India v West Indies, 4th ODI, Indore

Sehwag's total dominance

Virender Sehwag was utterly ruthless in his demolition of West Indies in Indore

S Rajesh

December 8, 2011

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Virender Sehwag wagon wheel, 4th ODI, Indore, December 8, 2011
Virender Sehwag's innings included 25 fours and seven sixes, which means 142 runs came in boundaries © ESPNcricinfo Ltd
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There were stats highlights galore in Indore today, dominated obviously by the highest individual ODI score ever. Here are the other main numbers:

  • Virender Sehwag finished with 219 from 149 balls, at a strike rate of 146.97. Only five times has a 150-plus score been made at a better rate.

  • The innings included 25 fours and seven sixes, which means 142 runs came in boundaries. Only once has a batsman scored more runs in fours and sixes in an ODI: Shane Watson struck 15 fours and as many sixes in his unbeaten 185 against Bangladesh earlier in 2011, which means 150 of his runs came in boundaries. (Click here for the full list of most boundary runs in an innings.)

  • Sachin Tendulkar struck exactly 25 fours too in his unbeaten 200 in Gwalior. No batsman has hit more fours in an ODI innings.

  • A break-up of his innings shows that he never dropped below fourth gear. His first 50 came at the end of the 15th over, but that's also partially because he didn't get much strike during that period. He reached his fifty with a six, to go from 49 to 55, and thereafter he needed only 28 deliveries to move from 56 to 101. He reached his century in the 23rd over, his 150 in the 36th, and his 200 in the 44th. His last 68 runs came off a mere 37 balls, and included nine fours, two sixes, and seven dot balls.

    Sehwag's journey to 219
    Runs Balls Strike rate 4s/ 6s Dot balls
    0-55 41 134.15 3/ 4 17
    56-101 28 164.28 7/ 1 8
    102-151 43 116.28 6/ 0 13
    152-201 28 178.57 7/ 1 5
    202-219 9 200.00 2/ 1 2

  • Sehwag scored at more than a run a ball against all the bowlers that he faced. He relished Kieron Pollard and Andre Russell more than the rest, but a measure of his dominance can be gleaned from the fact that the most economical bowler against him was Ravi Rampaul, and even he went for 30 from 25 balls.

    Sehwag against each bowler
    Bowler Runs Balls Strike rate 4s/ 6s
    Kieron Pollard 33 19 173.68 4/ 1
    Andre Russell 37 22 168.18 4/ 2
    Marlon Samuels 42 29 144.82 6/ 0
    Darren Sammy 13 9 144.44 0/ 1
    Sunil Narine 33 23 143.47 3/ 2
    Kemar Roach 31 22 140.90 4/ 1
    Ravi Rampaul 30 25 120.00 4/ 0

  • Thanks to Sehwag's blitz, India finished with their highest ODI total, and the joint fourth-highest by any side. It's also the tenth 400-plus total in ODIs, of which India have contributed four.

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Posted by crazysloggers on (December 10, 2011, 8:20 GMT)

one last question.. why didnt bradman score a 400 in tests? why didnt he score 500 in first class cricket? why couldnt viv richards hit 6 sixes in ODI? why dont the legends try for sixers when they near a 100 or 200?.. guys ! stop arguing about averages and stats ..just appreciate the player

Posted by Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas_Atheist on (December 9, 2011, 18:29 GMT)

Some sad, bitter and unhealthy souls are making it sound as though this was the first time an ODI was played on a batting track in a smallish ground and that till now no batsmen got to play an ODI on a batting track in a smallish ground. What about those brutal centuries by Gibbs and Ponting at New Wanderes, Johannesburg in a 'mini-stadium' on a belter of a track with 50-55 yard boundaries and both the teams scored over 400??? Nobody complained then. Thumbs down to all those losers who 'woke up' now and started complaining!

Posted by   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.!!!

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (December 9, 2011, 12:53 GMT)

we had a match in which SL scored highest ODI score (475+) against Namibia we had one match where SA chased down 413. but nothing happened! Does that bowling pitches? Namiba has a better bowling unit than WI? at least WI have better bowling than BD and Engaland! Full credits to Sehwag! well done!

Posted by NAP73 on (December 9, 2011, 11:28 GMT)

Boring. Can we please stop playing ODIs. They have had their day. Everyone goes on about stats, but many games are so one-sided.

