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On this Day in 2004: Virender Sehwag becomes Multan ka Sultan

Virender Sehwag became the first Indian to make a triple hundred in Tests.

By Jatin Sharma -

Virender Sehwag came into his own during the tri-series in Sri Lanka in 2000, when he got to open the innings in place of Sachin Tendulkar. For someone who used the policy of see ball, hit ball; Sehwag had more success in Test cricket, rather than One Day cricket.

Sehwag made many records in Test cricket, but on this day in year 2004, Sehwag entered the record book of Indian Test cricket with a memorable knock. India went on a historic tour to Pakistan in 2004 and in the first Test at Multan; Virender Sehwag became the first Indian to score a triple hundred in Test cricket.

India won the toss and decided to bat on a ultra placid Multan wicket and openers Aakash Chopra and Virender Sehwag put on 160 runs for the 1st wicket, out of which, Chopra contributed a grand total of 42 runs. Sehwag kept hitting the Pakistani bowlers to all parts of the ground, and though India lost captain Rahul Dravid early, Sachin Tendulkar joined Sehwag and Pakistan rued the day these two batted together.

Sachin became the voice of reason for Sehwag, who calmed down and kept playing his shots. Bowlers like Shoaib Akhtar, Saqlain Mushtaq (this Test proved to be his last Test match) and Mohammad Sami looked like pedestrians. Sehwag ended day one on 228*, bettering Sanjay Majrekar’s 218 against Pakistan, made in 1989. India made 350 in 86 overs on Day 1.

Sehwag kept going on Day two and broke VVS Laxman’s record of 281 and despite Sachin Tendulkar telling him not to go for a big shot when he was on 299; Sehwag saw an opportunity when Saqlain bowled a well flighted delivery and hit the ball over the long-on boundary for a six and made history by becoming the first Indian to get to 300 runs. Sehwag’s innings ended on 309; while Sachin went on to make 194*, before Dravid declared the innings closed at 675/5.

India won the Test by an innings and 52 runs, thanks to history by Virender Sehwag.

Watch his mercurial innings here:   

Jatin Sharma

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