“I am very happy for Viru. It is even more satisfying that an Indian has broken my record.”
Sachin Tendulkar, the only other batsman to have hit an ODI double-ton to date
“I say it again! I never saw Sir Viv bat but I’ve seen Sehwag bat! What a player, 219 in a one day game is next to impossible!”
Sehwag’s team-mate Yuvraj Singh on Twitter
“Wow, Test match tomorrow but am still up watching Virender Sehwag score, hopefully, 200. Unreal, and he does [get the] highest ever. Well done mate.”
Australia’s David Warner on Twitter
“When Viv Richards retired I thought it was end of entertainment. But then came Sehwag, the King of entertainment! Long live the King!!”
TV commentator and former Pakistan captain Ramiz Raja on Twitter
“Sehwag, the greatest slaughterer of bowling since IVA Richards.”
Derek Pringle, cricket writer with the Daily Telegraph and former England player
Watch the final moments of Sehwag getting 200
Playing his 240th one-day international, the burly batsman surpassed the previous record by compatriot Sachin Tendulkar with a brilliant and belligerent innings that helped India to a 153-run victory.
After leading his team-mates to 418-5, Sehwag’s India bowled West Indies out for 265 in 49.2 overs.
India have therefore taken an unassailable 3-1 lead in the five-match series.
Tendulkar had scored 200 not out against South Africa in Gwalior on February 24, 2010.
Sehwag, renowned for his explosive and destructive hitting, had a previous highest ODI score of 175 which came against Bangladesh in their World Cup match in Dhaka back in February.
The opener scored the runs off just 149 balls as he ran amok, smashing deliveries into submission before he was eventually caught at long off by a substitute fielder off the bowling of Kieron Pollard.
Highest one-day international innings
Virender Sehwag (India) 219 – Vs West Indies (Indore, 2011)
Sachin Tendulkar (India) 200* – Vs South Africa (Gwalior, 2010)
Charles Coventry (Zimbabwe) 194* – Vs Bangladesh (Bulawayo, 2009)
Saeed Anwar (Pakistan) 194 – Vs India (Chennai, 1997)
Viv Richards (West Indies) 189* – Vs England (Manchester, 1984)
Sanath Jayasuriya (Sri Lanka) 189 – Vs India (Sharjah, 2000)
Gary Kirsten (South Africa) 188* – Vs UAE (Rawalpindi, 1996)