Virender Sehwag was born on 20th October 1978, in Najafgarh, Delhi, India. He is regarded as one of the most destructive opening batsmen, in cricketing history.
Along with Matthew Hayden and Sanath Jayasuriya, Sehwag changed the definition of opening the batting in Test cricket. Unlike other openers, who are quite happy to leave the ball and see the new ball through, Sehwag used the hardness of the new red cherry to put the opposition bowlers under immense pressure. He had limited footwork, another rare sight seen in opening batsmen, but his hand-eye coordination was virtually unparalleled.
He scored 8,586 runs in a 104 Test match at an average of 49.34. He scored 23 centuries in the longest format of the game. He also scored 8,251 runs in ODI cricket with 15 centuries to his name. He is also one of the few men to have scored a double century in the limited overs format of the game. Sehwag also has two triple centuries in Test cricket and missed out on a historic third triple century against Sri Lanka by a whisker.
He was also known for bringing up centuries through sixes and fours. Along with his fearless batting approach, Sehwag was also a handful part time off spinner, who gave the ball a real rip.
After his retirement, Sehwag has garnered quite a cult following due to his sense of humor on Twitter and for his Hindi commentary during live telecasts of Indian cricket matches.