Former Indian opening batsmen Virender Sehwag announced his retirement from all forms of Cricket on October 20, 2015.
In his spectacular career spanning 12 years, Sehwag scored 8586 runs in 104 Tests and 8273 runs in 251 One Day Internationals for India. He was part of the Delhi Daredevils IPL team.
Sehwag holds the record for scoring the highest score by an Indian in Test cricket 319 against South Africa. It was also the fastest triple century scored in just 268 balls.
Sehwag also holds the record of being one of the four batsmen to have scored 300 runs twice in Test cricket. Once he also took a five-wicket innings haul with his off-spin.
Just before announcing his retirement, Sehwag tweeted and wrote, “I hereby retire from all forms of international cricket and from the Indian Premier League. A statement will follow.”
Sehwag’s statement is as below:
“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.”
“God has been kind and I have done what I wanted to do – on the field and in my life. And I had decided some time back that I will retire on my 37th birthday.
So today, while I spend my day with my family, I hereby announce my retirement from all forms of International Cricket and from the Indian Premier League.”
Sehwag made his Test debut against Australia in 2001 and played his last t20 International against South Africa in 2012.