- Category: Cricket
- Hits: 1426
NEW DELHI: Swashbuckling batsman Virender Sehwag slammed maiden double century in ODIs as he became only second batsman after Sachin Tendulkar to reach the landmark.
Virender Sehwag created history on Thursday by posting the highest score in One-day Internationals and also scoring only the second double century in the 50-overs format.
The dashing opener proved unstoppable for the hapless Windies bowlers as he stroked his way to a magical innings of 219 from a mere 149 balls, slamming as many as 25 fours and seven sixes.
Riding on Sehwag's magical innings, India posted a mammoth 418 for five in their 50 overs, their highest ever score in ODIs.
Sachin Tendulkar was the first batsman to get to a double hundred in ODIs, when he made 200 not out against South Africa in Gwalior in February last year.
Sehwag also registered the highest individual score in the 50-over format on Thursday, blasting 219 in the fourth one-day international against West Indies at Indore.
Kieron Pollard removed Sehwag in the 47th over but not before the opener had hit 25 fours and seven sixes in his blistering 149-ball innings.
Sehwag surpassed Sachin Tendulkar's score when, on 197, he cut Andre Russell to the point fence for his 23rd boundary during the fourth ODI.
It was Sehwag's 15th three-figure knock in one-day cricket and the first since making 175 against Bangladesh in the opening match of the World Cup in Dhaka in February this year.
Master blaster Sachin Tendulkar was the first to reach the milestone when he scored unbeaten 200 against South Africa in Gwalior on February 24, 2010.