Posted by   on (December 9, 2011, 10:46 GMT)

Guys...!! please give some credit to Mr. Sammy...!!

Posted by cookieandtiny on (December 9, 2011, 10:19 GMT)

@ nafzak It's obvious that you are ignorant about the 195 that Sehwag scored on the first day of a test at Melbourne!

Posted by ABRAR-JANJUA on (December 9, 2011, 8:55 GMT)

on your home ground, tailor made pitch, small ground and mediocre bowling attack...what else you need to make world record????? What would happened had Gayle playing that match after W.I win the toss...

Posted by muski on (December 9, 2011, 8:13 GMT)

@Nafzak- Why belittle Viru to praise Viv- is what Holding is saying the gospel truth. Frankly Viv has never performed exceptionally against the Indians. All his epic innings like Lara has been against the Englishmen. Englishmen are masters at hailing anybody as very great once they perform well against them. Remember they also said Grame Hick was the next Bradman and we all know what happened to hick. Coming to stats, if what you say about Viru is true, then MSD is a better ODI player than Tendulkar. Do you buy that argument?

Posted by crazysloggers on (December 9, 2011, 8:10 GMT)

why all this fuss?... sehwag made 219 maybe in the flattest track, but aussies, proteas and the englishmen had their chances...but cant even make a 100.. kumble took 10 wickets in a turning wicket, why couldnt warne and muralitharan?

just enjoy the game folks!

Posted by lakx on (December 9, 2011, 7:31 GMT)

So many people trying to prove that this was not a great innings. But there are two sides to everything. Some say the ground was short, not 80-90 yards. But then bigger ground means bigger area, 7850 sq yds for 50 yds, 25434 sq yds for 90 yds, the circumference/boundary line is 300 yds for 50 yds and 540 yds for 90 yds, almost 4 times the area and double boundary line and the same number of fielders to defend it, so obviously double the empty spaces in large grounds and high chances of 4s and running 4s and 3s. The 6s are the only advantage in a small ground and Viru hit just 7 and all were big ones so the size did not matter even there. Then most of the ODI are on flat pitches to make the contest even or the team bowling first will always win. But then the bowlers are never called fast pitch bullies. Even on flat pitches you can reach above 360(over 7 runs per over) only with a special innings. Viru got out in 47th over but scored 219 in 149 balls and others scored 199 in 151 balls.

Posted by   on (December 9, 2011, 7:29 GMT)

The price of gold always goes up and falls down but kohinoor always called as THE KOHINOOR

Posted by Johnny_129 on (December 9, 2011, 7:10 GMT)

@JustIPL - Not sure if you watched Sehwag's innings but the shots he played would have been boundaries and sixes on ALMOST ANY cricket field. Surely ODIs have been played on flat decks before - recall Aus v SA! Furthermore, WI was 5 down for not many when India took the foot off the pedal which allowed WI to get to a respectable total. Regardless of ground, this was a truly amazing innings...the greatest of them all, alongside SRT's chanceless and first ever 200 in ODIs! Cheers mate :o)

Posted by gagguv on (December 9, 2011, 5:56 GMT)

It is really naive on the part of readers like ravindias and others who are belittling Sehwag's achievement. Have you ever played cricket as at club level or district level? Its never easy to score a 50 let alone a 100. A bad ball is a bad ball when it is put away what it deserves. How can you say that a batting record is good only if it is made in Aus, SA or England? It means that only players of these countries are players, rest are all rubbish! If it is a flat pitch or a road or what ever you want to call it, it is same for both sides. Then why cant other team's players make huge scores. If Sehwag and others are flat pitch bullies who is stopping other so called greats from scoring on the same pitches! An innings require concentration and bit of luck.By your standards all hundreds scored in Adelaide in Aus and Oval in England should be duds because they are also flat pitches.

Posted by muski on (December 9, 2011, 5:55 GMT)

For all the guys calling Sehwag a flat track bully. Mull over this. Before him, there were far superior batsmen like Sir Viv. Did Viv Do it even when the ODI was 60 overs and not 50 overs as it is today. The answer is no. Grounds could be smaller, the attack could be club quality, the tracks could not be flatter than this- one can go on and on about it. You need skill, you need strength and yes you needs loads of luck too. Without these 3 he could not have achieved it. For that let us salute this great entertainer. Why keep talking of Shane Watson and Gayle when they have NOT yet done it. If they do it, we will salute them too. Till then Viru is a solitary man at the top and he deserves every bit of the solitude.

