His Life : Revolutionizing Cricket to New Generation.
- Year 1978 – Born in Najafgarh, New Delhi.
- Year 1997 – Made his Domestic debut for Delhi.
- Year 1999 – Made ODI debut against Pakistan.
- Year 2002 – Honoured with Arjuna award.
- Year 2010 – Honoured with Padma Shree.
- Year 2013 – Played Last ODI and Test match.
“I would always have Sehwag in my team. I want to watch him bat but not bowl to him”
Virendra Sehwag is a former Indian cricketer and also widely regarded as one of the most destructive batsmen of all time, Sehwag played as an aggressive right-handed opening batsman and also bowled part-time right-arm off-spin.
Virendra Sehwag was born to Mr. Krishan and Mrs.Krishna Sehwag in Najafgarh, New Delhi in October 20, 1978. He was born into a joint family and his family originally hailed from Haryana. He did his schooling in Arora Vidya School, Delhi and he insisted his father for letting him play cricket from the verysmall age on the basis that he was not academically gifted. Early in his career he had a reputation for being an attacking batsman and his coach was coach Amar Nath Sharma. His father tried to end his career when he broke a tooth as a child in 1990, but Sehwag evaded the ban with the help of his mother. Later he attended Jamia Milia Islamia for graduation.
Sehwag married Aarti Ahlawat in April 2004 under heavy security cover in a widely publicised wedding hosted by Arun Jaitley, the then Union law minister of India, at his residence. The couple have two sons, Aryavir, born on 18 October 2007 and Vedant, born in 2010.
Virendra Sehwag made his debut for Delhi cricket team in first class cricket in the 1997–98 season. He was selected to the North Zone cricket team for the Duleep Trophy the following 1998–99 season. The following year he was fourth on the Duleep Trophy run scoring list, including a 274, the highest score of the competition. He was then selected for the U-19 team which toured South Africa. His consistency earned the attention of selectors and he became a regular member of the national team in mid-2001.
Sehwag’s ODI career started poorly when he scored only 1 run against Pakistan in his debut match in Mohali in April 1999 when he fell lbw to Shoaib Akhtar. His bowling performance was also ineffective and expensive, conceding 35 runs off 3 overs. He did not get another chance in the national team for 20 months. He was then chosen for the Zimbabwe series in the year 2000. His first half century came in the fourth match of his career against Australia in the year 2001 and combined with his three wickets, he helped India to win and was awarded his first man of the match award.
Due to his style of cricket, he has wait two years for his test debut. Sehwag made his Test debut in late 2001 in the First Test against South Africa in Bloemfontein as a middle-order batsman. He scored 105 on debut despite the South African win, he made an impact. Sehwag exploded when sent in to open the innings against New Zealand in his 15th ODI, scoring a century off 69 balls and announcing himself to the world. Than after scoring a hundred against the West Indies at home, Sehwag made the Boxing Day Test of 2003 his own with an attacking hundred at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, and fell just five short of his first double hundred in Tests.
Nevertheless, such was the audacity of the legend tjat in 2004, he scored a triple century against Pakistan. His strike-rate in ODIs is second only to Shahid Afridi amongst the batsmen who have scored at least 1000 runs. Sehwag has always threatened to take the match away from the opposition, but not done it often enough, residing to being the top-order cameo player and hammering the leather off the ball to make life easier for the middle-order. Even so, he held the record for the fastest ODI hundred by an Indian (off 60 balls) for 4 years. Sehwag scored a remarkable 219 in an ODI against the West Indies at Indore, which was only the 2nd ODI double-hundred at the time.
Sehwag was the captain of the Delhi Daredevils in the first two edition of Indian Premier League, before he quit the position to concentrate more on his batting transferring it to Gautam Gambhir. However, for the fourth edition of IPL, he was the only player to be retained by the franchise, again as captain of the Delhi Daredevils. Sehwag again led the team in the fifth edition of the league, where he made the record of being the only batsman to score five consecutive half centuries in T20s.
Virendra Sehwag had a golden year in 2010, as he took apart bowling attacks in a year with a plethora of home series. He played a handsome role in India’s 2011 World Cup triumph. He set the platform for the campaign with a blistering 175 against Bangladesh in Dhaka. His shoulder injury and deteriorating eyesight were starting to affect his game, particularly in the bouncier and faster away conditions. Sehwag after his blistering form got out of form due to injury and played his last ODI in 2013 against Pakistan. Sehwag got a final chance and was retained in the side for the home Test series against Australia, based on his hundred in Ahmedabad against England. Due to a string of poor scores meant he was forced out of the side for the last two Tests – and we never saw him again in test cricket.
Awards and Recognition
Virendra Sehwag was awarded Arjuna award in 2002 and was also honoured with Wisden Leading Cricketer in the World in 2008 and 2009. He also achieved ICC Test Player of the Year in 2010. He was also honoured with Padma Shree in 2010.
In 2011, Sehwag started Sehwag International School in Jhajjar, Haryana, which lies 65 kilometres west of Delhi. Sehwag has become a social worker and associated with many foundations and social welfare orgainsiation. He inspires the children of Smile Foundation. He has also offered to bear the educational expenses of children of all the CRPF personnel martyred in the dastardly terrorist attack in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama on 14th Feb’2019. He is also an active twitteratti .