6. Virender Sehwag (India) – 175 vs Bangladesh
Virender Sehwag is no.6 in the list of top 10 highest individual scores in world cup. Any list would not be complete when it comes to batting without
this immensely talented batting phenomenon. He had no footwork whatsoever, but his hand eye co-ordination helped him grow to be an intimidating batsman that he is today. He has never been under pressure when he came to bat, he went for the ball if it was in his zone. He scored a quickfire 175 against Bangladesh in the 2011 World Cup to help annihilate the minnows and ensure India didn’t repeat the shame of 2007 World Cup. Virender Sehwag started his career as a middle order batsman and pinch hitter when his mentor and captain Sourav Ganguly gave him some fresh air and made him open the innings. Virender Sehwag grew to be one of the swashbuckling openers India has ever had. He never had a proper technique but believed in the simple logic ” if there is a ball to be hit it has to be hit”. Virender Sehwag was the trusted henchman of his captain, and delivered when it mattered the most. Even when Sehwag was out of his form, he never changed his attitude and composure. One of Sehwag’s main ability is to score big tons, across both the formats. He made test cricket his very own with his innovative batting style. Sehwag never preferred to waste time at the non-striker’s end, for he was always impatient when he was off strike. Virender Sehwag always believed in gaining psychological confidence over the bowler, and never allowed them to settle.