pakistan at Kolkata, Mar 16-20, 2005
  55. Cricinfo - 3rd Test: India v Pakistan at Bangalore, Mar 24-28, 2005
  56. Cricinfo - Fastest Indian to 3000 runs
  57. Cricinfo - Player of the Year nominees announced
  58. Cricinfo - Sehwag likely to miss second Test
  59. Cricinfo - 'We're enjoying our cricket', says Sehwag
  60. Cricinfo - Sehwag and Dravid pummel Pakistan
  61. Cricinfo - Boundary avalanches and scoring rates
  62. Cricinfo - 'Shoaib hasn't lived up to expectations' - Sehwag
  63. Cricinfo - Driving with two flat tyres
  64. Cricinfo - Sehwag's early blast
  65. Cricinfo - 2nd Test: West Indies v India at Gros Islet, Jun 10-14, 2006
  66. Cricinfo - Sehwag puts his spin on it
  67. Cricinfo - Sehwag fined for excessive appealing
  68. [1]
  69. Cricinfo - Off-side slaughter
  70. Cricinfo - Chancy but vital
  71. Cricinfo - Virender Sehwag's Brave New World
  72. The Indian Express, 10th April 2007
  73. Cricinfo
  74. Cricinfo - Watching Sehwag bat
  75. Cricinfo - The sublime savage
  76. Cricinfo - Sophisticated slogging
  77. Cricinfo - ICC rules out replacing Denness for final Test
  78. Cricinfo - South Africa will back India in Denness affair
  79. Cricinfo - UCBSA issues statement regarding third Castle Lager/MTN Test
  80. Cricinfo - ICC sets out latest position regarding South Africa v India
  81. Cricinfo - India name Sehwag in 14-member squad for Mohali Test
  82. Cricinfo - Centurion Match Is Not a Test and Sehwag Ban Will Stand, Says ICC
  83. Cricinfo - Mohali Test will go ahead after BCCI agree to exclude Sehwag
  84. Cricinfo - Sehwag ties the knot
  85. Sehwag's wife gives birth to a baby boy
  86. Sehwag II - another hard-hitter in the making
  87. Cricinfo - Sehwag 'thrilled' at getting Arjuna Award
  88. Cricinfo - 9th Match: India v Kenya at Paarl, Oct 24, 2001
  89. Cricinfo Statsguru - Test matches - Batting records
  90. Cricinfo - Players and Officials - Virender Sehwag


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Series
Season
Series Performance
1
India in Pakistan Test Series
2003/04
438 (3 Matches, 4 Innings, 1x100, 1x50); 6-0-27-0; 2 Catches
2
South Africa in India Test Series
2004/05
262 Runs (2 Matches, 3 Innings, 1x100, 2x50); 1 Catch
3
Pakistan in India Test Series
2004/05
544 Runs (3 Matches, 6 Innings, 2x100, 1x50); 5-2-14-0; 2 Catches
S No
Opponent
Venue
Season
Match Performance
1
West Indies
Wankhede, Mumbaimarker
2002/03
1st Innings: 147 (24x4, 3x6); 2-0-7-0
2nd Innings: 1 Catch
2
Pakistan
Multanmarker
2003/04
1st Innings: 309 (39x4, 6x6); 2-0-11-0
2nd Innings: 3-0-8-0; 1 Catch
3
Pakistan
Gaddafi Stadium, Lahoremarker
2006
1st Innings: 254 (47x4, 1x6); 6-0-24-0
4
West Indies
Gros Islet, St Luciamarker
2006
1st Innings: 180 (20x4, 2x6); 16.1-5-33-3
2nd Innings: 30-9-48-1
5
South Africa
Chennaimarker
2007/08
1st Innings: 319 (42x4, 5x6); 11-1-37-1
2nd Innings: 22-2-55-1
6
Sri Lanka
Gallemarker
2008/09
1st Innings: 201 (22x4, 4x6)
2nd Innings: 50 (6x4, 1x6)
7
England
Chennaimarker
2008/09
1st Innings: 9 (2x4); 1-0-8-0
2nd Innings: 83 (11x4, 4x6); 6-0-22-0
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Series
Season
Series Performance
1
India in New Zealand ODI Series
2008/09
299 (5 Matches, 5 Innings, 1x100, 2x50); 2 Catches
S No
Opponent
Venue
Season
Match Performance
1
Australia
Bangaloremarker
2000/01
58 (54b, 8x4); 9-0-59-3
2
New Zealand
Colombo
2001
100 (70b, 19x4, 1x6); 3-0-26-0
3
England
Kanpur
2001/02
82 (62b, 14x4); 1-0-9-0; 1 Catch
4
England
Colombo marker
2002/03
126 (104b, 21x4, 1x6); 5-0-25-0
5
South Africa
Colombo marker
2002/03
59 (58b, 10x4); 5-0-25-3
6
West Indies
Rajkotmarker
2002/03
114* (82b, 17x4, 2x6); 6-0-29-0
7
New Zealand
Napiermarker
2002/03
108 (119b, 9x4, 2x6)
8
New Zealand
Aucklandmarker
2002/03
112 (139b, 11x4, 3x6)
9
New Zealand
Hyderabadmarker
2003/04
130 (134b, 15x4, 2x6)
10
Zimbabwe
Hobartmarker
2003/04
90 (102b, 5x4, 5x6); 10-0-40-2; 1 Catch
11
Sri Lanka
Colombo marker
2004
81 (92b, 6x4, 2x6); 9-0-37-3
12
Bangladesh
Dhakamarker
2004/05
70 (52b, 9x4, 3x6); 6-1-31-0
13
Pakistan
Kochimarker
2004/05
108 (95b, 9x4, 3x6); 5-0-26-0
14
Bermuda
Port of Spain, Trinidadmarker
2007
115 (87b, 17x4, 3x6); 5-0-15-0
15
England
Bangalore, Indiamarker
2008
69 (57b, 9x4, 3x6)
16
England
Cuttack, Indiamarker
2008
91 (73b, 15x4, 1x6)
17
New Zealand
Hamilton, New Zealandmarker
2009
125* (75b,14x4, 6x6)

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