Biography of Virender Sehwag:-Virender Sehwag is an aggressive Indian batsman; he made it to the top after a hard earned profile and decent first-class record playing for Delhi Cricket team. Viru is a record holder, he has achieved countless feats in 16-year ODI career, and he suffered from injuries, bad form, and competition in his playing position i.e. middle order and sometimes as an opening batsman. Virender’s father bought him a plastic bat when he was seven months old, his father supported him to play cricket at higher level, though he objected many times when Viru wasn’t performing as well as he should be in academics, his mother had a veto power to help him carry on with cricket.
Biography of Virender Sehwag
- Born:- 20 October 1978 (age 38),
- Height:- 1.7 m
- Spouse:- Aarti Ahlawat (m. 2004)
- 2015- Paresent:- Haryana
- Movies:- : Sachin: A Billion Dreams
- Did You Know:- Virender Sehwag has the third-highest individual score (219) in ODIs in a single innings.
Virender Sehwag was born on 20thOctober 1978. His father was an upper-middle-class grain merchant of Haryana, Punjab. The Biography of Virender Sehwag revolves around his brothers & sisters, parents, and cricket. Sehwag received most of his education from Delhi; he played his whole first-class cricket in Delhi for North Zone, South Zone, and Delhi Cricket Team. Virender Sehwag wife and kids reside in New Delhi along with his parents.
Virender Sehwag was an average batsman and a part-time off-spinner in the early days when he used to play for Delhi before 1997. The post-1997 era was truly a new start for Sehwag; he changed his batting style, improved his technique and worked hard to adjust himself to National team. Sehwag impressed the selectors by his aggressive and balanced batting technique, though his average wasn’t that good those quick and blistering double centuries can’t be ignored by the selectors, they had to give a chance to the rising and aggressive Virender Sehwag.
He was, at last, given a chance in Mohali in 1999 when Pakistan toured India, Sehwag couldn’t handle the pressure and near to 100 mph pace of Shoaib Akhtar and was lbw at 1, he bowled too in that match and failed miserably by leaking 35 off 18 balls before he was removed from the attack.
International Career of Virender Sehwag:
Sehwag had a depressive International start, he waited for the next chance, and he got it 20 months after the Pakistan series. It was Zimbabwe Vs India; Sehwag scored a half century in thefourthmatch. Otherwise, it wasn’t an impressive start for any young lad. After two years, Sehwag finally got an ODI century against New Zealand off 69 balls; it was the third fastest century ever by an Indian cricketer. The next year, Sehwag smashed Kenya bowling with a 22-ball fifty being the second fastest fifty maker for India. 2002 was going well and smooth for Virender Sehwag, he was moved to the top order replacing Sachin Tendulkar, and he amassed 426 runs in the calendar year 2002. It was just a start of a bright career; he made four half-centuries at an average of 42.6 per inning.
ICC Champions Trophy in 2002 made him the hero for Indian fans; he said that “people actually started taking me seriously after Champions Trophy 2002. Sehwag had an astonishing batting average of 90.33 with two men of the match awards. After a 192 runs partnership with Sourav Gangly in Champions Trophy 2002, later in the year, he was involved in another brilliant knock of 114 not out in 82 balls in Rajkot ensuring an outstanding win over West Indies.
2003 World Cup wasn’t that impressive for Virender Sehwag, he scored with a humble 27 average that resulted in a final match loss for India. However, Virender Sehwag stats show that he always had a strong comeback against New Zealand, he surfaced again as the best partner this time with Sachin Tendulkar, they both gathered 182 runs, Sehwag made an impressive 130 runs that resulted in a comprehensive victory by 145 runs for India. Virender Sehwag was the backbone of Indian top order by the end of 2003. Sehwag had a rough 2004, he came back with a century against Pakistan, his first one against them and after 18 months gap, India won that match, and the credit goes to Virender Sehwag for a 95-ball 108. From 2004 to 2006, Sehwag was having a good form in both part-time bowling and obviously in batting, but he completely flopped in ODIs. He was dropped to recover and regain the lost form. Rahul Dravid, however, retained him in ODIs and for 2007 World Cup squad. India had a rough World Cup campaign, they only got victorious against Bermuda where Sehwag scored a quick century helping India to set the record of highest ODI total ever, the record was later bested by England against Pakistan in a home series where they tore apart Pakistani bowling lineup making 444-3 in 2016.
