He is normally at his swashbuckling-best on the cricket field. On Tuesday though, Virender Sehwag put his skills to use by exhorting the country to support the Commonwealth Games.
Expressing his displeasure over the criticism against the Games, Sehwag said criticism could never contribute to success in sport.
“Much has been said against the Commonwealth Games in the recent past. I find it pointless. With barely a few weeks remaining, the city, in fact the entire nation, should support the event as well as the athletes.”
He also mentioned the feat of Sushil Kumar, who also hails from Najafgarh. Sushil became the first Indian wrestler to win gold at the World Championships.
“I have seen him wrestle in an akhara close to my home. His achievement is great and I hope he repeats the feat during the CWG as well.”
Speaking on the sidelines of a launch, in association with the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011, Sehwag emphasized on the need to back lesser-known sports.
“The CWG has no dearth of sponsors. But once its over, I hope lesser-known sports continue to receive adequate corporate backing for them to flourish,” he said.