India v West Indies, 4th ODI, Indore December 8, 2011

'This opportunity will come only once in a lifetime' - Sehwag

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Virender Sehwag has said that he was happy he took advantage of an 'opportunity of a lifetime' by scoring a double-century against West Indies in Indore. Sehwag had slammed 219 off 149 balls, a new record in one-day cricket, which set up India's win by 153 runs.

"I am happy to have broken my role model Sachin Tendulkar's record," Sehwag said. "It won't be easy for people to score double hundreds. Over the last so many years only two have done it. This opportunity will come only once in a lifetime and I am happy I have taken it. I dedicate this knock to my father who is no longer with us.

"It is one of my very best innings. Unlike in Test cricket when one can bat longer, in one-dayers you have to keep an eye on the run-rate. The wicket was very good for batting but the bowlers are also trying to get you out."

Sehwag said that he thought a big score was there for the taking at the Holkar Stadium. "While opening the innings, I told Gautam Gambhir that if we can show some patience on this track, we will be in for a big one. The outfield is fantastic and the distance of the boundary is only 50 yards."

He needed just 140 balls to get his double-century and his 219 broke Sachin Tendulkar's record for the highest individual score in an ODI. It included 142 runs in boundaries - Sehwag smashed seven sixes and 25 fours. "It was a true batting wicket. Whenever I hit the ball into the gaps, it would go for four. Whenever I decided to hit a six, I would hit with a straight bat and it would go for six."

The first time the double-century crossed his mind, he said, was during the batting Powerplay between the 35th and 40th overs. "I never expected to score a double hundred. It was only after the batting Powerplay started, I felt that I could reach double hundred. Also when Sammy dropped me [on 170], I knew that God was with me."

The record-breaking innings ended a string of underwhelming performances in spectacular fashion, as Sehwag and Gambhir - who returned to the opening slot with Parthiv Patel dropping down the order - gave India the fine start they had been looking for in the series. "In the last match I said our top order was not contributing and it was my job and the other guys' [in the top order] job to give a good start to the team," Sehwag said. "The moment you give this kind of start, you end up with 400.

"We [the openers] said to one another that if we can play together for 15 to 20 overs we could put up a good stand and give the middle-order the chance to build on it. But the wicket was so good, we decided we can bat till the 30-35 overs. I am sorry Gautam was run out [for 67]. I was very upset."

Sehwag did not take the field during the chase. Having batted for 46.3 overs, Sehwag said the innings had taken a toll on his body. "I'm very tired because I'm 33-years-old. I'm an old man and my back and glutes are tight."

Previously in the series, India had bowled first on all three occasions after winning the toss, with mixed results. India had initially planned on bowling in Indore as well, Sehwag said, but changed their plan at the last minute. "We had decided to field first but we were told by players who had played in the Challenger Trophy [a domestic one-day tournament] on this ground that the wicket had deteriorated in the second innings. That's why, I changed my mind."

Legspinner Rahul Sharma was very effective on debut, claiming three wickets off the last ball of each of his first three overs, to derail the chase. India went on to complete a comfortable victory to seal the series 3-1. Rahul's performance was very satisfactory, Sehwag said. "I was very impressed with his bowling. It was his debut. He has a very good future."

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  • on December 12, 2011, 4:01 GMT

    Aus Fans should answer their recent mayhem against NZ.. Ifs and buts are always there, but one who makes history and talk facts matter. ;).. Almost every country toured India, but couldn't.. Be it Pattison or XYZ... this time, odds are against AUS.. I bet AUS will be a L005ER..

  • on December 11, 2011, 22:25 GMT

    I have thought Sehwag is Indias best batsman for a long long time. Sachin is a washed up has been and is only in the team to get his next century. India has a line of several batter batsmen.

    A Pakistan Fan

  • RandyOZ on December 11, 2011, 8:19 GMT

    "However, for Pom-Bashing, you are my good mate. That particular line of attack, we will continue. We will bowl bouncers at Poms from both ends. And, also create more employment opportunities for Saffa Cricketers, in England" - mate, I am with you all the way!

  • on December 11, 2011, 6:30 GMT

    All Time Great Batsman of World Cricket, Virender Sehwag. I was expecting and dreaming this double hundred in ODI after Sehwag said, he is looking to play till the end of innings...Hats off it....deprived of words to congratulate him,,

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on December 11, 2011, 5:01 GMT

    @Harmony111, what a blast! love it...good going. love your posts...cheers...@hems4cric, elegant and brutal pull rolled into one....love it....now, yeah, all those sad and sore losers, how's that brutal pull for the starters?

  • g.narsimha on December 11, 2011, 4:37 GMT

    BRVO BRAVO ,What about your great team ,which could not beat WI & WIN a series there recently ,before making insulting c oiments on others one swhould realise where he himself stands ,niether WI, NOR NZ tarnished the game as done by your people , reg INDIAN PRIDE IPL, yes that is a master piece as more than one billions follow it ,may i ask just one simple question , why cant your board & sl board which were keen to have thier own brand of t20 compitition ,failed to organise even with home & some out dated international players ,the answer,VERY SIMPLE YOU DONT HAVE THE ECONOMY,SPONSORS,& MOST IMPORTONTLY VIEWERSHIP which cant be compared with us .

  • Harmony111 on December 10, 2011, 23:39 GMT

    @hems4cric :-

    Oh I just loved the way you said it. I wish I had that kind of sense of humor. That was a Touche sir. Muchas Muchas Touche.

  • Crazy4cricket40 on December 10, 2011, 23:20 GMT

    Wow, I like this guy more than Sachin as he never play for himself or records. If he bats until 35th or 40th over. u will always see India score 300+. while sachin will only make sure he complete his century and then try to accelerate.

  • TheLight on December 10, 2011, 21:26 GMT

    Segway should not only thank God, but also Sammy........for his dropped catch and poor field settings, poor bowling rotations and lousy tactics. Why is Sammy still on the WI team?

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on December 10, 2011, 18:30 GMT

    @Bang_La, Bangladesh shouldn't be allowed to play test matches. Remember what Sehwag said - Bangladesh is an ordinary team in test matches. I think Sehwag was being too generous when he said Bangladesh is an ordinary team. Look at your hopeless sitting ducks at home before you come onto India's matches to take visceral pleasures by taking pot shots at our big boys.

  • on December 12, 2011, 4:01 GMT

    Aus Fans should answer their recent mayhem against NZ.. Ifs and buts are always there, but one who makes history and talk facts matter. ;).. Almost every country toured India, but couldn't.. Be it Pattison or XYZ... this time, odds are against AUS.. I bet AUS will be a L005ER..

  • on December 11, 2011, 22:25 GMT

    I have thought Sehwag is Indias best batsman for a long long time. Sachin is a washed up has been and is only in the team to get his next century. India has a line of several batter batsmen.

    A Pakistan Fan

  • RandyOZ on December 11, 2011, 8:19 GMT

    "However, for Pom-Bashing, you are my good mate. That particular line of attack, we will continue. We will bowl bouncers at Poms from both ends. And, also create more employment opportunities for Saffa Cricketers, in England" - mate, I am with you all the way!

  • on December 11, 2011, 6:30 GMT

    All Time Great Batsman of World Cricket, Virender Sehwag. I was expecting and dreaming this double hundred in ODI after Sehwag said, he is looking to play till the end of innings...Hats off it....deprived of words to congratulate him,,

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on December 11, 2011, 5:01 GMT

    @Harmony111, what a blast! love it...good going. love your posts...cheers...@hems4cric, elegant and brutal pull rolled into one....love it....now, yeah, all those sad and sore losers, how's that brutal pull for the starters?

  • g.narsimha on December 11, 2011, 4:37 GMT

    BRVO BRAVO ,What about your great team ,which could not beat WI & WIN a series there recently ,before making insulting c oiments on others one swhould realise where he himself stands ,niether WI, NOR NZ tarnished the game as done by your people , reg INDIAN PRIDE IPL, yes that is a master piece as more than one billions follow it ,may i ask just one simple question , why cant your board & sl board which were keen to have thier own brand of t20 compitition ,failed to organise even with home & some out dated international players ,the answer,VERY SIMPLE YOU DONT HAVE THE ECONOMY,SPONSORS,& MOST IMPORTONTLY VIEWERSHIP which cant be compared with us .

  • Harmony111 on December 10, 2011, 23:39 GMT

    @hems4cric :-

    Oh I just loved the way you said it. I wish I had that kind of sense of humor. That was a Touche sir. Muchas Muchas Touche.

  • Crazy4cricket40 on December 10, 2011, 23:20 GMT

    Wow, I like this guy more than Sachin as he never play for himself or records. If he bats until 35th or 40th over. u will always see India score 300+. while sachin will only make sure he complete his century and then try to accelerate.

  • TheLight on December 10, 2011, 21:26 GMT

    Segway should not only thank God, but also Sammy........for his dropped catch and poor field settings, poor bowling rotations and lousy tactics. Why is Sammy still on the WI team?

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on December 10, 2011, 18:30 GMT

    @Bang_La, Bangladesh shouldn't be allowed to play test matches. Remember what Sehwag said - Bangladesh is an ordinary team in test matches. I think Sehwag was being too generous when he said Bangladesh is an ordinary team. Look at your hopeless sitting ducks at home before you come onto India's matches to take visceral pleasures by taking pot shots at our big boys.

  • hems4cric on December 10, 2011, 18:02 GMT

    It looks as if only Indian team bats on Indian pitches.. Other teams just come bowl, get clobbered and go home.. Other teams do not bat on these pitches right... And by the way other teams have home advantage when they play there..What was the number of double centuries in ODIs again???

  • on December 10, 2011, 17:42 GMT

    Viru, you are a true entertainer!!

    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/975440-virender-sehwag-the-dominator-of-the-cricket-world

  • Harmony111 on December 10, 2011, 17:06 GMT

    @dms1972:-

    What are you talking about? You are giving stats that weaken your own case. SRT has played 78 more innings that RP, scored 4425 more runs @ 56.7. His avg in those surplus innings is higher than his career avg. This shows that SRT has been scored more run at a better avg over a longer period of time than RP. Do you have any idea that for a batsman a higher avg is a good thing? In any case, if a player has played more matches it is an indication of his fitness, form, hunger and consistency. By your logic I should be the GREATEST BATSMAN of all times since I have not played any matches at all, I could also say that what the big deal is if SRT or RP or anyone else scores a 100 or a 400 or 15k total runs, I too would have done the same had I played at that level. Ha Ha. Sounds like me saying that if I could run as fast as Bolt I would have been the fastest man in the world. If I was as intelligent as Einstein I would have won a Nobel myself. ROTFL.

  • cmehta82 on December 10, 2011, 16:38 GMT

    Did Sachin Ever said I am an old man now? :) I am happy for Sehwag, he did it and deserve it... But Sachin is God :)

  • sunnymachoo on December 10, 2011, 15:43 GMT

    Welldone yaar! Really, too good! Congrats. Hats off!

  • Jaggadaaku on December 10, 2011, 15:33 GMT

    The batsmen like Sehwag, doesn't matter what ground it is or what opposition is or what bowlers are there. He always dominate the bowlers. After made 219 runs he said he wasn't expecting double ton here. And Mr. Punter did not even play any ball and said he will make century in Tasmania test against NZ. Look at the difference of speaking between 2 great batsmen. @dms1972, So, Ponting is 83 ODIs behind Sachin, that is the reason Ponting 5000 runs and 18 centuries shorter than Sachin? So, If Ponting will make 5000 runs and 18 centuries in his next 83 ODIs, we all would say Ponting is comparable with Sachin. Am I right? And you really think Ponting could do that in his next 83 ODIs these days. Making 10 runs in single match are very hard for Ponting these days and you are talking about 18 centuries and 5000 runs. It sure will be possible in Ponting's and your dream.

  • ptnair on December 10, 2011, 14:36 GMT

    @novelwolf : don't be jealous :)

  • on December 10, 2011, 13:14 GMT

    @dms1972, I wud like to emphasize that every country is playing enough number of matches in a calender year and if a particular player has played more matches it is again his greatness to maintain the form and fitness for longer periods than others. So in a way u have to compliment Tendulkar for putting in the hardwork required to play as much as he can, and this shows his zeal for the game. Think again.

  • Fakh_36 on December 10, 2011, 12:21 GMT

    absolutely rubbish, no class, it was an opportunity provided for the indian batsmen to get their form prior to aus. tour, look at the fast outfield, batting friendly pitch and most importantly, A 50YARD boundary in international cricket, is it great? so many questions, the ICC should ban such grounds, since this is unjust with the other teams playing in much bigger grounds and difficult pitches, and would not be able to break such records.

  • on December 10, 2011, 12:16 GMT

    aussies socalled great got out today to substandard new zeland bowling bring flat pitches for them they will pile up runs ha ha ha flat track bullies smashed by england in 2005 and 2009 and say india they cant play last two series india won in england but aussies smashed flat track bulliesalso this time aussies smashed by england in own pitches because they were helful england cant beat india in india so biggest flat track bullies are aussies

  • Naresh28 on December 10, 2011, 11:39 GMT

    ALL teams besides INDIA have the best bowlers. If you check the top notch teams - AUSTRALIA,SA, PAKISTAN, ENGLAND, WINDIES. Indian batsman have plundered many a high score, records, milestones against them. WHAT DOES THIS INDICATE? We have some classy batsman amongst our ranks. Rohit SHarma and Kohli are the best young talent we have. We also have other youngsters waiting to take up slots that are filled by the seniors. When we lost in ENgland recentlty we were mocked that we do not have the young talent. Well look again the last two series we have won comfortably.

  • on December 10, 2011, 11:39 GMT

    OK now lets predict for the player to break this or to cross 200 .picking single players from evry team .hmm. dilshan can be it hmm from australia it can be warner .Obviously gayle from wi.maybe kevin or keiswetter from england.Its tough from pakistan but hafeez is in touch or maybe afridi.Cant point anyone out except vusi sibanda from zim.Tamim iqbal may do it or if nasir from ban.Or can be sehwag or rohit from india.and mcullum from nz.Or maybe kevin from ireland..abraham from sa.... Well the one in good form this year........... can only be watson.....

    IM SURE ONE THESE WILL Surely DO IT

  • Dalajit on December 10, 2011, 10:39 GMT

    It is a start of many double centuries in ODI for him...I firmly belief if Sehwag would target to bat full 50 overs or even 40 overs also, he can make a double century because of his strike rate and able to find boundaries always. The way he bats, he just needs to focus to play long innings only and can score may double centuries. I wish him all the best for his rest of the career in all formats and when he retires, the final career summery could be 10 triple hundreds in Test, 6 double hundreds in ODI and 20 hundreds in T-20, 20 hundreds in Twenty-Twenty. Keep going Sehwag...your fans are always with you. But for some reason, I always scare to watch him live could be because I don't want to see him getting our soon. Hats off to Sehwag....