Sehwag was an excellent test cricketer, he debuted against South Africa. England tour in 2002 was a bit fortunate; he scored a century and two fifties, later against West Indies in home series, Virender Sehwag SCORED 147 in the first test. In December 2003, it was Boxing Day test at MCG when Virender Sehwag scored 195-runs. Unfortunately India lost the Test match as his teammates were unable to handle the pace attack of Aussies. On Pakistan tour, Virender Sehwag became the first Indian to score a triple century; his 309 at Multan were quite brutal as he smashed Pakistani bowlers everywhere he wanted. In 2004, he had a couple of the 80s and 100s; he scored 155 and 164 in a home series in 2004. Later in 2006, he hammered the opposition with 254 at Gaddafi Stadium Lahore; he had a triple century and a double century by then in test cricket. Sewage’s second century came against South Africa, he scored 319 off 278 balls, he became the third batsman to score two triple centuries in Test cricket, a record held by Brian Lara and Sir Don Bradman till date. Sehwag has the best batting average against Pakistan i.e. 90.
Sehwag again got back in form in away series against New Zealand, he thrashed New Zealand bowlers to score the fastestcentury ever by any Indian cricketer. The ton came off just 60 balls, eventually winning the match and series win for India against New Zealand, first series win for India vs. New Zealand in New Zealand. Two years later, Sehwag scored a double hundred for India against West Indies. The 219 runs off 149 balls was the first and fastest double century by any Indian batsman in ODIs. Sehwag loves to chase the target, 60% of his centuries came in a chasing situation, and his strike rate i.e. 103.44 is only below Shahid Afridi. He is one of the quickest run-scorers in World Cricket though Afridi is no match to Sehwag due to an extremely low average of Shahid Afridi as compared to Virender Sehwag.
Sehwag is a brilliant and one of the most aggressive T20 international players. Apart from International T20 matches, Virender Sehwag batting average is tremendous in IPL. In 96 IPL innings, Sehwag scored 2629 runs with an impressive average of 28.9 per innings. He has played 7 matches for his franchise in Champions League T20 scoring 208 with an average above 34 per inning. Sehwag started as a captain for Delhi DareDevils and ended as a captain for DD, he handed over the captaincy to Gambhir to concentrate more on batting, later due to franchise flip, he again becamethe captain and the only player to be retained by Delhi team.
Appealing Controversy in 2001:
Sehwag was the main character of 2001 controversy between BCCI and ICC, Mike Denness banned six Indian players for excessive appealing, and Sehwag was one of them. India after threatening not to play the match forced South African Cricket Board to prohibit the official match referee from entering the ground, the tensions escalated, and ICC declared the game as unofficial. Later, ICC imposed on India to ban Virender Sehwag from playing one test match, it was a disappointing stage of the career for Sehwag. He tried to retire from international cricket; somehow, senior players prevented that from happening.
Awards and Records:
Virender Sehwag records and awards list is too long to cover. He has achieved four highest-level national and international awards, that includes Padma Shri Award by the Government of India in 2010, Arjuna Award in 2002, and two awards Wisden Leading Cricketer in the World for two successive years and ICC Test player of the year in 2008, 2009 and the latter one in 2010.
Sehwag, after retirement from International and league cricket, is having a retirement period; he gives most of his time to Family and friends. Sehwag is a popular figure on social media especially on twitter for his humorous tweets; he is often found trolling cricketers and politicians.
Virender Sehwag Family & Personal Life
Virender Sehwag wife and two sons are living in Delhi Metropolitan. Sehwag married Aarti Ahlawat in 2004; their marriage was filled with filmstars, politicians, media personalities, and famous businessmen of India. The lavish wedding ceremony was held at Arun Jaitley’s house. Sehwag is running a vegetarian eatery, the Sehwag Favorites in Delhi.