Virender Sehwag recalls the match which helped him win India Test cap

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Bengaluru, Nov 2: Former India opener Virender Sehwag has recalled the match played 15 years ago which helped him to get a spot in the Test team.

The 37-year-old Sehwag retired from international cricket and Indian Premier League (IPL) recently. However, he continues to wield his willow in first-class cricket for Haryana in the ongoing Ranji Trophy.

Virender Sehwag

Sehwag took to the micro-blogging site Twitter to post a picture of the 15-year-old scorecard in which he hit 2 half centuries (60 and 58 not out). According to him the knocks helped him win India Test cap.

The game which Sehwag wrote about, happened from November 13 to 15, 2000, at Nahar Singh Stadium, Faridabad. By that time, Sehwag had already made his ODI debut, in 1999, against Pakistan in Mohali.

Sehwag was in Board President's XI team playing against the visiting Zimbabwe side.

Batting at number 5, Sehwag had a 108-run partnership with Hrishikesh Kanitkar (108 not out) in first innings and helped the team to 314/5 declared in 90 overs. Sehwag scored a 78-ball 60 (9x4, 2x6).

In the 2nd innings, he smashed 58 not out off 47 balls (13x4). He also took 2 wickets in the match.

Despite captain Kanitkar's ton and Sehwag's twin fifties, the hosts lost by 4 wickets.

"Found the score sheet that led to my selection into the Indian team .look guys my strike rate hasn't changed much!," Sehwag wrote on his Twitter page on Sunday (November 1).

In another tweet to his 4.66 million followers, he put the picture of the scoresheet.

Nearly 1 year after that match, Sehwag made his Test debut against South Africa in 2001 in Bloemfontein. He announced his arrival with a century.

Having enthralled the spectators with his fearless batting for 14 years at the international level, Sehwag retired with 8,586 Test, 8,273 ODI and 394 T20I runs.

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