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Born into a Jat family to a grain merchant, the Nawab of Najafgarh, Virender Sehwag took the world by storm and has won tens of millions of heart by his smashing and cruel batting skills. If you have seen him batting, you will agree to the fact that he took birth only to change the dynamics of International Cricket.
Sticking by only one rule and that is to "follow no rule", Sehwag received tremendous support from his fans all around the world. He came like a tide and buried every bowler that came his way down under the sea of fours and sixes. His aura was such that bowlers of the opponent team were forced to make a whole different strategy to tackle his way of playing and get him out before he seizes the glory for the team.
While Sachin has lost his wicket a record times in the nervous 90s, Sehwag was famous for completing his ton with a six or four.
He was media's favourite as he never hesitated in speaking out his heart. He will speak out the very first thing that will strike his mind after listening to the interview queries.
He was the king of tests. His stats prove it well. He has 2 Triple centuries and 4 Double centuries to his name. He missed on his third century by 7 runs against Sri Lanka.
In Multan test(2009), Sehwag was just a couple of runs short of his triple ton when Sachin walked from the other end towards him and said-"I will hit on your bum if you don't slow down". Sehwag heard but did not listen and hit a Six of the next ball to complete his 300.
During 2003, World Cup, Shoaib Akhtar challenged Sehwag to hit his bouncer for a six. Sehwag replied-"Talk to your daddy on the other end". Akhtar agreed to it and went on with a bouncer which was famously hit for a six by Sachin Tendulkar. That's when Sehwag used those words.
Then Sehwag made a superb comeback with double tons kissing his ways. He went on to become the only player to hit two tons and take a 5 wicket haul.
Who plays a test cricket career maintaining a strike rate of a crazy 82.23 and a career average of 49.34. We need more like him to preserve Test cricket, but sadly there are none!
He is the only player to have done that and this record is not meant to be broken!
Sourav Ganguly revealed that Sehwag was "whistling" at the time when they were about to open their innings against England in which they had to chase a Mammoth 325 runs. When Sourav asked him to focus, Sehwag replied-"Captain, we will win" and they did win!
He was banned in his very first ODI in 2001 for excessive appealing by the Match Referee Mike Denness.
He belonged to middle class and went on to stay down to Earth forever in his career.
Yes, he is first a kheer lover before being a cricket lover!
He did not just got these names out of nowhere, he "earned" them by his quality play. I bet you will share this if you ever saw him play!