A hard-hitting opening batsman with an excellent strike rate, Virendra Sehwag is now the backbone of the Indian cricket team. He was born on October 20, 1978 in Delhi.
Virendra Sehwag made a disastrous debut against Pakistan atMohali in the Pepsi Cup. His name was then shortlisted among the 19 probables for the 1999 World Cup in England but he did not make it to the final squad. But Sehwag made a strong comeback to the Indian team during the Australian tour of India in 2001-02.
In the first One-Dayer at Bangalore he helped himself to a quick half-century before scalping three vital wickets to play a leading role in India’s victory, having been promoted to open the batting in the absence of Sachin Tendulkar. Sehwag hammered a 70-ball- ton against the hapless Kiwis in a tri-series played in Sri Lanka.
Sehwag entered the Test arena with a ton in the first Test at South Africa at Bloemfotein. However, during the I.C.C. World Cup 2003, he could not do much except a bit in the final.