Sunday, December 16, 2007

25 Things about Virender Sehwag

Virender Sehwag India’s most aggressive opening batsman, who would be compared with his idol Sachin Tendulkar for same playing style, has been selected in the 16 man squad of Indian Test team after a long time which has been announced ahead of the Australia tour. He has many records both ODI and Test cricket. And he is the only one Indian batsman who has highest Test runs (309) against Pakistan. His bat also smiled against Australia. So, fans of Indian team hope to see him in his prime form and beat Australian bowlers.

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Now, this batsman already scored 4155 runs in Test cricket including 12 centuries and 12 half-centuries where most of his centuries came against Australia team. No, doubt he will play well against Australia and will fix his career showing his best form. Now, I know most of you are eagerly waiting to know about him. That is why, I have made a list of 25 things about him. So, go ahead and read till end to know about his ends and outs.
  1. His full name is Virender Sehwag.
  2. He was born in October 20, 1978, Delhi but he grew up in a bungalow in a joint family with siblings, uncles, aunts and 16 cousins.
  3. Sehwag was the third of four children born to father Krishan and mother Krishna Sehwag, with two older sisters Manju, Anju and younger brother Vinod.
  4. His father attributes his interest in cricket to a toy bat which he was given when he was seven months old. He attended Arora Vidya School in Delhi, and pestered his parents to let him play cricket, on the basis that he was not academically gifted.
  5. His father tried to end his career when he broke a tooth as a child in 1990. However, Sehwag evaded the ban from his playing cricket with the help of his mother
  6. His zodiac sign is Libra by birth.
  7. He is an Indian cricketer. He is professional right-hand batsman and part-time right-arm offbreak bowler.
  8. He also known as "Viru" to Indian cricketer and the member of the Indian national cricket team since 1999 (one-dayers) and 2001 (Tests).
  9. He married Arti Alhawat in April, 2004 under heavy security in a media publicized wedding which was hosted by Arun Jaitley, the union law minister of India at his residence.
  10. He made his debut in ODI against Pakistan in Mohali on Apr 1, 1999. He scored 1 runs in his debut ODI match.
  11. Sehwag rose to prominence in his fourth ODI match in March 2001 when he scored 58 off 54 balls, against Australia in Bangalore. Combined with his three wickets which helped India to get victory and was awarded his first man of the match prize.
  12. He was promoted to open the innings for the tri-series because of regular opener Sachin Tendulkar was absent due to a foot injury in August 2001.
  13. He scored his maiden century from 69 balls against New Zealand in the match. It is the second fastest century for an Indian of the match behind Mohammad Azharuddin's 62 ball effort, also against New Zealand.
  14. An innings of note in 2002 was the 22 ball half-century against Kenya in Bloemfontein, tying the second fastest 50 by an Indian.
  15. Sehwag has three double centuries - all against Pakistan.[87] Greg Chappell is the only other player to have scored multiple double centuries against Pakistan.
  16. He was the only batsman score a century in the 7 match New Zealand ODI Series where he made two centuries - 108 in Napier in an Indian defeat and 112 in Auckland in a one-wicket victory.
  17. Virender Sehwag had a mediocre 2003 Cricket World Cup, scoring 299 runs at an average of 27, he top scored with 82 in the loss against Australia in the final.
  18. Later in 2003, he scored his fourth century and earned MoM award against New Zealand in Hyderabad, scoring 130 and putting on a 182 run partnership with Tendulkar, to lay the foundations for a 145 run victory.
  19. Sehwag bowls effective, loopy offspin, and is a reliable catcher in the slips.
  20. He also once almost split the cricket world: when he was banned for a match by the ICC referee Mike Denness on grounds of excessive appealing.
  21. Sehwag is fondly referred to in the media as the Nawab of Najafgarh, Najafgarh being his home locality in Delhi.
  22. Sehwag is a lifelong vegetarian. He has a vegetarian eatery which he opened in late 2005 in the Fun Republic cineplex in Delhi, following the footsteps of his role model Sachin Tendulkar.
  23. The majority of the products on the menu are named after cricketing themes related to his memorable innings, such as Multan Ke Sultan Ki Tikdi, meaning dish for three persons, which alludes to his triple century in Multan and is priced at 309 rupees.
  24. He made his debut in Test against South Africa on November 3-6, 2001. He got his maiden century in his debut match as a middle-order batsman. He scored 105 runs off facing 173 balls including 19 boundaries.
  25. In early 2004, he became the only Indian to score a triple century in Test cricket, with 309 against Pakistan in the First Test in Multan, beating V. V. S. Laxman's previous Indian record and helping India to a total of 5/675, the highest ever against Pakistan.

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