Sehwag has broken an unprecedented record that had been nearly impossible to break for over a decade. Virender Sehwag has made the highest individual score in an ODI inning. The irony of this record is that the previous record was held by none other than his teammate, Sachin Tendulkar, who scored 200 runs in 2000 against South Africa.
Virender Sehwag has become an even bigger superstar after his amazing and shocking innings. Entire teams are barely able to score a little over 200 runs, but one man managed to make these runs all by himself.
The good thing about this record and something that worked to his advantage was that Sehwag reached the 200 mark in the 44th over. He made 219 off 149 balls by the time he was dismissed in the 47th. Had he remained on the crease for another three overs he would have nearly reached another land mark – 250 runs.
Another exciting fact about this match was that as a matter or mere coincidence both ODI double-centuries were scored in the same Indian state - Madhya Pradesh - at venues less than 500 kilometres apart.
India scored a highest ever one day international total reaching another record in the match, thanks to the opening batsman who made this possible with his exquisite form and batting. The man played a very fearless innings and took various risks throughout the match, but they worked to the best of his advantage.
Sehwag's only out-of-character moment came in the 20th over, when he dived to avoid being run out. Sehwag never dives. He started off quite slowly and got settled after coming on the crease. Sehwag reached his first half century of the match in just 41 balls, and later moved to 100 on just 69 balls. From there onwards, there was no looking back. Sehwag was totally on fire and he didn’t hesitate on hitting anything that came his way. Certainly Sehwag has won millions of hearts with his flawless inning. The entire cricketing world had its eyes glued on this unprecedented achievement.