This day in 2001: Virender Sehwag scores a hundred on Test debut, records 220-run stand with Sachin Tendulkar

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On this day, 19 years ago, Virender Sehwag made his Test debut in South Africa and scored a hundred on Day 1, along with forming a 220-run partnership with Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar. 

 Sehwag scores hundred on Test debut. (PTI Image)

November 3, 2001: Sehwag scores hundred on Test debut. (PTI Image)

HIGHLIGHTS

On this day, 19 years ago, Virender Sehwag entered the Test Cricket arenaSehwag, thus, became the 11th Indian batsman to score a 100 on Test debutSehwag also recorded a 220-run partnership with Tendulkar

Sourav Ganguly’s Team India visited South Africa in 2001 for a tri-series with Kenya, which was followed by a 3-match Test series that started on this day, November 3. A young and promising right-handed batsman Virender Sehwag, who had already made a mark in ODIs after making an ODI debut in April 1999, had earned a place in the Test side.

By that time, Sehwag had already climbed up to the opener spot in ODIs but still came down to bat at No.6 in the 1st Test match in Bloemfontein. Having won the toss, the hosts decided to bat first and pacers Nantie Hayward and Shaun Pollock caused the early fall of wickets by removing Indian openers Shiv Sunder Das and Rahul Dravid early. After Hayward struck again to remove VVS Laxman, Jacques Kallis dismissed the Indian captain and Indian captain leaving India at 68/4.

Then walked in the Indian debutant, Nawab of Najafgarh, in all his glory and formed a remarkable partnership with the legendary Sachin Tendulkar. On Day 1 of the first Test match, in the capital city of South Africa, Sehwag completed his 100* (off 157 balls) and also went on to form a 220-run partnership with Tendulkar (155).

Sehwag (105 off 173: dismissed on Day 2) hence became only the 11th Indian to score a hundred on Test debut and the 73rd cricketer, overall, to have registered the feat to their name. Even though India went on to face a convincing defeat in the Test, a new star was born who would redefine batting in the longest format.

Soon Sehwag would be given the opener spot, by captain Sourav Ganguly who readily left his batting position to let the newcomer’s career bloom in all its glory. The rest, as they say, is history. A history full of sixes, clean hitting, breezy batting, sheer masterclass and 8586 Test runs (averaging 49.3).

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