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OTD – Virender Sehwag marched on to score the fastest triple-century in Test Cricket in 2008

OTD - Virender Sehwag marched on to score the fastest triple-century in Test Cricket in 2008

In this article, we will discuss On This Day Virender Sehwag marched on to score the fastest triple-century in Test Cricket in 2008 his triple centuries made it. Former India opener Virender Sehwag shares a beautiful bond with March 29. On this day he has smashed two of his triple centuries making it a special one. His love affair with the date started in 2004 when he smacked 309 runs against Pakistan in Multan. He was the first Indian batter to score a triple century in Test Cricket.

Fast forward to 28th March 2008, India was facing South Africa at MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai. South Africa batted first and posted a massive total of 540 runs in their 1st innings. Hasim Amla played a beautiful knock of 159 while There were half-centuries for Graeme Smith, Neil Mckenzie, and Mark Boucher.

Coming to bat in the second innings Sehwag had some other plans as he batted with a strike rate of more than 100. On the 28th itself, he reached the milestone of 309 runs but things went on to Day 4 of the game. On 29th March Sehwag added 10 more runs to score the fastest Triple century in Test Cricket. His knock also became the highest individual score by any Indian batter in the longest format of the game.

In 2004 Sehwag became Sultan of Multan

It’s worth noting that Sehwag’s innings in the only Triple century which was scored with a strike rate of more than 100. In his innings, Sehwag scored 42 boundaries and five monstrous sixes. His amazing batting display left Proteas in trouble as the match ended in a draw.

Earlier, on 29th March 2004 Sehwag was playing against arch-rivals Pakistan at Multan Cricket Stadium in Multan. The man stood against all odds as he hammered first ever triple century for India in Test Cricket. Then 25-year-old Sehwag scored 309 runs off 375 balls with the help of six sixes and 39 fours.

His iconic innings didn’t receive a lot of limelight just because of the declaration decision made by skipper Rahul Dravid. Notably, Dravid had declared India’s innings when Sachin Tendulkar was batting at 194 which triggered fans as well as the God of Cricket. However, lately Virender Sehwag has been praised for his iconic triple centuries in Test Cricket which established him in the league of a few players who have scored 300+ runs in a Test innings more than once. 

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