4) Virender Sehwag, 182 balls
The Swashbuckling batsman again finds mention in the list. Records continued to tumble at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore in 2006 as Virender Sehwag and Rahul Dravid led the Indian innings in response to 679 set by Pakistan and led India to 403 for no loss.
With Sehwag at the crease India was cruising alone at an astonishing run-rate of 5.4. Sehwag muscled his way to his hundred, which also happened to be the fastest by an Indian opener and hit 46 balls to the fence making his way to 204. He was dropped twice on 125 and 199.He missed a few but rarely did any of this matter. He blunted the Pakistani bowling attack consisting of Shoaib Akhtar, Mohammad Sami, Rana Naved-ul-Hasan and Danish Kaneria. Dravid’s was an innings in contrast. He was absorbing the pressure before opening up with style – however it should be gauged on the controversial events that went before. Opening for the ninth time in a Test, he was composed against the fast.
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