  • pitch_curator on December 10, 2011, 9:26 GMT

    Completely support Randy Oz, Brendon, Pattison...Veeru should learn from the way Australia batted today. Can he ever get out in the way Ponting got out today?? Hail the Aussies !!!

  • Pankaj_INDIA on December 10, 2011, 8:55 GMT

    @pkhunter: u summed it up the best. Ponting and 300!!! let him score 2 digit score first.

  • kpcp on December 10, 2011, 8:47 GMT

    Veeru, I am waiting for a triple century in a one day match from your bat. As Napoleon said NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE (IF YOU STAY THERE TILL THE FIFTY OVERS)

  • g.narsimha on December 10, 2011, 7:42 GMT

    SHQIBSHERAJ,No chance ,iam at the loss to understand why SAHWAAGs inning bothers you peole, tell even if you find an easy paced pitch in your country than the one at indor, who wil be your opponent ,AF OR BD.

  • on December 10, 2011, 6:44 GMT

    Never mind the fact that I am a South African and therefore a Protea supporter, I am saying this without any reserve . . . Sehwag is simply FANTASTIC!

  • AHSAN_1242 on December 10, 2011, 5:14 GMT

    great innings by Virender Sehwag, and @sanziv i think u know nothing abt cricket.

  • HarishVS on December 10, 2011, 4:55 GMT

    one correction on my previous comments.... Sehwag is capable of a 400 in a single day of a Test if he really has this in his mind and bats with that target in mind. It can be any opposition, any pitch, never mind SA or Aus or Wanderers or Perth or Melbourne or Indore....

  • HarishVS on December 10, 2011, 4:50 GMT

    Yes! the opportunity will come only once in a lifetime because Sehwag will not play for milestones. He always plays one ball at a time. At 94, if he sees that he can hit a ball for six he would go for it and does not mind getting out. If he ever had milestones in his mind, this record would have made some 100 ODI's before. We need players like Sehwag with this attitude! He is unmatchable! Some of the non-Indians want to brand as flat track bully! But I say this, if he minds his batting, he can score a double hundred in a single day in a Test in Perth or Wanderers. He has the mindset and attitude to dominate any bowler in any conditions and anywhere in the world. That's it! Sehwag himself has to make up his mind and destroy the bolwers in Australia next up and shut the mouth of his detractors.

  • on December 10, 2011, 4:45 GMT

    Brothers All keep in mind in coming few months or so the record is going to be break by any of these followings as one of them did other will also do ,

    1 Gayle 2 Dilshan 3 Watson 4 Warner 5 Sehwag

    there is also chance for double century on to make record only double for the followings ;

    1 Pietersen 2 McCallum 3 Ponting 4 DeVilliers

    and some more and young player who will do that in coming years but its totally broke able record so do not worry about that ... Go Players Go and do your Best to beat records one by one i love to see all these records ( Pervaiz Dostiyar ) Afghanistan

  • Bang_La on December 10, 2011, 4:41 GMT

    welcome to Australia for a repeat performance. come on tiger, roar! (if you can) lol

  • dms1972 on December 10, 2011, 4:07 GMT

    I find it interesting how Indian fans claim that Ponting is not as good as Tendulkar because Ponting had players like Hayden, Martyn, Gilchrist and Langer around him and he never had to face McGrath and Warne, yet these Indian fans conveniently forget that Tendulkar has had players like Dravid, Sehwag, Dhoni, Ganguly, Laxman, Kumble, and Harbhajan playing with him. And these same Indian fans claim that India have just about every record in ODI's. Well, when you you play as many ODI's as India does than of course you'll have most records. Did you know that Tendulkar has played over 80 more ODI's than Ponting? Is it any wonder that he's scored 5,000 more runs?

  • insightfulcricketer on December 10, 2011, 3:05 GMT

    There will always be batsmen who can be as clean hitters as Viru.But what separates him from the other is his unrelenting nature when he gets in. He gets the bowler and crucially the captain to think negatively and that falls into his hands. His triple were not against England or Zimbabwe but one of the better bowling attacks of South Africa and Pakistan (in Pak). Kudos Viru!

  • pkhunter on December 10, 2011, 1:12 GMT

    Some hilarious comments below about how Ponting could have made 300 on this ground. Dudes, he has played on this ground. And is lucky to have scored a 100 if at all. Meanwhile, back in his own country now, he made a remarkable, um, 5, yesterday. Single digits. Way to go.

  • on December 10, 2011, 0:52 GMT

    sehwag is 1 of awsome plyer...

  • caught_knott_bowled_old on December 10, 2011, 0:23 GMT

    The fortunes of India's cricketing success swings in concert with Sehwag's performance. He is the most impactful player of the Indian team.

  • pakflag on December 9, 2011, 22:58 GMT

    Tendulkar's brilliant sidekick Sehwag has joined the party.... lol, a party of two in scoring double centuries in ODIs! Like Batman and Robin, Tendulkar and Sehwag!!

  • raulraj on December 9, 2011, 22:48 GMT

    Sehwag is gifted player who just likes to play aggressive cricket!! I feel people like Afridi, Gayle, Macullum Watson are able to do it but they don't have right temperament or experience, to do it. May be the ground was small, WI team was mediocre but the manner in which he did was amazing. I think if there were 10 more overs he would have got 300....once he gets set only sehwag can get him out. He is as classy as Sachin or Lara!!! He loves to play under pressure!!

  • on December 9, 2011, 22:05 GMT

    Of course what Sehwag says ware all true & he is 100% right in what he says. Ibhave not seen any such cricketer with lot of WillPower as he possess. Continous failure prompted him & was successful in advising his partner also to rise to the occasion& both did so.This appears to be rare quality of a Captain. He is an ideal Captain. He has the ability to inspire his colleagues& Team mates.Butvwhat he did in INDORE was something extraordinary. This not only enabled him to take Team India to an astonishing victory but helped himself toobin reaching par with his long time Partner Sachin.Their identical nature& style of play prompted Bombaites to knick name them Ram our Shyam! Both of them are the glittering stars of Indian Cricket.Congratulations to both from me & my Family members.Thanks to them both. SreedharanMundanat

  • on December 9, 2011, 21:53 GMT

    Once in a lifetime, unless you are Virender Sehqag! I bet he'll get another one before he retires. As for the record, it certainly seems formidable, but I would not put it past Shane Watson, David Warner, or Chris Gayle... Gayle's biggest obstacle is whether he will ever get back into Windies... and if he does, what will his form be? The big question is who will score the first T20 double :) Mark my words, it will happen someday... Probably a T20I against one of the minnows.

  • on December 9, 2011, 21:46 GMT

    Does Sachin retired from oneday? I think so. May be we will not see him anymore in oneday?

  • Rolling_in_The_Deep on December 9, 2011, 21:15 GMT

    what a great knock by Viru.. Kudos to him.. As a Adam Gilchrist fan, I always that he would be the first player to do that but it never happened.. Now more and more players would like to visit Indore and Gwaliar :) to get this kind of a record :)

  • zico123 on December 9, 2011, 21:10 GMT

    the way he batted in Indore ODI match is exactly the way he bats in Test matches where he is so successful, i.e. respect the good balls and punish the bad balls, unlike earlier when Sehwag used to try to hit every ball out of the park in ODIs, and used to throw his wicket away after quick 20s or 30s, he should always play this patiently in ODIs from now on, pretty soon he will have 20 ODI hundreds then

  • zico123 on December 9, 2011, 21:06 GMT

    had Sehwag batted this patiently before, he would have got this double hundred few years ago, nonetheless congrats Sehwag for his new world record !!

  • on December 9, 2011, 20:19 GMT

    Viru has done what no one has done-hearty congrats to him for being the second Indian to score above 200 in ODI. I am expecting more from him soon. He is in good form. My best to Viru.

  • on December 9, 2011, 19:56 GMT

    Sehwag will score a 300 in Test Match in Australia to surpass the Don's record of triple centuries. Watch.

  • on December 9, 2011, 19:37 GMT

    I think sachin and shewag on their day can score double hundred anywhere. Sachin got 3 big hundred in last 3 years. 163* in Christchurch ( he retired of muscle pain when 7 overs were left)[I felt he would have got it in new Zealand but injury took him out] 175 vs Australia 200* vs south Africa shewag is also so dangerous that on his day he can even target 250.

  • on December 9, 2011, 19:15 GMT

    Enjoy the good things happening to the cricket and cherish them as long as you can, and forget nasty incidents in cricket as soon as possible. If Sachin and Sehwag have scored double century in ODI give them the credit, and stop feeling jealous as players you like didn't do that. People who are talking about flat tracks in India need to consider that every country have some pitches that are suitable to batsman and some to bowlers. For example in New Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg on 12 March 2006 and SA and Australia scored 438 and 434 respectively aggregating 872 runs 100 overs. I assume this to be the flattest track I have ever seen, but still no one has scored a double even on this ground. So forget where they scored, how many chances they got before scoring, against whom they scored, etc. All it counts is that SACHIN and SEHWAG have done it. So just enjoy this and pray for the players you like to break this but stop calling foul on these ACHIEVERS

  • tYogi on December 9, 2011, 19:06 GMT

    It was a genius display and what a fantastic effort of controlling the mindset and accumulating runs with array of great cricketing shots with the hand/eye coordination. It is treat to watch him on the strike. As Shewag said, it is one of his best and I agree but this is not the one life opportunities. Since no batsmen has the mind set to score double hundreds in ODI's , MASTER( GURU) showed the way to the world how to score double hundreds to VIRU and he is done it with the ease in less than 2 months. I am not surprised if the more double hundreds are scored by the batsmen in coming days... Good luck SACHIN and VIRU , we love to see those scroes again and again.

  • DennyDavisParamban on December 9, 2011, 19:02 GMT

    Sehwag - The only cricketer has triple in Test cricket and double in ODI. Many readers are jealous of him commented here a very normal practice. People says Batting wicket and bowling wicket etc. But those best batmen from each country have traveled all countries and palyed on these kind of surfaces. Why they were not able to produce such a score that too as a captain. What to say - some teams are withdarwing their young bowlers to protect their bowler from Sehwag (eg. Pattinson not available until Jan 15) because sehwag is playing. I agree there are good batsmen around the world, but they are not so good as Sehwag or Tendulkar - THATS IT!!!

  • on December 9, 2011, 18:57 GMT

    Lara,gibbs or ponting cant score 150 at their pick form !!! What a foolish talk it was ... Where r u came from ??? Ponting score 164 against south africa in a traditional south african pitch which is more bouncy ... Gibbs score 175 in the same game ... I think lara also have a score of around 158 against pakistan on a stadium where boundrary r 1.5* larger than the indore ... But i should appreciate sehwag ... What an innings he played ,,, really he is a true legend ...

  • BHARATLIFE on December 9, 2011, 18:55 GMT

    Virender Sehwag, is the "only player on all occasions", who plays every ball for India. People are underrating him, but without him and Ghambir, India might not have achieved No.1 Test Status.India won the WC 2011 because of him and Ghambir, the starts the gave. 197 , he goes for a 4 over point, that tell you what kind of mentality he has!!! Forget about flat pitches , medoicre bowling, and small ground . A 219 is a 219, it is crazy!!!!! 195 in Boxing day test, 155 vs Australia (McGrath, Warne, Gillespie , on a "deteriorating" Chennai Pitch ), 100 vs NZ (@ Kandy where the next highest score was 50 i think). Rewind to 2002, where he dominated NZ, whereas the kiwis nor other Indian batsmen were not able to get to 80. Agree!!!!!not shown much metal against SA in SA,but every batsmen has a low point.It is about time Sehwag and others should get the credit they deserve, instead of creating the impression, that India cannot survive without that "ONE PLAYER ".

  • Rahulbose on December 9, 2011, 18:52 GMT

    219 of 149 balls, 25 fours, 7 sixes. He has some definition of "batting with patience". Sehwag off the field quotes are real gems. I also remember when he talked about batting according to the merit of the bowling, right after smashing 294 at faster than run a ball. Some Srl bowlers must have been mad.

  • SanjivAwesome on December 9, 2011, 18:29 GMT

    Who can now break Sehwag's record? I think it could be Pietersen, Ponting, Gayle or McCallum next. So lets go

  • bigwonder on December 9, 2011, 18:27 GMT

    @Poks, flat-ptich in SA, Eng or Aus? Nooooooh, never ever.

  • on December 9, 2011, 18:27 GMT

    Just dont know why are people criticizing so much about this inning.Man, its an innings of a top class cricketer i just dont care if its an indian or australian .And no need of boasting off this.Every team in the world knows the strength of indian team .Wonderful innings but seriously i am sure this same will not happen in autralia coz every hit wont go for 6.Sehwag should change tactics there.Although im a Pakistani.

  • kantipur on December 9, 2011, 18:18 GMT

    There is a reason why big scores are made in India. Because some of the grounds are small, outfield quick and wicket flat. Scores of 219, 200, 194, 186, 183 .....there are a lot of scores very big made in india. Stats don't lie. Same indian player don't have such big scores overseas. Foreign players don't get too much games in india. Remember viv's 189 was in 60 over match. And please stop putting lara's name while discussing. The big scores are reserved for openers. People who bat at middle order have almost no chance.

    I wonder why people are so exited about sachin's 100th 100. He has played zillion of matches in india. He should have made 100th 100 in one day matches alone playing in such a flat tracks. Even average batsman like jaisuriya has 28 hundred batting opener in flat tracks.

  • rahulcricket007 on December 9, 2011, 17:55 GMT

    @SIRI 1234 . WELL SEHWAG MADE 195 IN MCG & 72 AT SYDNEY IN 2004 ALSO HE MADE 152 IN ADELAIDE TEST AND MAKE 34 & 42 IN PERTH IN 2008 HE DIDN'T PLAY IN MCG & SCG ON THAT TOUR .SO IF WE CALCULATE HE MADE 152 + 34 + 42 =228 RUNS IN JUST THREE INNINGS . OK .

  • on December 9, 2011, 17:50 GMT

    @Saqib_Sheraz Pakistan's pitches are not different from India flat or patra pitches. If you do not believe me then ask from any Pakistani bowlers or Saqlain Mushtaq who has faced marauding Sehwag in Multan.

  • likeintcricket on December 9, 2011, 17:50 GMT

    This is a great achievement but it would be much greater if he repeat it in Australia. Saeed Anwar scored 194 against India in Chennai ( 46 overs) so this record could be broken on these wickets. There are few players who can break this record if given the same condition like Kohli, Warner, Watson and Umer Akmal. Imagine If Afridi play half the number of balls ( 100 in 37 balls ) like Sehwag on this wicket the record could be in danger.

  • sukkad on December 9, 2011, 17:45 GMT

    Boundary is indeed 50-55 yards. But still Sehwag gets all credit. Wonderful inning, for me he is one of the most entertaining player.

