Can you believe it? What just happened on Third and final Test between India and Sri Lanka!
Playing against a big score of 393 from Sri Lanka, somewhere a pressure in mind that winning this last test could make India on top of ICC Test Ranking and here comes the answer from India 443/1 in just 79 overs on a run rate of 5.61 (This is also their top score for a day by the way). Indians took control of third test on day 2by outplaying Sri Lankans in almost every department. First they wiped out rest of two wickets on a cost of just 27 more runs in just half an hour and then three brilliant innings including the leading face of ruthless Cricket on its own days: Virender Sehwag with a score of 284* in just 239 deliveries.
Sehwag has really got something in him. Once upon a time, there were many people out there making questions over his class and batting techniques. It was said that such a ‘mindless’ batting style will not take him much far and for the ‘sincere’ Test Matches, he was thought to be out of league.
But today, after hitting fastest 250* (207 deliveries) and the second fastest double century (fastest is of Nathan Astle) in this match with only 168 balls used, he is also on edge of about to be the first person in the world, who will make three test triple centuries in his career (Till now, he stands with Bradman and Lara, who share two triple centuries each). Its already been his sixth 200+ score (Could he break the record of Bradman of hitting 12 double centuries?) and 17th Test Century out of 72 test matches he played, with an impressive batting average 52.86. He has crossed Dravid today in front of him as Dravid has scored five double centuries, while Gavaskar and Sachin has scored four each.
A very interesting thing to watch is the fact that he is included in the list of top 10 fastest double centuries five times, while he scored six till now, which is sufficient to tell that what thrill his big innings have and why he is known as one of the most dangerous player out there.
He smashed the bowling on a Brabourne Stadium pitch that offered a pretty bounce. His inning included 40 fours and 7 sixes, sufficient to tell us that what the match was. First Murli Vijay, a new face opened with Sehwag (only due to unavailability of Gambhir due to his sister marriage) scored 87 runs in 121 deliveries with 10 fours and 1 six and held an opening partnership of 221 with Sehwag. After his departure, Sehwag had another long partnership of 222 runs with Dravid (62*) and really floored Sri Lanka all the way.
I am really really looking for his next 16 runs with holding my breaths as I know early morning sessions has taken many dreams shattered. I along with all Indian out there, wanna scream loud,
“Sehwag!! this is the chance, make it”