Virender Sehwag officially announces his retirement from international cricket and IPL on his 37th birthday
New Delhi: Putting an end to all speculations about him, Virender Sehwag yesterday announced his retirement from all forms of the game with immediate effect.
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"Thanks everyone for all your wishes and love. I hereby retire from all forms of international cricket and from the Indian Premier League (IPL)," Sehwag announced on Twitter.
Virender Sehwag walks back to the pavilion after being dismissed for a duck against Sri Lanka at Brisbane in 2012. Pic/AFP
One of India's greatest opening batsmen, Sehwag on Monday had clearly indicated that he will "soon" retire. That "soon" came just a day later when the dashing opening batsman turned 37.
My message. pic.twitter.com/al07Y5PsYF— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) October 20, 2015
"To paraphrase Mark Twain, the report of my retirement yesterday was exaggerated. However, I have always done what I felt was right and not what conformists thought to be right," the right-handed batsman said.
"God has been kind and I have done what I wanted to do, on the field and in my life, and I had decided sometime back that I will retire on my 37th birthday. So today, as I spend my day with my family, I hereby announce my retirement from all forms of international cricket and from IPL."
The Delhi-born will, however, play in the Masters Champions League (MCL). "Cricket has been my life and continues to be so. Playing for India was a memorable journey and I tried to make it more memorable for the Indian teammates and the Indian cricket fans. I believe I was reasonably successful in doing so," he said.
The 'Nawab of Najafgarh' last represented India in the Test series against Australia in March 2013. In a career spanning over 15 years in international cricket, Sehwag featured in 104 Tests and scored 8,586 runs at a staggering average of 49.34. In 251 one-day internationals (ODI), he amassed 8,273 runs at an average of 35.05.
Virender Sehwag in numbers
Virender Sehwag's strike rate in one-day internationals
He is a lone cricketer to score two triple tons and claim a Test fifer
Number of double tons scored by Sehwag in Tests
Number of sixes hit by Sehwag in international cricket
S for special, S for Sehwag
Virender Sehwag was trapped LBW for one in his ODI debut against Pakistan's Shoaib Akhtar in 1999, a man against whom he won many battles in years to follow, but Sehwag scored a brilliant ton in his first Test against South Africa in 2001, while batting at No 6.
Sultan of Multan
Sehwag's crowning moment came in 2004, when he blasted a 309 against Pakistan and became the first Indian to score a triple ton in cricket history. He was bestowed the sobriquet 'Sultan of Multan' after his triple ton in Multan.
Fastest triple ton
He scored the fastest triple century — in 278 balls — after hitting an 319 not out vs SA at Chennai in 2008.
Wisden's Leading Cricketer
In April 2009, Sehwag became the only Indian to be honoured as the Wisden Leading Cricketer in the World for his performance in 2008, subsequently becoming the first player of any nationality to retain the award for 2009.
Highest run-scorer in ODIs
Sehwag scored his maiden double ton in ODI in 2011, vs WI, becoming the second batsman after Sachin Tendulkar to reach the landmark. His score — 219 off 149 balls became the highest individual score in ODIs, which was later bettered by Rohit Sharma (264).
The folowing is the fact file of explosive India opener Virender Sehwag, who on Tuesday announced his retirement from all forms of international and domestic cricket:
Name: Virender Sehwag
Born: October 20, 1978, in New Delhi
Teams: India, Asia XI, Delhi, Delhi Daredevils, ICC World XI, India Blue, Kings XI Punjab, Leicestershire, Marylebone Cricket Club, Rajasthan Cricket Association President's XI
Playing role: Opening batsman
Batting style: Right-hand bat
Bowling style: Right-arm off-break
Batting record in Tests:
Not outs: 6
Highest score: 319; and second highest: 309
Strike rate: 82.23
Batting record in ODIs:
Not outs: 9
Highest score: 219
Strike rate: 104.33
Bowling record in Tests:
Best innings figures: 5/104
Best match figures: 5/118
Strike rate: 93.2
Bowling record in ODIs:
Best figures: 4/6
Strike rate: 45.7