Virender Sehwag hits highest 219 score in ODI as India posted 418on December 8, 2011 at 8:49 PM
Virender Sehwag stand-in captain made history by scoring the highest 219 score in ODI as India posted 418 against West Indies during the fourth ODI in Indore on Thursday. Sehwag never expected to score a double hundred although the thought only crossed his mind during the batting Powerplays.
Sehwag said after his epic knock of 219 in just 149 balls against the West Indies, “I never expected to score a double hundred. While opening the innings, I told Gautam Gambhir that if we can show some patience on this track, we will be in for a big one as the wicket is a good one. The outfield is fantastic and the distance of the boundary is only 50 yards.”
The dashing opener said the thought of achieving double hundred crossed his mind after batting powerplay started.
Sehwag said, “It was only after the batting powerplay started, I felt that I could reach double hundred. Also when Sammy dropped me (at 170), I knew that God was with me.”
Sehwag is very happy and thanked housands of fans and his family who had always the expectation that he can hit score a double hundred in ODIs.
He said, “I want to thank my family and fans. I know people expected me to score a double century. Today when I wanted to hit a six, I just did that.”
Sehwag said that he was decided to make improves for the string of poor scores in the first three ODIs.
“I have said this earlier also that the top-order needs to contribute. It was a wicket where one could score big runs if he stayed around for 30 overs,” he said.
The historic knock surely appeared to have taken a toll on Sehwag as he smiled and said: “Obviously, I am very tired. I am an old man now and my back gets stiff. So I need to take an ice bath.”