Virender Sehwag

Updated: February 22, 2011 12:02 IST

Virender Sehwag - the Nawab of Nazafgarh - is a dashing opener, who has established himself as one of the most destructive batsmen in international cricket. Born in a Jat family from Haryana on October 20, 1978, Sehwag played his first One Day International in 1999 and joined the Indian test cricket team in 2001. However, Sehwag's ODI career started poorly when he scored only 1 run against Pakistan in Mohali in April 1999. The 32-year-old batsman finally showed his mettle when he hit the third fastest ODI century on just 69 balls against New Zealand. Sehwag is an aggressive right-handed opening batsman and a part-time right-arm off-spin bowler often compared to Sachin Tendulkar due to quite a similarity in his batting style, build and appearance. Sehwag holds multiple records including the highest score made by an Indian in Test cricket (319), which is also the fastest triple century in the history of international cricket as well as the fastest 250 by any batsman. Sehwag is the only Indian to be honoured as the Wisden Leading Cricketer in the world for his performance in 2008. He is also the recipient of Arjuna Award, India's highest sporting award. However, Sehwag has just missed the recently-concluded SA series and is the player to watch out for in the forthcoming ICC World Cup.

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