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Virender Sehwag is a former Indian cricketer, often considered as one of the most destructive batsman of the cricket. Virender Sehwag is an aggressive right-handed opening batsman and a part-time right-arm off-spin bowler. He played his first One Day International in 1999 and joined the Indian test side in 2001. In April 2009, Virender Sehwag became the only Indian to be honoured as the Wisden Leading Cricketer in the World for his performance in 2008, subsequently becoming the first player of any nationality to retain the award for 2009.

Let's take a look at 8 of the unknown facts about the man we chose to call by the name of "VIRU" Virender Sehwag:

1. Virender Sehwag was banned in his Test Debut Match. His debut match was against South Africa at Bloemfontein, Nov 3-6, 2001, however it didn't exactly turned out bravo. He was banned by the MATCH REFEREE Mike Denness for over appealing more than required.

2. Virender Sehwag was once booed by numerous Bangladeshi Cricket Fans. His remarks on Bangladesh Cricket Team as a unimportant "ORDINARY" group earned him a considerable amount of contempt from the Bangladeshi Cricket Supporters. Subsequently, after winning a Test Match against Bangladesh, he had to go through a lot of bantering and boeing while he was on his way for the post match conference.

3. During 2011 World Cup campaign, Virender Sehwag was the one to launch 1st boundary of India’s innings on the very first ball in 5 consecutive matches. There is reason why we called him the most destructive batman of our era.

4. The God of Cricket Sachin Tendulkar himself looks for inspiration from Virender Sehwag to play when he is in ‘NERVOUS 90s’. He has said this many times and he stand by it. Virender Sehwag never gives apprehensions about negativities while he is batting. He just goes after the bowler. It is always do or die for him.

5. Virender Sehwag’s father once banned him from playing cricket, he was once injured by a terrible blow from a cricket ball which hurled his tooth out of his mouth during a cricket match. His father was angry and concerned as well and accordingly banned him from playing cricket. In any case, his mom helped him and elevated the boycott.

6. Apart from his father, Virender Sehwag was once slapped by John Wright on account of his poor performance. Yes, the most destructive batsman was once slapped by John Wright. However, an apology was expected by John Wright by Sachin Tendulkar requested that Virender Sehwag keep this issue under control as John Wright resembled a father figure to everybody in the dressing room. Virender Sehwag generally avoid speaking of this incident out in public.

7. Virender Sehwag has a doppelganger and he is a Software Engineer. Yes, there is to be sure another Virender Sehwag with more hairs on his head and he has a much tougher job to do. His name is Girish Mallenahally. He is a Software Engineer.

8. He has the most epic comical inclination in the whole Indian Dressing Room. Considering his recent friendly chats with Shoib Akhtar in commentary box, it surely appears that he doesn't miss any chance to a burrow on his friends !

posted Apr 13 by Sahana

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2. Kaur stepped into Cricket after her unexpected meeting with coach Kamaldeesh Singh Sodhi, she later joined Gian Jyoti School Academy at village Darapur, Punjab. Astonished by her batting prowess, Kamaldeesh included her in the Moga-district team to participate in the Punjab’s Inter-District tournament.

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4. Harmanpreet made her ODI debut at the age of 20 in a match against Pakistan in the 2009 Women’s Cricket World Cup which took place at Bowral.

5. In June 2009, she made her Twenty20 International debut in the 2009 ICC Women's World Twenty20 against England women's at County Ground, Taunton where she scored 8 runs off 7 balls.

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2. Kumble went to Holy Saint English School and completed his schooling from National High School in Bangalore. He didn’t let cricket disrupt his graduation and completed a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Rashtreeya Vidyalaya College of Engineering.

3. All Kumble wanted to do in his childhood was to play cricket. ‘Jumbo’ joined Young Cricketers club at a tender age of 13.

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5. He was named Jumbo by his teammates not just because he was a tough bowler to face but also because his feet are quite big.

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6. Education

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7. Jack of all trades

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8. Nickname

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9. A leg spinner

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4. Batting with his father in a club game

Ponting played the greater part of his age gathering and introductory cricket for the Mowbray Cricket Club in Launceston, Tasmania. In one of the amusements, Ponting and his dad Graeme batted together. Be that as it may, to his failure, Ponting senior was rejected early while playing a forceful stroke.

5. Mentored by Ian Young

Ponting's mentor was Ian Young, whose child Shaun went ahead to play for Australia. Truth be told, Shaun Young and Ponting played a Test coordinate together against England on the 1997 Ashes visit to England. Ponting stayed near Ian, until his passing in 2010. Tragically, Ponting couldn't go to the burial service as he was in India, speaking to Australia in a Test coordinate.

6. Giving up school and Football

As a young boy, Ponting needed to settle on extreme decisions to seek after his cricketing tries. At 15 years old, he surrendered football in the wake of agony a damage to his elbow. He additionally dropped out of school in the wake of completing Class 10. "It was a major move I assume, however it was quite certain to everybody by then that cricket was the main thing I thought about," Ponting wrote in his book At Close of Play.

7. Working as a member of the ground staff at a school

As Ponting gave up school, he needed to get a job. His coach, Young organized an arrangement for him as an individual starting from the earliest stage at a school called Scotch Oakburn College. Ponting reviewed, "That job confirmed for me that a life in sport was what I really wanted."

