The record breaking innings of 219 by Virender Sehwag at Indore in the 4th One day match, gave fresh fodder to electronic and internet media alike. Every news channel/sports site is agog with Viru's histrionics and started comparing him with the former West Indies great, Sir Isaac Vivian Alexander Richards, better known as Viv Richards.
True, Virender Sehwag not only played, a never before, one-of-a-kind, magical innings that pushed Sachin's masterful knock of 200 not out against South Africa into oblivion but also, firmly established himself as the biggest crowd puller of the new millennium. And it should surely go down as one of the finest knocks in One day international cricket. But how in the world, does someone compare Sehwag with the colossal VIV?
Not that, Sehwag does not exude greatness, but to compare Viru with the great Viv is nothing short of a blasphemy or at the most a cricketing insanity. Viv tore best of the attacks on tracks that are green and mean. Belted away both spin & pace bowling with utter disdain..
I got a 300 with my flawed technique. Does he sound paranoid there? But to be fair to Virender Sehwag, he did get a couple of Triple hundreds in Test Cricket and you cannot argue with success.
Don't get me wrong! Remember, Viv hitting Ravi Shastri for 3 consecutive sixers in a One day international and seeing Windies home in 80's in an away series. Remember Viv scoring 60+ in both innings of Narendra Hirwani's debut test match. (Hirwani got 16 wickets in that test match and India won). These are testimonials to Viv's ability to play spin with gay abandon even on sub-continental turners. Not to mention the quality of pace attack Viv faced in the form of Dennis Lillee, Kapil Dev, Imran Khan, Ian Botham, Jeff Thomson and so on..
The game has witnessed so many swashbucklers like Chris Gayle, Shahid Afridi, Krish Srikkanth, Adam Gilchrist, Kapil Dev, even Sachin in the early parts of his career and of course Virender Sehwag. But no one has terrorized and destroyed respective bowling attacks like King ViV. He played in the same vein since his debut till his retirement.
Once again talking of Sehwag, he really is a huge talent and has supreme ability to adapt to conditions quickly and does have it in him to set the stage on fire. I'm a big fan of Viru dada Sehwag and fully enjoy his pyrotechnics on field. But Sir Viv Richards, alone deserves to be called as the "Master Blaster" and the cricketing world is yet to witness another VIV on field.