Swashbuckling opener Virender Sehwag, the only Indian batsman to score a triple century in a Test, announced his retirement from international cricket on Tuesday.
“God has been kind and I have done what I wanted to do,” Sehwag said in a statement on his 37th birthday. Sehwag, who played the last of his 104 Tests against Australia in 2013, scored 8,586 runs with an average of 49.34.
Here are some tweets from the cricket fraternity and his fans who congratulated him on his extraordinary career.
.@virendersehwag leaves his signature on the game with his tremendous achievements. Loved his instinctive approach to batting & life. 1/2— sachin tendulkar (@sachin_rt) October 20, 2015
Had the best seat during most of his superlative performances on field. Am sure Viru'll do much more to bring joy & smiles to our faces 2/2— sachin tendulkar (@sachin_rt) October 20, 2015
Clear thinking n attacking stroke play is been hallmark of ur batting! thank u @virendersehwag for grt memories & wonderful friendship!!— zaheer khan (@ImZaheer) October 20, 2015
Man who changed the perception of modern day batting. Never seen and will never see someone like him in future. Sheer pleasure viru bhai.— Rohit Sharma (@ImRo45) October 20, 2015
The original opener; the dare devil. Congratulations @virendersehwag paaji on a wonderful journey & all the best for the future. Rab Raakha— Shikhar Dhawan (@SDhawan25) October 20, 2015
The legend I played with. The miracle I had the fortune of knowing. The most spectacular ever. Will miss u @virendersehwag— Suresh Raina (@ImRaina) October 20, 2015
Pleasure to have played with you @virendersehwag bhai. What an amazing career. Thanks for the guidance and the memories. Modern day legend!— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) October 20, 2015
Talent in batting is one thing but to have the mindset of Virupa in batting is as close to impossible as it can get.v keep saying b positive— Mahendra Singh Dhoni (@msdhoni) October 20, 2015
Look for a single but he was one person who was always looking for a boundary.many will try to play like u but my advice wd b to enjoy ur— Mahendra Singh Dhoni (@msdhoni) October 20, 2015
Batting and be themselves.congrats on a fantastic career— Mahendra Singh Dhoni (@msdhoni) October 20, 2015
Clear thinking and entertainment were things he used as his weapon.A thorough entertainer,congrats on a wonderful career @virendersehwag .— Ashwin Ravichandran (@ashwinravi99) October 20, 2015
Virender Sehwag (319, 309, 293) and Don Bradman (334, 304, 299*) are the only batsmen to make three scores of 290+ in Test cricket!— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) October 20, 2015
Virender Sehwag & Chris Gayle are the only two players to score a 200 in ODIs and a 300 in Test Cricket (both managed two 300s in Tests!)— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) October 20, 2015
I think Virender Sehwag saved many test matches for us just by forcing opposition captains to delay their declaration.— Ramesh Srivats (@rameshsrivats) October 20, 2015
When Tendulkar used to be close to century, he suffered nervous 90. When Sehwag used to be close to century, bowlers suffered nervous 90.— Bhak Sala (@bhak_sala) October 20, 2015
First Zaheer, now Sehwag. Now don't tell me Sachin's also going to retire. (No, he hasn't yet. Please don't correct me)— Tanmay Bhat (@thetanmay) October 20, 2015
The art of making improbable look easy is the hallmark of a genius. Sehwag was a cricketing genius. #ThankYouSehwag for the memories. ??— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) October 20, 2015
Dhoni is a great finisher. But Sehwag used to finish the game even before it started.— Roflindian 2.0 (@Roflindian) October 19, 2015
Sehwag during his 201* at Galle refused a single on 199 in order to save the no. 11 batsman from facing Murali. Sums up Sehwag.— Vipul (@Sporty_Baba) October 20, 2015
Will miss you on the field yaar @virendersehwag. U r the gentlest coolest & bravest of sportsmen I have ever come across. Love & health to u— Shah Rukh Khan (@iamsrk) October 20, 2015
@virendersehwag Viru paaji.. Mazaa aaya.. aapka shukriya aur aapko salaam.— Farhan Akhtar (@FarOutAkhtar) October 20, 2015
One of my biggest favourites @viredersehwag retires today.someone who changed the nature of batting in test and one day.will miss you viru!— Manoj Bajpayee (@BajpayeeManoj) October 20, 2015
Thank you @virendersehwag for giving us millions of glorious moments on the cricket field. We will miss you. Have a great life ahead.:)— Anupam Kher (@AnupamPkher) October 20, 2015
Watch this space. Will be updated with more reactions.
(with AFP inputs)