Virender Sehwag, one of the destructive openers in the world cricket and Indian pride is planning to retire from international cricket soon. He revolutionized opener’s approach, to create a sense of fear among any opponent in the world. He played the last Test match against Australia and the last One-day Internationals against Pakistan in 2013. He made his Test debut against South Africa in 2001 and his One-day International against Pakistan in 1999. Thus, his Test cricket and ODI career spanned 12 years and for 14 years respectively
He has scored 17,253 runs international runs across all formats. He has played along with stalwarts of Indian cricket like Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, VVS Laxman and Anil Kumble.
Before he was shifted to the opening slot he was a middle order batsman. Sourav Ganguly played a gamble with him during the 2002 Lord’s Test match. He scored an 84 against South Africa as an opener and since then his role as an opener was confirmed.
In his 104 Test matches, he scored 8586 runs. His breakthrough year was 2002-03 when he scored 1040 runs in nine Tests including 195 on day one at the MCG. He attacked the bowlers and made huge scores for India including two triple tons against Pakistan in Multan (319) and against South Africa (309) in Chennai. He has four double centuries and 23 centuries of them 14 exceeded 150 runs. He scored runs at quick pace. He was a key figure in helping India to reach number 1 in Test rankings both home and away. His partnership with Sachin Tendulkar was a special treat to watch as they scored many runs together. Some great innings came in Mumbai(293), Galle(201 and 50), Kanpur, Kolkata, Colombo and attacking 68 balls 83 on the fourth evening of Chennai test in December 2008 that helped India to win a test match on the last day. He was one among cricketers to score two triple centuries in test cricket after Don Bradman, Chris Gayle and Brian Lara. He is the only Indian to score triple centuries in Test matches. His strike rate of 82.23 is best for any batsmen with an aggregate over 2000 runs.
In One day Internationals, he scored 8273 runs with 15 centuries with the best score of 219 runs. He has an average of 35.05 from 251 matches. Out of his 15 centuries, 14 brought a victory for India. Sehwag was a key player of the Indian team that reached the finals of World Cup 2003 and won the 2011 edition in India. His partnership with Sachin Tendulkar was a special treat to watch as they scored so many runs together. His aggressive attitude in One day International made him a dangerous opener. His asset was the hand-eye coordination and minimal footwork. He scored his maiden ODI century against New Zealand just off 69 balls and other memorable innings include 126 against England at the Champions trophy 2002, 125 at Hamilton in 2009, 175 in the opening match of the World Cup 2011.
He is the second player to score double centuries in One day International when he smashed 219 against WI.
Sehwag was a part of the Indian team which lifted the first World T20 in South Africa in 2007. He was an aggressive batsman in the T20 format also with the highest score of 68. He made his T20 debut against South Africa in 2006. He has also played for Delhi and Deccan Charges in the Indian Premier League also. He played 19 matches and scored 394 runs.
Sehwag’s contribution in domestic cricket like Ranji Trophy, Duleep Trophy, Irani Trophy is also worth emulating for the youngsters. He has played for Delhi for so many years and now shifted to Haryana this year. He was one of the top scorers for Delhi last year.
He was a useful option for short spells of spin bowling. He picked crucial wickets and his best figures in a Test match are 5/104 and in ODIs are 4/6 respectively. He picked a total of 40 wickets in Tests and 96 wickets in One-day Internationals.
He was an entertainer and people thronged stadium to see his explosive batting. He has not been in the Indian team in any form of cricket for the last 2 and half years. He is currently playing for Haryana in the Ranji Trophy and will finish commitments. Currently, he is in Dubai He will come to India and then announce retirement from international cricket.