Flamboyant Indian opening batsman Virender Sehwag has announced his retirement from international cricket, ending a 14-year long career playing for his country.
Sehwag has also decided to retire from the Indian Premier League as well as international cricket.
Sehwag, who last played for India in a Test match against Australia in March 2013, was a key member of the Indian side in the 2000s.
The 37-year-old took to the social media platform 'Twitter' to confirm his retirement.
"I hereby retire from all forms of international cricket and from the Indian Premier League. A statement will follow," he tweeted.
In a statement released to the media, Sehwag stated that he wanted to announce his retirement on his 37th birthday while thanking the former players and fans for the support given to him.
The original opener; the dare devil. Congratulations @virendersehwag paaji on a wonderful journey & all the best for the future. Rab Raakha— Shikhar Dhawan (@SDhawan25) October 20, 2015
Clear thinking n attacking stroke play is been hallmark of ur batting! thank u @virendersehwag for grt memories & wonderful friendship!!— zaheer khan (@ImZaheer) October 20, 2015
Pleasure to have played with you @virendersehwag bhai. What an amazing career. Thanks for the guidance and the memories. Modern day legend!— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) October 20, 2015
Didn't see Viv Richards bat in person but I can proudly say I have witnessed Virender Sehwag tearing apart the best bowling attacks— Mahendra Singh Dhoni (@msdhoni) October 20, 2015
"To paraphrase Mark Twain, the report of my retirement yesterday was exaggerated! However, I have always done what I felt was right and not what conformists thought to be right," said the statement.
"God has been kind and I have done what I wanted to do - on the field and in my life. And I had decided some time back that I will retire on my 37th birthday.
"So today, while I spend my day with my family, I hereby announce my retirement from all forms of International Cricket and from the Indian Premier League.
"I wish to thank all my team mates over the years - some of the greatest players of the game.
"I would like to thank all my captains who believed in me and backed me to the hilt. I also thank our greatest partner, the Indian cricket fan, for all the love, support and memories."
Having scored 8,586 runs from 104 Test matches at an average of 49.34, Sehwag has 23 hundreds and 32 fifties to his credit.
Sehwag is known for his attacking style of play at the top of the order and is famous for being the only Indian player to hit two Test triple centuries.
Despite making his debut as a lower-order batsman, Sehwag’s career took a drastic upturn when he was promoted to open the innings in both formats of the game.
As well as the two triple centuries, Sehwag has four double centuries and 14 scores in total over 150 runs in a glittering career.
As a Test batsman, Sehwag boasts an excellent strike rate of 82.23 – the highest for any player with over 2,000 runs in the format.
Featuring in 251 One-Day Internationals, Sehwag has amassed 8,273 runs with 15 hundreds and 38 half-centuries, while picking up 96 wickets with his part-time off-spin.
Along with Sachin Tendulkar, Sehwag forged a successful opening partnership in ODIs for India, bringing up 12 century stands and 24 half-centur stands with the 'Little Master'.
Sehwag was also the member of the victorious 2007 Twenty20 World Cup and the 2011 ODI World Cup, whereas he also played a key role in India’s road to the final in the 2003 edition of the event.
In December 2011 Sehwag became the second player in the history of the game to bring up an ODI double century after Tendulkar.
The landmark knock came against West Indies in Indore, where Sehwag took 140 deliveries to reach the double hundred, while smashing 25 fours and seven sixes.
In Test cricket, Sehwag endured a three-year slump between 2011 and 2013 averaging only 28.62 during the period with one hundred and five fifties.
A similar situation arose in ODIs where Sehwag could only muster 248 runs from 11 games in 2012 and 2013, with just the one half-century.
This loss of form coupled with emerging young talents saw Sehwag lose his place in the national side in 2013 and was unable to force his way back in.
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