  • mgsperera on December 9, 2011, 17:28 GMT

    um a SL cricket fan ... It was 1 of fantastics innings i have seen !!! but little worry abt Sachin's previouse record .It was againts quality bowling attack & a quality side ...Sachin's knock is quiet Quality than Shewag...but anyway it has been added to the record book under SHewag's name !!! we shud approciate it.Even if u play with a scool team (WI are not better than U19 scool team ) u must have a correct talent to go for it ...

  • InnocentGuy on December 9, 2011, 17:26 GMT

    100s of players for more than 40 years have had numerous opportunities to play on flat decks like these, some even in an era where ODIs were 60-overs per innings. Yet NO ONE has scored a double century until Sachin, and now Sehwag. Enough said. I don't care if Watson or Gayle or Ponting COULD have done it. They HAVEN'T and Sachin and Sehwag have. That's the point.

  • McGorium on December 9, 2011, 17:26 GMT

    @ Saqib_Sheraz: Pak will need to do better than that. They need to find batsmen first. I can't see Misbah ul haq or Umar Akmal doing this. At any rate, neither Misbah nor Umar would get a position in the current Indian batting line-up... now, bowling, that's another story... India would love to recruit most of the Pak bowlers :)

  • indnzaus on December 9, 2011, 17:15 GMT

    Guys, please do take it easy on being critical about every good achievement by a cricketer. You can keep saying the pitch was flat, bowlers were not upto standard, the field was small, so on and on. But, the reality is people who are not commending this effort by Viru are just jealous !!! All of us being cricket enthusiasts and players (in our own level), we all know achieving major milestones are not an easy task, whether being street cricket, county cricket or country cricket. Ritvick - Please note Saeed Anwar was gifted a by-runner (on a humid chennai day nighter). I hope you realize running for runs drains you more than shot making, if you are a cricketer. Also, I read some smart fellow commenting that 'Sachin lacks Class'. This clearly illustrates that there are lot of ignorant people commenting on this website. Aussies have toured India very many times and senior players have repeatedly failed in the 'suppossedly flat tracks of the sub-continent'. RIP....

  • Vpx23 on December 9, 2011, 17:10 GMT

    WHOAAAA!!!! IT WILL BE JUST AROUND THE CORNER SOON THAT HE'S GOING TO SCORE ONE OF THESE IN A 20-20!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ANY TAKERS?????

  • on December 9, 2011, 17:09 GMT

    @clayton franks of all people,Ponting...really? Lets see Ponting's ODI record in "Flat Pitches": Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave SR 28 28 2 1028 108* 39.53 77.46 I think I hv made my point.. A batsman wd fair amount of matches played in India in his prime is not able to pass 110 and u're boating about a triple ton by ponting.. Shall I put his recent form into analysis or have u seen d reality?

  • Saqib_Sheraz on December 9, 2011, 17:06 GMT

    I hope Pakistan will find same dead flat pitch soon to break the record

  • SaravananIsTheBest on December 9, 2011, 17:03 GMT

    @NP_NY, dude that was a murderous SIX !!! & Mr. Pattinson, check with your team's spearhead [Johnson] about Sehwag's treatment on bowler friendly Australian bitches, well Sehwag is the one who stormed into Johnson's form [which he's still searching for since last 4 years] ;)

  • dhoninithin on December 9, 2011, 17:03 GMT

    ponting,lara,gibbs ...too hav played in india bt they never got such a milestone!!!!!!! i thnk they actually dont deserve to get 200!!!!!!if v give the same ground 4 these batsmen i m sure they can't even make 150 even in their prime age!!!!!if u thnk like that india bcame the first nation to win the world cup at home soil!!!!!!!!any place any ground these two giants (SACHIN nd SEHWAG)cn perform this milestone!!!!!!! 4 these type of batsmen they dont care of the feild!!!!!!!!! THEY JUST PLAY THEIR NATURAL GAME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • on December 9, 2011, 16:58 GMT

    who is scared of pattinson ....shewag is one who scored a magnificent 195 against the likes of lee and co when lee was at his peak he is just a nightmare for bowlers..hats off to virender shewag

  • DaGameChanger on December 9, 2011, 16:48 GMT

    What Sehwag meant by was not actual 50 yards, meant it was small ground. I believe boundry looked around more around 68-70 yards. Moreover, previous highest score on that ground was not even 300, maybe 289. I have seen much smaller grounds especially in Pakistan and NZ.

  • ZA77 on December 9, 2011, 16:41 GMT

    If tracks are so flat in India why Ponting always have problem to face off spinners in India. If tracks are so flat in Asia how Murli took 600 wickets on these flat tracks. If tracks are so flat how Malcom Marshall took so many wickets in India. Sehwag has done the best and proved himself with scoring 219 runs. What does it mean, only one with score more than 200 runs in one day. Why we should compare him with King Viv. See destruction of Sehwag, it is something impossible in current scenario. Striking rate is near to 105 which is more than others. Afridi 114 striking rate but runs per inning 22.2 only. Effectiveness is 100% in case of Sehwag although batting average is 35.6 but his destruction is impossible. If scoring 219 runs is so easy why he is the only one on earth with ability to prove himself. He scored two triple in test, may be he score another one very soon. Then he once again become only one with another record. So please accept him better one and do not compare king Viv.

  • andrew27994 on December 9, 2011, 16:37 GMT

    Congrats to Sehwag for his double hundred....truly amazing knock considering the fact that he is captain and under pressure of not performing in the last few matches. He is India's main hope of beating Australia in the upcoming series. Australia may have a good bowling attack but they can never relax until dismiss Sehwag.

  • Gapu on December 9, 2011, 16:31 GMT

    M I R HS AVG 1 00s 50s 0s RT Ponting (Aus) 21 21 645 145 30.71 2 3 3 BC Lara (WI) 17 16 539 82 38.50 0 5 0 ST Jayasuriya 18 17 419 96 26.18 0 2 1

    Why people so jealous about India? Look at stats for Ponting and Lara in India. If they are better batsmen on lively pitch then they should make Fifty in every game (forget about 100s/200s). Ponting made 2 100s and 3 50s in 21 game with avg 30.71, is that good records by any mean. Lara made 0 (big 0) 100s and 5 50s in 17 game with avg 38.50. Do the research before posting. Enjoy cricket and accept records. For list http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/stats/index.html?class=2;home_or_away=3;host=6;template=results;type=batting

  • on December 9, 2011, 16:31 GMT

    Hats off to Sehwag..he always manages to prove critics wrong. This will be a great confidence booster for him and the team before the Aussie tour. @Sam Ash: I fully agree with you about not bringing religion and sore losers into cricket. Being Indian i'm an ardent supporter of India but watching Saeed Anwar's knock against India (on a replay of of course) was a great pleasure. It's amazing how competition can bring out the best in players...ultimately its the gentlemanly spirit of cricket that wins...And I hope the people who are ENVIOUS of Sehwag's knock stop putting him and Indian pitches down, because remember cricket only has room for sporting gentlemen and ENVIOUS PEOPLE and SORE LOSERS not only spoil the mood of this website but are also an insult to the game of cricket.

  • Collegefastbowler on December 9, 2011, 16:29 GMT

    Sehwag correctly calls it an opportunity that he took advantage of. When you play you do not determine the conditions, type of bowling, type of pitch, dropping of catches etc. Sometimes you get these conditions and a top class batsman is able to take advantage and score 200+ runs as Sehwag has done. The same conditions were able to other batsmen too - why did they not score 200+? It is not just the conditions but also the right skill and effort.

  • Venkat_Gowrishankar on December 9, 2011, 16:26 GMT

    @Brenton1 : Huh, appreciate or dont make a statement that he is a flat track bully. I would assume you to be a cricket amateur so please check what this man has done in all conditions across the world. For starters you could use Stats guru in Cricinfo.

  • on December 9, 2011, 16:23 GMT

    Well done Viru! You have many records to create. Now you put yourself under great scrutiny and comparison. Best of luck for the Down Under series!

  • aussieperthindian on December 9, 2011, 16:13 GMT

    Firstly, Viru congrats!!!!!! You are the man and you always entertain us no matter the situation. Secondly, all those nasty negative comments and bickering is very childish. Sure there are other players that can potentially do the same but so far they haven't. To say Pointing would have made a triple century is bordering on ridiculous and reeks of jealousy. Pointing is a great player and there is no arguing that. Can we all just enjoy Viru who is a unique talent and I am sure if he were playing for the team you support you would want him in your side! Enjoy this mans talent and let us wait for the record to be broken as that is what happens to most records.

  • iCricCrazy on December 9, 2011, 16:12 GMT

    @Brenton1:So do you also feel that all decent fast bowlers from the subcontinent would have more wickets and bowl better than say a McGrath, Steyn, Kallis, Walsh, Holding etc if they were playing in helpful conditions like Australia, WI or SA? Gimme a break!

  • Shahzadd on December 9, 2011, 16:09 GMT

    Respect!!!! Congrats Sehwag pa ji...just for the record guys, I am from Pakistan and love cricket and appreciate good cricket...please leave politics and hate away from this game..there is enough hate in this world already, live and let live...no need to get dramatic if someone doesn't like Sehwag, Sachin, Afridi or Shoaib .....everyone is entitled to their opinion...if you don't like what you read..ignore and don't give attention to haters...these haters are just attention seekers if you ask me (my opinion)...for those who think I am getting dramatic, i'll stop right here and say Enjoy, love and cherish good cricket. Peace!!!!

  • on December 9, 2011, 16:07 GMT

    @Brenton1 - Err.. it would have been great if one of those three had AT LEAST a 150 to their name while they played on the flat tracks / dustbowls in India - Ponting's best in India is a 108 from 25 matches and Lara has never scored a one-day 100 in India (best being 89 from 14 matches). We all know what all 'pyrotechnics' Gibbs were able to show during his IPL stint with the Deccan Chargers on the flat tracks in India - Zilch !

    So, please try an acknowledge a feat when it has happened only for the second time over 3223 one-day internationals and don't sound like a sore envious loser. Every one of those players that you have mentioned are great in their own right and Sehwag's second to none of them as well !

  • SFGoldenGate on December 9, 2011, 16:06 GMT

    @ sen11,

    Where did you get " on a fourth day chennai pitch chasing 387 he hammered england bowlers all over the ground and left them speechless"? Sehwag has only one test hundred against Eng and thats too in England. Please do not conjure things. Sehwag is also pretty bad in ENG and NZ and never scored a match wining test hundred outside sub-continent. Sachin, Dravid and Laxman is real class batsman outside sub-continent. Sehwag is the greatest entertainer of modern cricket and also he is a legend because in sub-continent we won numerous matches. Because he scores big in quick time on these batting paradises, that saves very critical time to take 20 wickets on that same batting paradise, otherwise I think many of the matches India played in sub-continent would have been boring draw. But he is not Viv Richards. Sehwag has his own place but please do not conjure things to make him greater. Also, his 219 is just awesome , salute to him and peace to everyone.

  • rajachandra on December 9, 2011, 16:01 GMT

    People who are talking about Ponting should know his highest in Tests is only 257 @ Melbourne and Highest in India is 123 @ Bangalore. Similarly in ODI his highest is only 164 @ Johannesburg and in India 145 @ Bangalore ( against Zimbabwe !) ! His highest in T20 is just 98 @ Auckland and in india is only 76 @ Mumbai.

    No one has such appetite for High scores as Viru in contemporary cricket.

  • on December 9, 2011, 15:53 GMT

    @ Clayton Franks - The way ricky's been batting, he would do great if he could make at least a triple century of runs in a total of 10 innings ;)

  • on December 9, 2011, 15:46 GMT

    just enjoyed the batting

  • on December 9, 2011, 15:43 GMT

    @RandyOz. You said that you will not drop Viru, like Sammy did. That is nice of you. Sammy dropped Viru at 170. You please catch him at or around 170. So, he will have enough strength and stamina for the subsequent tests. (Viru says he is too old and too tired. It is nice to see someone like you, who is kind to the old and tired. Being a 72 year old, I do empathize with such old and tired guys). Otherwise he (Viru) may go on and on and exhaust himself, and may have to sit out for the remainder of the tour. From many of your earlier comments, I never realized that you also have a kind and considerate side to your persona. (However, for Pom-Bashing, you are my good mate. That particular line of attack, we will continue. We will bowl bouncers at Poms from both ends. And, also create more employment opportunities for Saffa Cricketers, in England)

  • on December 9, 2011, 15:42 GMT

    @PattinsonSehwag: Jame Pattinson will be praying for sehwag to be unfit.haha

  • Maddy_Venki on December 9, 2011, 15:40 GMT

    I read this comment from Brenton1 which read something to this effect that both SRT and Shewag play a lot in India and hence they could manage it. Well isn't that obcious home conditions suit you better. All the Ponting's Lara's Gayle's have their home advantage, now cribbing that Australian pitches bounce more and hence they can't score is no excuse. Plenty of great Australians, WI's have scored runs and held record for long time. Sri Viv's 189 (I think it was this score) was unbroken for ages, so does that make that innings as something less valuable?

    It is not that these players mentioned by Brenton haven't played on flat tracks. they might not have played 200 ODi's, but they definitely have played more than 15 ODI's (I'm pretty sure). And if Aus and SA and WI bowling attacks are good attacks logically Indian attack was never strong but for some very good bowlers. They should have scored the runs :-)

  • Navin. on December 9, 2011, 15:39 GMT

    First, many many congratulation to sehwag on his knock of 200. Its easy to comment on any player like sachin..... For us its should not about sachin vs sehwag... Its the team which is important rather than individual performance.. Though Sachin has played many good innings like 200 and all but Great pleasure to watch 175 against Australia..... That could not be converted.... and (a heartbroken 1) though. It doesnt meant he didnt played 4 wins but 1 man cant play 4 d whole team... many times he played but his team didnt its not his fault.... its (his bad luck) like 141 in pakistan And about Sehwag, he do come up with great knocks in an odi but he still needs to be more consistent in ODIs. its bad to lay comment on such players who has done so much.. They are greats and we should praise them and not discard them for few knocks.records r meant to b broken but 268 by Ali Brown is highest in an odi format game which still awaits to be broken.. A lots of cheers for your good work.... VIRU

  • on December 9, 2011, 15:38 GMT

    does any one rewalize that a 50 yard boundarry is unfaier???

  • on December 9, 2011, 15:37 GMT

    PattinsonSehwag - Dont make me laugh. Sehwag has faced much better and more experienced bowlers and hit them all round the park. It is foolish to think he will be scared of Pattinson.

    I dont know why you people are obsessed with comparing Sehwag with other batsmen or arguing that anybody could score double century with flat track, weak bowlers and small boundaries. The fact is that Sehwag scored a double century in an ODI and thats that, live with it.

