Former Indian Test batsman VVS Laxman took to Twitter on his spree of paying tribute to some fellow teammates he shared a dressing room with. The likes of Rahul Dravid, Sourav Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar, and Javagal Srinath already received accolades and words of appreciations from the 45-year old. The attention turned to one of the top-order batsmen, who VVS Laxman credited to have decimated oppositions with his confident stroke-playing.
It was none other than Virender Sehwag, who revolutionised the role of an opener, especially in Test cricket. The 41-year old neutralised the advantage of a hard new ball in Test cricket by taking the fast bowlers head-on and smashing them for frequent boundaries. Sehwag’s 104 Tests yielded 8586 runs at a strike rate of 82.23.
Virender Sehwag was also the first Indian to score a triple-century when he reached that landmark in 2004 against Pakistan in Multan. He notched up another in 2008 before flattening Pakistan again in Lahore with 254 in 2006. The Lahore-game also produced an opening-wicket stand of 410 with Rahul Dravid. Sehwag has six double-centuries in Test cricket, the second-most by an Indian.
VVS Laxman pays tribute to Virender Sehwag; lauds his self-belief:
The Hyderabad-born former batsman hailed the Nawab of Najafgarh as one of the most destructive opening batsmen, whose positive attitude was infectious. As far as limited-overs cricket is concerned, Sehwag once held the record for the highest individual score in ODIs with 219. His 251 games in 50-over internationals produced 8273 runs while the 19 T20Is yielded 394 runs.
“Cocking a snook at those who questioned his pedigree against high-quality fast bowling, Virender Sehwag went on to establish himself as one of the most destructive openers in Test history. Viru’s immense self-belief and positivity was as mind-boggling as it was infectious.” Laxman tweet read.