2009 | Virender Sehwag(Viru)-Indian Cricketer

Tuesday, December 22, 2009


In the first T20 International at Nagpur, Sehwag scored 26 runs from 14 balls and gave a good start with his partner Gautam Gambhir.But the Indian middle order failed and they lost the match by 29 runs.Also the fielding has been worst in the match and the Indians ended up on the losing side.

In the second T20I at Mohali,Veeru scored his second T20I Fiifty by hitting 64 runs from 36 balls.This time Indian middle order capitalized on the start given by the openers Sehwag and Gambhir.Birthday boy Yuvraj Singh hit 60 runs from 25 balls.Atlast Indians managed to win comfortably with 6 wickets in hand.

Yuvraj was Man of the match for a brilliant Fifty and the three wickets taken by him.
T20I series was drawn level 1-1 and the trophy was shared between India and Sri Lanka.


After an emphatic innings victory at Kanpur,the indians were fully charged up for the final Test at Mumbai.
Sri Lankans started their first innings on day 1 and ended up reaching a total of 393 runs.

 Virender Sehwag was in  awesome form and made an yet another double century on day 2.This helped India to reach 443/1 in just 79 overs.Sehwag is the only Indian batsman to have triple century against his name.That too he has two triple centuries to his tally equalling Brian Charles Lara's and Sir Don Bradman's record.

Day 3 of the Mumbai test was considered to be historic day in the cricketing history since Sehwag was on the verge of getting his 3rd triple ton.If he gets it, he would be the first batsman to do so in the history of cricket.
But the Sultan of Multan disappointed all the cricket fans and cricket experts by getting out at 293 in Muralidharan's ball.Finally the Indians sealed off the Test series with a innings victory in the Mumbai test also.

Records created by veeru in Mumbai test
1.First Indian batsman to score six double tons in Test cricket surpassing "The Wall" Rahul Dravid.
2.Made second fastest double ton in168 balls beating his own previous record which was in 182 balls.
3.Sehwag crossed 6000 runs in test cricket.It is the 3rd fastest by innings after Sunny Gavaskar and Sachin Tendulkar .
4.India crowned the NO 1 spot in the Test team.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009


After a disappointing loss against the aussies in the ODIs, India started their campaign against Sri Lanka with the Tests.First test match held at Ahmadabad was drawn.

In the Second test at Kanpur,India won the toss and elected to bat.After a cautious start, Virender Sehwag and his Delhi team mate Gautam Gambhir went on to make a 233 run partnership for the first wicket.Sehwag hit 133 runs from 122 balls and was out in  'smiling assasin' Muttaih Murlidaran's over.

The momentum at which Sehwag scored the century and the centuries made by Gautam Gambhir and Rahul Dravid  helped India to achieve the highest total(642 Runs) in Tests .After a fabulous performance by all the  indian bowlers, India won the Kanpur Test by an Innings and 144 runs.Sreesanth was named  Man of the Match for his five wicket haul.

Friday, October 30, 2009


 The clash between  India and Australia in the Honour series had kicked off  with a nail-biting encounter in the  1st ODI on 25 th of October.Australia won the first battle by 4 runs in Vadodra.Indians gave a fitting reply to the Aussies in the 2nd ODI by thrashing the Aussies by 99 runs.

In both ODIs the Nawab of Najafgarh (Sehwag) was in prime form after his comeback from the shoulder injury.Sehwag was out for just 13 runs in the 1st ODI but hit three great shots for boundary.In the second ODI he teared apart the Aussie bowling attack by hitting 6 fours and 1 six.He scored 40 runs from 31 balls.The start given by Sehwag helped Gambhir,Dhoni to put a big total on the board.

With the completion of two ODIs the series is levelled 1-1.The 3rd ODI starts on 31st October 2:30 PM(IST) at Feroz Shah Kotla,Delhi which happens to be the home ground of the Nawab of Najafgarh(Virender Sehwag).So be ready for the Sehwag bomb in the 3rd ODI.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009


Indian opener Virender Sehwag was on Wednesday named skipper of the Rest of India team for the Irani Cup, scheduled to be played in November-December.

The BCCI selection commitee, who met in Chennai, also selected the three teams for the Challenger Series, which will be held from October 8 to 11.

