Virender Sehwag
Virender Sehwag (Credits: Twitter)

Messages poured in from all the quarters as batting legend Virender Sehwag turned 42 on Tuesday. South Africa speedster Dale Steyn also made sure to wish the former India batsman and it was a special message from the fast-bowling legend.

Dale Steyn, who is currently in UAE for the ongoing Indian Premier League, recalled the famous 2008 Chennai Test to wish Virender Sehwag. It was the very Test where the former India opener had registered his highest Test score, smashing 319 off just 304 balls.

During the course of his monumental knock, he also broke the record of the fastest triple-century, achieving the feat of 278 deliveries. India were under immense pressure after South Africa piled up 540 runs in their first innings. But Virender Sehwag completely changed the complexion of the game with his second Test triple ton.

Virender Sehwag
Virender Sehwag (Credits – AFP)

During his historic knock, he had taken the likes of Dale Steyn, Jacques Kallis, Makhaya Ntini and Morne Morkel to the cleaners. And as the batting legend was celebrating his birthday on Wednesday, Dale Steyn made sure to recall that famous knock while wishing him.


Dale Steyn had conceded 46 runs off 48 deliveries in that game to Sehwag. Stating that he still have nightmares of the Chennai Test, the South African legend tweeted”

“Happy birthday Viru!  Hope it’s been a good one my friend. PS. I still have nightmares of Chennai  @virendersehwag”


Sehwag was quick to reply to the message as he returned the favour to South Africa’s leading Test wicket-taker and one of the greatest pacers of all time.

“Thank you Dale. Perhaps one day I got to make you feel what batsmen felt facing you.  Best wishes,” wrote the former batsman.

Sehwag retired from all the forms of the game in 2015 as one of India’s greatest openers. He played 104 Tests, 251 one-day and 19 Twenty20 internationals. The batting great scored 8,586 Test runs at an average of 49.34 and is the first India to hit a Test triple century. He is also the only India to score two triple centuries and has also scored an ODI double ton.

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