It was August 2, 2001. World had not heard much about a batsman except that some of his shots mirrored with batting legend Sachin Tendulkar‘s. It was perfect platform for Virender Sehwag; New Zealand had scored 264 runs in its first innings and the pitch was not that good for batting. To make matters worse, Tendulkar was not playing and Sourav Ganguly was not in his best touch. India also did not have good middle-order batsmen except Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman. The stage was set for one of the most extraordinarily gifted players the game has seen to make his mark. VIDEO: Virender Sehwag scores 1st ever 300 in Test cricket against Pakistan in 2004

Sehwag started hammering the bowlers from the start. Most of the shots he played in early part of his innings were sweetly timed cuts and cover drives with some leg glances and pulls. New Zealand bowlers were totally shocked by the brutal assault unleashed by Sehwag. His hand eye co-ordination was amazing. Sehwag particularly took liking for Mills and Tuffey. The explosive batting display by the Delhi lad also gains credibility from the fact that when Sehwag reached 80, Ganguly had not even scored 30 runs. Virender Sehwag vs Shane Warne at Chepauk: Treat for the Gods

Sehwag took full advantage of the field-restrictions and when 15 overs were up, he toned down his game. He started working for singles and then the big moment came when he steered Daniel Vettori’s ball towards the off-side and took a quick single. However, Sehwag was not able to convert his century into a big hundred and got bowled off a Craig McMillan’s delivery. He scored his 100 runs off only 70 balls and helped India win the game with 26 balls remaining.

(Bhaskar Narayan is a reporter at CricketCountry and Criclife. He passionately follows the game and is a big fan of Sachin Tendulkar. His Twitter handle is @Cricopathy)