  • BravoBravo on December 9, 2011, 15:34 GMT

    Congrats to Seahwag for scoring the highest run ever in ODI match!!! However, this is like a real bad rehearsal for IND team just ahead of the forthcoming series against AUS. Unexpected injuries and lack of any serious competetion in the ongoing series will definitely soften them. I hope that IND not going to be whitewashed in AUS, like they suffered a whitewash recently in ENG. And to WI and NZ, if you can't perform against IND and BD, what kind of pride you (WI and NZ) have left there, probably limit yourself to play in Indian Pride Limited (IPL).

  • on December 9, 2011, 15:31 GMT

    @ Clayton Franks: In the current form ponting would have hit 300 hahahaa...(good joke).

  • on December 9, 2011, 15:30 GMT

    @Brenton : If playing in Indian "flat pitches" is easy, then why the hell, they are struggling to score in india. Think before u comment!!!!!!!

  • river77 on December 9, 2011, 15:29 GMT

    Brazil is to football what India is to cricket , deal with it! Its never ceases to amuse me, when people call India flat track bullies when they win at home, The sub continent is filled with flat tracks-ind/sri/pak/ban even other countries like WI. What about all those teams that lost to india in india, Am i to believe that the so called mighty aussies, english and what not are incapable of batting or bowling in flat tracks !!! Put the Indian batsman in england or aussie conditions for 3-4 months and see how they fare better than the rest of ya.

  • on December 9, 2011, 15:21 GMT

    @paatinsonsehwag

    PATTINSON WHO !?

    if u guys are blaming the flat wickets i ve seen flatter wickets across the world with smaller grounds (438 game) why were ppl not able to score 200 at will till date??

    an odi 200 is literally close to impossible.....viru's innings was brimming with class, aggression, intent, RUTHLESSNESS, concentration, character and fitness......

    A player with even one of these qualities can be considered international std....imagine a player with all these put together, we get 219 runs in an odi inning.

    ONE VIRU !!!! SALUT....

  • theRule19 on December 9, 2011, 15:18 GMT

    For those who think flat pitches help Indian batsmen only, think again, even teams like Aus.,SA,Eng. or any other team performs only in these conditions. So the thought of the Indian team faring no good in Aus. is dismissible. In fact these opportunities should be grabbed by the bowlers to see how they can get batsmen out. Big crowds come to see big scores and there is nothing wrong in making batting friendly tracks. If that was the case, T20 cricket wont have been so popular. Also, remember Sehwag was dropped by Sammy on 170, would you still blame flat tracks for that.

  • Vpx23 on December 9, 2011, 15:17 GMT

    GAME OVER.....GREAT DOUBLE. NOW BRING ON THE AUSSIES....LET US SEE A SIMPLE MATCH WINNING KNOW MAYBE A CENTURY FACING PACKS OF 145-150 KS ON BOUCNY AND FAST PITCHES. I KNOW VIRU & THE RUN MACHINES CAN DO IT

  • Lord_Dravid on December 9, 2011, 15:09 GMT

    THOSE WHO SAY THIS WAS EASY AND WAS DONE ON A FLAT TRACK I ASK THEM WHY HASNT ANY OTHER PLAYERS FROM PAKISTAN OR SRI LANKA OR AROUND THE WORLD ALL WHO HAVE PLAYED ON FLAT TRACKS ACHIEVE THIS FEAT? ACTUALLY PLAYING ON FLAT TRACKS IS A ART IN ITS OWN WAY ESPECIALLLY U GOTTA HAVE THE ABILITY TO PLAY SPIN AND PLAYING FOR INDIA UNDER INTENSE PRESSURE AND SCORING A DOUBLE HUNDRED IS NOT EASY..MOST BATYSMEN OUTSIDE THE SIBCONTINENT CANT PLAY SPIN..SEHWAG IS JUST A CLASSY AND RUTHLESS! :D

  • Agila on December 9, 2011, 15:04 GMT

    @Brenton and the like..When Sehwag is on song it doesnt matter who the bowler is..nor would it matter what the ground is be it MCG or Holkar Stadium Indore..Stop seeing sunlight during the night pal..All those best batsman you mentioned played in India "many" times hardly managed it..No opener in the history of the test cricket got a strike rate of 80+ and 2 triple hundreds and a 290+ at a swashbuckling speed..By the way Pattinson who? Never heard of him..Does he play club cricket?

  • A_Sengupta1995 on December 9, 2011, 14:59 GMT

    my dear brenton1 and pattisonsehwag saying is very easy but to do so it is not possible, i bet u if u could score a double figure in indian pitches and i doubt your ability, to sit and coment is very easy . i ask u why australian cant score a double in indian pitches?? it took sachin 400+ matches to score a 200 sehwag just modified it. why people cant score double for 40 years but to score a 2nd double took a year and 10 months, indian can bat well and it was sehwag who was under media pressure , so he scored double to just slam the media

  • sashi94 on December 9, 2011, 14:59 GMT

    @ Brenton1 funny how when its a pitch with true bounce and not much assistance to the bowlers.. you blame batsmen our for scoring runs.. but when the pitch is greener than a garden and has disconcerting bounce from a full length, you say your bowlers are talented?

  • on December 9, 2011, 14:56 GMT

    Why all you foreigners are jealous of the Indian players achievements, specially the Australians.your players also get many chances to play here but they get thrashed in tour games as well as in IPL played on flat tracks.Admit it - sachin and sehwag are better than any of the batsmen your countries have ever produced.

  • InnocentGuy on December 9, 2011, 14:54 GMT

    100s of players for more than 40 years have had numerous opportunities to play on flat decks like these, some even in an era where ODIs were 60-overs per innings. Yet NO ONE has scored a double century until Sachin, and now Sehwag. Enough said. I don't care if Watson or Gayle or Ponting COULD have done it. They HAVEN'T and Sachin and Sehwag have. That's the point.

  • Wacco on December 9, 2011, 14:53 GMT

    Do whatever you can now on this 50 yds grounds....real test will be in gabba, mcg and perth. But Viru has nothing to prove. anyway, people will come to watch players like viru any day - well done. Its a lot of hard work and skills needed to score 200 in a limited overs' game - its huge!

  • khiladisher on December 9, 2011, 14:49 GMT

    @SAMASH07-AS AN INDIAN IAM PROUD THAT OUR BATSMEN SACHIN-DRAVID-SEHWAG AND LAXMAN HOLD MOST OF THE BATTING RECORDS IN TEST MATCHES AND ONE DAY MATCHES AND ALSO DHONI-YUVRAJ ARE THE GREATEST ONE DAY BATSMEN OF ALL TIME-I ALSO RESPECT THE PAKISTANI TEAM FOR PRODUCING GREAT BOWLERS LIKE WASEEM-WAQAR-AND SAQLAIN. LET US CELEBRATE OUR GREAT BATTING MIGHT AND YOUR SUPERB BOWLERS OF THE 80S AND 90S.THE ONLY TIME PAKISTAN WON MATCHES WITH THEIR PACE BOWLING IS IN SHARJAH FROM 1986-1998, FROM THEN ON THE INDIAN BATTING MIGHT WAS TOO POWERFUL FOR THE PAKISTANI BOWLERS.OUT OF THE 69 ONE DAY MATCHES WON BY PAKISTAN ,ALMOST 50% WAS IN SHARJAH.INDIA BEAT PAKISTAN BY A MARGIN OF 14-2 IN WORLD CUPS-ASIA CUPS-AND ICC MAIN TOURNAMENTS.

  • Cpt.Meanster on December 9, 2011, 14:42 GMT

    BLAH..BLAH...BLAH... more Sehwag bashers on here again. "Ponting, Lara could have also made 200s if they played more"... seriously that's such a lame excuse. Well they didn't play... whose fault is that ? too bad they will NEVER do what Sehwag did. While I do agree that Ponting and Lara are wonderful players... I still feel Sehwag is a unique batsmen who could score AT WILL in any condition. He only needs to be sensible in doing so. That's my biggest criticism towards him. It is unfortunate that even Indian fans don't want to appreciate this MAGICAL knock. So I cannot hope for the best from non-Indians who only have a negative view of the team. Sehwag is a legend and will remain so forever.

  • on December 9, 2011, 14:41 GMT

    @brenton1.........for your information ricky pontings record in INDIA is pathetic to say the least!!!!!!and talking of mediocre attacks i guess u dont remember the 1992 perth century by SRT.....or the desert storm.....or the chennai slamming of the legendary spinner warne......or the first century against england........and den the 175 against aus.......or the 241 in sydney......the list is endless........and if this isnt enuf den soon the INDIANS are coming down under.....we vl see den whu is the flat tack bully!!!!!

  • on December 9, 2011, 14:40 GMT

    congratz to Viru, it doesn't matter if it is on a small ground or weak bowling attacks, what matters is that at the end of the day double hundreads are great achievements, Viru has scored runs against all and will continue to do so.

    i like to refresh everyone on the boing day punch he delivered to Aussies some years back, we shouldn't try to dis-credit this achievement, but appreciate we have seen history

  • khiladisher on December 9, 2011, 14:37 GMT

    @PATTINSON SEHWAG- SURE THIS GREAT INDIAN BATTING LINE -UP WILL LICK THEIR LIPS ON FACING A YOUNG INEXPERIENCED AUSSIE BOWLING ATTACK-TRUST ALL THE BATTING LEGENDS-SACHIN-DRAVID-LAXMAN-SEHWAG AND ALSO THE YOUNG STARS LIKE GAMBHIR-DHONI-ROHIT AND KOHLI TO SCORE HEAVILY- WHAT WE NARROWLY FAILED TO ACHEIVE IN 2003{GOOD INNINGS BY STEVE WAUGH} AND ALSO IN 2008{THANKS TO STEVE BUCKNOR}, WE MAY CREATE HISTORY IN 2012. MATE, FACING INDIAN BATTING MIGHT IS TOTALLY DIFFERENT TO BOWLING AGAINST THE KIWIS-LANKANS OR SOUTH AFRICA-LET THE BOXING DAY MATCH BEGIN!

  • khiladisher on December 9, 2011, 14:31 GMT

    @TRAVEL UNLIMITED-SEHWAG AND SACHIN ARE LIVING LEGENDS ,WHILE ANWAR WAS A GOOD BATSMAN WHO HAD SCORED 194 RUNS AGAINST A WEAK INDIAN BOWLING ATTACK-AND ALSO HAD DECLARED HIMSELF UNFIT TO RUN AFTER SCORING 30 RUNS-{MAKING A YOUNGER AND MUCH FITTER AFRIDI TO RUN FOR THE LAST 160 RUNS}.SAEED ANWAR HAD MADE A TOTAL OF 4000 RUNS IN TEST MATCHES,WHILE VEERU HAS 8000 AND SACHIN 15000.

  • Nampally on December 9, 2011, 14:20 GMT

    @PattinsonSehwag: Sehwag is not worried by the pace or swingers.When he gets going any bowling looks ordinary. He dictates the terms & bowlers will be struggling to see where they can pitch to avoid being hammered. So bring it on.A fit & in form Sehwaqg will be the Governor General of the crease and a nightmare of any bowler fast or slow. He is the most entertaining batsman the world has ever seen. Sachin was more or less the inventor of upper cut Sixers as well as the paddle sweep. Sehwag is a clone of Sachin but does it more fearlessly. Scoring a double ton in an ODI is a remarkable feat. It needs luck & steel guts. Only Sachin & Sehwag have done it in 20 years of ODI.This Sehwag's innings was one of the best in every respect including endurance of power hitting - 25x 4's & 7 sixers!.Bravo Sehwag!. Hope you show some of these heroics against the Aussies later this month.Well done & good Luck in OZ land.

  • on December 9, 2011, 14:20 GMT

    brenton traks in england in one day are more flat than india in johensburg 438 scored smallest ground nobody scored 200 in australia in one days best batting tracks innezealand flat tracks with club gorunds as far as england batsman concerned they cant even scored fifty in flat tracks because they are club players and sehwag was guy who scored in mcg 195 less than a day in australia against breet lee gallespie england batsman takes 3 days to score 195 lolzzzzzzzzzzzzzz he he he and ganguly scored 183 in england england cant score 83 in england average england players with jealousy also australia

  • on December 9, 2011, 14:19 GMT

    Pity on you fellow australians, is it no shame getting a score of 21/9 ?????? Clarke & team will never get an opportunity to raise their heads during the tour of India there.. By the way, who is this 'Punter' compared to the god of cricket?? About Pattinson, I don't think he 's a better bowler than Dale steyn against whose team, Sachin got his 200*. Even Shane warne & McGrath finds it difficult to bowl to Sachin.. If Ponting was staying in the crease he 'd never make more than 170 for sure...

  • siri1234 on December 9, 2011, 14:15 GMT

    it was planned by the bcci so those guys prepared this type of track.dare sehwag to cross 20 in real fast n bouncy pitches.he is highly overrated n only a home tiger

  • siri1234 on December 9, 2011, 14:10 GMT

    lol @ pattinsonsehwag completely agree with u.those indians who r boasting of sehwag record need to realize that almost any batsman from top 8 sides at the moment can score 200 runs on such type of flat track with a 50 yard boundary

  • on December 9, 2011, 14:09 GMT

    @Brenton1 - I think the answer you are expecting is "It took Indian batsmen so long to get there is because they are less talented than all the other professionals of the game". I dont know why non-Indian fans cant accept the fact that someone scored a record innings whether the perception is they lack talent or luck favored them or being a batting pitch only etc..etc...Get out of your negative thinking people and accept that players around the world do have talent. If it was truly a batting pitch why couldnt every other player in Indian and WI side didnt hold up 50 partnerships? I am proud that 2 of my country players have the highest record ....period...no further analysis needed as I enjoyed the way they got there.

  • on December 9, 2011, 14:07 GMT

    never say "it would have been done by that player if ........." just respect others achievement

  • sharidas on December 9, 2011, 14:06 GMT

    It is extremely sad to see some very negative comments on a very commendable achievement. It is not every day that we see someone score a double hundred in ODI's. If many of the arguments against Sehwag's double hundred is to be taken seriously, it would seem that Cricket should be played on a single pitch for all the matches.

  • cricveda on December 9, 2011, 13:57 GMT

    if u dont like sehwag dont comment saying flat tracks its not that u get flat tracks every match ...out of many spin track this was the flat track ..green top tracks cant exist in india becuase of conditions here.. so this is how crickets played in india u cant expect indian pitches to play like that in england... this is our condition.. its not that easy to play on spin tracks no matter how good a batsmen is

  • Kapil_da_jawab_nahi on December 9, 2011, 13:56 GMT

    Relax guys - there is no point in scoring on dead Indian pitches, we know how they all got packed up in the recent England series. The Australian tour is not too far, lets see if he can score atleast 50 runs in the whole series. He is like Bhajji, will come up with all kinds of excuses for his failures.

  • SnowSnake on December 9, 2011, 13:53 GMT

    I think people fail to understand the magnitute of this acheivement. All the calls for easy batting pitch do not make any sense due to the fact that WI got all out under 50 overs. India has so much of world's best batting resources that Sehwag's batting acheivement looks modest than what it actually is.