Yuvraj Singh will lead India Red, Suresh Raina will captain India Green and MS Dhoni will skipper India Blues, according to a statement issued by the BCCI.

Rest of India team for Irani Cup: Virender Sehwag (captain), Murali Vijay, S Badrinath (vice captain), Virat Kohli, Manoj Tiwari, Ravindra Jadeja, Irfan Pathan, Wriddiman Saha (wicketkeeper), S Sreesanth, Munaf Patel, Pragyan Ojha, Kedar Jadhav, Abhinav Mukund, Uday Kaul, Sudeep Tyagi.


India's dashing opener Virender Sehwag walked the ramp at the Kolkata Fashion Week (KFW)-II here, sending the audience into raptures.Wearing a hand-woven sherwani suit, Sehwag exuded oodles of confidence as he walked the ramp for designer Rocky S. here on Wednesday night.
"Sehwag was perfectly chilled out in the attire. He was happy about what he was wearing," Rocky S. told mediapersons after the late night fashion event at a city hotel.
"When a person is confident about what he is wearing, it's half the battle won," he said.
Talking about his new collection, Rocky S. said, "This time I focused on colour and textile-based comfort oriented fashion wear. I tried to keep my collection very light so that it becomes more wearable.
"I used silk, hand-woven fabric mainly adopted from Benaras, and linen in my collection. I made this collection, especially keeping in mind the culture of Kolkata where hand-woven and colourful textiles are popular among people."
Asked why he had chosen a sportsman like Sehwag as a showstopper, Rocky S. said: "Sports is very important in India. So I've chosen a cricketer for the role."

Thursday, September 3, 2009


The stunning newspaper report on last Monday set the proverbial cat among the piegons. Just like his bat, Sehwag had let loose a carnage of verbal volleys that shook Delhi cricket from its very roots.Sehwag told the paper: "In Ranji trophy selection, it has often happened that 4 selectors get together & vote for 'their' players, leaving the chairman of the committee and me defeated. Especially when I am on national duty, they put pressure on the stand-in captains and the interference becomes more rampant. This manipulation has been going on for many years. What is the point in continuing to play for such an association where there is so much corruption."

"This thing has been going for the last six-seven years but I am glad that Viru has come out in the open to clean up the DDCA," said former India and Delhi player Madan Lal.

"We have been saying this thing for a long time but when Virender expresses his feelings on the entire affair, people will have to take the matter seriously," said another former player Kirti Azad.

Even as the training camp for the new season got underway, the signs of a mutiny were all there. The sticking points were well known, only now they were in sharp focus.

The all-powerful sports committee that made crucial decisions such as chosing the selection panel did not include a single former cricketer. There was rampant manipulation and corruption in the under-16 and under-19 categories. Former cricketers such as Madan Lal, Kirti Azad, Maninder Singh and Surinder Khanna had been forced out from positions within the DDCA. The system of elections through proxy votes had bred corruption and nepotism. Unhappy players such as the talented Amit Mishra were forced out of the state by inconsistent selections.

"He (Sehwag) has set something good for cricket and the chairman of selectors Chetan Chauhan has also promised that we will listen to him," said Delhi selector Bantoo Singh.

Thursday, August 13, 2009


Virender Sehwag, recuperating from a shoulder surgery, was shaping well for the Champions Trophy, according to Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni who said the dashing opener may however not be ready for the tri-series in Sri Lanka in early September.

"He is improving every day. He is putting in a lot of effort to get ready for the Champions Trophy," Dhoni said on Thursday.

On Sehwag's chances of playing in the tri-series in Sri Lanka starting on September 8, Dhoni hinted the batsman may have to sit out of the event.

"It's (tri-series) too soon, with just a few days to go," he said.Sehwag has been following a rehabilitation programme, which makes him doubtful not only for the September 8-14 tri-series in Sri Lanka but also cast a cloud of doubt over his availability for the Champions Trophy in South Africa starting on September 22.Dhoni said apart from Sehwag, there were no other injury issues and the players looked in perfect shape for a hectic schedule ahead."We just had a mid-term fitness test and we'll have a camp before the tri-series to get back into the groove and get ready for the long season ahead," Dhoni said.

