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In focus: Yuvraj, Sehwag, Chanderpaul & Collingwood

Virender Sehwag in action for India
Virender Sehwag in action for India

As four more cricketing stars are announced for the MCC v Rest of the World Lord's Ground Bicentenary celebration match on Saturday 5 July, looks at the careers of Paul Collingwood, Yuvraj Singh, Virender Sehwag and Shiv Chanderpaul.

Virender Sehwag

Indian opener Virender Sehwag’s approach to batting is uncomplicated - he simply tries to score as many runs as he can as quickly as he can.

Booming drives and boundaries are his trademarks and when Sehwag is at the crease entertainment is guaranteed.

The 35-year-old made his India debut at the age of 20 in 1999, and it wasn’t long before he was cementing his place as one of the most powerful hitters in world cricket.

His maiden international ton came against New Zealand, from only 69 balls, and once promoted to the top of the order, he never looked back.

Sehwag made an astonishing century on Test debut, smoking the South African attack as he and Sachin Tendulkar made twin tons in no time at all.

A boundary-filled 195 at the MCG against Australia came in 2003, before becoming India’s first ever triple centurion, making 309 against Pakistan in 2004.

Sehwag has more double centuries than any Indian player, and his second triple ton, against South Africa in 2008, is the fastest of all time, coming from just 268 balls.

He boasts an ODI record that any player would envy, with an ICC World Cup win to his name in 2011 - Sehwag kicked the tournament off with a bang, hitting 175 against Bangladesh in India’s first game.

Sehwag also owns the record for the highest ODI score of all time, his 219 against West Indies in 2011 being only the third double hundred in ODI history.

Overall record:

Matches Runs Batting Average High Score 100s
Tests 104 8,586 49.34 319 23
ODIs 251 8,273 35.05 219 15
T20Is 19 394 21.88 68 0

At Lord's:

Matches Runs Batting Average High Score 100s
Tests 1 111 55.50 84 0
ODIs 3 117 39.00 71 0

Shiv Chanderpaul

While his technique is anything but orthodox, Shiv Chanderpaul has consistently scored runs for two decades, all while holding the sometimes fragile West Indies middle order together.

Having made his Test debut with a half-century against England in 1994, Chanderpaul partnered Brian Lara as he made his world record 375, at times matching Lara shot for shot as England were put to the sword.

While Lara’s runs were eye-catching, the less aesthetically pleasing Chanderpaul’s runs were equally as important, and as frequent, with Test centuries against every Test team other than Sri Lanka, all defined by Chanderpaul’s patience and obstinacy at the crease.

Criticised at the start of his career for a failure to convert fifties into big hundreds, it all changed for Chanderpaul during the 2002 series against India, where he made three centuries in five matches, being named Man of the Series and beginning a raft of centuries that has seen him to 29 in Tests - second behind only Lara.

After Lara’s retirement the West Indies’ batting line-up has becoming increasingly brittle, but Chanderpaul has prevailed - the fact that 16 of his 29 centuries have been unbeaten showing the often lone hand that he has been forced to play.

Chanderpaul has an excellent record at Lord’s, writing his name on the Honours Boards with an unbeaten 128 in 2004 - a game where he was left high and dry on 95* in the second innings.

Even at the age of 39 Chanderpaul’s appetite for runs is undiminished, and he remains a crucial part of the West Indian team.

Overall record:

Matches Runs Batting Average High Score 100s
Tests 153 11,219 51.93 203* 29
ODIs 268 8,778 41.60 150 11
T20Is 22 343 20.00 41 0

At Lord's:

Matches Runs Batting Average High Score 100s
Tests 5 512 85.33 128* 1
ODIs 3 84 84.00 53* 0
T20Is 1 18 18 18 0

Yuvraj Singh

Yuvraj Singh is one of the cleanest hitters in world cricket which, combined with his canny left-arm spin, makes him among the most complete one-day cricketers of his generation.

He made his debut for India at the age of 18, immediately making headlines with a Man of the Match performance in his second ODI against Australia. His athletic fielding, controlled bowling and his ability to hit the ball a long way soon made him a valuable part of India’s ODI middle-order.

In 2002 at Lord’s Yuvraj combined with Mohammed Kaif to see India home in the NatWest final against England with just three balls to spare in a game made famous by Sourav Ganguly’s shirt-waving celebrations on the away balcony - Yuvraj made an invaluable 69.


Making his first ODI ton against Bangladesh in 2003 (his 102 coming from just 71 balls), a Test call-up wasn’t far behind, and he’s currently made three Test match hundreds - all against Pakistan.

Yuvraj has excelled in Twenty20 cricket, famously taking six sixes from a Stuart Broad over at the 2007 ICC World T20, when he also scored 70 off 30 balls in the semi-final to be named Man of the Match, India going on to win that inaugural tournament.

The home 2011 ICC World Cup was surely Yuvraj’s finest hour - with four Man of the Match awards, 362 runs and 15 wickets, Yuvraj was unsurprisingly named Man of the Tournament as India were crowned champions on home soil.

But maybe Yuvraj’s greatest victory has come off the cricket field.

Following that 2011 World Cup victory the 32-year-old was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer. His battle against the disease resulted in him going to the USA for specialist treatment before returning home after the removal of a malignant tumour to play in the 2012 ICC World T20.

Overall record:

Matches Runs Batting Av. High Score 100s Wickets Bowling Av. Best Bowling
Tests 40 1,900 33.92 169 3 9 60.00 2/9
ODIs 293 8,329 36.37 139 13 111 38.18 5/31
T20Is 34 868 33.38 77* 0 23 16.21 3/17

At Lords:

Matches Runs Batting Av. High Score 100s Wickets Bowling Av. Best Bowling
ODIs 4 170 56.66 69 0 4 23.00 3/39
T20Is 2 84 42.00 67 0

Paul Collingwood

Paul Collingwood is one of the most popular English cricketers of recent years. An asset to any team thanks to his all-round abilities, Collingwood is the ultimate modern cricketer, who can bat, bowl, captain and field to an exceptional standard.

After initially making his name as a one day player, Collingwood became an integral part of England’s Test middle order during the mid 00s, contributing to three Ashes series wins. Retiring after the 2010/11 series, Collingwood finished with a high score of 206, against Australia in Adelaide.

He also appears twice on the Lord’s Honours Boards after centuries against Pakistan in 2006 and West Indies in 2007.

Collingwood led England to their only ever ICC world title, hitting the winning runs to seal the 2010 ICC World T20. Collingwood has been capped 300 times by England, and is the record ODI appearance maker for his country, with 197.

Following his international career Collingwood was appointed captain of Durham, and last year led them to the County Championship title.

Overall record:

Matches Runs Batting Av. High Score 100s Wickets Bowling Av. Best Bowling
Tests 68 4,259 40.56 206 10 17 59.88 3/23
ODIs 197 5,092 35.26 120* 5 111 38.68 6/31
T20Is 35 583 18.80 79 0 16 20.56 4/22

At Lord's:

Matches Runs Batting Av. High Score 100s Wickets Bowling Av. Best Bowling
Tests 9 486 37.38 186 2 1 187.00 1/34
ODIs 14 360 32.72 95 0 4 69.50 2/29
T20Is 2 18 9 11 0 1 17 1/17

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