  • on December 9, 2011, 13:52 GMT

    3 out of 4 times when India reached 400+ sewagh scored century. The man who can break the 219 record is Sewagh itself. I agree he scored it on a flat pitch but how many current players can score 219 on a flat pitch? On his day he is very destructive batsman he did the same in NZ couple of years back. I will not surprised if he breaks his own record once again.

  • on December 9, 2011, 13:52 GMT

    There are people who cannot digest that the indians are dominating the world cricket and breaking one record after another. People who are saying that viru scored 219 in flat track, small ground....ponting , lara would have done that blah blah blah.... need to know that the oppositions are not made to play in a coalfield..they are also playing in the same indian grounds....why are they not making these records??? viru is better than viv or any other batsman in brutality...forget about his technique...Gilli, Hyden, Gayle, gibbs, ponting, jayasuriya, petiersen, macullum (all openers) all have played quite a number of games in subcontinent pitches... no body scored double century in ODI.

  • krish_2011 on December 9, 2011, 13:47 GMT

    Brenton1, Ponting toured India many times, so did others. Why is that they fail to get the 200's here, while Sehwag, Sachin and others manage it if it is a trivial job to score big runs on the "flat" tracks in the subcontinent? If scoring runs on fast bouncy tracks is a challenge, scoring them on slow wickets with low bounce is equally challenging. If facing fast bowlers bouncing the ball into the rib cage is a challenge, then facing turning balls that don't come up very high is not easy either. Each player does well on home tracks, fast and bouncy or low and slow on which he grew up playing. No point whining about it.

  • Marcio on December 9, 2011, 13:44 GMT

    Segway. Wasn't that also the name of the guy who could barely put vat to ball in the recent test series against England? Just goes to show that just because you have the same name doesn't mean you gave the same ability. ;-)

  • couchpundit on December 9, 2011, 13:41 GMT

    @Brenton1/Clayton Franks and other white supremacist(yes thats what you are cribbing that sehwag has done the unthinkable) - who has stopped your bowlers in your conditions(supposedly bowler friendly wickets) form getting 10-fer in a match?

    Hey i do agree these tracks are flat track...same pontings and gilchrist(is the only guy i thought would ever cross 200..unfortunately didnt) could have achieved this in flat tracks in india..we all know indian bowling sucks big time or in Sharjah where they played. Why havent they scored a triple century yet? LOL doesnt that tell you that they are not in same class as Sehwag...for that matter sachin who has played in these flat tracks for 3 decades has not got to a Triple(he is hte biggest flat track bully of all)

    Point is Sehwag is a class apart, Respect him and this has nothing to do with your cricketer's or my cricketer's this is a cricketing Mile Stone Period, any true cricket lover would enjoy this.

  • on December 9, 2011, 13:32 GMT

    Virendra Sehwag is the 1st HUMAN to hit a Double Century(219) in ODIs. . . . 1st was hit by GOD: Sachin Tendulkar.!!!

  • on December 9, 2011, 13:32 GMT

    @pattision shewag he did it okay did any australian batsmen do it every it ausssuies rule!!!

  • Cricket_Master_Mind on December 9, 2011, 13:23 GMT

    Simply Natural talent... You can't teach such shots he play

  • vatsmanoj on December 9, 2011, 13:22 GMT

    @jack_india yes he is very typical indian batsman who always get under the skin of other teams like every indian batsman and destroy their bowling attack every time

  • on December 9, 2011, 13:17 GMT

    "Sehwag did not take the field during the chase. Having batted for 46.3 overs, Sehwag said the innings had taken a toll on his body. "I'm very tired because I'm 33-years-old. I'm an old man and my back and glutes are tight."

    Heartiest congrats toVirender Sehwag on a great innings.

    Question: Should substitutes be banned in cricket? It is not acceptable for a fast bowler to take a break after a long spell, go off and have a shower, maybe a massage, and come back fresh. Is it OK for a batsman to send on a substitute just because he is tired from blasting the opposition all over the park?

  • on December 9, 2011, 13:07 GMT

    Excelent knock by One of a Great player, it's looking something going to happen, he's so fluently and confidently, He got what he deserved.

  • atthipatti on December 9, 2011, 13:07 GMT

    @Clayton Franks...Yes you are right! Ricky Ponting would've even made 400 given the form he is in now.....

  • diehardcricketfan3 on December 9, 2011, 13:02 GMT

    i ask one question to the people who are criticizing sehwag for scoring 219 on flat track.... in 2006, australia made 434 in first innings and south africa successfully chased down and scored 438 in the second innings... both innings totals 434 and 438 are well over india's total 418.. but nobody in both teams managed to score double ton... why??????

  • Shan.z on December 9, 2011, 13:00 GMT

    yeah indian batsman can only make records in india lolz.. when it was UK tour everybody was unfit..same thing is going to happen in AUS..lolzzz

  • mitz101 on December 9, 2011, 13:00 GMT

    to Brenton01... sour grapes?

  • Principle on December 9, 2011, 12:46 GMT

    Hats off to Sehwag I have nothing but praises for him even though I am a West Indian fan, but credit where credit is due. Any players who can score a double hundred in a ODI match is a good player. Yes the wicket was flat but you have to go out there and do the job. Funny no says India's B team anymore, all of a sudden it's now a full strength team.

  • RogerC on December 9, 2011, 12:43 GMT

    Flat tracks are everywhere in the world. When Australia-South Africa score 434 and 438 in a one day match, people call it an epic. Without a flat track, such scores are not possible. Lara's 375, 400 or 500 came on flat tracks. Hayden's 380 was also on a flat track. Recent Watson's 185 was a flat track effort. Coming to Sehwag, to score 219 in a one day match, one needs true power batting skills. To not appreciate it and finding excuses to criticize it is childish.

  • Sheela on December 9, 2011, 12:35 GMT

    There should be some law relating to minimum length of boundary. Further why should even smaller boundaries are further reduced by putting the ropes leaving space between the roptes and the actual boundary. Another observation that even older grounds now have smaller boundaries compared to the past, just to accommodate larger attendance. This is not take away the credit due to Sehwag who is not responsible for the small boundary lines.

  • on December 9, 2011, 12:29 GMT

    non indians always critize the indian's feet, appriciate it and move on!!!! if it is broken by the non indians,iam sure every indians applaud ..

  • on December 9, 2011, 12:28 GMT

    congracts viru....nice show in at indore....but i need the same action at MCG in boxing day test(down under)....go ahead with guthi up against oz bowlers...we need to win series in down under

  • Saim93 on December 9, 2011, 12:23 GMT

    The outfield was outrageous, the ball travelled like a bolt of lightning

  • on December 9, 2011, 12:22 GMT

    ranil herath this shows your jealosy these days everywherethere aresmaller grounds did pollard scored 200 sammy scored and did dilshan scored sehwag scored 195 less than a day in mcg australia 270 odd in a day against murli indians ended taits carrier pattison is a baby inpace

  • on December 9, 2011, 12:14 GMT

    australia and england neva have great talent they cant score in green tracks as well as flat average players india england players cant play always cry cant score in flat tracks cant bowl in flat tracks cant bat ingreen tacks england should play gully cricket

  • MathewsAdelaide on December 9, 2011, 12:13 GMT

    Virender Sehwag 309 India v Pakistan Multan 28 Mar 2004 Test # 1693

    Its for all flat track comments and Pak supporters, he scored in multan Pakistan

  • on December 9, 2011, 12:05 GMT

    @siri1234, do u ever watch cricket.. plzz chk shewags record in australia wen last time india toured. and then comment..

  • trust_27 on December 9, 2011, 12:00 GMT

    Great Innings from the great Indian batsman. Everyone says that its done on a flat track and good batting wicket excepted. Everyone is great in there own ground and when they go out they are bullies. Take for example the great Ponting....he was nothing against the South Africans but in Australia...he played like King all his life...take any batsman. Even for instances of the past greatest batsman's all have the same story....so why only when Sehwag scores in Indian soil or sub continent soil everyone has a problem...and as for the ground goes....it is almost the same length ground in which Tendulkar scored his first double ton in one day....then why these points never came in as he is Tendulkar. Tell me something how many cricketers had own india games outside India...in England Sehwag played only one test and that too with Injuries. So called great batsman like Tendulkar, Laxman played 4 test and what did they do...Except for Dravid no one played well...

  • Gannuboy on December 9, 2011, 11:59 GMT

    @siri1234 - Last time he was there in Australia, he scored 464 in 4 test matches with a high score of 195. 4th highest run scorer of the series behind Ponting, Laxman and Dravid.

  • Cricket.Nellore on December 9, 2011, 11:58 GMT

    Should eye on Tests 400 !!!

  • Brenton1 on December 9, 2011, 11:56 GMT

    @NP_NY: So 20 of his centuries came outside of India. How many against good teams? How many on difficult pitches? How many in tough situations? I think the answers to these questions would be against a few good team. 0 on difficult pitches. 0 in tough situations. That = flat track bully.

  • on December 9, 2011, 11:56 GMT

    An awesome knock. No one should berate the innings, even though the track was flat track small bounderies and he had some luck. He had play the shots . As a West Indian supporter I enjoyed the batting but regret it was against us.

  • Brenton1 on December 9, 2011, 11:52 GMT

    Tracks in India only boost the batsmans average. If a decent bowling pitch is prepared the only way they score is against mediocre attacks. Both 200s in ODI scored in India by Indian batsmen who play hundreds of games in India. I wonder why it took them so long. If Ponting, Lara, Gibbs etc played that many games on flat tracks they surely would have 200s by now.

  • Ajmalnumber1 on December 9, 2011, 11:51 GMT

    oh comon Veeru..... you are not too far from the tour of Aussies..... i will see you there that how you hit the sixes and double hundred. i will see how you will face 155 KM pace of Jame Pattinson....inswing outswing.. I AM SURE YOU WILL BE UNFIT BEFORE THAT TOUR. YOU DONT WANT TO FACE JAMES PATTINSON....

  • travelunlimited on December 9, 2011, 11:39 GMT

    Congrats Sehwag for nice innnings and Breaking record. But for me Saeed Anwars 194 is still the best because he scored that in India against India and that was a Important match( semi final ) of Indepence Cup.

  • ramesh5 on December 9, 2011, 11:29 GMT

    SamAsh, you appreciate sewag's batting which was once in a life time performance. Your comments on Tendulkar is not in good taste. Tendulkar's double hundred is also phenomenal. To compare Sewag and Tendulkar is not correct. Both are different in their approach to Batsmanship. In the 30's when Bradman was scoring double and treble hundreds in Test cricket, Hammond was the nearest to Bradman. But both were different in batting style. Yet they served their Countries with distinction. While Sewag is more like Bradman, Tendulkar is more like Hammond. Both are great but according to me, Sewag is greater than Tendulkar, though many in India will not accept this rating. Let us enjoy the greatness of both these players as long as they play international cricket. Lastly, why do you bring religion into your comments. what difference does it make whether they are Hindus or Muslims. Religion is an out dated concept in the 21st century and please do not mix religion in every walk of life.

  • Shami_Mughal on December 9, 2011, 11:11 GMT

    Dears its totally sehwag's day that day, chances taken by him is his good luck. And one thing, short boundaries is said to be lame excuse because sixes which he hit are all gone in to the crowed and easily clear the ground. One thing i want to said , he deserved to play such a magnificent inning because he is player of high caliber. GOOD LUCK VIRU

  • shahbazhussain on December 9, 2011, 11:10 GMT

    I predict, Virat Kohli is the next man to break Sehwag's record. Virat has super patience and dominant aggressive body language when he is batting. I am Pakistani, but I like all teams and players. From day one, Viru was my favorite guy. Tendulkar does not have class, he is only run machine. Whenever Sehwag hits 100+ india wins 100%, look at Tendulkar's 100s, you will find more than dozen going in vain. When Sehwag hits the wegonwheel you see a rain. Rain of runs... everywhere within no time. I love this guy. So Virat is the next going to break 219, and yes, I like Virat's game too. Wish you best luck guys. Keep playing the game that speaks about the cricket. I wish T20 would NOT invented. It just destroyed all players. NZ and SL are declining. A big loss! Any way, Thumbs up for the Victory of Cricekt yesterday!

  • Vindaliew on December 9, 2011, 10:59 GMT

    People who belittle what was done, quoting flat-track bully, small ground, weak bowling etc.. should question why other batsmen have not been able to replicate what should be a "simple" task.

  • on December 9, 2011, 10:59 GMT

    If it was Ricky Ponting it would have been a triple century

  • SamAsh07 on December 9, 2011, 10:37 GMT

    C'mon guys get real, I'm a Pakistani supporter, but I'm happy to see someone pass 200 in an ODI in that fashion (SRT's 200 was boring compared to this gem)!! Even if he is an indian, cricket is not about bringing your religion into play and criticizing record holders if they're of a different religion, your bashing of a small boundary and flat pitch won't change the reality - Sehwag holds the world record for highest individual score in an ODI. Moving onto Viv Richards, he may not last long if he bats now, I'm sure he won't be able to destroy Ajmal, Cummins, Pattinson, Amir, Narine and Vettori's figures. He was his own era, let him be.

  • on December 9, 2011, 10:30 GMT

    Toss, flat track, drop catches & oppostion bowling everything help him to score this double hundred. If he stay more than 30 overs that is enogh to win that match. congrats for double.

  • siri1234 on December 9, 2011, 10:19 GMT

    sehwag is just a flat track bully who also need luck in flat track to score runs.my prediction-he cannot score 219 runs in whole australia series

  • on December 9, 2011, 10:18 GMT

    Brilliant Job By Sehwag.. :).

  • on December 9, 2011, 10:18 GMT

    Thats a great achievement. Well done, Sehwag!!!

  • NP_NY on December 9, 2011, 10:15 GMT

    @Abdul Rasheed Baloch: Yes Shahid Afridi can do it. All he needs is a lot more skill, temperament and heart. Some all-rounder he is, with an average of 23.

  • hydepark on December 9, 2011, 10:14 GMT

    congrats sehwag great knock!u were due it!however saeed anwars 194 still remains the best innings,a knock by a visiting batsmen against a hostile crowd!

  • AKmAK on December 9, 2011, 10:14 GMT

    Ha..Ha so many arrogant comments. quite natural..but dudes.. accept the reality.. the one and only VIRU can do this now in world cricket!!!! Come out of jealous and try to ask themselves and give some self respect..don't be tooo low. Might be only one can broke this record in future and that no one but Virender Sehwag. Hats off VIRU you show to the world what's ODI batting. All the very best and prayer man.. GOo..Rule..

  • on December 9, 2011, 10:11 GMT

    heartiest congrats to veeru !!!! i always wanted him to do something big and he did it!!!!most importantly crazy indian fans now should admit the fact that he is the true match winner in their team. they should know that he is far better player than old sachin....

