Virender Sehwag Retires from International Cricket

Virender SehwagVirender Sehwag has announced that the will be retiring from both international cricket and from the Indian Premier League. The Indian opener announced his retirement on his 37th birthday.

Sehwag does not plan to leave the world of cricket, and will continue to play first-class cricket and has plans to try and help young players to advance in the game.

Having played 104 Tests, Sehwag ended his career with 8,568 Test runs with an average of 49.34. He also played in 251 One-Day Internationals, with 8.273 ODI runs, and 19 Twenty20 Internationals. He was part of the team who won the World Cup for India in 2011. He has not played for India since 2013.

Sehwag explained that he still has the “hunger inside.” He said: “Cricket has been my life. I did it my way.”

As a top quality batsman, he also holds the distinction of being the only Indian batsman to have scored a triple century in an international match.

Sachin Tendulkar, who played in 93 Test matches with Sehwag said: “I would say I was in the best seat when he [Sehwag] was batting. The non-striker’s end was the best view. I liked his mindset, extremely positive, he always backed himself to play big shots and never changed his game. The form varies but I liked his approach. He was fantastic, a true champion and I thoroughly enjoyed having him in the team.”

Tendulkar went on to note that Sehwag liked to keep tension and stress to a minimum, and was often full of humor, and would often be signing songs.

Comparing Virender Sehwag to Sir viv Richards, the batting legend, MS Dhoni tweeted: “Didn’t see Viv Richards bat in person but I can proudly say I have witnessed Virender Sehwag tearing apart the best bowling attacks.”