Digital Desk, New Delhi. Starting the team by hitting a four or a six on the first ball without fear, only one player could do this and his name is Virender Sehwag. Ask Sehwag to play a bowler’s band singing Kishore Kumar’s songs. Sehwag, one of the most destructive batsmen in world cricket, is celebrating his 43rd birthday today. Sehwag made his international debut in 1999. He became the first Indian to be honored as the Wisden Leading Cricketer in the World for his performance in 2008. Apart from this, he has also captained India, Delhi Daredevils and Delhi Ranji team.
How ‘Nawab of Najafgarh’ became ‘Sultan of Multan’
Although Sehwag has played many memorable innings but his most memorable innings was against Pakistan in Multan.
Sehwag made history in the very first match of the three-match series for India, which went to Pakistan in 2004. Sehwag is the first Indian cricketer to score a triple century in Test cricket by scoring 309 runs. During this innings, he spent 531 minutes on the field where he faced 375 balls and hit 39 fours and 6 sixes. After this smoky innings, he was given the name ‘Sultan of Multan’.
During this innings, when Sachin threatened to kill him
A strange anecdote happened during Multan’s innings, when Sehwag was batting, he hit 5 sixes within 100 runs. On this Sachin came to Sehwag and told him, “If you hit a six now, I will kill you.” After which Sehwag completed a triple century with the 6th six.
Record for the fastest triple century
Sehwag holds the record for making the highest score by an Indian player in Test cricket. He achieved this feat against South Africa at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai, where he played an unsurpassed innings of 319 runs. The fastest triple century in the history of international cricket was here where he hit the milestone of 300 runs in just 278 balls.