Virender Sehwag – ODI & Test Centuries Lists (by Teams, Year, Venue, & Countries)

Virender Sehwag was an enigma on the cricket field during his playing days for the Indian cricket team.

Making his debut for India in ODI against Pakistan in 1999, Sehwag quickly went on to become an integral part of the Indian ODI and Test teams in the years to come. He played a significant role in many of India’s victories across formats, both home and away.

Sehwag used to give India blistering starts in the ODIs and Tests, and that is one of the reasons why India became a force to be reckoned with in the longest format of the game, particularly while playing in the subcontinent.

He more often gave India a flying start, which enabled other batters to take their own time and play a big knock. This template worked for India in the mid-to-late 2000s and the early part of the 2010s.

Overall, he was a complete match-winner on his day and when he was in the mood, Sehwag made sure to take the game away from the opposition.

He was an aggressive player by nature, and one would wonder how well he would fare in Tests as his style of play was more compatible with the shorter formats of the game.

But on the contrary, Sehwag found success in Tests more than he ever did in ODIs or T20Is. Though he had a decent ODI career, it was in Tests that he proved to be a match-winner.

In fact, Sehwag was the 3rd fastest in Test history to amass 6000 runs and the 6th fastest to cross the 7000-run milestone in Tests.

In his playing career that spanned over 14 years, Sehwag amassed a staggering 17253 runs across formats in international cricket at an average of just over 40 in 443 innings.

The former batsman hammered 38 international centuries in all (23 in Tests and 15 in ODIs) during his stupendous career.

This article will list Virender Sehwags centuries in ODI, and Test cricket. Let us dwell deep into each of his 38 centuries.

Sehwag had scored 23 Test centuries, and 15 ODI centuries – 38 in total.

List of Virender Sehwag Test Centuries

No.ScoreVersusBalls Faced4/6InningsVenueYearMatch Result
1105South Africa17319/01Mangaung Oval, Bloemfontein2001Lost
2106England18318/01Trent Bridge, Nottingham2002Drawn
3147West Indies20624/31Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai2002Won
4130New Zealand22516/22Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium, Mohali2003Drawn
5195Australia23325/51Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne2003Lost
6309Pakistan37539/61Multan Cricket Stadium, Multan2004Won
7155Australia22121/02MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai2004Drawn
8164South Africa22824/22Green Park, Kanpur2004Drawn
9173Pakistan24419/22Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium, Mohali2005Drawn
10201Pakistan26228/22M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru2005Lost
11254Pakistan24747/12Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore2006Drawn
12180West Indies19020/21Daren Sammy National Cricket Stadium, Gros Islet, St Lucia2006Drawn
13151Australia23611/23Adelaide Oval, Adelaide2008Drawn
14319South Africa30442/52MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai2008Drawn
15201*Sri Lanka23122/41Galle International Stadium, Galle2008Won
16131Sri Lanka12218/21Green Park, Kanpur2009Won
17293Sri Lanka25440/72Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai2009Won
18109South Africa13915/02Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium, Nagpur2010Lost
19165South Africa17423/22Eden Gardens, Kolkata2010Won
20109Sri Lanka11819/12Galle International Stadium, Galle2010Lost
21109Sri Lanka10519/02P Sara Oval, Colombo2010Won
22173New Zealand19924/11Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad2010
23117England11715/11Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad2012Won

Key insights from the above stats

2: The number of triple centuries hit by Virender Sehwag in his Test career. Only three others have hit two triple centuries in their Test careers, and they are Chris Gayle, Don Bradman, and Brian Lara. Lara converted one of the triple hundreds into a 400.

278: Virender Sehwag just took 278 balls to complete his second Test triple century. He did so against a strong South African attack in Chennai, where he smashed a sensational 319, which remains the highest-ever score by an Indian in Test cricket.

207: Virender Sehwag took just 207 balls to reach his 250 in a Test match against Sri Lanka in 2009 at Mumbai, and this remained the fastest ever in Test cricket to reach the milestone until Ben Stokes (197 balls) broke the same in 2016 against South Africa.

1: Innings that Virender Sehwag took to score his maiden Test century, and he became just the 11th Indian to score a Test match century on debut. He did so against South Africa at Mangaung Oval, Bloemfontein.

5: The number of centuries the right-hander has hit against Sri Lanka and South Africa, his most against any team in Test cricket.

4: The number of centuries Sehwag has scored against the arch-rivals Pakistan in Test cricket. He made India’s first-ever triple century in Tests against Pakistan at Multan, and one can safely say that Pakistan is arguably his favourite opponent.

6: The number of Test double centuries Sehwag smashed in his glorious career, which comprised 104 matches. He has the second joint most number of 200s by an Indian in Test cricket, along with Sachin Tendulkar, and his tally is only surpassed by Virat Kohli.

Virender Sehwag has hit Test centuries in all countries he has played except New Zealand, Bangladesh, and Zimbabwe.

He truly had a sensational Test career, where he averaged 49.34 while scoring 8586 runs in 180 Test innings.

List of Virender Sehwag ODI Centuries

No.ScoreVersusBalls Faced4/6InningsVenueYearMatch Result
1100New Zealand7019/12Sinhalese Sports Club Ground, Colombo2001Won
2126England10421/12R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo2002Won
3114*West Indies8217/22Madhavrao Scindia Cricket Ground, Rajkot2002Won
4108New Zealand1199/22McLean Park, Napier2002Lost
5112New Zealand13911/32Eden Park, Auckland2003Won
6130New Zealand13415/21Lal Bahadur Shastri Stadium, Hyderabad2003Won
7108Pakistan959/31Nehru Stadium, Kochi2005Won
8114Bermuda8717/31Queen’s Park Oval, Port-Of-Spain, Trinidad2007Won
9119Pakistan9512/52National Stadium, Karachi2008Won
10116Sri Lanka9017/01R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo2009Won
11125*New Zealand7414/62Seddon Park, Hamilton2009Won
12146Sri Lanka10217/61Madhavrao Scindia Cricket Ground, Rajkot2009Won
13110New Zealand9316/11Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium, Dambulla2010Won
14175Bangladesh14014/51Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur2011Won
15219West Indies14925/71Holkar Cricket Stadium, Indore2011Won

Key insights from the above stats

219: Virender Sehwag became only the second Indian batter to score an ODI double century, the first being Sachin Tendulkar. This remains the highest ever by a captain in ODIs.

6: One-third of his ODI centuries came against New Zealand, and the Kiwis seem to be his favourite opponent in coloured clothing. 3 of those centuries came in New Zealand.

2: Sehwag has 2 world cup centuries, one in 2007 against Bermuda and the other in 2011 versus Bangladesh. The latter was also the year India won the World Cup.

2: Sehwag was as prolific against both Sri Lanka and Pakistan in ODIs as he was in Tests, hitting 2 centuries each.

Sehwag was known to be an aggressive player, and it is evident from the fact that most of his scores have been over with a strike rate of 100, and his career strike rate in 245 ODI innings is just under 105.

Virender Sehwag did play 19 T20Is for India but didn’t score a single century in the format for the country. But he played a role in India winning the inaugural T20 World Cup in South Africa in 2007.

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