His stroke play has finally impressed those in the corridors of power. Nagafgarh Ka Tendulkar Virender Sehwag has been awarded the Padma Shri Award by the Government of India. He along with badminton ace Saina Nehwal have been chosen for the sports category. Padma Shri is the fourth highest civilian award after Bharat Ratna, Padma Vibhushan and Padma Bhushan.
The explosive Delhi opener has to be one of the most deserving cricketers to win the award. Although regarded as a better ODI batsman, it is his performance in the Test matches that has contributed to India becoming the No.1 side in Test cricket. He has been one of the most prolific openers in the international cricket in last decade and his huge contributions up the order have helped India register good score both at home and overseas.
Prior to Virender Sehwag's debut the Indian test team had been struggling for a stable opener since the likes Sunil Gavasker, Krishnamachari Srikanth and Ravi Shastri. Although many stop gap combinations were tried there was not a single batsman who could math the opening combinations that the world cricket had throughout the 90s. All this meant that India's performance in Test cricket especially abroad was dismal.
In the early part of the last decade Virender Sehwag burst into the international scene. Nicknamed 'Nagafgarh Ka Tendulkar' for the similarity of this batting to the master blaster Sachin Tendulkar, Sehwag quickly began to terrorize bowlers round the world. Sehwag's logic was simple 'if the ball is to be hit he will hit it.' What else could explain a batsman's temperament who scores a triple century with a six.