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Virender Sehwag Biography

Virender Sehwag is a famous Indian cricketer and a significant member of the Indian National cricket team since 1999. Nicknamed ‘Veeru’ by teammates and fans alike, Virendar Sehwag was born on 20th October, 1978 in Delhi. Born into a joint family, Sehwag is the son of Krishan and Krishna Sehwag. He did his schooling from Arora Vidya School but since childhood, his prime interest remained cricket, which he developed over the years playing thrilling domestic level cricket to eventually become an Indian cricket star.

Exceptionally talented and audacious, Virendra Sehwag is a devastating right-handed batsman, gifted with brilliant hand-eye co-ordination, fabulous timing, and a cool head in any tense situation or against any opponent. His idol being Sachin Tendulkar, Virender too plays the straight drive, backfoot punch and whip off the hips identical to the little master’s. Sehwag is also an effective right-arm off-spin bowler and an agile slip-fielder.

A former opening batsman for India, Sehwag has also played the role of the Vice-Captain of the Indian squad under Rahul Dravid in October 2005. A consistent performer, famous for his spectacular centuries, Sehwag has delivered for his country on many occasions, however has had his down season as well, even being dropped from the ODI squad in January 2007. An infamous issue in the past saw him being banned for a match by the ICC referee Mike Denness on grounds of excessive appealing. Despite these , Sehwag’s mild temperament and outstanding skill with the bat bring awe and delight to his critics and fans both.

The major teams that Virender Sehwag represents are India, ACC Asian XI, Delhi, ICC World XI, Leicestershire, Rajasthan Cricket Association President’s XI. Sehwag

Virender Sehwag is a stunning Test player, making his Test debut against South Africa at Bloemfontein, in November 2001. Till now he has played as many as 52 Tests, in which he scored 4155 runs, with a test batting average of 49.46, and 12 centuries. Sehwag holds the record for the highest test score by an Indian, scoring 309 against Pakistan at Multan, in 2004. Sehwag made his One Day International debut against Pakistan at Mohali, in April 1999. In the ODI , Sehwag has played 170 matches, scoring 4997 runs, with an ODI batting average of 31.62, and 8 centuries. His bowling best is 3/25 against South Africa. Playing 14 World Cup matches, he has scored 463 runs, with a highest score of 114 against Bermuda. His bowling best in the world cup is 2/17 against Bangladesh.

Virendra Sehwag has won numerous awards for his contributions to the cricket, including the prestigious Arjuna Award in 2002, several Man of the Series Awards in Tests and Man of the Match Awards in both Tests and ODI matches.

Amongst the other numerous achievements by Sehwag, the most noted ones are:

  • The second fastest century in ODI cricket by an Indian, scoring 100 runs of 69 balls against New Zealand in 2001.
  • He has scored the second fastest 50 by an Indian, in 22 balls.
  • He has three double centuries against Pakistan.
  • He has crossed 8000 runs in ODIs.
  • He has crossed 200 runs in ODIs and broken the record of Sachin Tendulkar.

Married to Arti Alhawat, Sehwag is well settled in life now, and besides playing cricket, he also does charity work for UNICEF. He is the owner of the vegetarian eatery, Sehwag Favourites.