Happy Birthday Virender Sehwag: My sharpest knife back home is nicknamed Viru, cuts anything, says Dale Steyn

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Former India opener Virender Sehwag celebrates his birthday on October 20. He turns 43.

In a career that spanned 14 years, Sehwag scored 8586 runs in 104 Tests at an average of 49.34 with 23 hundreds and 32 half-centuries. In 251 ODIs, he amassed 8273 runs at 35.05 with 15 centuries and 38 fifties while in 19 T20 internationals, he made 394 runs with two fifties.

Former South Africa pacer Dale Steyn wished Virender Sehwag in a special way.

“My sharpest knife back home is nicknamed Viru, cuts anything! Happy birthday pal! Have a great one @virendersehwag,” tweeted Dale Steyn.

Sehwag made his ODI debut against Pakistan in 1999 at Mohali and his Test debut in 2001 against South Africa at Bloemfontein. He also captained India in the country’s first-ever T20I, when they took on South Africa in 2006.

Virender Sehwag is the only Team India cricketer with two Test triple tons and second batsman to score an ODI double hundred.

On March 29 in 2004, Sehwag became the first Indian batsman to breach the 300-run mark when he hammered the Pakistan bowlers in their own den in Multan.

“He knew that time was the essence of test match victories and played with that motto. Well played then and now @virendersehwag. Knows the importance of timing when it comes to quips!! Happy birthday to the born entertainer,” wrote former India opener WV Raman.

In 2008, on the very same day, Sehwag finished the day unbeaten exactly on 309 and on the following day (March 29) he added another 10 runs to his total before being dismissed by Makhaya Ntini with the Test match ending in a draw.

With his knock of 319, Sehwag still holds the record for the highest individual score by an Indian batsman in Test cricket.

Sehwag also became the second player in the history of the game to score an ODI double hundred, when he scored 219 from 149 deliveries balls against West Indies at Indore in 2011.

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