Boxing Day, 2003.
The MCG. Strong men get weak-kneed playing in front of the massive crowd.
India lead the series 1-0.
A young lad (gabru jawan) with a full head of hair walks out to open the batting for India. He is just 19 tests old.
Brett Lee storms in – Viru takes one on the helmet. The crowd let Viru know what they think of him. This is not going to plan.
Not for long.
Six. Four. Six. Four.
‘See Ball, Hit Ball’ taken to a whole new level.
No one is surprised that Viru gets out to a full toss from part timer, Simon Katich. After pulverising the mainstream bowlers, he looks almost bored. Almost like he challenged himself to get to 200 with a six.
India somehow contrive to lose the game.
But opening the batting in test matches will never be the same.
Viru has well and truly arrived.