Posted by   on (December 9, 2011, 5:54 GMT)

m srilankan and m just telling that is amazing effort.he is the second best slaughtr in cricket.frst is gayle

Posted by andrewedwards on (December 9, 2011, 5:53 GMT)

Why is everyone talking about flat indian pitches? If so then during the World Cup with associate teams playing on Indian wickets someone should have scored 200. By the way didn't Sehwag score a triple hundred or thereabout in a day in Australia?

Posted by   on (December 9, 2011, 4:45 GMT)

At the end it matters what score card and record book shows. It doesn't matter what any other player is capable of or what EXPERTS like some of you think! If these highly gifted players are capable, who is stopping them to score? Its more jealousy and utter rubbish that you start comparing the conditions and pitches etc when Sachin or Viru scores. What matters is that there are two double hundreds scored in ODIs and both by Indians. All the batting records more or less are held by Indians. It DOES NOT matter what anybody else think. Results speak the volume. Accept it.

Posted by   on (December 9, 2011, 4:26 GMT)

Happy to see Viru break and create new world record...but there should be some rule for creating pitch and even for the size of ground..we know that Gwalior when Sachin made 200 was the small ground too...There is nothing in cricket for bowler and all things are made for batsman...even if WI won the toss they could have scored more than 300+...anyway Congrats Sehwag...

Posted by nafzak on (December 9, 2011, 4:16 GMT)

What is his average in ODIs? That alone should end all talk of how great he is as an ODI batsman. His opening partner was also going great guns until he made one error. Sehwag was lucky to be dropped twice and one was a sitter (Sammy the guilty party). Ramdin almost scored a century... what does that say about the state of the pitch. My Indian friends love statistics. Most runs, most centuries, etc. Let's see how he plays overseas against Australia and then we can crown him if he performs as well. When questioned why Viv Richards did not score more runs or made higher scores, Mike Holding famously said; "Because he didn't have to." Viv could have scored a lot more, but WI was so good on both sides of the ball (Batting & Bowling) he took it easy many a times. Nobody fears Shewag, Sachin or any other batsman, as other teams did Viv Richards and that's a fact. Thanks - I am a proud Guyanese and West Indian.

Posted by jayise on (December 9, 2011, 3:41 GMT)

who is this guy just ipl saying negative things about sehwag, viru has scored two 150 plus hundreds in australia in tests.cmon man viru is a true cricketer who has never projected himself with sachin, rahul and ricky.he is an entertainer and on his day he is as good as anyone.was gilchrist consistent as ponting but on his day he finished matches in a whisker same does sehwag do.we love u viru,keep on entertaining and enthralling fans around the world.and viru will get another triple hundred in tests soon.dont expect sehwag to be like sachin or laxman in australia.he wil get another ton this time in tests in australia.even rahul dravid apart from tat 233 at adelaide looked all at sea against aussies on previous tours.only sachin and laxman have dominated aussies in their own backyard and we want u to score a big hundred in australia possibly a double hundred.ALL THE BEST !!!!!!!!!!

Posted by   on (December 9, 2011, 3:34 GMT)

Lots of people talking about the quality of cricket vs the quantity of runs scored. How about some bowlers paradise in parts of the world where teams get all out for 40 odd runs? Look there is never going to be a day where there is going to be perfect situations for both ball and the bat. Sehwag did his best in the situations given to him. Wasn't there another pitch in SA where AUS and SA score 400 plus scores in a day? How is that justified for average standard of cricket? It doesnt have to be because this is cricket and India we keep it close to the way life is. Unpredictable.

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (December 9, 2011, 3:24 GMT)

well done viru...there are more flat tracks around the world, more useless bowlers...but nobody crossed 200...why?

Posted by CSKftw on (December 9, 2011, 3:18 GMT)

For those who dislike flat pitches, no one's stopping you from preparing bouncy pitches in your country. The home side has every right to prepare pitches that favor their style of play. If the pitch really was bad the venue would have been banned like the Kotla was until recently. It wasn't India's fault that this was Sehwag's day and that the West Indies simply didn't have the bowling to be successful on this ground. Look at the stats of the Indian bowlers in the same match, particularly their economy rates. Look at the debutant Rahul Sharma's stats.

