The BCCI on Thursday formally felicitated recently-retired batsman Virender Sehwag before the start of the fourth Test match between India and South Africa at the Feroz Shah Kotla in New Delhi, with secretary Anurag Thakur presenting him with a glittering trophy for his achievements.
In his speech, Sehwag thanked his former India captains Sourav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid and Anil Kumble, along with master blaster Sachin Tendulkar for their guidance during his illustrious international career.
Sehwag, however, did not mention the name of India’s current ODI captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, under whom he played for the national team for almost six years.
Sehwag was accompanied by his mother Krishna Sehwag, wife Aarti and two sons Aryavir and Vedant during the short ceremony.
Before the start of the match, Sehwag tweeted a picture of him and his sons with swashbuckling South African batsman AB de Villiers.
Sehwag and family were also seen enjoying proceedings once the match began.
In his brief speech, Sehwag thanked everyone from the BCCI to the Delhi and District Cricket Association to his first coach AN Sharma and Satish Sharma, who first picked him for Delhi U-19s.
“I want to thank my father for allowing me to play the game of cricket and give me freedom to do whatever I wanted to. All my coaches, especially AN Sharma for making me the cricketer I am,” the 37 year old said.
He also had words of gratitude for his close friends, including Delhi U-19 coach Raju Sharma.
When it came to the captains he had played under, Sehwag said, “I want to thank my first captain Ajay Jadeja and other captains Sourav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid, Anil Kumble. I want to thank Sachin Tendulkar.”
Sehwag also mentioned the contribution of the physios and trainers during his 14-year-long career.
In the end, he thanked the fans for “making him Sehwag”. “I would like to thank all my fans for standing by me in my good and bad times,” he said.
While the DDCA is yet to name a stand or gallery after him, the BCCI has temporarily named the far-end stand at the Ambedkar Stadium end as “Viru 319” after the batsman’s highest Test score.