What we would have missed had Sehwag retired in 2007
Sehwag said that Sachin Tendulkar has stopped him from retiring in 2007. Here's what we would have missed had he retired early
319 vs South Africa at Chennai in March 2008
Sehwag scored it in 304 balls, which included 42 boundaries and 5 sixes, although the match ended in a draw, his triple was a treat to watch.
201 vs Sri Lanka at Galle in July 2008
While no other batsmen managed to make a three figure score in the entire match, Sehwag got this double on a turning pitch. Ajanta Mendis's was in good form, although he managed to scalp 10 wickets in the match, Sehwag handled him with ease. Sehwag got another half-century in the second innings and India won the match by 170 runs.
293 vs Sri Lanka at Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai in December 2009
284 in a day by a single batsman in a test match, and that speaks about the ferocity with which he played the innings, it was the fastest 250 by then and it included 40 fours and 7 sixes. The interesting bit was that he scored of Muralitharan with ease, a bowler who sehwag regards as the best. India won the match by and innings.
175 vs Bangladesh in the ICC World Cup, February 2011
Sehwag equaled Kapil Dev's top score in India's opening match of the 2011 World Cup, India won the match comfortably. It was important in setting the tone for the World Cup which India won.
219 vs West Indies at Indore in Dec 2011
The Master, Sachin Tendulkar was the first to get to 200 in a One-Day International. Sehwag, followed him closely with his magnificent innings that included 25 fours and 7 sixes. No one can forget the faces of the demoralized bowlers for at one point, no matter what they bowled, everything ended up in the fence. It was a brutal knock and he made it just off 149 balls.
We would have missed the 5 wonderful innings and he would have missed the World Cup, but which innings is the best among them all ? Any guess ?
According to many, his best innings was the 83 he made against England at Chennai in Dec 2008, England set a target of 387, never has a 300+ score been chased in India. Anyone would settle for a draw, but Sehwag went after it scoring 83 of 68 balls which included 11 fours and 4 sixes. India chased down the mammoth total after Sachin's century and Sehwag was declared the man of the match.
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