On 8th December 2011, Virender Sehwag did the unthinkable, became only the second person on this planet to score a double century (219 off 149 balls, 25 fours & 7 sixes) in One-day Internationals against the West Indies at the Holkar Stadium, Indore with an amazing display of breath-taking strokes, recorded highest ever individual ODI score surpassing his Idol, Sachin Tendulkar’s 200*, equaled his Idol’s record of highest number of boundaries hit in a ODI innings, became the fastest Indian to score an ODI 150, taking only 112 balls.
Not only the fans but also the Sporting greats went berserk showering Eulogies on the Nawab’s record breaking feat!
Here’s the Sporting Fraternity’s salute to Viru on his record-breaking feat:
– Sachin Tendulkar: “I am very happy for Viru. It is even more satisfying that an Indian has broken my record.”
– Mahendra Singh Dhoni (on Twitter): “People thought there are a few who could score 200 after paaji (Sachin), I always believed there is only one, one of our modern era legends – Virender Sehwag”
– Sourav Ganguly: “This is a great achievement and I congratulate Sehwag for the amazing feat. He has captained the Indian side on and off for a short while and I believe he could make up as a good captain. He is a gambler, a player who loves to take risks. If he keeps getting opportunity as a captain, he will come up with many such milestones.”
– Yuvraj Singh (on Twitter): “I say it again! I never saw Sir Viv bat but I’ve seen Sehwag bat! What a player, 219 in a one day game is next to impossible!”
– Chris Gayle (West Indian Batsman on Twitter): “Well I did watch some of that innings by Viru… Brilliant striking!! Congrats on your 219… That’s child abuse! The Mask would say, Smoking!”
– Ramiz Raja (TV commentator and former Pakistan captain on Twitter): “When Viv Richards retired I thought it was end of entertainment. But then came Sehwag, the King of entertainment! Long live the King!!”
– Zaheer Khan (on Twitter): “Cheers! Congratulations!! Way to go buddy!”
– Kevin Pietersen (England Batsman on Twitter): “If you are a cricket fan, please switch your TV’s on right now and watch a genius bat… Sehwag destroying the WI… World record coming…”
– Derek Pringle (cricket writer with the Daily Telegraph and former England player): “Sehwag, the greatest slaughterer of bowling since IVA Richards.”
– Dinesh Karthik: “It’s a great effort. Once he got a triple hundred (in Tests) it was just a matter of time for him to bring up this one. I am a big fan of him. The fact that he can even dispatch good balls to boundaries makes him so different,”
– Murali Vijay: “I was just watching it. I am so happy for him. It’s unbelievable. He is such a great batsman. He batted like himself.”
– Abbas Ali Baig (Former Indian cricketer): “Once Sehwag gets going, it’s very difficult to stop him. I am delighted and congratulations to him.”
– Abdul Qadir (Former Pakistan leg-spinner): “I have always remained a great fan of Sachin Tendulkar and when he scored the double hundred against South Africa, one name that crossed my mind was Sehwag. In my view, other player who could have scored double ton was Sri Lankan opener Sanath Jayasuriya because he also plays an attacking brand of cricket.
Both Sehwag and Jayasuriya have the talent and ability to score a double hundred and can only touch the mark. I would like to extend my congratulations to all Indians for Sehwag scoring a double hundred.”
– Kris Srikkanth(Chairman of selectors):“I am very happy for Sehwag. He is one of the greatest players I have ever seen. He missed his double century (175) during the World Cup game against Bangladesh at Mirpur. But today he has achieved the feat which I would like to describe as incredible”
– Kiran More (Former chief selector): “One of the greatest cricketer India ever had. He is one of the biggest destroyers of spin bowling. Be it Test, one-day or T20, he bats with equal flair. If you see the records, Indian Test cricket have improved tremendously in last 10 years and Viru is a key factor.”
– Jonty Rhodes (Former South African player): “I expected him to score a double century in ODIs as he is capable of playing fast and fearless cricket.”
– Suresh Raina (on Twitter): “219 now, 319 already. Now a 419 please! Truly exceptional @virendersehwag. It was amazing to watch from the other end.”
– Anil Kumble (Former India captain):“Now, he should go for 401 in Test cricket, do one better than Brian Lara.”
– AN Sharma (Sehwag’s childhood coach): “It was long overdue. I always used to tell him whenever he stepped on the field that this time you have to score a double hundred. It was very satisfying finally watching Viru score 200 runs with such strokeful display. He has always played attacking game and that helped him achieve the milestone.
I hope Viru will be back to his usual self after this inning. My congratulation to him.”
– David Warner (Australian Batsman on Twitter): “Wow, Test match tomorrow but am still up watching Virender Sehwag score, hopefully, 200. Unreal, and he does [get the] highest ever. Well done mate.”
– Mahesh Bhupati (Indian Tennis Star): “Holy cow is all I am gonna say about that innings. Amazing stuff by Viru. As Johnny Mac would say “you can’t be serious,”
– Sania Mirza (Indian Tennis sensation): “What an achievement. What a player. Hats off to Sehwag.”
And last but not the least, the Nawab himself on his record breaking feat: “I am happy to have broken my role model Sachin Tendulkar’s record. It won’t be easy for people to score double hundreds. Over the last so many years only two have done it. This opportunity will come only once in a lifetime and I am happy I have taken it.”
“It is one of my very best innings. Unlike in Test cricket when one can bat longer, in One-Dayers you have to keep an eye on the run-rate. The wicket was very good for batting but the bowlers are also trying to get you out. It was not easy to score 200.”
“I am very happy and I dedicate this knock to my father who is no longer with us.”
This post is by our Guest Sports Blogger Jigar Mehta.