Virender Sehwag, also considered as the ‘Nawab of Najafgarh’ and ‘Viru’ is renowned as one of cricket’s most prolific batsmen. Viru played 104 Tests and 251 ODIs during his illustrious career, recording 8,586 and 8,273 runs respectively. In addition, the former Indian opener had appeared in 19 T20Is and scored 394 runs.
Sehwag is recognized for its ability to outsmart social media users, having skippered the squad in many ODIs and Tests. On Twitter, the former Indian opener continues to amuse his followers with jokes and a sharp sense of humour.
Here are some interesting details about Viru that you should be aware of:
1) Sehwag refers to himself as a “momma’s child.” He claims that his favourite meal is his mother Krishna Sehwag is ‘kheer.’
2) Sehwag claims that if he hadn’t been a cricketer, he would have become a pharmacist.
3) Sehwag, considered as one of the game’s most dangerous openers, is just the second Indian batsman to score 1,000 boundaries in Tests and ODIs, after Sachin Tendulkar. Although Sehwag had a fantastic debut against South Africa in Bloemfontein, where he scored a century, he was only given a one-match suspension for displaying defiance against the umpire in his second game. Multan’s Sultan has received the Man of the Match trophy 31 times in cricket. Just Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly are ahead of him.
4) Although Sehwag spent the majority of his career as an opener, he began his career as a middle-order batsman. Sourav Ganguly only asked him to open the innings in 2002 due to a lack of room in the batting lineup.
5) In a Test match in Melbourne Cricket Ground in 2003, Sehwag scored a superb 195 runs. As he attempted to drive six over long-on, he came within 5 runs of reaching double figures. “I just missed the six by six yards,” Sehwag said when asked about his missed double hundred.
6) After Don Bradman of Australia, Brian Lara of the West Indies, and Chris Gayle of the West Indies, Sehwag is just the fourth cricketer in the world to score two triple hundreds in Test cricket.
7) He still holds the record for the fastest triple century in Test cricket (300 runs in 270 deliveries) toward South Africa.
8) Sehwag once set the record for India’s fastest ODI century. He had then scored a century in just 62 balls. Virat Kohli, on the other hand, smashed his record in 2013.
9) Another unique feature of Viru’s game was his ability to consistently hit major hundreds. He has turned his hundreds into 150+ runs 11 times, which is a feat in itself. Sehwag led India to victory in the 2011 ODI World Cup.
10) In the 2011 ODI World Cup, Sehwag began India’s innings five times with a boundary on the first ball.
11) In 2010, Sehwag received the ICC Test Player of the Year award.