It’s official. Virender Sehwag has announced his retirement from all forms of international cricket and IPL, today, on his 37th birthday. Sehwag, the only Indian batsman to score a triple century, is one of India’s all time greatest openers, having scored 17,253 international runs across all formats.
Sehwag, who won’t be appearing in the upcoming edition of IPL was 5th in India’s all-time greats list. He made his debut in ODIs in 1999, after having been a middle-order batsman before he began to play at the International level. Sehwag changed the sport in the way batsmen approched opening, and factored enormously in upping the test team’s international rankings.
Sehwag has been a part of some of the most iconic moments in India’s cricketing history. He was around when we reached the finals of the 2003 ICC World Cup, and he was there when we won and lifted the 2011 World Cup. Shortly after officially announcing his retirement on Twitter, Sehwag released a detailed statement.
I hereby retire from all forms of international cricket and from the Indian Premier League. A statement will follow.
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) October 20, 2015
Here’s a throwback to a profile on the Nawab of Najafgarh, and how he could’ve been the greatest Indian batsman of all time