Celebrating Virender Sehwag road to 100 Tests
Ian Chappell, the former Australian captain, once proclaimed that Sehwag is next to Don Bradman as far as ability to bat with an uncluttered mind in concerned.
The apt example to exemplify the above statement would be Sehwag's 68-ball 83 against England in Chennai in 2008. India had been set a target of 387 when Andrew Strauss declared England's second innings at tea on day four. Any team would have only conceived to draw the Test at that stage, but Sehwag tore into England's bowlers and compiled a 117-run stand for first wicket in 23 overs which set the tone for the rest of the batsmen. On a memorable final day, Sachin Tendulkar scored an unbeaten century to attain the target on the last day. But it was Sehwag who was duly adjudged Man of the Match.
Tellingly, Sehwag is the only Indian batsman to score a Test triple-century. Not just once, but twice - 309 against Pakistan in Multan in 2004 and 319 against South Africa in Chennai in 2008.
When Virender Sehwag takes the field against England at Mumbai's Wankhede Stadium on November 23 for the second Test of the series, he will become the ninth Indian cricketer to play 100 Test matches. In a career spanning a decade, the dashing right-hand batsman has enthralled cricket lovers the world over with his barn-storming exploits and, most importantly, was instrumental in India's rise to No. 1 in the Test rankings.
Though his numbers are exceptionally impressive in Tests - 8448 runs at 50.89 and a strike-rate of 82.45, with 23 hundreds and 32 half-centuries - what makes Sehwag stand out is the impact he made on the cricketing landscape. It wouldn't be an exaggeration to assert that Sehwag is to cricket what The Beatles were to music, and Apple is to technology. No other batsman in the history of cricket revolutionized the game the way Sehwag has done with his innovative, and uncluttered, approach.
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