  • TexanBlue on December 9, 2011, 10:08 GMT

    Many congrats to Sehwag. He truly deserved that record. No matter what other jeolous people say of his marathon innings, it's never easy to score such a big total. There have been more than 3000 ODIs played over 40 years and many have been played on smaller grounds but did anyone else ever score a 200 in an ODI besides Tendulkar? If scoring a 200 would be that easy then the likes of Gayle, McCullum, Afridi, and many others from the past would have scored 200 on smaller grounds and against weaker sides. Yes, we can say that Twenty20 has helped players score at more rapid pace. Mind me, Sehwag's 200 wasn't a fluke and even he himself won't find it easy to replicate that innings in the future. It was indeed a once in a lifetime sort of innings. Hats off to Sehwag that despite being in the 30s like Tendulkar he had the stamina to bat that long. Irrespective of how he fares down under, this innings will remain a record for a very long time. He has raised the bar...any takers?

  • NP_NY on December 9, 2011, 10:08 GMT

    @Brenton1: You mean like when he scored a test triple century against SA? Did you know that 20 of his 37 international centuries came on non-Indian pitches? Did you know that there are flat pitches all over the world and no one even close to reaching 200 with such ease? Or did you just start watcing cricket yesterday?

  • Sudhakar86 on December 9, 2011, 10:08 GMT

    @ muski even this one has been scored in a small ground. One daya quality player will break this one against some minnows. Otherwise it is shame to SRT who did against a formidable SA attack

  • satish619chandar on December 9, 2011, 10:06 GMT

    @RandyOZ : If Sachin who has scored most runs until now and even now when his 90 is considered as a disappointment!! is selfish, we do need to find some new word for a guy who is not scoring runs, for whom even 50 is considered as a great innings!! Clean house before reporting dust in others!

  • Sudhakar86 on December 9, 2011, 10:00 GMT

    @ RandyOZ Mind ur words! A flat track bully scoring against a week bowling attack that too given a life at 170s. Had Gibbs,Punter,Haydos,Gilly a chance they would have got as well. This will be broken by either Watoo or Yuvi

  • on December 9, 2011, 9:53 GMT

    VIRU............ You are the man........ A TRUE PLAYER whom all enjoy to watch.......

  • on December 9, 2011, 9:38 GMT

    Congratulation Viru!!! I really appriciate you. Already i gues it's odi induvigal record will break by viru or gayle.

  • Samseena on December 9, 2011, 9:38 GMT

    @Xolile: There are smaller grounds and flatter pitches than this one in New Zealand, why don't anybody else done this before?

  • Herath-UK on December 9, 2011, 9:38 GMT

    Congrats to Shewag but this again highlights why ICC should take immediate steps to standardise international grounds;cricketingwise a player scoring a reasonable hundred in a difficult and larger ground stands taller.Lara's 400 odd was too on a similar small ground.With new nations too coming, somewhere a small ground would be another merry making backyard to a home player.Anyway Shewag should get all praise for the fantastatic innings. Ranil Herath -Kent

  • on December 9, 2011, 9:33 GMT

    Congratulation....and really well played .....

  • SanjivAwesome on December 9, 2011, 9:32 GMT

    Awesome performance by Sehwag! Perhaps ICC should streamline rules on green wickets too. I observe that in the Hobart test (Aus.NZ), the green ptch is tailor made for bowlers, giving batsmen the disadvantage. There won't be many runs scored in that test match! I am looking forward therefore to a world record fall of wickets there! I know, lets get ICC to introduce rules about the green-ness of pitches too!

  • CRICKETgod9 on December 9, 2011, 9:27 GMT

    congrates Viru..well all those guys speaking about flat pitches ,small boundary so why is that only 2 great batsman could manage so far to score 200 runs in ODI.WE always play on flat pitches isn't ??? And to all OZ people asking about Sehwag /India performance in AUS well JUST ONE WORD TO ALL AUSSIES NO MORE BUKNER THIS TIMES guys ....

  • on December 9, 2011, 9:25 GMT

    m srilankan.ppl in world are full with jelousy..why cant thr apprct wat shewag did.he is amazing.actually no 1 in world can cmpare with him ryt now

  • Flairboy80 on December 9, 2011, 9:24 GMT

    All you people posting -ve remarks about Sehwag's double - please learn to appreciate the achievement. Well, how does it matter if the boundary was only 50 yards, all the sixes hit were well over the boundary line and it didn't matter if the boundary was 70 or 80 yards! You cannot consider that the contest was uneven - WI won the previous match! Well done Viru! Look forward to such terrific display of batting in future too. Good luck!

  • on December 9, 2011, 9:23 GMT

    @getsetgopk Sehwag said.." Once in a lifetime oppurtunity" not Once in a lifetime innings..

    some of the negative feedback abt this landmark.. what wrong guys... if anyone can score 200 on flat tracks why there is only 2 double tons ? scoring 200 in 50 overs is a great acheivement. And the guy who said

  • on December 9, 2011, 9:20 GMT

    I loss a bet over Sehwag, When I had one with my friend for a beer in last World Cup. I set up the bet, I said Sehwag will hit a double hundred in this WC. In first match he was reaching for my beer against Bangladesh, I remember.. But unfortunately he got out just near by. I sipped two beers with my friend by my own cost. I know beer is no cost for a double hundred, But I just felt Ayyoo Viru you would have hit this in WC. Congrats Viru - From Sri Lanka

  • spiritwithin on December 9, 2011, 9:19 GMT

    @RandyOZ..sachin does'nt have ''the most losses of anyone ever, in the history of test cricket''..it belongs to chanderpaul with 64loses followed by lara..sachin is way down the list with 50loses..win and loss can be attributed to a team not to an individual hence Lara is still a great player even though he's only few test wins and so many losses,Slater experienced more test win and few losses than Lara or other stalwarts of the game does it make him better than those players???

  • sairamama on December 9, 2011, 9:17 GMT

    @ Xolile even though the pitch, outfield....... and wateva u want to say...he made use of the conditions.........can u tell me how many foreign players hav made it in india,,,,,on flat wickets?

  • satish619chandar on December 9, 2011, 9:17 GMT

    @Xolile : If so, what can we say about Lara's 375 and 400? It does take some greatness to hit that much runs inspite of pitch or boundaries..

  • on December 9, 2011, 9:15 GMT

    by saying that sehwag is a flat track bully people only show their arrogance in accepting that he is a real fine batsman ......... there have been thousands of ODIs played on flatter tracks but no one ever scored runs like that in an innings ..... west indies players also had the same wicket to bat on but hey could not score ....... so for once admit that the knock was a fine batting display ...... although i am not sure how long it will stand for as a world record

  • sankar8000 on December 9, 2011, 9:14 GMT

    I Hope Sehwag can even hit 250 in odi ! Let us see.......

  • sohaibahmad on December 9, 2011, 9:12 GMT

    brenton U cannot say that for Sehwag, he has done it all and in all conditions. U seem to be new to this workd...

  • manjunatreddy on December 9, 2011, 9:12 GMT

    congrats the only second Indian to score double century in ODI. Proud to be indian.

  • i_witnessed_2011 on December 9, 2011, 9:09 GMT

    Very good Knock. This will setup him nicely for the Aus. Yes, I agree condition and attack will be entirely different in Aus. But it does not matter for Sehwack when he is on song :-)

  • on December 9, 2011, 9:09 GMT

    Iam surprised to hear this "Once in a lifetime from Sehwag". In test cricket when he missed the triple hundred agst SL, he said that there would be another day to score! Even if sehwag scores another double ton before he retires i won't be surprised!!!

  • atthipatti on December 9, 2011, 9:00 GMT

    @RandyOZ.... did you notice?? common numbers in 219 & 21/9....ROFLMAO

  • Kreacher_Rocks on December 9, 2011, 8:58 GMT

    @Bigwonder, Actually it is in your face. Check out the highest scores yourself. The highest ODI score is 443 by Sri Lanka http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/247827.html. Also, if a team makes 434 and then loses, it says one of two things - either the bowlers from both sides were utter rubbish (kind of hard to believe when the teams are Aus and SA) or the track was a road. Don't know about you, but I am inclined to go with the second, as are most of the neutral observers of the match. Yes, as far as thrills go that match had few peers, but a ground that lets 872 runs get scored in a day deserves to be scrapped.

  • on December 9, 2011, 8:56 GMT

    @Fast_Track_Bully: There will be no need to do that. The boundaries in Australia are 70 to 90 metres while Sehwag himself says the boundary in Indore was at 50 yards which is lesser than 50 metres. Treat yourself to PlayStation conditions right now. We will finish off a couple of Indian careers down under this time despite a host of injuries.

  • DINESHCC on December 9, 2011, 8:55 GMT

    the_blue_android: The so called Gilly, Hayden, Lara, Gayle had also played many ODIs, though not 50, on Indian pitches against India and other countries in the WC. Why they cant score that triple hundred?

  • AnotherCricketFan on December 9, 2011, 8:50 GMT

    Not to take the credit away - but if one is going to bat in a teacup even 1000 runs are possible in 50 overs. 50 yards when the min set by ICC is 65 yards. That 15 yards even in a fast outfield DOES make a difference. Once again not to take credit away - he still has to bat and stay alive and hit the balls even if it is a cement pitch. It is like our smaller grounds - like the ones we play in local leagues and school matches - that kind of make these numbers not noteworthy. A century @MCG - a straight six there is much more worth it than here. Can anyone imagine even with Bolt running between the wickets of more than a couple after playing the ball with soft hands to the deepest set fielder in this ground. Sorry Sehwag and Indian fans - somehow this seems hollow. Once again not taking the credit away from batting 46 overs

  • BellCurve on December 9, 2011, 8:46 GMT

    "The outfield is fantastic and the distance of the boundary is only 50 yards" - Virender Sehwag. It's a great achievement, no doubt. But the ground was tailormade for such a performance. Sehwag scored 219 of 149 balls and was dismissed by a bowler once (or twice if you count the ridiculously easy catch dropped by Sammy); Sehwag's teammates scored 185 of 151 balls and were dismissed by bowlers twice. In comparison to his teammates, Sehwag's perforce is therefore not that remarkable. Viv Richards' 189* on the other hand was a true once in a lifetime achievement. One can only speculate what Richards would have done on the flat pitches, small grounds and lighting outfields which we nowadays regularly get in India.

  • here2rock on December 9, 2011, 8:40 GMT

    I see 600 ODIs! There have been flatter wickets than this, wonderful achievement. Congrats. to Shewag.

  • getsetgopk on December 9, 2011, 8:29 GMT

    "Once in a life time" makes for one damn good excuse before Australia tour.

  • Brenton1 on December 9, 2011, 8:05 GMT

    Flat track bully. Lets see him do it in a fair contest against a better team.

  • East_West on December 9, 2011, 6:40 GMT

    @Crazy4Cricekt -the present WI is a weak team with respect to BATTING not BOWLING! so, please take it easy on your writing!

  • RandyOZ on December 9, 2011, 5:59 GMT

    Sachin "I am glad an indian broke my record" No you aren't Sachin, you want all the personal records for yourself. Unfortunately you you your pathetic win record, with the most losses of anyone ever, in the history of test cricket, speaks volumes! Well done Viru! I watched this match and it was brilliant. We won't be dropping you like Sammy though!

  • muski on December 9, 2011, 5:38 GMT

    I would certainly agree on one thing. ICC should streamline the rules for boundaries. An outstanding knock like this gets tarnished by the small boundary remark. Like the Athletics federation does not consider some records which are accomplished in areas with altitude of 1000 meters or more. It would be a pity if a lesser mortal broke this record against a team like Namibia in a world cup in India in future at the same ground. Does anybody see some sense in this thinking? For comparing a record with another record, all things should be equal

  • on December 9, 2011, 5:19 GMT

    Congratulation Sehwag. Always admired his game since fastest 300 versus South Africa. Not only a trendsetter redefining how runs are scored, he has set the bar high (300 anyone?) and has expanded limit of human potential. Respect.

  • on December 9, 2011, 4:27 GMT

    Sehwag....UR d man...awsm nd brutal display by a man...who plays the game as simply as it could be played

  • Balumekka on December 9, 2011, 4:01 GMT

    Congrats from Sri Lanka.....! I was unfortunate enough that I missed live telecast of Sehwag's great innings. To me, this record was not surprising at all and it was always on Sehwag's cards!!!!

  • on December 9, 2011, 3:49 GMT

    Did Sammy drop a catch yet again?????

  • sksyd on December 9, 2011, 3:41 GMT

    Big Congratulations to Sehwag! A fantastic innings!!! To all those haters, how about you learn to just appreciate a great captains knock. At the end of the day this game was important in ensuring a series win and they proved successful because of his innings. Sehwag, you deserve all the accolades mate! good job.

  • on December 9, 2011, 3:37 GMT

    Hearty congratulations to Sehwag

  • Fast_Track_Bully on December 9, 2011, 3:28 GMT

    I can see Australian bowlers pretended to be injuired now...lol...watch out Aussis...this time NO Bucknor to save you...:P

  • namir on December 9, 2011, 3:20 GMT

    Congrats on the brilliant knock. I hope Indian Cricketers can start performing overseas. Champions at home need to become champions around the world. 2 recent tournaments with England tells the truth

  • on December 9, 2011, 3:06 GMT

    I expected some big knock from viru in this series. Lot of criticism about Viru's form from the people those who are neither patience nor knows much about cricket. People can easily say that it is a flat track and small boundaries whatever may be. Viru's inclusion in to the Indian team changed lot the way the Indian openers approached the game. People can easily says that he is not very consistent. In test matches only Suniljee having more test average than viru and his strike rate is amazing (80+) no one can imagine late nineties. Most of the people having some memory loss and wish viru will fail in Australia. Viru played well against Aussies in Australia and he will play well in the upcoming series as well. He scored centuries against all good teams. I heard that Punter gave party after the omission of Viru's exclusion from the Aussies tour probable. I don't think Viru needs to prove anything to anyone. As long as he will fit he will play for India. Best of luck Viru.

  • Crazy4cricket40 on December 9, 2011, 2:20 GMT

    @ RKB21: Lets arrange T20 at same ground....50 yards... and we will see century from Sehwag.....but neverthless good knock..record is record..however Sachin and Saeed anwar's knocks were much better than this...at the moment WI is a very weak team...small boundary, flat wicket and dry outfield not to mention 1 chance....so not a great knock. Anwar made 194 at calcutta (eden Garden). If I don't make mistake biggest ground in India. CONGRATS SEHWAG ANYWAY FOR ACHIEVING THIS RECORD

  • lalli76 on December 9, 2011, 1:50 GMT

    just to let all the guys know who say that viru hit double ton against week bowling attack . sachin made it against south africa. guys dont forget he did hit triple hundred in multan against very good bowling attack . and against south africa . top team. he can do it against any team. he is the best opener india have ever produced.he will be called as legend.he is the best

  • the_blue_android on December 9, 2011, 0:11 GMT

    @Sendil kumaran, if players like Gilly, Hayden, Lara, Gayle had played 50 meaningless ODIs every year on Indian pitches against countries like Bangladesh and WI, they would have had triple centuries in ODIs to their credit.

