Virender Sehwag made the highest individual score in one-day international history as he blasted a remarkable 219 to put West Indies to the sword in IndoreThe 33-year-old, long considered one of the game’s most destructive hitters at the top of the order, passed compatriot Sachin Tendulkar’s previous mark of 200 not out with a dazzling innings that contained 25 fours and seven sixes.
It underpinned a mammoth total of 418 for five, leaving the bowlers to dismiss the tourists for 265 and seal a 153-run win to put India 3-1 up in the series. The closest Sehwag came to falling short of the record was when Darren Sammy spilled a simple catch in the deep on 170.
Sehwag, whose previous ODI best was 175 against Bangladesh in Dhaka in February, brought up the record in style with his 23rd four of the match. He was finally dismissed in the 47th over off the bowling of Kieron Pollard, having already gone past the 8,000-run mark in ODIs.
Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir put on 176 for the first wicket before the latter was run out by Marlon Samuels for 67.
Suresh Raina was run out by Andre Russell for 55 to leave India 316 for two in the 41st over, while Sehwag got a reprieve on 170 when he was dropped by Sammy off Ravi Rampaul. Russell removed Ravindra Jadeja for 10 before Sehwag surpassed Tendulkar’s record to move on to 201. He added 18 more runs before his glorious innings came to an end, Pollard finally getting some joy for the Windies attack. But the in-form Rohit Sharma hit 27 off 16 and Kohli an unbeaten 23 off 11 as India continued to pile on the runs.
Viru elated at going past Tendulkar
Indore: Virender Sehwag, who on Thursday broke Sachin Tendulkar’s record of highest individual score in One-day Internationals, said he was elated at going past the cricketing great.Sehwag scored 219, surpassing Tendulkar’s unbeaten 200 that he made against South Africa in Gwalior last year.
“I was happy when Tendulkar scored 200 not out. I was sitting in the front and clapping and cheering when he did that. I am extremely happy to emulate Tendulkar and to have broken a record held by a great cricketer like him,” Sehwag said.
Riding on Sehwag’s double century, India defeated West Indies by 153 runs to take an unassailable 3-1 lead in the five-match ODI series. He said the wicket at Holkar Stadium was a perfect batting pitch.“It’s a true batting pitch. It’s a kind of pitch on which you can play defensive shots initially and then play your shots later to score,” he said.