Virender Sehwag, captaining India in the absence of the rested MS Dhoni, has become only the second batsman in the world to breach the 200-mark in one-day cricket. The first was the inimitable Sachin Tendulkar, who scored a double ton last year.
Sehwag slammed 219 off 149 balls before falling to Kieron Pollard in the 47th over of the fourth ODI against the West Indies at Indore. He got to the 200 in 140 balls; the first 100 came in only 69 balls. He smashed 25 fours and seven sixes and also crossed 8,000 ODI runs during the knock. Sehwag's highest score took the team to its highest ever total of 418/5.
This is Sehwag's 15th ODI century and answers all the critics that have been blaming the top-order's indifferent form and Sehwag's bad captaincy for India's 16-run loss to the Windies in the 3rd ODI at Ahmedabad.
Sachin Tendulkar got his 200 against South Africa at Gwalior in February 2010. Tendulkar had scored 200 not out off 147 balls to take India to 401/3 in that game.
Sehwag's feat, however, would not have been possible without a little help from West Indies skipper Darren Sammy, who dropped the Delhi batsman off a Ravi Rampaul delivery in the 38th over when Sehwag was batting on 170. But then what is a great Sehwag innings without the adventure?