  • Stevo_ on December 8, 2011, 23:44 GMT

    Even Sehwag knows its a joke. Read what he said below "I had never dreamt of doing this," Sehwag said on television during the innings break. The easy wicket and the short boundaries made it easier."

  • Rooboy on December 8, 2011, 23:41 GMT

    Congrats Viru. This guy really is something else, a freak. I only got to see a small part of his innings but ... wow, what a knock. I just hope he uses up all his form before he comes down under ...

  • YPremanandReddy on December 8, 2011, 22:36 GMT

    Congrats Sehwag... Breaking Master Record ur the only one. Before sehwag debut to ODI 25 overs is needed to score 100 runs, but after Sehwag debut only 11-15 overs is needed to score 100 runs. Thats the Sehwag's way of playing. Keep Rocking by Breaking Records.

  • Cpt.Meanster on December 8, 2011, 22:29 GMT

    A lot of people here are blabbering about flat tracks !!!??@#$... you still need CLASS to make a DOUBLE HUNDRED for God sakes in 50 overs. Sehwag, though largely inconsistent in ODIs is a butcher of bowlers with a steady head on his shoulders. This was a MAGICAL innings and once in a lifetime one. Hats off Viru and thank you for entertaining the nation. As a critic it's satisfying that you have answered me and many others with this steam rolling of the Windies. God Bless.

  • playitstraight on December 8, 2011, 22:27 GMT

    Viru bhai has always said that he does not play for records and even today it was seen that he was playing like he always does - smashing away every ball, be it on 1 or 99 or even 199! That's the type of batsman he is and will always be and no other batsman is as destructive as him.

  • YPremanandReddy on December 8, 2011, 22:26 GMT

    I am very Happy to see this Happy moment by Sehwag. Master made the way and Sehwag Crossed it. After sehwag coimg in to ODI 100 runs is scored with just 11-15 overs. Before Sfhwag debut to International 25 overs is needed to score 100 runs. i.e SEHWAG'S Way of playing. Congrats Veeru........ Keep Going by Breaking Records.

  • on December 8, 2011, 22:07 GMT

    Abdul Rasheed Baloch: For that to happen afridi will have to wait untill his next birth:((

  • on December 8, 2011, 21:25 GMT

    great bating veeru u have to do that austreliya as well there is tha men thing sehwag

  • nkoch on December 8, 2011, 20:34 GMT

    @Abdul Rasheed Baloch, absolutely irrelevant comment. One has to commend Sehwag's feat, ground size did not matter. All sixes were at least 20 meters over the boundary and fours were crisp and clean. BTW, Afridi has to last more than 50 balls to score runs.

  • khiladisher on December 8, 2011, 20:34 GMT

    I THINK SOME OF OUR FRIENDS FROM OUTSIDE INDIA HAVE FALLEN FOR THE JOKE OF SEHWAG SAYING THAT THE BOUNDARY LINES WERE ONLY 50 MTS IT WAS 65-70 YARDS-THE WAY THE GENIUS PLAYED IT LOOKED LIKE IT WAS ONLY 25 YARDS-THE EMPEROR SEHWAG RULES-

  • on December 8, 2011, 19:49 GMT

    Hearty congratulations to Sehwag! I was pretty disappointed by his and Gambhir's form in this series, but they made great amends to it. 50 yards is the only argument that stands. WI bowling is pretty decent, I respect Ravi Rampaul and Kemar Roach. Whatever be the case it takes talent, technique and temperament to keep on going for that long. Hats off brother. Please consider same temperament in Australia, the only thing (temperament) you need to work on in ODIs IMHO. And BTW, great move to get Gambhir to open and get Suresh Raina 1 down! The only regret is I was hoping Irfan Pathan would get to play! Hopefully next game!

  • on December 8, 2011, 19:37 GMT

    Saeed Anwars 194 record against India was world number one for more than a decade. But now these big numbers are comming more frequently in recent years. I wonder if using 2 new balls has any role to play in it.

  • on December 8, 2011, 19:26 GMT

    Excellent innings by Sehwag.! I'm so happy that its an Indian who broke Sachin's records. It was an overwhelming feeling watching him play! Take a bow Viru! Waiting for many more gems from you! The closest contenders for next double ton would definitely be Mahendra Singh Dhoni,if he comes in at No.3. I still remember his blasting innings of 183* against Sri Lanka. Also, Virat Kohli is full of promise.It would be wonderful to see double tons from these two batsmen.Cricinfo Please publish.

  • donda on December 8, 2011, 19:25 GMT

    Awesome performance, all credit goes to Sehwag and especially to T2020 cricket for giving a realization to batsmen that if they can stay for 50 overs they can score 200 now.

    Salute to aggression from Richards to Afridi to Sehwag and salute to T2020 for the entertainment.

    T2020 is future , i am just waiting the day when some body will score 100 in 20 balls in ODI or T2020 because Afridi record of 37 balls is easily achievable now.

  • on December 8, 2011, 19:22 GMT

    great batting sehwag... u gonna surely do well in australia as well(especially with cummins out as well now)

  • Poks on December 8, 2011, 19:18 GMT

    @bigwonder-yes 434 and 438 on the same ground in SA. But thats called flat track right?

  • on December 8, 2011, 19:10 GMT

    Amazing day for Cricket. WOW.......

  • CULTnishant on December 8, 2011, 19:01 GMT

    congrats viru u r enormous

  • on December 8, 2011, 19:00 GMT

    I don't agree that Indian Batsman good at home. Only problem they face that bouncy pitches and height issue, so if ball is coming at 4/5 feet high, for 6+ feet guy it is short ball, but for few IndoPak batsmen with shorter height it is hard to play if ball is aiming towards your face.

  • on December 8, 2011, 18:58 GMT

    In this ground, Shahid Afridi can easily better his fastest century record, 50m boundaries!!!!!!! :)

  • on December 8, 2011, 18:55 GMT

    That was a batting paradise

  • kancnaic on December 8, 2011, 18:50 GMT

    Very happy to see Sehwag's double ton.But Rahul Shama's efforts are being overshaded by his ton.On a flat track 3 wickets in 3 overs on his ODI debut which changed the match fully in India's favour is also a good effort.Seeing how the Indian fast bowlers were hit to all parts of the ground and Ashwin's bowling I think the match would be really close without Rahul Sharma.

  • jayrkay on December 8, 2011, 18:49 GMT

    Is there any thing to comment, the score itself reflects Sehwags performance, Congratulations!!!!

  • on December 8, 2011, 18:48 GMT

    Believe it or not! In both the matches sehwag & sachin double hundred India won the match by 153 runs. Only one player in the opponent team has scored 50+ that to both played in the same order. Also Target was above 400.India won the toss.Played in the state of madhya pradesh. Sachin 25 fours, sehwag 25 fours. What a match sir :)

  • McGorium on December 8, 2011, 18:39 GMT

    @ hoodbu: Yeah, Sehwag is kidding you. Its not like he has gone out with a measuring tape and measured the distance. It's not literally 50 yards, but perhaps certain points on the boundary may be inching towards that mark. At any rate, have you ever seen some of the grounds New Zealand have? They are rugby pitches with drop-in cricket pitches, and some of the square boundaries are ridiculously short too. (Such as the corners of the ground). Does anyone complain? It's not like all NZ pitches are seaming around either; some are perfectly good batting pitches. Even Adelaide oval is around 60m square of the wicket. Granted, not 50 yards, but like I said, not to be taken literally.

  • ani_cric on December 8, 2011, 18:35 GMT

    We are sure viru would have not expected 200 when he feels lucky to have score one run.

  • ani_cric on December 8, 2011, 18:33 GMT

    Viru played baseball and his natural fluke innings . Just swing the bat. The flukness is being with india for sometime. It appeared it had vanished after England sweep in england. If India can WC ..any fluke can happen . NOT SURPRISED. no footwork only in Indain cricket team he will be selected.

  • cricketSB on December 8, 2011, 18:26 GMT

    International cricket matches should not be played on grounds with 50 yard boundaries. Let's see a 200 in Melbourne or Sydney or on any proper cricket field.

  • on December 8, 2011, 18:21 GMT

    @koldmeat and the_blue_android - May I know which team or which player you support? Whomever you support, do you think they can produce this kind of innings?

    I think you are a recent follower of Cricket. So you forgot the VB series where India won the Series. You too forgot Shewag's 195 within a day in Test.

    Virendar Shewag is a pure entertainer. Its a world record. Wish him if not shut your mouth and keep watching. Don't comment rubbishly

    Shewag you are the King and you are Sachin's Clone.

  • on December 8, 2011, 18:18 GMT

    its the best ODI innings ever BY ANY BATSMAN, all are speaking about the 50yards ground, weaker bowling side, if u say that you are not a good cricketing fan or cricket watcher, because there is 6 other indian batsmen could not make it and the 11 WI batsman couldnt make it ,

  • on December 8, 2011, 18:13 GMT

    watever the issue is of performing in australia or not.. we all know VIRENDER SEHWAG is a run machine and scores in wholesale. he is an true entertainer and a very aggressive batsmen which every cricket team needs.

  • khiladisher on December 8, 2011, 18:11 GMT

    RAMEEZ RAJA -A PAKISTANI HAS SAID THAT AN INDIAN SEHWAG IS THE KING OF CRICKET- THANKS TO ALL OUR PAKISTANI FRIENDS FOR CONGRATULATING SEHWAG.LET US WORK TOWARDS PEACE AND PROGRESS FOR ALL.

  • cool2cool on December 8, 2011, 18:09 GMT

    @ koldmeat: If you check the stats, India has done better than most of the teams (except SA and England) in last two Aus tours, even better than your team who lost 3-0 last time.

  • cool2cool on December 8, 2011, 18:05 GMT

    @ Jack_India: If Indian pitches are flat, why your England team didn't complete their quota in 4 out of the 5 matches?

  • on December 8, 2011, 18:03 GMT

    really fantastic performance played by viru in his life.

    you know that worlds first fearless criketer.............

    incredible criketer.........

  • on December 8, 2011, 18:03 GMT

    Even our local club Tasmanian Bulls would have given this West Indian line up an easy thrashing.

  • on December 8, 2011, 17:56 GMT

    when sachin create world record of double century i thaught only one man can break this record and now thats it he did that

  • koldmeat on December 8, 2011, 17:51 GMT

    India only wins in India. Indian batsmen only score runs in India. Wait and see what happens in Australia. Lets see the asli dam of Indian players when they go to Australia!!!

  • on December 8, 2011, 17:51 GMT

    Congrats Sehwag..... It's like watching highlights of an match

  • on December 8, 2011, 17:50 GMT

    Oh World, tel Dilshan & Randiv that they can deny only Sehwag's ton not double-ton...

  • chilled_avenger on December 8, 2011, 17:46 GMT

    Shane Watson(He did come a lot close),AB De Villiers(Provided he opens or comes at No.3),Tilakratne Dilshan(I still remember that '160'),Chris Gayle(He'll have to at least play to do that),Ross Taylor(The guy who looted 100 runs from 5 overs) are some of the biggest candidates from their respective countries! From England,Kevin Pietersen could have been a contender if not for his recent ODI Slump & since the Pakistani batsman dwell in the extremes of the crafting Misbah-ul-Haq and marauding Shahid Afridi,I'm not sure who could be Pak's contender! From India itself,personally I think there's more chance of Sachin/Sehwag repeating this feat than any other Batsman doing it! Anyway take a bow Viru,this 219 is something else!

  • hoodbu on December 8, 2011, 17:44 GMT

    50-yard boundaries? Are you kidding me? The ground should be stripped of its ODI status.

  • Venkatinusa on December 8, 2011, 17:40 GMT

    We all need to understand, whether its a week or strong side, every player is talented, thats the reason they are on the ground compare to billions of cricket followers..... so scoring 100 is "big thing", scoring 150 is "very big thing", scoring "200 is unimaginable", for any form of player.... well done schwag !!!... remember breaking this record will be tough ....!!!

  • kkr143143 on December 8, 2011, 17:40 GMT

    Long Live Sehwag........ :) Keep Rocking Bhaiyya

  • sen11 on December 8, 2011, 17:38 GMT

    @ Jack_India, I think you are a england fan, well sehwag got hundreds in australia,south africa,westindies,pakistan,srilanka,newzealand, and your so called england, infact he thrashed you peoples many times in all forms of the games, example, on a fourth day chennai pitch chasing 387 he hammered england bowlers all over the ground and left them speechless, he scored hundred in his first england tour itself, he has nothing to prove to anyone, he is a legend, he is a genius and he is the *King of entertainment* (Thanks to Mr.Ramiz raja)..........

  • the_blue_android on December 8, 2011, 17:36 GMT

    I'd be happy if Viru can score 1/4th of this in Australia but as we all know, he's going to fail. He has failed in every instance where the country desperately needed him to win matches. In SA, in England and in the WC final. Other than couple of centuries in SA and Australia a decade ago, he has just not been able to perform overseas(barring SL which is like an Indian state). He always throws his wicket away or has trouble putting bat to bowl if the bowling quality is high. I hope the Indian team drops him and gets in a real test batsman like Rahane or Pujara who can play the temperemental game.

  • muski on December 8, 2011, 17:33 GMT

    @Dravid Gravitas- Banglas have not bullies be it flat track or lively track. So does not matter.@Muzamil- You again proved your a Pakistani- you cannot forget Saeed Anwar can you- was he too not a flat track bully? I cant think of any great innings from him outside the subcontinent.

  • khiladisher on December 8, 2011, 17:32 GMT

    LONG LIVE THE GREATEST BATTING GENIUS EVER-VEERENDER SEHWAG-

  • khiladisher on December 8, 2011, 17:27 GMT

    SALUTE AND RESPECT TO THE GREATEST BATTING GENIUS EVER IN THE HISTORY OF CRICKET-THE ONE AND ONLY VEERU- THE EMPEROR SEHWAG AND THE KING-VIV RICHARDS-BOTH ONE IN A LIFE TIME PLAYERS-HAVE CHANGED THE GAME OF CRICKET FOR EVER. CAPTAINING HIS COUNTRY FOR 9 MATCHES HIS HIGHEST SCORE WAS ONLY 44-TRUST THE GENIUS TO COME TO THE PARTY-WITH THE GREATEST KNOCK EVER OF 219 IN ONE DAY CRICKET HISTORY.NO TEAM EVER COMES TO INDIA MANAGES TO WIN A SINGLE MATCH AND IS NOT SOUNDLY THRASHED IN THE NEXT MATCH-

  • muski on December 8, 2011, 17:23 GMT

    Viru- You lived by the sword and let you bat do the talking. Thanks for the entertainment man. Hopefully you will give some entertainment for us during the Aussie series too. I for the moment dont see anybody breaking your record in the near future. Pl make sure the Windies dont take in Gayle. He is the only serious threat.