Posted by CSKftw on (December 9, 2011, 3:06 GMT)

If the pitch was tailor made to get Sehwag to score 200+ why is it that none of the West Indies players could score even a 100? Similarly if it was so easy for Sachin to score 200* against South Africa why is it that none of the South Africans could repeat it? Yes, most pitches in India are batsman friendly but you've still got to play like a champion to get such mammoth scores, give the man some credit.

Posted by samincolumbia on (December 9, 2011, 2:47 GMT)

All the one-eyed fans whining about the pitch - Where were you guys when SA chased down Australia's score of 434 in a one day match? Are you suggesting that the pitch had nothing to do in that match and it was due to the skill of the players? LOL.

The Aussie and english fans are the most hypocritical on this board. The SA-Aus match was labeled a 'great' match - when the fact remains it was merely a run-fest on a road pitch with the best bowlers of the two sides rendered impotent!!

Posted by cricketSB on (December 9, 2011, 2:13 GMT)

@ khiladisher No. But seriously, international matches, with professional players, should not be played on miniature grounds. Fifty, 60, or 70 yards, is too small. That's just a little bigger than a couple of basketball courts side by side. These days, modern bats can hit a ball 100 yards and further. So they should play in grounds where the boundaries are 80-90 yards, at least. Those are the grounds Bradman and Viv Richards scored their runs on.

Posted by johnathonjosephs on (December 9, 2011, 1:35 GMT)

Was looking at the comments from twitter and lots of people compared him to Viv Richards saying that nobody came between... What about Sanath Jayasuriya? Jayasuriya changed the ODI game and if it wasn't for him Sehwag would have a strike rate still in the 70s! Also remember Sanath having a bunch of 150+ scores and his 189 was only stopped when the Indian Team plotted to stump him off a wide. West Indies should have tried the same thing in this case and Sammy must be hitting himself in the head after dropping an EASY catch off Sehwag on 163

Posted by   on (December 9, 2011, 1:30 GMT)

Wat a history created by viru....its a mind blowing...

Posted by Humdingers on (December 9, 2011, 0:55 GMT)

Here we go again - as soon as an Indian scored runs... it's the pitch, the BCCI, the opposition, conspiracies... What were all you saying when Watson scored 185 against Bangladesh? That game in SA when Ponting and Gibbs both scored 150+? etc. etc. Scoring 200 in an ODI or 300 (or 400 Mr. Lara) in a Test is no easy feat - despite the opposition, wicket etc. It's still a credit to the batsman's skill and endurance. Otherwise there would be a lot more of these unique feats wouldn't it? Just enjoy this great game for what is is!

Posted by ravindias on (December 8, 2011, 23:59 GMT)

It was a good innings.He is a good batsman.But shouldn't compare it with the great innings of all time.Sir Viv played the greatest innings ever aganst one of the best England sides,It was a good bowling pitch and Sir Viv was the only one to score some runs in that match( 189 not out).

Posted by JustIPL on (December 8, 2011, 22:47 GMT)

A tailer made pitch/ground for Sehwag and Gambhir who were awfully out off form. Luckily India won the toss. Even Ramdin made the best score of his ODI career while he has an average of 20 only. Is it good for cricket to use negative tactics to this extent. I am sure that viru will remain out of form in Australia as well as there will be no Indian board to fabricate anythinig for viru. I dont understand why there are no standards about the size of the grounds. This west indian attack was too good for Indian batting might so far in the series. Bad day for cricket.

Posted by Whip on (December 8, 2011, 22:24 GMT)

Virender Sehwag can single-handedly change the course of a game. And for that reason, he will easily be included in T20, ODI, Test all time team as opening batsman. Viv Richards, Adam Gilchrist are others in the modern cricket era who can cause such damages like how Viru did today. We should be happy that we lived at a time these extraordinary cricketers played the game of cricket. Good luck for Australia, Viru Express!

Posted by   on (December 8, 2011, 22:20 GMT)

a lot of people here are just scorecard fans...just because he made the highest score in an ODI doesnt mean it was a great innings...it may sound harsh but this for sure was not a great innings..cricket is supposed to be a challenge for the players involvede by a contest between bat and ball, there was no such thing today.. this of course is not sehwags fault and he did what he is known for..yet cricket should NEVER again be played on such a pitch,, if i pay to come see a cricket match i want to see a contest not batting practise i can see that in the nets for free...

