By Rishabh Naudiyal Last Updated:
Virender Sehwag is hands-down one of the most destructive openers in the history of world cricket. It was on October 20, 2015, when Sehwag announced his retirement from all formats of cricket. What he left behind are some numbers which look quite unimaginable to surpass for many cricketers out there. For the unversed, Sehwag hit 8,273 runs in ODIs, 8,586 runs in Tests, and 394 in T20s. Although he has a long list of incredible records to his name, there are a few records which will not be broken in the coming years for sure.
Virender Sehwag has the record for fastest triple hundred by balls in Test cricket. The iconic right-handed batsman hit 300 runs in just 278 balls against the bowling lineup of South Africa back in March 2008. Sehwag is also the only Indian player to hit two triple-hundreds in Test cricket. Also, he has the record of scoring the most runs in ODI innings as a captain, when he hit 219 runs against West Indies.
Apart from all the records that he has made, there was one habit of Virender Sehwag, which cricket fanatics across the world miss today, and that is his ability to knock boundaries on the very first ball of an inning. As an opener for the Indian cricket team, Sehwag faced the first delivery of a match on 124 occasions, out of which he scored a boundary on 20 occasions.
All these records and facts are a gentle reminder for all the new-age cricketer fanatics, who have forgotten how incredible Virender Sehwag was during his playing days. He was a batsman known for his attacking style of play, even in the most intense and complex moments. It's impossible to sum up Sehwag's contribution to Indian cricket as he has been a saviour for our nation on uncountable occasions.
Apart from having an illustrious career, there have been some controversies in Sehwag's cricketing career, but he has always taken everything on his chest instead of hiding behind the silences.
One such infamous incident happened between former Indian coach, John Wright and Virender Sehwag back in 2004, when India was playing an ODI match against England in 2004. After an English bowler sent the opener to the pavilion cheaply, John Wright got furious and pushed Sehwag by his collar inside the dressing room.
If the then-reports are to be believed, the ex-coach even slapped Virender Sehwag, and the two got physical in the dressing room. However, there was never any confirmation about the same.
But it was revealed openly by Sehwag in multiple interviews that John pulled him by his collar, and it was extremely disrespectful to him. He complained about it straight to the then-manager, Rajiv Shukla. The matter was resolved later after a meeting was held between the head of the cricket committee, John and Sehwag.
The iconic cricketer, Virender Sehwag, hails from Haryana and always tries to return to his roots. He opened a school named Sehwag International School in the city. The cricketer never skips a chance to give it back to Haryana whenever possible, as the place holds a significant mark in his lineage.
In the year 2008, Mahendra Singh Dhoni was the ODI captain of the Indian cricket team, and due to Virender Sehwag's low scores in his last matches, the former dropped him in their series against Australia.
The decision reportedly left a massive crack between the two cricketers. Once, in an interview with Cricbuzz, Sehwag revealed that when MS Dhoni took the decision to drop him, he got so depressed that he thought of announcing his retirement.
Recalling the same, Virender Sehwag also added in that very moment it was Sachin Tendulkar, who stopped him from taking such a big decision in the heat of the moment. The advice from the master blaster turned out to be beneficial for Sehwag as he returned to the team in India's conquest in the 2008 Asia Cup.
The batsman not only returned but also played beautifully in the entire tournament and afterwards. However, as per reports, the incident damaged Sehwag and Dhoni's relationship a bit, even though the two were on talking terms.
As per multiple reports, Virender Sehwag owns two super-expensive cars. The first one is the BMW 7-Series, which is worth Rs. 1.70 crores. Time and again, we have seen Sehwag travelling in his luxurious car to major events. However, it is his Bentley Continental Flying Spur which speaks volumes about his love for swanky cars. The famous car is estimated to be around Rs. 3 crores.
If the reports are to be believed, Virender Sehwag has an estimated net worth of Rs. 300 crores. With all the brand endorsements he has done in the past, along with working as a critic on channels and doing commentary, Sehwag has multiple income streams.
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