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Virender Sehwag: The man on Fire

By: Abhilasha Kumar



It was one of those moments, where millions of hearts were beating fast, waiting for that one instant of joy, a single prayer escaped millions of lips, “God please….pleaseeee”, with nail-biting tension and wavering blood pressures, it was “the moment” when Virender Sehwag was at the crease batting at 197 facing Andre Russell and he drove the ball to the boundary completing the second double century in the history of one-day cricket. The crowds let out deafening roars, waved the Indian flag and chanted Sehwag’s name and “the moment” came to a perfect end. Thus, giving the people of our cricket frenzied nation a reason to be a proud Indians, a reason to rejoice over all the scams, soaring prices and a failed government. It indeed came as a breather!!

Records are meant to be broken and there’s no doubting that.It is appropriately valid in the context of Indian cricket where on the 8th of December 2011, at Indore’s Holkar Stadium, Sehwag not only broke his idol- Sachin Tendulkar’s record but also went past his personal best of 175. He also touched the 8,000 run mark in ODI cricket. Topping everything else, his total of 219 made out of 149 balls, which included 25 fours and 7 sixes helped India achieve its highest total of 418 surpassing its 414 scored against Bermuda in the 2007 World Cup.

After his breath-taking performance he said ‘‘when Sammy dropped my chance (at 170), I knew God was with me’’ though he said he did not expect to score 200 when he came down to bat. Scoring a double century in limited over cricket is no child’s play and he survived two run out chances and two dropped catches to achieve this feat. It needs lot of determination, patience and self-confidence to even think about it. And to break the record of someone who is known as the God of cricket in India- Sachin Tendulkar, seemed next to impossible. But Sehwag proved his calibre by his extraordinary performance and his unconventional batting style and made the world see what a batsman under pressure could do. After losing the 3rd ODI against the West Indies, Sehwag played to shut his critics up to show the magic his bat was capable of weaving. It was a Virender Sehwag day,and it was as if he was blessed with Rajnikanth powers,as if he had Chuck Norris’ strength!

After this spectacle, good wishes poured in and the social network was crowded with photos, interviews, status updates, comments and tweets from his fans as well as from various celebrities.

With Viru, it’s not just about big shots, but calculative batting,” Dhoni said. While Speaker  Meira Kumar said in the Lok Sabha.”This exceptional achievement is a matter of national pride and is a source of inspiration for budding cricketers of our country”

The Nawab of Najafgarh did have the world at his feet from that moment and there’s no stopping this hurricane. We can certainly look forward to a hundred more such feats to be achieved by the man.Sehwag did live up to his mother’s expectations- taking a cue from a popular commercial featuring the batsman, ‘Sehwag ne kar li duniya mutthi mein” Till then, respect is the word.


7 comments on “Virender Sehwag: The man on Fire

  1. Lata Jha
    December 14, 2011

    Really superb 🙂

  2. Hemul Goel
    December 15, 2011

    Liked the piece, really nice! and yeah it sure was a breather for India!

    December 20, 2011

    good keep it up

  4. abhilasha
    January 5, 2012

    thank you for your feedback

  5. URL
    January 17, 2012

    Im not that much of a internet reader to be honest but your blogs really nice, keep it up! Ill go ahead and bookmark your site to come back in the future. All the best 790948

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