Exactly 14 years ago, during the first Test of India’s tour of Pakistan in 2004 at Multan, Virender Sehwag not only surpassed VVS Laxman’s 281, but also became the first Indian batsman to score a triple century in Test cricket. It was this innings of Sehwag which earned him the title of ‘Multan Ka Sultan’.
Rahul Dravid, the then Indian captain, had won the toss and chose to bat. The two Delhi openers in Aakash Chopra and Virender Sehwag had opened the batting for India. Against the likes of Shoaib Akhtar and Mohammad Sami, Sehwag did not hold back as he hit a boundary in the first over that he faced. In the 21st over, with a boundary off Akhtar, Sehwag brought up his half-century in 60 balls.
The introduction of Saqlain Mushtaq saw no change in Sehwag’s approach of treating the bowlers. On the second delivery of the 35th over, with a six off Akhtar, he brought up his sixth Test century. Not for a moment did Sehwag gave a glimpse of respecting the opposition bowlers. His brutal attack was on even after him completing several feats.
He completed his double hundred on the last delivery of the 75th over with a double off Abdul Razzaq. It was during this time that Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar stitched a 336-run partnership for the third wicket. India ended day 1 at 356-2 in 90 overs. Sehwag was unbeaten on 228*.
On the morning of Day 2, Sehwag carried on from where he left last evening. A couple of overs after Tendulkar completed his 33rd Test century, Sehwag improved on Laxman’s record of scoring the highest individual score by an Indian batsmen in Tests. The glorious moment finally came in the 122nd over when Sehwag hit Mushtaq for a six over long-on to bring up his maiden triple hundred.
He ended up scoring 309 (375) with the help of 39 fours and six sixes. Watch the full highlights of his innings: