New Delhi, Dec 3: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) today felicitated the recently retired opener Virender Sehwag at this home ground Feroz Shah Kotla here.
Ahead of the start of the 4th Test between India and South Africa on Thursday (December 3), the Indian cricket board honoured Sehwag for his contribution to the game.
Sehwag, received a memento from BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur. Players from both India and South African teams were also present on the ground during the felicitation ceremony. Sehwag's mother Krishna Sehwag, wife Aarti, sons Aryavir and Vedant were also present.
The 37-year-old Sehwag bid adieu to international cricket and Indian Premier League in October this year. However, he continues to play in Ranji Trophy for Haryana.
Sehwag, who redefined batting in Test cricket, thanked all, including the fans, for supporting him throughout his career. (Sehwag to his sons: Break my record and take Ferrari)
"I want to thank my father for allowing me to play the game of cricket and give me freedom to do whatever I wanted to. All my coaches, especially AN Sharma for making me the cricketer I am," he said.
"I want to thank my first captain Ajay Jadeja and other captains Sourav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid, Anil Kumble. I want to thank Sachin Tendulkar. "I would like to thank all my fans for standing by me in my good and bad times," he added.
Former India skipper Anil Kumble, who was at the ground, paid rich tributes to Sehwag. "He was an absolute match winner. India won because he put pressure on the opposition from the first ball," Kumble said.
The right-hander played 104 Tests, 251 ODIs and 19 T20Is scoring over 17,000 runs. He hit 38 international centuries (23 in Tests, 15 in ODIs).