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Who would have predicted that: Sehwag, the pupil, breaks guru Tendulkar's record with 219

India's Sachin Tendulkar (L) with team mate Virender Sehwag

In our feature series - Who would have predicted that? – we are looking back at matches where there were big upsets or extraordinary individual performances that turned matches on their head.


Virender Sehwag idolized Sachin Tendulkar all through his childhood which is why there are so many similarities in several shots of the two batsmen. When Sehwag broke Tendulkar's record of the highest individual score in ODIs with 219 to take India to 418, their highest ODI total, Tendulkar said: "I am very happy for Viru. It is even more satisfying that an Indian has broken my record."


Match Summary


India 418/5 (50 overs) - Virender Sehwag 219 (149), Gautam Gambhir 67 (67); Andre Russell 1/63(7), Kieron Pollard 1/65 (7)

West Indies 265 (49.2 overs) - Denesh Ramdin 96 (96), Lendl Simmons 36 (35); Ravindra Jadeja 3/34 (10), Rahul Sharma 3/43 (10)

Result - India won by 153 runs


In the absence of MS Dhoni, Virender Sehwag was entrusted with the responsibility of captaining Team India in the 4th ODI of the West Indies tour of India in 2011. Coming out to bat with Gautam Gambhir, Sehwag started in characteristic fashion, racing to his first 55 runs off just 41 deliveries.


He took just another 28 balls to bring up a century. With the stage set, it was time for Sehwag to explode. He finished with 219 runs from 149 balls at a strike rate of over 145 - only five more batsmen have scored 150+ at a better strike rate.

Viru plundered 25 fours and 7 sixes in the knock, which essentially means that 142 of his 219 runs came off boundaries. The explosive opener took India to 418, their highest ODI total to date.

Fall of wickets: 1-176 (Gautam Gambhir, 22.5 ov), 2-316 (Suresh Raina, 40.2 ov), 3-341 (Ravindra Jadeja, 43.2 ov), 4-376 (Virender Sehwag, 46.3 ov), 5-393 (Rohit Sharma, 47.6 ov)

Chasing the total was next to impossible for West Indies. Denesh Ramdin scored 96 at run a ball and with no flourish from any of the West Indies batsman, they were bowled out in the final over for just 265, falling 153 short of the Indian target.

Ravindra Jadeja and Rahul Sharma were India's top wicket-takers with three wickets each .

Tendulkar brought up the maiden ODI double century after 36 years of one-day international cricket. Sehwag took just a bit more than a year to smash the record.

Fall of wickets: 1-13 (Kieran Powell, 1.6 ov), 2-63 (Lendl Simmons, 9.3 ov), 3-81 (Marlon Samuels, 11.6 ov), 4-90 (Danza Hyatt, 13.6 ov), 5-100 (Kieron Pollard, 15.6 ov), 6-140 (Andre Russell, 23.2 ov), 7-145 (Daren Sammy, 24.4 ov), 8-168 (Ravi Rampaul, 32.2 ov), 9-201 (Kemar Roach, 38.5 ov), 10-265 (Denesh Ramdin, 49.2 ov)




India - Suresh Raina, Abhimanyu Mithun, Virender Sehwag (c), Rahul Sharma, Virat Kohli, Gautam Gambhir, Parthiv Patel (wk), Vinay Kumar, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Rohit Sharma

West Indies - Danza Hyatt, Kieron Pollard, Andre Russell, Daren Sammy (c), Kemar Roach, Denesh Ramdin (wk), Sunil Narine, Ravi Rampaul, Kieran Powell, Marlon Samuels, Lendl Simmons


Match Details


Match: IND v WI, 4th ODI, West Indies in India 2011 

Date: Thursday, December 08, 2011 

Toss: India won the toss and decided to bat 

Venue: Holkar Cricket Stadium, Indore 

Umpires: Tony Hill, Sundaram Ravi 

Third Umpire: Sudhir Asnani 

Match Referee: David Boon 


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