Monday, August 10, 2009


India's only batsman to hit two triple centuries, opener Virender Sehwag says his penchant to hit big centuries in Tests was driven by critics doubting his calibre in the longer version of the game.

"In Test matches I'm very cautious. I want to score more runs and I want to score big runs and I want to prove everyone wrong because when I came to the Indian team everybody was saying 'He's only a one-day player, he cannot bat in Test cricket'," he said on an ICC talk show.

Often compared to Tendulkar, Sehwag said he always wanted to emulate the little master.

"I wanted to become a Tendulkar, but that's not possible because he is a God of cricket. When I was watching him on television, I tried to copy every single shot."


After being out of action for over two months following a shoulder injury that needed surgery, dashing opener Virender Sehwag is hoping to return to top-notch cricket through the ICC Champions Trophy next month.

"I am hoping to play in the ICC Champions Trophy. My rehabilitation is going well," said the Delhi marauder on the sidelines of a book release function here on Friday.

Sehwag underwent a surgery on June 11 after a lesion was identified in the injured shoulder and he was ruled out of action from between 12 to 16 weeks. The lesion was expected to heal in six weeks.

Indian team's physio Nitin Patel was given the task of monitoring Sehwag's rehabilitation process at the National Cricket Academy in Bangalore.The Champions Trophy, earlier termed the Mini World Cup, is also to be held in South Africa from September 22.

Sehwag said he will start batting practice from the first week of September and is now able to lift 10 kg with his injured shoulder. "But I can't throw or bowl yet," he said.

As a first step towards a recall into the Indian team, Sehwag, who has played in 69 Tests and 205 ODIs in which he has amassed a combined 12,000-plus runs, at a fabulous strike rate of close to 90, is to visit the NCA in Bangalore on August 15.

"I am set to go to Bangalore (NCA) on August 15 (for assessment of his progress from injury)", said the ace batsman who has 26 hundreds to his credit in Tests and ODIs combined.

Significantly, the Indian selectors are to meet on August 16 to pick the Champions Trophy squad, as well as the ODI squad for the triangular series in Sri Lanka preceding it, on the next day at Chennai.

Sehwag's selection for the ICC event would depend on the report that would be sent by the Indian team physiotherapist ahead of the selection panel meeting. He has been visiting the NCA after his surgery as part of his rehab process.

If he fails to make the cut for the Champions Trophy the next target is the seven-match ODI series against World Cup champions Australia that commences on October 25.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Sunday, August 2, 2009


The injury to Virender Sehwag has taken a new turn with reports suggesting that the opener may be forced out of action for three to four months, leaving his participation in the ICC Champions Trophy in doubt. 

The ICC Champions Trophy is to be played in South Africa from Sept. 24 to Oct. 5 and post-operation reports have suggested that the dashing opener from Delhi cannot return to competitive cricket until the first week of September, according to a report published in The Hindu. 

Sehwag was operated on June 11 after arthroscopic investigations by Dr. Angus Wallace, Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at The Park Hospital, Nottingham identified a Grade II Superior Labral Tear from Anterior to Posterior (SLAP) lesion in his right shoulder.

Sehwag was earlier ruled out of the ICC World Twenty20 despite being picked in the squad and travelled to England. The Hindu report suggested Sehwag experienced pain after the arthroscopic repair and required substantial analgesia and shoulder Cryo Cuff to ease pain. 

His rehabilitation programme began soon with pendulum exercises and elbow and hand exercises. He has also been advised to do isometric exercises in static position (without moving the shoulder) and to stay in broad arm sling and continue all exercises for four weeks.

Should the initial rehabilitation schedule produce the desired results, Sehwag will be asked to free himself from the sling and begin shoulder strengthening and mobility exercises. He would be monitored by the Indian team physio Nitin Patel right through the rehabilitation programme and at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bangalore. 

He is likely to undergo isokinetic shoulder strength evaluation in order to find out if he can throw the ball after 10 weeks of the operation and also return to nets by the first week of September, the report added. 

Dr. Wallace expects the SLAP lesion to heal in six weeks in order to begin shoulder strengthening and mobile exercises. The entire rehabilitation process is aimed at easing pain and for a comfortable and pain-free functioning of the right shoulder. Sehwag may return to action in September, but a tardy recovery may not allow him to play until October.

