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Virender Sehwag 

 (born 20 October 1978, in Delhi) also known as "Veeru" is an Indian cricketer (batsman) and member of the Indian national cricket team since 1999 (one-dayers) and 2001 (Tests). He is a blistering right-handed opening batsman and a right-arm off-spin bowler. He is the current record holder for the highest score made by an Indian in Test Cricket.

 Early years

The son of a grain merchant, Sehwag spent his childhood in a bungalow in a joint family with siblings, uncles, aunts and 16 cousins[citation needed]. Though now settled in New Delhi, the Sehwag family hailed from Haryana[citation needed]. Sehwag was the third of four children born to father Krishan and mother Krishna Sehwag, with two older sisters Manju, Anju and younger brother Vinod. His father attributes his interest in cricket to a toy bat which he was given when he was seven months old He attended Arora Vidya School in Delhi, and pestered his parents to let him play cricket, on the basis that he was not academically gifted [2]. 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 [3] .

            ODI CAREER

Inauspicious Start:Sehwag's ODI career started off on the wrong foot when he scored 1 [11] against Pakistan in Mohali in April 1999.


Limelight: Virender Sehwag had his international breakthrough performance in Sri Lanka in August 2001 when he was promoted to the opening slot for the tri-series involving New Zealand also. The promotion to open the innings came because India missed its regular opener - Sachin Tendulkar due to foot injuiry[13]. In the match against New Zealand that was to decide the finalist, he scored his maiden century off 69 balls [14]. The century is the second fastest ODI century for an Indian behind Azhar's 62 ball effort against the same team years ago. This performance earned him a regular spot in the ODI squad in the middle-order through the end of the year. An innings of note in this time frame is the 22 ball half-century against Kenya in Bloemfontein, tying the second fastest 50 by an Indian.

 35 runs off 3 overs.


ONGC's Virender Sehwag On The Cover Of Time Magazine

1st May 2003, Time

Virender Sehwag, ONGCian and Indian cricketing icon, has been featured on the cover of TIME, the internationally acclaimed news magazine. Reproduced here is the accompanying article.

When N A Sharma, a coach at a government-sponsored cricket center on the outskirts of the Indian capital of New Delhi, first met Virender Sehwag, he found little that impressed him. Sehwag was a 13-year-old local boy, son of a grain hawker, who lived in a house stuffed with siblings, uncles, aunts and 16 cousins. He had no dazzling skills—but was desperate to learn. Sharma was bowling to Sehwag one afternoon when dusk fell, and the coach suggested they call it a day. Sehwag refused: he wanted to perfect his stroke. "The other boys were sitting on the side gossiping," Sharma recalls, "but here was Sehwag, still batting. From that day onward, I told the other boys: 'Virender is going to play big cricket.'"


 Personal Life

Sehwag married Arti Alhawat in April, 2004 under heavy security in a media publicized wedding which was hosted by Arun Jaitley, the union law minister of India at his residence [86].

Sehwag is fondly referred to in the media as the Nawab of Najafgarh, Najafgarh being his home locality in Delhi. A lifelong vegetarian, Sehwag owns a vegetarian eatery, Sehwag Favourites, which opened in late 2005 in the Fun Republic cineplex in Delhi, following the footsteps of his role model Sachin Tendulkar. The majority of the products on the menu are named after cricketing themes related to his memorable innings, such as Multan Ke Sultan Ki Tikdi, meaning dish for three persons, which alludes to his triple century in Multan and is priced at 309 rupees. There are plans to expand the chain across India with a second outlet already planned in Ludhiana.



Sehwag was often compared to Sachin Tendulkar in his early days due to the similar batting style, build and appearance
Sehwag is fondly referred to in the media as the Nawab of Najafgarh, Najafgarh being his home locality in Delhi.
Sehwag has no MoS Awards in ODI Cricket
In ODI cricket, Sehwag has enjoyed the most success against New Zealand, scoring four of his seven centuries against them, whilst averaging 45 in 16 games.
Sehwag's scoring rate is extremely quick, at 96.76 runs per 100 balls (it is exceeded only by six current players, only one of whom has played 100 matches), but his average is a fairly ordinary 31.50.
Sehwag's worst record is against world champions Australia, against whom he averages only 22 in 17 games, with just two half centuries.
He has had more success in run chases, averaging four more than when batting first, as well as scoring five of his seven centuries in run chases.

career profile

Full name Virender Sehwag
Born October 20, 1978, Delhi
Current age 27 years
Major teams India, ACC Asian XI, Delhi, ICC World XI, Leicestershire
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm offbreak


Test debut  South Africa v India at Bloemfontein - Nov 3-6, 2001
Last Test  India v Sri Lanka at Ahmedabad - Dec 18-22, 2005
ODI debut  India v Pakistan at Chandigarh - Apr 1, 1999
Last ODI  India v South Africa at Mumbai - Nov 28, 2005
First-class span  1997/98 - 2005/06
List A span  1997/98 - 2005/06