Posted by   on (December 8, 2011, 22:20 GMT)

People suddenly end up discovering the fact that Sehwag can't bat well in conditions where bowlers are assisted by swing or bat. I believe the comment made by a commentator sometime back in SA(i guess) is right. You can't predict the way how a pitch behaves from Sehwag's game. He has his own style and is seldom influenced by pitch. Do we have 400 + pitches in those conditions is a different ball game. But sehwag has showed his dominance even in those real tough conditions..The best eg. that i can bring for it is a India touring series to NZ before 2004 WC. India who were comparatively a good team during those series ended up failing miserable both test and ODI series. But the interesting fact is there was only one batsmen who made a century from either of those teams in those tough conditions. He didn't stop with one he made two. And he was the highest run scorer for India(amongst Sachin/Ganguly/Dravid/Laxman) and against a bowling attack which had Shane Bond with few other seamers..

Posted by waheed on (December 8, 2011, 22:12 GMT)

congrats from Pakistan Sehwag is really brave player and he is really a trt to watch....

Posted by Full-Blooded-Wallop on (December 8, 2011, 21:43 GMT)

Everyone saying it doesn't matter,it was a flat track and blah blah..so one question-Was this the first match played on a flat track? Why can't anyone do this before? Appreciate the fact that scoring 219 in ODIs requires great skills and haven't been done before ever!

Posted by khiladisher on (December 8, 2011, 21:42 GMT)

@RAVINDIAS-I WISH YOU HAD READ MY COMMENTS PROPERLY-I SAID THAT INDIAN BATTING IS MUCH MORE SUPERIOR THAN THE WEST INDIAN BATTING SIDE OF 1976-1990 AND THE AUSTRALIAN BATTING OF 1994-2000.THE RECORDS SHOW INDIA HOLDS MOST OF THE RECORDS IN BATTING -I NEVER SAID THAT THE INDIAN TEAM IS BETTER THAN THE WEST INDIAN OR AUSTRALIAN CHAMPION SIDES OF THE PAST-I TALKED ABOUT THE INDIAN BATTING-BUT I AGREE THAT THE BOWLING ATTACKS OF WEST INDIES AND AUSTRALIA WERE OF GREAT QUALITY COMPARED TO INDIAN BOWLING.

Posted by   on (December 8, 2011, 21:32 GMT)

Sehwag hitting a double hundred is no big deal. Whenever he comes to bat, you always know that if he sticks on to 45 over he will end up with a double hundred and India with 400 runs.

All he needs to do is open the innings and carry his bat. If he doesn't end up with more than 200 I will be shocked and surprised, no matter who the opposition is or which ground he plays on. He has always been the danger man and will continue to be.

Love to see him do that against Australia at the MCG in front of 97K crowd. Just open the innings and carry your bat.

Posted by NRI- on (December 8, 2011, 20:55 GMT)

Shane Watson & Chris Gayle are also capable of hitting over 200 in an ODI

Posted by ravindias on (December 8, 2011, 20:54 GMT)

@ khiladisher , What you are sayng is crazy.Ths Indan side is not the greatest ODI side ever.They are a good team with Sachn and Yuvraj included.I guess it s true that Indians fogets the past so soon.How can you say They are better than Windies and Aus sides in the past,crazy.Those teams would have never been white washed by England in England.Not even close.They are a good side in India and a poor side outside. That was great battng by sehwag, coolest guy in world cricket.He is taylor made to captan the Indian side.But Watsons innings in Bangladesh looked way more scarier than that @ Nampally.But both were scored in flat pitches, best innings in crcket should be played in Australia, England or South Africa.Sehwag is a great player if he can score like that in coming Aus tour,not lilke the one he had in England.I highly doubt it.