The rest and rehabilitation process is going to be a slow and steady affair and expected to last till the end of August, raising serious doubts whether he would be match fit for the ICC Champions Trophy commencing September 24 in South Africa.

Sehwag's likely absence in the tournament would certainly be a major blow for India's hopes, especially with signs of him having come to terms with the ebbs and flows of the 50-over game in the last twelve months.

However, the bigger question is how far would the repaired joint hamper Sehwag's carefree style of batting in the immediate future.
It's the right shoulder which would come prominently into action for his pull shots, slashes over third man and his patented whippy shots played off the hip.

Sehwag's idol and role model Sachin Tendulkar
had to re-orient his batting style after undergoing shoulder surgery a few years ago under the same surgeon whom he has now consulted, Dr Andrew Wallace.

Millions of his fans would be waiting with bated breath for Sehwag's return to the national side, probably in the seven-match ODI series at home against Australia in October-November after the conclusion of the Champions Trophy.

That series could, perhaps, be a pointer to whether the Delhi marauder can recapture his ability to bat in his patented fashion, especially on the on-side, or would need to reshape his batting style a bit.

Friday, July 31, 2009


Test Matches Awards

Man of the Series Awards

# Series Season Series Performance
1 India in Pakistan Test Series 2003/04 438 (3 Matches, 4 Innings, 1x100, 1x50); 6-0-27-0; 2 Catches
2 South Africa in India Test Series 2004/05 262 Runs (2 Matches, 3 Innings, 1x100, 2x50); 1 Catch
3 Pakistan in India Test Series 2004/05 544 Runs (3 Matches, 6 Innings, 2x100, 1x50); 5-2-14-0; 2 Catches

Man of the Match Awards

S No Opponent Venue Season Match Performance
1 West Indies Wankhede, Mumbai 2002/03 1st Innings: 147 (24x4, 3x6); 2-0-7-0
2nd Innings: 1 Catch
2 Pakistan Multan 2003/04 1st Innings: 309 (39x4, 6x6); 2-0-11-0
2nd Innings: 3-0-8-0; 1 Catch
3 Pakistan Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore 2006 1st Innings: 254 (47x4, 1x6); 6-0-24-0
4 West Indies Gros Islet, St Lucia 2006 1st Innings: 180 (20x4, 2x6); 16.1-5-33-3
2nd Innings: 30-9-48-1
5 South Africa Chennai 2007/08 1st Innings: 319 (42x4, 5x6); 11-1-37-1
2nd Innings: 22-2-55-1
6 Sri Lanka Galle 2008/09 1st Innings: 201 (22x4, 4x6)
2nd Innings: 50 (6x4, 1x6)
7 England Chennai 2008/09 1st Innings: 9 (2x4); 1-0-8-0
2nd Innings: 83 (11x4, 4x6); 6-0-22-0

ODI Cricket Awards

Man of the Series Awards

# Series Season Series Performance
1 India in New Zealand ODI Series 2008/09 299 (5 Matches, 5 Innings, 1x100, 2x50); 2 Catches

Man of the Match Awards

S No Opponent Venue Season Match Performance
1 Australia Bangalore 2000/01 58 (54b, 8x4); 9-0-59-3
2 New Zealand Colombo (SSC) 2001 100 (70b, 19x4, 1x6); 3-0-26-0
3 England Kanpur 2001/02 82 (62b, 14x4); 1-0-9-0; 1 Catch
4 England Colombo (RPS) 2002/03 126 (104b, 21x4, 1x6); 5-0-25-0
5 South Africa Colombo (RPS) 2002/03 59 (58b, 10x4); 5-0-25-3
6 West Indies Rajkot 2002/03 114* (82b, 17x4, 2x6); 6-0-29-0
7 New Zealand Napier 2002/03 108 (119b, 9x4, 2x6)
8 New Zealand Auckland 2002/03 112 (139b, 11x4, 3x6)
9 New Zealand Hyderabad 2003/04 130 (134b, 15x4, 2x6)
10 Zimbabwe Hobart 2003/04 90 (102b, 5x4, 5x6); 10-0-40-2; 1 Catch
11 Sri Lanka Colombo (RPS) 2004 81 (92b, 6x4, 2x6); 9-0-37-3
12 Bangladesh Dhaka 2004/05 70 (52b, 9x4, 2x6); 6-1-31-0
13 Pakistan Kochi 2004/05 108 (95b, 9x4, 3x6); 5-0-26-0
14 Bermuda Port of Spain, Trinidad 2007 115 (87b, 17x4, 3x6); 5-0-15-0
15 England Bangalore, India 2008 69 (57b, 9x4, 3x6)
16 England Cuttack, India 2008 91 (73b, 15x4, 1x6)
17 New Zealand Hamilton, New Zealand 2009 125* (75b,14x4, 6x6)


