Virender Sehwag was not just a tormentor of bowlers, but also a reliable test opener with commendable stats associated to his name. Sehwag was the only Indian to score a triple century, and as a matter of fact, he scored two fantastic triple tons against highly reputed bowling attacks. Sehwag is also among the only four batsmen to have registered two triple tons in test cricket. The other three are Chris Gayle, Brian Lara, and Sir Don Bradman.
The Nawab of Najafgarh recently hung up his boots from all forms of international cricket and the IPL. However, his fans are still mesmerized by the memories of his first triple century against Pakistan in Multan, way back in 2004. It was a dream knock indeed as the Pakistani bowlers were belted to all parts of the ground. It was in that very game, that he surpassed VVS Laxman’s score of 281, to become India’s highest individual score maker. On that occasion as well, Laxman was the one who seemed to be an elated person in the dressing room.
After announcing his retirement, Sehwag will play a few games in the Ranji Trophy before completely calling it quits. Yesterday, while captaining his new state Haryana, Sehwag scored yet another flawless ton against Karnataka in the Ranji Trophy. People on Twitter went absolutely crazy and paid tributes to the Indian batting legend.
His knock enthralled everyone so much that even VVS Laxman took to Twitter, in order to congratulate Sehwag on his century. Laxman however, also went on to say that he would love if Sehwag signed off from first class cricket with another triple ton. To that, Sehwag made a cheeky reply as he said that in the Ranji Trophy, once he crosses his 50, all the fielders are positioned on the ground, thus reducing the frequency of his big shots.
Sehwag made a valid point as captains in the Ranji Trophy are far more defensive than test cricket. In test matches, even though a batsman has crossed a ton, the field placement remains aggressive in a bid to dismiss the batsman. However, in the Ranji Trophy, captains look to reduce the run flow, thus being more defensive.
During both his triple hundreds, Sehwag did not stop after reaching his ton, or even double ton for that matter. He went on to decimate the Pakistani and South African bowlers respectively and was enjoying his batting, more than just scoring the runs. Sehwag in so many ways changed the way test cricket was designed to be played. He took aggression from the batting front to a new level altogether. Fans indeed feel blessed, to have witnessed Sehwag in action.
@VVSLaxman281 laxman ji domestic mein 300 banana it’s not easy . They put all the fielder on the the line after my 50.
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) October 22, 2015