Sachin Tendulkar stopped me from retiring in 2007
Sehwag brought down the curtains on his remarkable career. He scored 17,253 international runs in all formats. Sehwag is the only batsman from India to score a triple century in Tests, and he did it twice and with 8586 runs from 104 Tests, he stands at 5th in India’s India’s entire time list in Odis. He scored 8272 runs with 15 centuries including the 2nd highest individual score of 219 in his 19 T20 internationals. The right hander made 394 runs. Apart from this, he took 40 wickets in tests & 96 in one day internationals. During his playing days, Virender Sehwag smashed bowlers all over the world with his power to hit boundaries. Sehwag said that he wanted to retire in the same manner that he played his cricket. The dashing former Indian opening batsman, however announced his retirement through social media via twitter on his birthday (20th october 2015). He also recounted that he had planned to retire from one day internationals in 2007 after being dropped from the Indian cricket team, but Sachin Tendulkar stopped from doing that.
“Every player wants to retire at the top of the international games. Had I also retired while playing the international cricket, I could have given a retirement speech. But fate had something else in store for me,”- Sehwag told in his first exclusive interview after his retirement from international cricket.
Sehwag wish to play the 5th ODI as his Farewell Match:
Sehwag wanted to retire on his 37th birthday, reports before a day. However, the report says that he had asked for a farewell match, which was rejected by the BCCI) BCCI officials claimed that Sehwag had asked for a farewell match. While the Indian cricket board denied him the opportunity, Sourav Ganguly came to his support. He said BCCI should give a good farewell to him after the 5th ODI (ODI against South Africa).
Sehwag About Sachin:
“Today i am a cricketer it is because of Sachin Tendulkar. Else, i would never have picked up a bat. He’s the reason behind me playing cricket.”