Virender Sehwag is a primal talent whose rough edges make him all the more appealing. By the time he had scored his first centuries in one-day cricket (off 70 balls, against New Zealand) and Test cricket (on debut, against South Africa, from 68 for 4), he was already eliciting comparisons with his idol Sachin Tendulkar. It is half true. Like Tendulkar, he is short and square with curly hair, plays the straight drive, backfoot punch and whip off the hips identically, but leaves Tendulkar in the shade when it comes to audacity.
Asked to open the innings in Tests on the tour of England in 2002, Sehwag proved an instant hit, cracking an 80 and a 100 in the first two matches. Regularly thereafter, he kept conjuring pivotal innings at the top of the order, none as significant as India's first 300 (which he bought up, characteristically, with a six), at Multan against Pakistan in early 2004.
Sehwag bowls effective, loopy offspin, and is a reliable catcher in the slips. 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, the Indian board wasn't prepared to listen, and even played an unofficial Test with South Africa to prove a point. When a compromise was finally reached, Sehwag was back to his merry ways.
Though he continued to dominate in the Test arena, Sehwag's one-day form dipped alarmingly - after January 2004, he went through a period of 60 matches where he averaged under 29. Despite his fitness levels dropping and his one-day spot being under threat - he was dropped from the side for the home series against West Indies in early 2007 - Sehwag continued to sparkle in Tests, as shown by his magnificent 254 at Lahore. In June, he came excruciatingly close to scoring a century before lunch in the first day against West Indies in St Lucia, a feat never accomplished before by an Indian batsman.
After a string of poor scores, Sehwag was dropped from India's Test squad to Bangladesh in 2007, and was not considered for either the Test or ODI sides to England. He was a surprise pick for the Test team to tour Australia after not being named in the initial list of probables.
Sehwag had to wait for two matches before he made a strong comeback in the Perth Test, where he gave the innings' momentum with knocks of 29 and 43, and took two wickets with his offspin in Australia's second innings, to help India claim one of their greatest wins. He followed it up with scores of 63 and an imperious 151 - his first century in the team's second innings - to help India draw the Test in Adelaide. Then, in the first Test against South Africa in Chennai, he made an even more emphatic statement, rattling off the quickest triple-century in Test cricket, off just 278 balls. He eventually made 319 - the highest score by an Indian - and in the process became only the third batsman, after Don Bradman and Brian Lara, to pass 300 twice in Tests. In his next Test series against Sri Lanka in 2008, Sehwag thrived while the Indian middle-order struggled against the mystery spin of Ajantha Mendis. His double-hundred and half-century were instrumental in India winning the Galle Test.


                     NAME                   :   VIRENDER SEHWAG(VEERU)
                     BATTING STYLE    :   RIGHT HAND BAT
                     BOWLING STYLE   :   RIGHT ARM OFF-BREAK

                                 BATTING AND FIELDING AVERAGES


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Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w
TESTS 76 72 2785 1405 32 5/104 5/118 43.9 3.02 87 0 1
ODIs 221 135 4141 3648 88 25/3 25/3 41.45 5.28 47 0 0
T20Is 14 1 6 20 0 - - - 20 - 0 0
7416 3838 96 104/5
39.97 3.1 77
LIST A 291
5746 4941 134 17/4 17/4 36.87 5.15 43 2 0
TWENTY20 52 17 258 370 16 14/3 14/3 23.12 8.6 16 0 0