After giving Sri Lankan bowlers their worst nightmare on Day 2 of the 3rd Test at Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai in 2009, Indian opener Virender Sehwag was all set to record his 3rd triple century in Tests. Besides Muttiah Muralitharan, all the other five Lankan bowlers had to face the wrath from Sehwag as all of them leaked runs at at around above 4.36 runs per over.
Sehwag ended the second day’s play by remaining not out on 284 with the entire cricketing world and media awaiting for the next day as the Indian opener could become the first ever batsman to hit three triple-centuries in Tests. Don Bradman, Chris Gayle and Brian Lara are the only cricketers to have hit two triple centuries in Tests apart from Sehwag. But something else was written in Sehwag’s fate as he was dismissed after adding just 9 more to his score. He was dismissed caught and bowled by none other than the Lankan legend Muralitharan for 293.
His scored all those runs off just 254 deliveries, which included 40 fours and 7 sixes. This makes the 71% of total runs scored in boundaries. After he was out, Sehwag took a long walk towards dressing room with everyone in the entire Brabourne Stadium giving standing ovation to one of the greatest opening batsman of the game.
Sehwag walked with his head down but as soon as he reached the boundary ropes, the Indian batsman rose his head up with and acknowledging the applause from every corner of the stadium. Post third day’s play, Sehwag in his usual way said he is happy to get at least 293 runs and added, “Not many people have got two triple centuries and followed that with 293, so there is nothing to be disappointed about.”
“I tried to take my time, but maybe the ball was not there to be hit. I misjudged the length and the ball went straight into Murali’s hands. I always tell myself to bat the full day, and if there is a ball to be hit, just hit it. If I’m able to bat the whole day we will be in a good position,” Sehwag added.
Not to forget that it was a Test match played for the first time at Brabourne Stadium since 1973 and it became more special with Sehwag’s entertaining batting. Apart from Sehwag, the then Indian captain MS Dhoni scored an unbeaten 100 in the same innings and helping the team declaring with giant total of 726-9 on board.
Sehwag’s clobbering display of batting helped India win the match by an innings and 24 runs and series by 2-0. Sri Lanka fought back valiantly with their captain Kumar Sangakkara scoring a brilliant century but that was not enough. In addition, Sehwag was adjudged with both Man of the Match and Series award. However, it was the Test which is and will probably always remembered for Sehwag’s 293 more than India’s another innings victory over Sri Lanka.