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

Sehwag's total dominance

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

S Rajesh is stats editor of ESPNcricinfo. Follow him on Twitter

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  • cricfan61764580 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

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas 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!

  • dummy4fb 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.!!!

  • Fast_Track_Bully-tvumpire.com 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!

  • 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.

  • dummy4fb on December 9, 2011, 10:46 GMT

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

  • cookie07 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!

  • 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...

  • 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?

  • cricfan61764580 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!

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