Virender Sehwag (37), one of India’s greatest opening batsmen, has retired from international cricket.
The Delhi-born player is the only Indian batsman to make two test triple centuries and he became the second player from any country, after his compatriot Sachin Tendulkar, to score a double hundred in a one-day international.
He is the only triple centurion in Tests for India having scored a career-best knock of 309 against Pakistan at Multan, which also is an Indian record. He is also one of those rare batsmen to have scored two triple tons with his next one (319) 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. His strike-rate of 82.33 is the best for any batsman to aggregate over 2000 runs.
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 ODI World Cup in India.
He was a member of India’s victorious squads in the 2007 World Twenty20 and the 2011 World Cup.
Across eight seasons of IPL, Sehwag represented the Delhi Daredevils (2008-13) and Kings XI Punjab (2014-15) and scored 2728 runs from 104 games, including two hundreds and 16 fifties.
Sehwag is going to feature in the 2016 Masters Champions League (MCL) whose rules clearly state that only retired players can participate.