The Rise, Fall And Rise Of Virender Sehwag

Prthvir SolankiCorrespondent IJune 17, 2008

Virender Sehwag had 254,309,319,151 and a 105 on his test debut are some of the best innings he can play in his in career, but is he in or out of the Indian cricket team?

Sehwag started his career brilliantly for India. Compared to the great Sachin Tendulkar, he became the brightest prospect for Indian cricket. His power and placement surprised critics as he hardly moved his feet.

After his ODI debut in 1999, he played just two matches in 2000, but he got his break in 2001 and performed to the fullest. He scored both his maiden test and ODI centuries in that year and became a regular player in the team.

Every year he kept improving, but it was his opening pairing with Sachin Tendulkar that catapulted him into fame. He played brilliantly along with the little master and supported him almost every time. 

But of course, the turning point of his career came on a sunny afternoon in Multan where he became the first Indian to hit a triple century. After that the country hailed him as the next Tendulkar. He continued his form throughout the year as well as the following years until the year of 2006.

After starting the year fantastically with a double hundred against Pakistan, he just fell like a baby trying to take his first steps. Regularly getting out on single-digit scores, his place in the team was in grave danger and as a result was axed after the diabolical World Cup.

All hope seemed to have gone for Sehwag, but he did not give up and performed brilliantly in the Ranji Trophy and was called back for the series Down Under. He played two of the tests and in three innings just got starts but didn't capatilise on them.

But in the second inning in the last test, he well and truly showed that he was back, smashing a match saving 151. But he didn't take his form to the ODI series and once again questions were raised over his place in the team.

To everyone's surprise, he was picked for the test series against South Africa, but once again, answered all questions by smashing his second triple century. This time, he continued his form in the Indian Premier League and captained the Delhi side to the semi-finals.

In the recent Kitply Cup, he continued his form and along with Gautam Gambhir, who was motivated and selected because of his Delhi captain and teammate Sehwag, thrashed both the Pakistani and Bangladeshi bowlers at the top of the order.

This has so far been the story of Virender Sehwag. Tough, but he is tougher. Only time will tell whether he continues his rampage or fall once again.