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Sachin Tendulkar prevented my retirement in 2007 - Virender Sehwag

Sachin Tendulkar prevented my retirement in 2007 - Virender Sehwag
Sachin Tendulkar (right) and Virender Sehwag (left) were two of the most destructive batsmen in early 2000s.
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Virender Sehwag, who recently announced his retirement from international cricket revealed that it was his former Indian teammate Sachin Tendulkar, who stopped him from quitting the game in 2007.

Sehwag, who made his Test debut for India in 2001, was dropped in 2007 after a poor series against South Africa wherein he scored just 89 runs in the three matches.

However, the swashbuckling opener was recalled in 2008 for the Australian tour after Gautam Gambhir was struggling with a sore shoulder.

After being left out of the team again in March 2013, Sehwag failed to make a comeback as the selectors opted for youngsters like Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan and Ajinkya Rahane.

Sehwag finally announced his retirement on his 37th birthday after a wait of 30 months since he last played for his national team.

Revealing his intentions of retiring on a high, Sehwag stated that it was Tendulkar, who stopped him in 2007.

"Every player wants to retire at the top of his international game.

"Had I also retired while playing international cricket, I could have given a retirement speech.

"But fate had something else in store for me.

"I was planning to retire in 2007 when dropped from the team but Tendulkar stopped me from doing so," said Sehwag to a private news channel.

Sehwag, who was popularly known was 'Nawab of Najafgarh' also came critical at the national selectors for not revealing their plans with him following his exclusion in 2013.

"The selectors did not ask me about my future plan before dropping me during Australia series in 2013.

"Had the selectors told me about their decision, I could have announced my retirement in that series."

When asked about the best captain, he has played under in the Indian team, Sehwag was quick to name Anil Kumble.

"Anil Kumble was the best captain I have played with. He used to boost our confidence level."

The 37-year-old also expressed his desire to contribute to the game in the future if he receives any such opportunity.

"I will always be connected with this game.

"If I get an offer from the BCCI or any commentary offers, I will consider it. My commentary would be straight forward like my batting."

There are reports suggesting that Sehwag might be given a chance by the Board of Control for Cricket in India to deliver his farewell speech at the conclusion of the fourth and final Test between India and South Africa at the Feroz Shah Kotla. 

Sehwag now will be seen in action in the Masters League Twenty20 which will be held in United Stated of America involving lot of former stars around the world. 

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