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Virender Sehwag retires: Cricket fraternity, politicians hail Viru's achievements

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 13 February 2017, 6:27 IST

The cricketing fraternity on 20 October paid glorious tributes to just-retired Virender Sehwag with India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni leading from the front, comparing his destructive batting with that of legendary Viv Richards.

Sehwag, one of the world's most destructive batsmen to have played the game, on 20 October announced his retirement from international cricket and the Indian Premier League, bringing an end to an illustrious career spanning 14 years.

Sehwag had already hinted about his imminent retirement at a function in Dubai on Monday and chose his 37th birthday yesterday to put an end to his amazing career and said he was grateful to have done things his way.

India Test skipper Virat Kohli, who started his career along aside Sehwag in Delhi Ranji team, termed the dashing right-hander as a "modern day legend".

Sehwag's another Delhi teammate Shikhar Dhawan wrote: "The original opener; the dare devil. Congratulations @virendersehwag paaji on a wonderful journey & all the best for the future. Rab Raakha."

Former India batsman VVS Laxman also tweeted: "Congrats bratha @virendersehwag on a fabulous career.A pure entertainer who gave us sooo much joy . Thanks for all the gr8 memories."

Zaheer Khan, who himself announced his retirement last week, said Sehwag's mindset while batting separated him from the rest.

Some of Sehwag's former teammates, Indian cricket legends, foreign cricketers and politicians too joined in lauding him.

Sehwag is the only triple centurion in Tests for India having scored career-best knock of 319 against Pakistan at Multan, which also is an Indian record. He is also one of those rare batsmen to have scored two triple ton with his next one (309) coming against South Africa.

In 251 ODIs, he accumulated 8273 runs at an average of 35.05 and scored 15 hundreds apart from hitting 38 fifties. In 19 Twenty20 Internationals, he managed 394 runs with two half-centuries.

He has been a part of two World Cup winning teams under Mahendra Singh Dhoni's leadership - 2007 World T20 in South Africa and the ICC Cricket World Cup in India.

First published: 21 October 2015, 2:26 IST