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Virender Sehwag

Virender Sehwag was born on 20th October 1978 in Delhi. More popularly known as "Viru" by his teammates, Sehwag has been an integral part of the team for a long period now. It is a credit to his aggressive batting that he has cemented a place in the national side. Sehwag was also selected as the vice-captain of the side until poor performances saw him get knocked out of the team. He has been able to bounce back tremendously to silence his critics.

Career Overview

Sehwag made his debut in first-class cricket when he played for Delhi in the 1997-98 season. The very next year he was the fourth highest scored in the Duleep trophy. Following such performances, he was seen selected in the Indian squad in 1999. An early debut saw him get a poor start scoring only 1 run against Pakistan in his debut game. It was hard on Sehwag since he was kept out of the Indian team for a very long time after his debut. It was only in December 2000 in the home series against zimbabwe that Sehwag was given another chance.Sehwag was then promoted up the order in the series of Sri Lanka in 2001. Sehwag then made his test debut against South Africa in the year 2001. Sehwag has an impressive batting average in tests too. He has scored 5102 runs in 59 tests at an average of 53.14.

Sehwag's Unique Style

When Sehwag first came into international cricket he was seen as a replica of Sachin Tendulkar. Such was the stance of Sehwag that people already started comparing him with the legendary Tendulkar. Virender Sehwag is often noted for his extremely aggressive style of batting, and in 2005 he was described by Wisden Cricketers' Almanack as the "most exciting opener in the world". He along with Gautam Gambhir are India's newest opening pair and are doing quite a name for themselves.