Birthday Special: Viru first held bat when he was 7-months-old

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Delhi, Oct 2o: Social media has flooded with heartiest wishes for the former Indian captain Virender Sehwag who turned 39 Today.

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The legendary player was born on October 20 in Najafgarh, Delhi.

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According to his father, at the age of just 7 months Viru held a bat and since then his love for the sport only went north.virender-sehwag

Sehwag made his debut for Delhi cricket team in first-class cricket in the 1997-98 season.

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He also played for North Zone the following season and barged the fifth position in the list of highest run-getters.

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He did one better and finished one spot higher in the after the season at 4th and hit an impressive 274 against South Zone off just 327 balls.

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That season he also scored a brisk 187 off 175 balls against Punjab in the Rajni Trophy.

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His attacking batting caught the eye of the national selectors and he was called up for India’s U-19 tour of South Africa.

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After the wonderful performance in the domestic competitions, he was called up for the senior side and made his ODI debut against Pakistan in Mohali in 1999 and went onto make his Test debut in 2001 against a tricky and challenging South African side at Bloemfontein.

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He made his debut with a ton in the first innings and never looked back and the rest, as they say, is history.

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The Nawab of Najafgarh still remains the only Indian batsman to score two triple centuries in Test cricket as well as a double ton in one-day internationals. He and Chris Gayle are the only two players in the history of the game to achieve that feat overall.

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Sehwag was also a part of two World Cup winning squads under Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

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First, Team India won the inaugural World T20 in South Africa and then lifted the World Cup in 2011 in India.

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His Indian Premier League career, however, didn’t end the way he would have liked. He has not won a single trophy either as a player or a coach.

The 38-year-old has scored 8586 runs from 104 matches in Test cricket at an average of 49.34 and 8273 runs from 251 ODIs at an average of 35.05. Sehwag has also played 19 T20Is for India, where he has accumulated 394 runs.

The all-rounder has scored 2728 runs from 104 IPL games, where he has played for the Delhi Daredevils and Kings XI Punjab.

He has been fairly successful as a bowler too, picking up 142 wickets from Test (40), ODI (96) and IPL (6) cricket combined.

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Even after the retirement, he is still loved as a commentator and for his funny tweets on Twitter.

Cricketers and all dignitaries all around the world took to Twitter to wish the player, who himself wishes everyone in a style of his own.

 

Wefornews Bureau

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