Virender Sehwag has been inducted into the Hall of fame of the apex board for the year 2023. The former Indian cricketer became one of the fewest cricketers from India to be included in the elite list. The international cricket board introduced the concept of Hall of fame in the recent years. The former Indian opener became the inductee for the year 2023.
Sehwag is one of the most aggressive batters of all time. Back in 2000s, Sehwag started the trend of aggressive batting in Test cricket in India. The former Indian batter used to strike at a better rate than most batters of his time and used to do it consistently. Sehwag is known for scoring big knocks. When he used to bat in the middle, Sehwag used to score runs quickly and on a consistent basis.
In Test cricket, Sehwag was exceptional. Though Sehwag was not good against swing compares to his play against spin, he made the best use of his abilities and won several matches for his team. In 104 Test matches, Sehwag scored 8586 runs at a very good average of 49.34. Sehwag was the best Test opener India got after Sunil Gavaskar. Sehwag was the best exponent of ‘See the ball and hit the ball technique’.
Playing long innings, a habit for Virender Sehwag
In ODIs, Sehwag played 251 matches and scored 8273 runs at a batting average of 35.05. Sehwag was a handy spinner as well, who could roll his arms over to claim some crucial wickets. The former Indian opener played a key role in India’s wins in the T20 World Cup 2007 and the 2011 ODI World Cup. Sehwag also won several bilateral series and played a crucial role in many of those.
Apart from his aggressive batting, Sehwag is famous for his long innings. The former Indian batter is the only player with more than three 290 plus scores in Test cricket. Sehwag scored 319 against South Africa, 304 against Pakistan, and 293 against Sri Lanka in Test cricket. In ODIs, Sehwag scored 219 against the West Indies and 175 against Bangladesh in the inaugural match of the 2011 World Cup.
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Sehwag career at a glance
104 Tests – 8,586 runs at an average of 49.34, 40 wickets
251 ODIs – 8,273 runs at an average of 35.05, 96 wickets
19 T20Is – 394 runs at an average of 21.88
— Anuj Mishra (@anujmishra003) November 13, 2023
Sehwag >>>> Fakhar all day?
— Manu (@virat_facts) November 13, 2023
Virender Sehwag ?? play like bolwer be like: bhai kitna marega yaar ab to maf kar de
— Aryan Pandey (@AryanPa66861306) November 13, 2023
First ball boundary ?
— Ganesh Joshi (@ganeshjoshi2001) November 13, 2023
— CricWiz (@CricWizTalks) November 13, 2023
One of the legend in Indian cricket…..test me kaise khelte hai Viru bhai ne shikhaya…
— Hriday Singh (@hridaysingh16) November 13, 2023
Virendra Sehwag owned Pakistan in Pakistan infront of Pakistan people and president.
— Satya Prakash (@Satya_Prakash08) November 13, 2023
He used to take the game away within 10 overs
— Dom (@diligent_three) November 13, 2023
To ICC: Der aaye par durust aaye
— Johny Bava (@johnybava) November 13, 2023
Because of his contributions to memes
— Shan Jarral (@shandoescricket) November 13, 2023