  • PratUSA on December 8, 2011, 17:20 GMT

    I woke up at 7 AM (EST) and remembered to check the score. Cricinfo headline was 'Sehwag close to double hundred'. Plan was to sleep some more before getting ready for work but now I had to turn on the TV. I was lucky to catch not just the double but also new world record live. Congrats Viru. Hope you carry the confidence into MCG on boxing day.

  • bigwonder on December 8, 2011, 17:19 GMT

    We will now see a lot of comments in regards to fat track bully. To that I have only one answer, in-your-face. Check out the highest scores in one day and you will see SA and Aus in top two spots and ODI was played in SA and not in sub-continents.

  • on December 8, 2011, 17:13 GMT

    Congrats ! Fabulous entertainment !!!

  • on December 8, 2011, 17:11 GMT

    Hi...I am a Pakistani but I must say I enjoyed this innings. But I must confess to one thing: of all the 190+ innings, I love the innings of Saeed Anwar's 194 and Sachin's 200*. Because they were against top class sides and good bowling line ups :)

  • on December 8, 2011, 17:10 GMT

    Congrats Veeru !!! Achievement is a achievement, phenomenal... Be it in India or anywhere in the world, to score a double ton is indeed breathtaking... The brits can keep cribbing that it was in India, but who cares :) Great entertainer :) Keep it going...

  • on December 8, 2011, 17:10 GMT

    It's Nice to see Viru is scoring 200=

    :-)

  • SanjivAwesome on December 8, 2011, 17:07 GMT

    I observe that WI continued to fight, bowl gamely and maintained the true spirit of the game. Most impressive. Well done Sehwag.

  • on December 8, 2011, 17:07 GMT

    wow..viru rockzz.. sachin's best (200*) is broken... i hope viru can break also brian lara's best 400 in test sides ...:-

  • KabaabRoll on December 8, 2011, 17:06 GMT

    Congrats from a Pakistani, albeit if the ropes were a little further than 50 yards it would have been super. None the less, congrats and job well done.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on December 8, 2011, 17:05 GMT

    Wow! that is something. I'm sure dear Bangladeshis know how to say Sehwag is a 'flat track bully'. Take a bow! Sehwag FTW!

  • Natx on December 8, 2011, 17:03 GMT

    @Jack_India - Not sure if you know he scored 190 odd in Melbourne on day 1. If you say Melbourne is a flat deck, you don't know cricket. Key thing to understand - both cricket and Shewag are unpredictable. Some ordinary days, some fascinating days. Not denying the quality of bowling here but even the likes of Dale Steyn and Cummins are getting smoked to sixes everywhere these days. Give it the batsmen. It's always their game. Bowlers will only get lucky only if one of the factors are in their favor - pitch, overcast conditions, ball. Otherwise, be super disciplined and bowl wicket to wicket, 4th stump line, hit top of off-stump and prey with batsmen's patience - McGrath/Pollock way that will work wonderfully well in tests but not in ODI's and certainly not in Twenty20's.

  • on December 8, 2011, 16:55 GMT

    Yes! only Yuvi can do it. Others are Ross Taylor, Chris Gayle, David Warner - outsider like Kiron Pollack has chance of making it there... and NO DOUBT VIRU will DO IT AGAIN.

  • 777aditya on December 8, 2011, 16:51 GMT

    if Sehwag is old, Sachin is older - what the heck? Viru might have gone on to score an unbeaten 250 if he could have stayed on for 50 overs - really was a treat - am going to tell my grandchildren that I watched the first two 200s in ODIs LIVE - HAIL SEHWAG!!!!

    next ones to watch out for the same feat might be Watson, Gayle (if things work out between him and the bitchy WI board), and Sehwag again!!!!

  • mhk21 on December 8, 2011, 16:51 GMT

    who expects to score a double in every match !

  • on December 8, 2011, 16:47 GMT

    World Will see Sehwag will break this again One day....Kudos....hatsoff to you Dear Delhite....

  • on December 8, 2011, 16:46 GMT

    carry on BIRU.....................

  • Erebus26 on December 8, 2011, 16:45 GMT

    Set up for him really...a flat track and some poor bowling from what is a weak and relatively inexperienced West Indies attack. Very predictable.

  • asterix.gaul on December 8, 2011, 16:40 GMT

    Great innings no doubt, but 50 yard boundaries??? So you loft over the 30-yard circle on a regular ground you'll get two, but here you get 4s and 6s. ODIs are a bowler's graveyard and worst nightmare, and tiny grounds like these only inflate scores.

  • degiant on December 8, 2011, 16:37 GMT

    Congrads to Sehwag, with thawt being said it was poor catching from WI.When people were bashing Sammy, I was defending him, but no more. Every game and I mean that, every single game Sammy drops at least one catch and in most cases it cost the team and the bowlers to feel let down. Not making runs, getting a few wickets and always dropping catches, well he has to go

  • AliHaydar on December 8, 2011, 16:37 GMT

    It is sad that the Little Master had to lose his record, but well done Viru!

  • OMGitsSrikanth on December 8, 2011, 16:36 GMT

    Viru bhai tushi grat ho..:) nice to see someone from india breaking sachin's record.Next time also it can be only and only someone from india breaking your record..:)

  • on December 8, 2011, 16:35 GMT

    @Jack_India how many hundreds you have score even in India ? Forget about abroad. Bro its easy to comment on others failures and laugh on it. First prove yourself then say something.

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on December 8, 2011, 16:31 GMT

    I almost choked on my morning pretzel when Sammy dropped that sitter off him on 160! Despite the let off it was another very entertaining innings from Sehwag: well played. Yet more pre-match hype was given to Mithun and the other seam bowler: What a joke Indian 'fast bowling' is: They don't have anyone who bowls faster than England's Ravi Bopara! This innings from Sehwag will stay long in the memory though.

  • on December 8, 2011, 16:26 GMT

    @Jack: Sewhag performed in the earlier tours of England and who can forget his 195 against Aussies in Melbourne?

    Dont insult him by calling him a typical Indian batsman, he is more than a typical Indian batsman..!!

  • elimomin on December 8, 2011, 16:26 GMT

    an extraordinary performance. congrats to the whole indian team. it is a superb record indeed. and would be remembered in cricket history.

  • on December 8, 2011, 16:25 GMT

    wow!! if there was one man who has the potential to score 200+ in odis it was sehwag!..it is a surprise it took him such a long time to get there.. nevertheless one of the great knocks ever in odi cricket

    p.s. this is just the batting practice for the tour of australia

  • on December 8, 2011, 16:14 GMT

    thanks Sammy for giving Sehwag this golden opportunity .........Only Sehwag can made 401 in test cricket & he must made it one day..............

  • on December 8, 2011, 16:11 GMT

    i tnk only 3 men can beat 219...........watson....mcllum....or sehwag himself

  • Rohit... on December 8, 2011, 16:10 GMT

    @WeeBee Bad Bolwing and fielding from WI. Well bad for them. You cannot afford to give Sehwag another chance especially when he is at 170. A little bit of luck and he can make it his day. P.S.-Its OFFICIAL. If SACHIN is the GOD of CRICKET, then Sehwag is the ENTERTAINER of CRICKET.

  • indianstar on December 8, 2011, 16:10 GMT

    Wat a Man!! Congrats viru.. oh my god.. i missed to c this live match of 1st innings.. surely, ll c ball by ball match .. Cant even think that it can broken. As yuvi said, its next to impossible.. go viru go:)

  • on December 8, 2011, 16:09 GMT

    Has someone told Sehwag that all he needs to do is bat a minimum of 60 balls in every single one dayer he plays? Without looking at the scroreboard, without looking at the team score or his own score. If he focuses on batting at least 60 balls every match, we will end his career with an ODI avergae of over 50, compared to the meager 35 that he has right now.

  • on December 8, 2011, 16:08 GMT

    ALL THE BEST VIRU AND I WISH HE WANT TO CONTINUE HIS FORM TO THE AUSTRALIA............................CONGRATS.................................

  • on December 8, 2011, 15:55 GMT

    What a record breaking batting by Viru n that too in my state of MP n INDORE !!!!!!!! my most favorite city. I think only U WILL BREAK YOUR OWN RECORD

  • on December 8, 2011, 15:49 GMT

    great batting by sehwag congrats .... but truly pathetic bowling and fielding from west indies

  • lalli76 on December 8, 2011, 15:45 GMT

    you are the best viru . i am a very very huge fan of you. you are the real entertainer of cricket. you rocks!! keep it up . we need hundred from you in aus as well cheers !!!

  • on December 8, 2011, 15:37 GMT

    he ran for 77 runs, not to forget that

  • RKB21 on December 8, 2011, 15:33 GMT

    I hope that Sehwag gets a century in T20I sometime in the future to go with a triple in Tests and a double in ODIs.

  • on December 8, 2011, 15:30 GMT

    well done viru........we are proud of you

  • on December 8, 2011, 15:29 GMT

    This guy can do anything..and I mean ANYTHING!

  • on December 8, 2011, 15:21 GMT

    yaa jack but england player cant score in flat decks also leavegreen tops and bowlers need green carpet in india they give 90 runs in 2 matches lolzzzzzzzz cant stop smile england should play on cemented then i think they can score runs and might always play in england ha ha ha atleast sehwag scores hundreds in southafrica 2 england 2 australia 2 srilanka 3 pakistan 2 newziland 4 sorry to say but englishman scores in england flat decks and aginst good bowling attack like pak kevin petesen looks like tainlender ha ha ha

  • on December 8, 2011, 15:19 GMT

    Viru can do anything and he can do nothing too. because he is viru,. this is my small definition for the word/name "viru"

  • Afridithebest10 on December 8, 2011, 15:16 GMT

    I'm a Pakistani, but still congratulate Sehwag! Well played Sehwag! You are a very unpredictable batsmen!

  • Jack_India on December 8, 2011, 15:15 GMT

    If you put it in perspective then Sachin's double ton is superior to Sehwag's. This because Sachin's ton came against the mighty South Africans (Steyn, Parnell, Kallis, et al).

  • on December 8, 2011, 15:11 GMT

    many a history need to made, keep it up guys .... :)

  • on December 8, 2011, 15:00 GMT

    Even if the bowling and fielding is bad, you have to concentrate for a longer time to get the double, I respect that, NO reason in point out that the bowling is bad so he scored. it take a toll on you to score double even in Test. he scored 200 in an ODI, respect that.

  • novelwolf on December 8, 2011, 14:55 GMT

    SEHWAG WILL GET A DUCK AGAINST AUS. WATCH AND SEE AGAINST QUALITY BOWLING.

  • 2929paul on December 8, 2011, 14:54 GMT

    An incredible knock, really entertaining and a fantastic achievement in any circumstances. But 50 yard boundaries? Surely there should be some minimum length for international matches? 50 yards is nothing. It's schoolboy cricket. It's a mis-hit for six.

  • on December 8, 2011, 14:52 GMT

    Many Many Congratulations to Sehwag, who is the most dangerous player in ODI at the moment.

  • Alexk400 on December 8, 2011, 14:52 GMT

    Pakistanis saying he did n't score this in pakistan, bowling is weak. he did score 319 in TEST against very good pakistan attack. This west indies attack did very well against india. West indies were losing because they don't bat well. WI Bowling is really good, if you remove sehwag india would have scored at best 275. Sehwag make it happens sometimes. He could have easily scored 250 if he really want to set record for ever like lara and sachin obsessed with stats. Sehwag is a true entertainer not a selfish player like sachin or lara. Sehwag can only get sehwag out. That said i want him to make adjustment in ODI and try to play 50 overs once.

  • on December 8, 2011, 14:43 GMT

    Only Viru can achieve this feat ...........congrzzz viru

  • rahulcricket007 on December 8, 2011, 14:39 GMT

    YEAH TRULY SAID . NO ONE CAN'T PREDICT WHAT SEHWAG CAN DO. ON DAY WHERE HE CAN SCORE 294 RUNS IN ONE DAY IN TEST ON THE OTHER HE CAN ALSO END UP TAKING A KING PAIR . REALLY THE MOST UNPREDICTABLE BATSMEN

  • Jack_India on December 8, 2011, 14:38 GMT

    A double golden duck in England followed by a double ton in India. Typical Indian batsman. Go Sehwag.

  • WeeBee on December 8, 2011, 14:36 GMT

    O MY GOD ...! Great Batting from Sehwag no doubt.... But realy bad bowling and fielding from the West Indians ...

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  • WeeBee on December 8, 2011, 14:36 GMT

    O MY GOD ...! Great Batting from Sehwag no doubt.... But realy bad bowling and fielding from the West Indians ...

  • Jack_India on December 8, 2011, 14:38 GMT

    A double golden duck in England followed by a double ton in India. Typical Indian batsman. Go Sehwag.

  • rahulcricket007 on December 8, 2011, 14:39 GMT

    YEAH TRULY SAID . NO ONE CAN'T PREDICT WHAT SEHWAG CAN DO. ON DAY WHERE HE CAN SCORE 294 RUNS IN ONE DAY IN TEST ON THE OTHER HE CAN ALSO END UP TAKING A KING PAIR . REALLY THE MOST UNPREDICTABLE BATSMEN

  • on December 8, 2011, 14:43 GMT

    Only Viru can achieve this feat ...........congrzzz viru

  • Alexk400 on December 8, 2011, 14:52 GMT

    Pakistanis saying he did n't score this in pakistan, bowling is weak. he did score 319 in TEST against very good pakistan attack. This west indies attack did very well against india. West indies were losing because they don't bat well. WI Bowling is really good, if you remove sehwag india would have scored at best 275. Sehwag make it happens sometimes. He could have easily scored 250 if he really want to set record for ever like lara and sachin obsessed with stats. Sehwag is a true entertainer not a selfish player like sachin or lara. Sehwag can only get sehwag out. That said i want him to make adjustment in ODI and try to play 50 overs once.

  • on December 8, 2011, 14:52 GMT

    Many Many Congratulations to Sehwag, who is the most dangerous player in ODI at the moment.

  • 2929paul on December 8, 2011, 14:54 GMT

    An incredible knock, really entertaining and a fantastic achievement in any circumstances. But 50 yard boundaries? Surely there should be some minimum length for international matches? 50 yards is nothing. It's schoolboy cricket. It's a mis-hit for six.

  • novelwolf on December 8, 2011, 14:55 GMT

    SEHWAG WILL GET A DUCK AGAINST AUS. WATCH AND SEE AGAINST QUALITY BOWLING.

  • on December 8, 2011, 15:00 GMT

    Even if the bowling and fielding is bad, you have to concentrate for a longer time to get the double, I respect that, NO reason in point out that the bowling is bad so he scored. it take a toll on you to score double even in Test. he scored 200 in an ODI, respect that.

  • on December 8, 2011, 15:11 GMT

    many a history need to made, keep it up guys .... :)