Virender Sehwag – A genius opening batsman and fearless hitter of a ball. It’s a very difficult aspect for a batsman to play the first few overs of a match when the ball could talk and walk more dangerously. But then this player not just defines but revolutionized the role of an opening batsman in an era of more lethal bowling pairs.
It doesn’t matter for Sehwag either it was a test match or One day or T-20 his style of sending the ball over the ropes was very much the same by taking the aerial route and hits it harder through the middle of his bat.
Virender Sehwag was one of those few batsmen with gifted hand-eye coordination instincts which puts him very above among others in the game. Two triple ton in the longest format of the game and one double century in one-day is more than enough to defines the caliber of this slobber-knocker batsman of a rare breed. Sehwag was the part golden era of team India and two world cup winning campaign 2007 T-20 World Cup and 2011 50-Over world cup.
Making his way through team India but experts in 2001 reckoned Sehwag won’t survive in cricket with more than one series and his unorthodox stance movement would be the reason for a short cricketing career. But Sehwag was the batsman of a rare breed and he proved the critics in a career of longer than 10 years with amazing stats under his cap.
Virender Sehwag had played 104 tests for team India and scored 8586 at a strike rate of 82.35. An opening batsman with such strike rate in a long career of 10 years justified how dangerous he was in the longest format of the game where players have struggled to make a name for himself.
While in the ODIs Sehwag had played 251 ODIs and scored 8273 runs with a whopping strike rate of 104.35 with a career-best score of 219 by becoming the second batsman after Sachin Tendulkar to achieve the feat in ODIs.
Virender Sehwag idea of batting was a very simple destroyed line and lengths of a bowler from the very word go. The role of an opening batsman to play moderate cricket during the first hour of a match but this player was very different that defines how to play Cricket in his way and make records.
There are many of his knocks that will be remembered for the decades. But few of his knocks rated him players of different eras or players played in the wrong era. One such knock was 195 against Australia at Melbourne in 2003. This knock didn’t get the ovation much as many of his other knocks.
Teams were scared to face-off against Australia in those years when predator Aussies were in their prime. It was the first day of a test match and no batsman wants to face Australian bowlers in their territory.
But Sehwag once gets going in his typical style tells the world how to play cricket against Australia in their territory. Sehwag scored 195 runs off 233 balls and fell short of his maiden double century. Although team India lost the match because no other batsman apart from Sehwag has scored runs.
Another knock from Sehwag’s career which didn’t hit the headlines was his 105 against South Africa in 2001 the innings was the glimpse of an opener explosive batting that “Virender Sehwag Era Had Begun”.
Team India was 68/4 at one point when Sehwag Walked in stunned the world with his hand-eye coordination and smashed the century against the pace attack of Shaun Pollock and Makahya Nitini those clinical “cover drives oh man!” I am here to stay critics– Statement from the Delhi-dasher. Another knock went into the vain as team India lost the match to South Africa.
And the knock when Sehwag smashed the first century as an opener 106 against England in their backyard. No batsman in the world ever wants to face England seamers in the first hour of batting under the hostile conditions.
Sehwag once again shell-shocked the audience with gifted hand-eye coordination. Although the match was drawn it was somewhere not possible without that innings from the swashbuckling opener.
Team India will not have another test batsman like Rahul Dravid or even player of Sachin Tendulkar master class. Trust me player of Sehwag mindset in the coming decades or even 50 overs it is impossible. Sehwag was the “Unmatched Talent”.
The way Sehwag batted on and destroyed the world-class bowlers in the first hour of batting was ended when he dropped the curtain of his career in 2015. It’s not the end of another player career but it was the end of the greatest opener of all-time in the history of cricket.
T-20 cricket has started after 2007 but this genius was playing the 20-20 cricket in a test match in 2003-04 which has ended the captaincy of many great players. It has been almost five years and we are looking for another talent like Virender Sehwag. Is Will ever going to be another Virender Sehwag in the coming centuries?