The coruscating batsman finally hangs his boots.
The swash-buckling right-handed batsman from Delhi, Virender Sehwag announced his retirement from International cricket on October 20, which also happened to be his 37th birthday. He was known for his unorthodox shots, which many a times came to India’s rescue. During the later stage of his career, he was overlooked for the position of an opening batsman, but his contribution to Indian cricket is unparalleled.
Here we bring you some the lesser known facts about Virender Sehwag who played 104 tests and 251 ODIs for India.
Favourite delicacy: Sehwag is known for his love of for ‘kheer’, especially the one which his mother makes.
Ban on debut: It doesn’t come much as a surprise, but Sehwag was reprimanded for excessive appealing and got banned in his debut Test against South Africa 2001.
Nicknames: Sehwag wasn’t only called Viru. He had other captivating nicknames such as “Nawab of Najafgarh”, “Prince of Najafgarh” and “Sultan of Multan”. He was also called “Little Tendulkar” because of his batting stance; which is quite similar to Sachin Tendulkar.
Record as an opener: No other opening batsman in the history of cricket has scored 7,500 plus runs both in Tests and ODIs.
Man of the Match Awards: Sehwag comes third – behind Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly in terms of number of Man of the Match awards in Tests and ODIs combined. Sehwag has received the award 31 times following Sachin (76) and Sourav Ganguly (37).
Other sports: Sehwag is often seen playing tennis, table tennis, pool and badminton.
Alternate career: Had Sehwag not been a cricketer, the Nawab of Najafgarh would have chosen the field of pharmacy.
300: No other Indian batsman has scored a triple century in cricket, but Sehwag has done that thrice, a typical Sehwag eh?