8. First encounter with Sachin Tendulkar

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9. Bonding with future teammates

Ponting first fortified with Adam Gilchrist and Glenn McGrath on a visit to South Africa in 1992, where they were speaking to the Australian Cricket Academy. Ponting and Gilchrist sat alongside each other on the flight to South Africa. Ponting got, "on the plane, I scarcely knew Gilly [Adam Gilchrist] yet when we arrived in Jo'burg we were best mates.

10. ‘Punter’ and the Shane Warne connection

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1. Brilliant Student

He received “national medal” from late South African president, Nelson Mandela for doing a science project.

2. Playing Cricket In Childhood

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3. Badminton

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4. Childhood Ambition

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He lead the junior national rugby team of South Africa.

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1. Early life

Zaheer was born in Srirampur, a residential community 40 kms from Shirdi, to a working class couple. His dad was a picture taker while mother was an instructor. He did his underlying tutoring at the Hind Seva Mandal's New Marathi Primary School and later at the KJ Somaiyya Secondary School. Post tutoring, he got admission to the Mechanical Engineering degree course. In any case, on his mentor Sudhir Naik's recommendation, he surrendered designing and focussed on cricket, even as he was great at scholastics.

2. Cricket calling

Zaheer was a tremendous ability. Awed by his aptitudes, his dad took him to Mumbai when he was 17. A true and restrained Zaheer played each competition that occurred at National Cricket Club for the initial two seasons. A seven-wicket pull in a last against Shivaji Park Gymkhana shot him to popularity in Mumbai's cricket circles and soon he got into the Under-19 sides of Mumbai and West Zone in 1998-99. It was trailed by a stretch at the MRF Pace Foundation in Chennai, where Dennis Lillee, the mentor, forecasted that he would bowl for India.

3. First-Class debut

Zaheer made his First-Class debut in the 1999-2000 domestic season for Baroda, as he couldn't make it to the Mumbai squad. In his debut season, he was the third best quick bowler, and best left-arm seamer, behind Ashish Zaidi and Sadagoppan Mahesh. Playing in eight matches, Zaheer grabbed 35 wickets at a normal of 29.25, with best figures of 5-43 in an innings.

4. Baroda’s Ranji triumph

Zaheer made rapid strides playing for Baroda. In the Ranji Trophy last 2000-01 against Railways, Zaheer's eight wickets, including a moment innings fifer, helped Baroda win by a restricted edge of 21 runs. He was declared as the Man of the Match for his execution. His universal presentation, nonetheless, had occurred at this point. Post 2006, he began speaking to Mumbai in domestic cricket.

5. International debut

His domestic heroics soon observed him playing for India. He was picked up to play the ICC Knock-Out Trophy in Nairobi in 2000 and had a quick effect. He took three wickets on his presentation against Kenya and in just his second diversion — which was the quarter-last against the then world champs Australia — Zaheer rejected Adam Gilchrist and Captain Steve Waugh and helped India script a well known win. By chance, it was additionally Zaheer's 22nd birthday. He had reported his entry in style. His Test make a big appearance came later in the year against Bangladesh, where he picked up three wickets in the match.

6. ICC Cricket World Cup 2003

Zaheer, along with Javagal Srinath and Ashish Nehra, was instrumental in India's fantasy rush to the last of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2003. Nonetheless, an apprehensive Zaheer gave an awful begin to the last, surrendering 15 keeps running in the first over against Australia. India never recuperated and lost with a colossal edge. With 18 wickets from 11 matches, he completed the competition as the fourth most noteworthy wicket-taker at an amazing normal of 20.77 runs for each wicket.

7. India’s pace spearhead

Post Srinath's retirement, Zaheer turned into India's pace lead and drove the rocking the bowling alley assault at whatever point he played. In 2005, the development of Shanthakumaran Sreesanth, Munaf Patel and Rudra Pratap Singh, add to it visit wounds, implied Zaheer was in and out of the side. Things turned out to be more awful when the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) downgraded Zaheer from a B-review to a C-review contract toward the finish of the year.

8. Zaheer the batsman

Zaheer was a decent batsman in the early part of his career. In just his twelfth ODI, he broadly smacked Henry Olonga for four back to back sixes on the last four bundles of the innings. In a Test against Bangladesh in 2004, he scored 75 batting at No. 11, the then record most elevated Test score by a batsman at that position, which has along these lines been broken by West Indies' Tino Best and Australia's Ashton Agar. In similar innings, he was included in the record tenth-wicket organization alongside Sachin Tendulkar, which delivered 133 runs. This record is yet to be broken.

9. Zak-attack

Zaheer is fondly called as Zak by his team-mates. His career-changing time with the English County side Worcestershire earned him the nick-name of “Zippy Zakky”.

10. Inspiration

Zaheer is a gigantic Tendulkar fan and takes motivation from the batting icon. Outside the sport, Tennis great Roger Federer is someone who he derives inspiration from.

11. Great adapter

Zaheer has been one cricketer who has always excelled in diverse conditions. He's constantly savored playing in testing circumstances and has immediately acclimatized to the outside conditions. An extraordinary connector, Zaheer is similarly great with SG, Duke and Kookaburra balls and shows fabulous control over them effortlessly.

12. Wisden Cricketer of the Year

Zaheer was the Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 2008, along with Ian Bell, Ryan Sidebottom, Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Ottis Gibson.

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