The name “Sehwag” can be used as an metaphor for destruction. He was one of the most fearless batsmen of all time. Watching classic Virender Sehwag batting performances were the stuff of legend. He is known for his blistering and breathtaking knocks which were a treat to watch. Najafgarh ka nawab, Multan ka Sultan, Visfotak Viru are some of the names which are etched in our minds. People talk about footwork and other cricketing basics when it comes to batting, but it seemed that Viru had his own rulebook, in which the Index read-
1> How to hit a boundary on the first ball
2> How to hit a boundary on the second ball
Not to say the book follows a similar pattern. With minimal footwork and maximum intent, he had a inexorable quest for boundaries. Many questioned his technique, but his fans loved the way he played and thrashed the bowlers out of the park. He had a single gameplan which comprised of scoring runs as quickly as possible and that’s why he has piled Test runs at a much faster pace than anybody in the history of Test cricket. Normally bowlers fancy their chances against a hard hitting batsman, but in this case it’s just the opposite. It was Sehwag who never allowed the bowlers to settle and scored runs at will.
His retirement came as a shock to many people, but there is an end to everything. The bowlers will now breathe a sigh of relief and they might even ask ICC to declare 20th october as World’s Bowlers Day. Jokes apart, Sehwag has been a batsman of his kind, who entertained people to the maximum. His retirement marked the end of an era in Indian Cricket. He was the player who changed the dynamics of Cricket. Yes, Tendulkar is a Legend and will always be missed, but that list comprises of many other greats of the game. As far as Sehwag is concerned, there is only one list titled as “Carnage” and not to mention it contains only one name- Mr. Virender Sehwag. There weren’t any and there won’t be any because Sehwag is irreplaceable and unmatchable.
With this short intro, ES brings you the top performances by our very own Viru Paji on the day of his 39th Birthday.