Virender Sehwag registers the highest individual score of 219 in ODIs in the fourth one-day international against West Indies at Indore. Playing his 240th ODI, Sehwag scored 219 off 149 balls at a strike rate of almost 147 before getting out to Pollard in the 47th over. Sehwag is 33-year-old right-handed batsman was dropped on 170 and that was the lifeline he needed to engrave his name in history. He broke the previous record of 200* made by Sachin Tendulkar last year who had subsequently broken the long standing record of Saeed Anwar who scored 194 against India.
Tendulkar had scored 200 not out against South Africa in Gwalior on Feb 24, 2010 playing the full 50 overs but Sehwag did in 47. Sehwag was also more entertaining and aggressive in his inning as he kept on hitting fearlessly even as he neared the landmark score. Saeed Anwar had thown away his wicket attemting to hit a big shot in an attempt to reach the 200 landmark in style but Sachin Tendulkar had been more calculative in his final few overs.
Sehwag now stands tall with the highest score in ODI and also the fastest 200 runs in ODI. Sehwag’s previous highest ODI score of 175 came against Bangladesh in the Feb 19 World Cup match in Dhaka.
Tendulkar was probably on a flight to Australia as Sehwag was cruising past his record but we are sure he would be very happy for Sehwag.