Posted by khiladisher on (December 8, 2011, 20:38 GMT)

@ CRICKET SB -COME ON MATE DID U FALL FOR THE SEHWAG JOKE OF 50 MT BOUNDARY-HOWEVER THE WAY THE GENIUS PLAYED TO ME IT LOOKED LIKE IT WS A 25 MTR BOUNDARY LINE HOWEVER IN REALITY IT WAS 65-70 YARDS-IF IAM NOT MISTAKEN HE HAS ALREADY HIT A GREAT 195 AT MELBOURNE-I THINK WE ARE DUE FOR AT LEAST 2 DOUBLE HUNDREDS FROM THE GREAT MAN SURELY AT SYDNEY AND ADELAIDE.

Posted by Hassan.Farooqi on (December 8, 2011, 20:29 GMT)

Yawn! I always considered Sehwag a better batsman than Sachin, even when every Indian was cursing him a few days ago. He is the only Asian to twice score a triple, and only one of the four in the world. Now he has proved himself in ODI as well. I even consider Dravid a better batsman than Sachin and if he was appreciated like Sachin, he would have performed better than Sachin. I also consider Kapil Dev a bigger Indian hero than Sachin for getting India the first ever world cup, and make Indians believe. However Sachin is a very good human being, and he has served his country more than any other player in history of cricket has ever served his country. I am not taking away this credit from Sachin.

Posted by Nampally on (December 8, 2011, 19:31 GMT)

@David Brown: 185 is less than 219, which is the new record. In cricket, "a game of glorious chance", one does not speak what might have happened based on the numbers & trying to project them.That is done in Maths. Let us talk of what has happened than what might have happened. It is quite likely that Watson may have been out the very next ball!. Today Sehwag played one of the greatest ODI innings & the highest ever in the history. This is a feat & let us applaud it.Guys like Warner, Tendulkar, Gayle, Kevin Pieterson & Yuvraj have shown their appreciation & here is one more appreciation for the Entertainment King.

Posted by johnathonjosephs on (December 8, 2011, 19:06 GMT)

Agree with David. Watsons 185 in 28 overs against Bangladesh was scary. Almost every other ball was a six and the man was nowhere tired. His remarks after the game " I didn't really feel like running, so I just hit the ball to the boundaries". That said, congrats to Sehwag, even though this was an enormously flat flat pitch. I'm tired of these flat pitches that Sehwags looks like Bradman on. Especially the Indian pitches nowadays are even more flat than they were 3-4 years ago due to the IPL and the public's hunger for big runs. Something must be done

Posted by cricketSB on (December 8, 2011, 18:28 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.

Posted by cool2cool on (December 8, 2011, 18:16 GMT)

@ David Brown: It is cricket and there is no place for if and but. What if Watson was out of the next ball? What if Bangladesh fielders were able to hold on to their catches? Watson is a great player, and will get more chances in future.

Posted by sachadon on (December 8, 2011, 17:54 GMT)

There is something wrong with this chart ... its missing the six on third-man

Posted by Ontu on (December 8, 2011, 17:50 GMT)

Well done Sehwag. How easily people change their opinion. Just until before this 219, people were cursing Sehwag and blaming him to be irresponsible, playing with the attitude that his place is taken for granted in the team etc. etc. And now that he has produced this marvel of a knock, people are saying that he is the best. That is exactly what makes sports interesting!

Posted by   on (December 8, 2011, 17:45 GMT)

Please do not compare Sachin & Sehwag's innings. We had a fun and a record, that all matters!!!! We had two great batsmen from India.

Posted by theassassin on (December 8, 2011, 17:44 GMT)

People say the quality of Sachin's innings was better that Sehwags. Just stop this micro scanning. We all know how many times Sachin has played against minnows, and yet not scored a double hundred. Its not just about playing against baby bowlers, its also about carrying the innings.

Posted by Ganes.V on (December 8, 2011, 17:41 GMT)

wow brilliant innings with some luck as well.. but all said and done- WELL DONE, hope he does not do silly things and get out early in the next 20 innings before scoring another big score like this!!

Posted by khiladisher on (December 8, 2011, 17:39 GMT)

INDIAN BATTING MIGHT-THE GREATEST BATTING SIDE EVER IN THE GAME OF CRICKET-OTHER BATTING SIDES OF THE PAST AUSTRALIA AND WEST INDIES DO NOT EVEN COME CLOSE WHEN WE CHECK THE RECORDS AND ACHIEVEMENTS. INDIA WINS 95% OF ITS GAMES ON ITS BATTING STRENGTH-WISH WE HAD A POWERFUL BOWLING TEAM ALSO.- AUSTRALIAN AND WEST INDIAN TEAMS HAD BETTER BOWLING THAN BATTING.

