On this day on 29th March 2004, India’s most swashbuckling opener Virender Sehwag became the first Indian to hit a triple century in test cricket.
The ‘Nawab of Najafgarh’ played a thunderous knock of 309 runs in 375 balls in Multan against a strong Pakistani bowling attack. His innings included 39 boundaries and 6 maximums at an imposing strike rate of 82.40. In the same match, Sachin Tendulkar also struck a flawless century (194*) that took the Indian total to a mammoth score of 675/5. Courtesy, India won the match by an innings and 52 runs over arch-rivals Pakistan.
On this Day In 2004 ,ended up doing Registry of this place in my name. Thank you for your loving reminders,an innings I will always cherish. pic.twitter.com/kTsSlAG97s
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) March 29, 2017
During his innings of 309, the stylish Delhi opener broke quite a few records on that day. He surpassed VVS Laxman’s record of 281, which he had scored against the mighty Australians in a memorable Eden Garden test in 2001. The Najafgrah-born batsman batted in such an audacious and carefree manner that earned him the respect of his opponents as well. His ability to soak pressure and take the attack to the opposition bowlers was simply noteworthy.
Against the likes of Shoaib Akhtar, Mohammad Sami, Shabbir Ahmed and the legendary Saqlain Mushtaq – Sehwag showed impeccable timing and exciting stroke play which will be remembered for a very long time.
At the score of 295, Sehwag clobbered a six off Saqlain’s delivery that went miles back into the stands. He became the first batsman in the cricket history to complete a triple century with a six. His clutter-free mind and single-minded approach allowed him to score more freely and fluently as compared to the other batting legends.
In spite of playing in the generation of Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid, VVS Laxman, Anil Kumble – Virender Sehwag made a name for himself with his attacking play and marauding style of batsmanship which became a trademark of his batting.
Viru simply did it his way!