Graeme Smith And Virender Sehwag Share Their Experiences On 2008 Chennai Test
Recently, the former Indian attacking opening batsman Virender Sehwag recalled his two Test triple-century moments. Later, the former South African captain Graeme Smith shared their experiences to taste one of those Test triple-centuries.
29th March is a very special day for the former Indian opener Virender Sehwag. On this particular day in two different years, he created histories as an Indian batsman.
On 29th March 2004, Virender Sehwag became the first Indian cricketer to score a triple-century in Test cricket history. It was the Multan Test between Pakistan and India when he scored 309 runs. On day two of that Test match, the right-handed opening batsman completed his brilliant triple-century.
Four years later, on the same date, Virender Sehwag broke his record and created a new history by scoring 319 runs. It was the Chennai Test between India and South Africa where the Indian opener slammed his second Test triple-century and recreated the highest individual score in a Test innings by an Indian batsman. This record is still intact in Indian Test history.
Though Virender Sehwag completed his triple-century on the earlier day, on 29th March 2008, he started from 309 runs, and he made a new record on the very first ball of the day.
During that Chennai Test, Graeme Smith was leading the South African side. Virender Sehwag batted for 530 minutes to score 319 runs off 304 balls before losing his wicket.
When Virender Sehwag recently shared that memory on his official Twitter account, Graeme Smith replied that it was a long hot day of fetching.
— Graeme Smith (@GraemeSmith49) March 29, 2019
Later, Virender Sehwag replied Graeme Smith that how they made a similar treatment against the host side earlier in that Test match.
Hehe – you , Amla, Mckenzie and company made us field in that Chennai heat for 153 overs. Was just trying to ensure you guys experience what you made us experience. I think we batted just 2 overs more than you guys. Was much easier batting than fielding in that heat mate
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) March 29, 2019
The Chennai Test was a high-scoring game
That Chennai Test provided a high-scoring encounter. After winning the toss, the South African skipper Graeme Smith decided to bat first.
The South African openers Graeme Smith and Neil McKenzie provided a perfect start with a 132-run partnership. Graeme Smith scored 73 runs while Neil McKenzie (94 runs) just missed his century. However, the no.3 batsman Hashim Amla played a top innings of 159 runs off 262 balls.
The wicketkeeper-batsman Mark Boucher also scored 70 runs in the late moment of that innings. In the first innings of that Test match, South Africa was bowled out on 540 runs in 152.5 overs.
In reply, Wasim Jaffer and Virender Sehwag provided a 213-run opening partnership. After Wasim Jaffer lost his wicket on 73 runs, Virender Sehwag had another 268 runs partnership with Rahul Dravid for the second wicket.
While Virender Sehwag scored 319 runs, Rahul Dravid scored 111. India was all out on 627 runs in 155.1 overs.
That Test match had a draw result after South Africa declared their second innings on 331/5 (109 overs). In that second innings, Neil McKenzie remained not out on 155 runs, while Hashim Amla scored 81 runs. However, Virender Sehwag won the Player of the Match award for his extraordinary batting performance.
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