Posted by RohithMedisetty on (December 8, 2011, 17:32 GMT)

It's not that watson got only one chance. If he's good, he'll replicate the innigs while batting first.

Posted by muski on (December 8, 2011, 17:30 GMT)

@full blooded wrap- be rest assured that 400 is on the way in test- Not so sure its going to be against the aussies. May be Pak at Multan again sometime in future. @david brown- the stats u give are useless. Maybe shewag may score 300 against Netherlands as well. Even though this is not a great WI attack, 200 is a 200- as I see the records only 65 times in 40 years have been a score of 150 or more been scored.

Posted by   on (December 8, 2011, 17:30 GMT)

wow ! all two double 100 scored in india by two great batting players

Posted by Cricswap on (December 8, 2011, 17:27 GMT)

@ dr.jha - I agree that Viru is not technically perfect.... but you cannot say that no indian can play on tough conditions & pitches. I think currently in the world there is no better player than Dravid (and he is a INDIAN). Though i agree clarke's innings was good... but still aussies lost that test!! I would anyday say that Dravid is much better a player than Clarke....

Posted by   on (December 8, 2011, 17:26 GMT)

Viru's flamboyance was at its majestic best today....loved to watch him play...A treat to the eyes...Jiyo Sehwag jiyo..!!!!!

Posted by khiladisher on (December 8, 2011, 17:19 GMT)

SEHWAG IS THE BATSMAN WHO HAS CHANGED THE GAME OF CRICKET FOREVER-HE IS A ONCE IN A 100 YEARS GENIUS WHO HAS CHANGED THE WAY THE GAME OF CRICKET IS PLAYED FOREVER-IT WAS ALWAYS SAID THAT IT WAS ONLY SEHWAG WHO COULD HAVE BEATEN SACHINS RECORD-NOW IT HAS BEEN AND LONG LIVE-VEERU THE GREATEST BATTING GENIUS EVER.

THE KING VIV RICHARDS-1974-1992- THE EMPEROR-VIRENDER SEHWAG- 2000-TO ETERNITY.INDIA IS BLESSED WITH GREAT BATSMEN -SACHIN-GAVASKAR-DRAVID-LAXMAN-GANGULY-AMARNATH-VENGSARKAR-VISHVANATH-AZARUDIN-GAMBHIR-YUVRAJ{ONE DAY AND 20-20 CRICKET} DHONI-ABOVE ALL OF THEM THE GAME CHANGER OF ALL TIME -VEERENDER SEHWAG-THE EMPEROR RULZ. SEHWAG SCORES-319-309-293-254-219-201-201-195-180-175-STUFF OF PURE BATTING GENIUS.INDIA THE GREATEST BATTING SIDE EVER IN THE HISTORY OF CRICKET-NO OTHER SIDE IN ANY ERA COMES EVEN CLOSE.

Posted by   on (December 8, 2011, 17:03 GMT)

no words to describe Sehwag"s brillience. wonderful and outstanding effort

Posted by   on (December 8, 2011, 16:52 GMT)

Great innings by Sehwag but people tend to forget that the highest one day total for a batsmen would have been out of sight if Watson would have been able to go on in Bangladesh...185* in just 26 overs is mind numbing

Posted by dr.jha on (December 8, 2011, 16:48 GMT)

loved it ... but its sad he can't put bat to ball in conditions where it bounces ... or swings... or seams... or breaks ... i don't think any indian can .. for that matter... don't think any indian can play the kinda innings michael clarke did in the first test this november vs south africa ... now THAT WAS PHENOMENAL.. still.. he deserves credit to use the conditions to full advantage.. congratulations.

Posted by Full-Blooded-Wallop on (December 8, 2011, 16:45 GMT)

Legend! hoping for a 400 from him on boxing day..

Posted by   on (December 8, 2011, 16:39 GMT)

3 out of 4 times when India reached 400+ Sehwagh scored century.

Posted by   on (December 8, 2011, 15:40 GMT)

viru rocked................ ...................................

Posted by Jack_India on (December 8, 2011, 15:18 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).

Posted by   on (December 8, 2011, 15:09 GMT)

Amazing..!!!!!!! His scored at fastest rate when most of the players will slow down..

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