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Virender Sehwag

07 August, 2006

Virender Sehwag is a primal talent whose rough edges make him all the more appealing.

Full name:
Virender Sehwag
Born: October 20, 1978, Delhi
Current age :27 years 358 days
Major teams: India, ACC Asian XI, Delhi, ICC World XI, Leicestershire, Rajasthan Cricket Association President's XI
Batting style: Right-hand bat
Bowling style :Right-arm offbreak

Statsguru Test player, ODI player

 

 Batting and fielding averages
class  mat  inns  no  runs  hs  ave  bf  sr  100  50  4s  6s  ct  st
Tests   49   81   3   4066   309   52.12   5365   75.78   12   12   598   41   38   0
ODIs   157   153   7   4636   130   31.75   4794   96.70   7   23   633   66   67   0
First-class   103   166   7   8229   309   51.75         25   30         94   0
List A   220   211   12   6351   130   31.91         8   37         89   0
Twenty20   6   6   0   86   26   14.33   63   136.50   0   0         1   0

 Bowling averages
class  mat  balls  runs  wkts  bbi  bbm  ave  econ  sr  4  5  10
Tests   49   1192   628   12   3/33   4/71   52.33   3.16   99.33   0   0   0
ODIs   157   3188   2817   69   3/25   3/25   40.82   5.30   46.20   0   0   0
First-class   103   5216   2727   67   4/32      40.70   3.13   77.85      0   0
List A   220   4617   3934   108   4/17   4/17   36.42   5.11   42.75   1   0   0
Twenty20   6   84   70   7   3/14   3/14   10.00   5.00   12.00   0   0   0

 Career statistics
 
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Test debut  South Africa v India at Bloemfontein - Nov 3-6, 2001 scorecard
Last Test  West Indies v India at Kingston - Jun 30-Jul 2, 2006 scorecard
ODI debut  India v Pakistan at Chandigarh - Apr 1, 1999 scorecard
Last ODI  Australia v India at Kuala Lumpur - Sep 22, 2006 scorecard
First-class span  1997/98 - 2006
List A span  1997/98 - 2006/07
Twenty20 span  2003

 Profile

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 even dropped for the final one-dayer against England in April 2006 - 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.


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