Virender Sehwag is one of those rare cricketers who are as in real life as they are on the cricket field. Carefree, light mood and someone who kept things simple all the time. The opener changed the way Test cricket was played thanks to his see ball, hit ball philosophy, given that he scored two triple tons in Tests and four scores of over 250 in red-ball cricket.
However, Sehwag shared an image from a format that suited him more, the ODIs. On this day in 2011, Virender Sehwag became the second batsman to score a double century in one-day cricket, a feat he achieved against West Indies in Indore. It was the 4th match of the five-ODI series and Sehwag was captaining the side in absence of MS Dhoni.
He made 219 in 149 balls with 25 fours and 7 sixes, to eclipse his mentor Sachin Tendulkar’s innings of 200*, which had come in 2010 against South Africa in Gwalior. With this double-ton, Sehwag became the first captain in ODIs to make a double century and this was the highest score in ODI cricket until Rohit Sharma went past it by making 264 in 2014.
Sehwag shared an image from his innings with the caption,” Verified 8 years #timeflies faster than the ball used to #indore219”
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His teammate for a long time, Harbhajan Singh commented on the photo and said that with the powerplay rules in those days with five players inside the 30-yard circle, Sehwag would have scored triple hundred also.
“Imagine bowling to him with 5 fielders in the circle at all time.. he would have got 300 in odi too.. what a legend,” Wrote Harbhajan.