Indian swashbuckling opening batsman, Virender Sehwag officially announced his retirement from all formats of the international cricket, including the IPL with a Tweet on Tuesday. Virender Sehwag last represented India in March 2013 during the second Test against Australia in Hyderabad, and played his last ODI against Pakistan in the same year in January.
This brings down the curtains on a remarkable career in which he scored 17,253 international runs across the three formats. Sehwag had a glorious international career, with 8586 runs from 104 Test matches, Sehwag stands at fifth in India's all-time list with an impressive batting average of 49.34. He is the only triple centurion in Tests for India having scored a career-best knock of 309 against Pakistan at Multan, which also is an Indian record. He is also one of those rare batsmen to have scored two triple tons with his next one (319) coming against South Africa. He hit 23 centuries and 32 half-centuries in the Test matches. Sehwag made his Test debut in late 2001 in the First Test against South Africa, as a middle-order batsman. He scored 105 on debut despite the South African win.
In ODIs, Sehwag scored 8273 runs at an average of 35.05, with 15 centuries including the second-highest individual score of 219. He scored 15 hundreds apart from hitting 38 fifties in the ODIs. He made his ODI debut in 1999.
Aside from all those runs, Sehwag took 40 wickets in Tests and 96 in ODIs. In 19 Twenty20 internationals, the right-hander made 394 runs, with two half-centuries. Sehwag, 37, made his debut for the Delhi Cricket Team, in the first class cricket in the 1997–98 season, and becoming a cricketing sensation soon.
The cricketing fraternity paid glorious tributes to just-retired Virender Sehwag with the India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni leading from the front, comparing his destructive batting with that of legendary West Indies Cricketing icon, Sir Vivian Richards.
"Leaves his signature on the game with his tremendous achievements, loved his instinctive approach to batting & life", Tendulkar said in a tweet.
Announcing his retirement, Virender Sehwag, said that he was “privileged to have played in an era of greats like Sachin Tendulkar”, as he learnt a lot from the likes of Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Sourav Ganguly and Anil Kumble.
Virender Sehwag has special comments for his ex-captain Sourav Ganguly, he thanked the former Indian captain for bestowing his faith in him, naming him in the team for the first Test in Bloemfontein in the first Test against South Africa in 2001.
"Ganguly sacrificed his opening spot for me; he loved me and had confidence in me. So, thank you Sourav, I am grateful to you”, Sehwag said in a Tweet.