In the final of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2003 played between the mighty Australians and India, Virender Sehwag was the only Indian batsman to put up a semblance of a fight after Australia posted a mammoth 359. Sehwag worked his way to a 81-ball 82 giving India faint hope.

However, all hope was lost after Sehwag got out as no other batsman from the Indian team managed to even get a fifty. Rahul Dravid with 47, was the second highest run-scorer. No bowler could overwhelm Sehwag on that day and he finally lost his wicket in a run-out.

He displayed some fantastic shots against the likes of Glenn McGrath, Brett Lee and Andy Bichel. In their first innings, Ricky Ponting led the charge smashing 140 of 121 balls, giving Australia the advantage. Australia finally bowled India out for 234 in 39.2 overs, winning the tie by 125 runs.