Know more about our very own 'veeru' - The Nawab of Najafgarh! A man who always knew what he wanted to be!
Virender Sehwag hails from a modest middle class
Jat family that never had any connection with the game of cricket. Born on 20th
October, 1978, he is the third of four children in Sehwag family. His is a big joint
family with uncles, aunts and sixteen cousins! Although the Sehwag family belongs
to the State of Haryana, Viru spent his childhood in a Delhi suburb called Najafgarh.
Viru’s father, Krishan Sehwag, is a grain merchant. Being the eldest son, Veeru
was supposed to take over the reins of the family business after finishing his college.
But destiny had different thoughts in store. Viru was never good at studies. While
getting permission to play cricket, he used to win over his mother on the simple
argument that he is not going to get the first division in studies anyways. His
early cricketing days were all in uneven grounds near the down market Najafgarh
locality. He studied in Arora Vidya School where he met Mr. A. N. Sharma who was
the school coach. Mr.Sharma encouraged him to pursue cricket. In 1990, Viru broke
his tooth while playing cricket and his father was about to put an end to his cricketing
career. But Viru was intelligent enough to duck the bouncer with the help of his
mother. Today, as we all know, his father is proud to say that he is father of Virender
Viru is exceptionally talented, gifted with a rare hand and eye co-ordination and
has fabulous timing in his shots. Opposition gets terrorized with his devastating
and aggressive batting style that helps put up a large target for them. The bowlers
even of the caliber of Glenn McGrath, Shane Warne or Muthiah Muralitharan surrender
to this man’s power play. Shane Warne went on to say
"I will pay to watch Virender Sehwag batting". When he is on the go,
it’s a spectator’s delight.
Viru holds multiple records including the highest score made by an Indian in Test
cricket (319), which was also the fastest triple century
in the history of international cricket (reached 300 in 278 balls). He
has scored the fastest 250 by any batsman (in 207 balls against Sri Lanka on 3 December
2009 at the Brabourne stadium in Mumbai). He also holds the distinction of being
one of four batsmen in the world to have ever surpassed 300 twice in Test cricket,
and the only one to score two triple centuries and take a five-wicket innings haul.
In March 2009, viru smashed the fastest century ever scored by an Indian in ODI
cricket, from 60 balls.
Latest in his achievement is that terrific 175 against Bangladesh
in World Cup 2011.
This is Virender Sehwag
"The Nawab of Najafgarh". A man who knew what he wanted to be. A man
who shaped his career with tremendous enthusiasm and commitment and went on to become
a role model for India’s youth.