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Virender Sehwag-gate:  DDCA goofs up legend’s cricket stats at Feroz Shah Kotla

Virender Sehwag’s gate-naming ceremony at Feroz Shah Kotla was tarnished because the Delhi and District Cricket Association got the cricketer’s Test career statistics wrong

india vs new zealand 2017 Updated: Oct 31, 2017 15:35 IST
Sidharth Gulati
Sidharth Gulati
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
Virender Sehwag,Ferozshah Kotla,Delhi and District Cricket Association
A gate at the Feroz Shah Kotla dedicated to cricket legend Virender Sehwag has his wrong Test statistics. Sehwag is one of the two Indians to have scored a Test triple hundred. Karun Nair is the other(HT Photo)

The Delhi and District Cricket Association inaugurated the Virender Sehwag Gate at the Feroz Shah Kotla on Tuesday but the occasion was tarnished because the DDCA got the cricket legend’s Test statistics wrong. The first T20 between India versus New Zealand will be played at Feroz Shah Kotla on Wednesday.

Amid all the euphoria, the DDCA failed to proof-read Sehwag’s Test statistics displayed on a metal plate embedded on the iron gate. The plate said Virender Sehwag is the ‘Only Indian to score a Triple Century in Tests’. DDCA forgot that Karnataka batsman Karun Nair had scored an unbeaten 303 against England in the Chennai Test in December last year.

Typical of the DDCA, no one took responsibility for the faux pas. When Hindustan Times contacted the state association for clarification, nobody was ready to speak on the matter.

Normally quick to react on flaws, Sehwag was quite gracious, choosing not to blow up the blunder. The former Test batsman said “it’s an honour to have a gate named after him at the Kotla,” the ground where he started his cricketing journey.

“I remember when I started off, I used to daily cross this gate and now it has my name. There will be many more cricketers from this state who will have stands, gates, pavilions named after them but I am glad that I am the first one. I feel very fortunate and would like to thank the DDCA for this honour,” Sehwag said.

Sehwag said the gate should inspire young cricketers.

“Any young cricketer will get motivated reading the name. Virender Sehwag played here as a kid and when he left there is a gate named after him ... so if I can also play for U19, U16, U23 or Ranji for Delhi and then represent India, then a gate, stand or something will be after my name,” the Nawab of Najafgarh added.

First Published: Oct 31, 2017 14:54 IST