Former Indian player, Virender Sehwag has announced his retirement from International Cricket and the Indian Premier League (IPL) on his 37th birthday.
Sehwag thanked everyone who helped him during his long career in international cricket, in a statement posted on his Twitter account.
“Crickets been my life and continues to be so. Playing for India was a memorable journey,” he said. “I have lived my dream and played at the finest of cricket grounds across the globe.”
“I miss my father today, he was there when the journey started and I wish he could have been there today as well, but I know I made him proud, and wherever he is today, he is watching me with pride.”
The right-hand opening batsman played his first one day international in 1999 and went on to to join the Indian Test team in 2001, debuting against South Africa. He played 104 tests scoring 8,586 runs at an average of 49.34, and played 251 one day internationals scoring 8,273 runs at an average of 35.05. He is the only Indian opening cricketer to score a triple century in test cricket, and the second player to score a double century after Sachin Tendulkar.
He hasn’t played for India since 2013. However, he will continue to play first-class cricket and is looking forward to helping young players coming through. – Emma Kamil.
Top photo of Virender Sehwag from Virender Sehwag’s official Twitter account.