Didn't see Richards but witnessed Sehwag tear apart best bowling attacks: Dhoni

Bengaluru, Oct 20: In one of the best tributes to Virender Sehwag, India captain MS Dhoni compared the opener with West Indies batting legend Viv Richards.

Full text of Sehwag's retirement statement

Sehwag announced his retirement from international cricket and also the Indian Premier League (IPL) on Tuesday (October 20). The Delhi batsman chose the occasion of his 37th birthday to make an exit from international cricket. (Sehwag career in numbers)

Sehwag (left) with Dhoni

As Sehwag announced his decision on Twitter, tributes started flowing. Fans were trending "#ThankYouSehwag" on Twitter. (Tributes for Sehwag on Twitter)

Dhoni too took to Twitter to hail Sehwag's achievements. "Didn't see Viv Richards bat in person but I can proudly say I have witnessed Virender Sehwag tearing apart the best bowling attacks," Dhoni wrote on his Twitter page.

"Talent in batting is one thing but to have the mindset of Virupa (Sehwag) in batting is as close to impossible as it can get.

"We keep saying be positive and look for a single but he was one person who was always looking for boundary. Many will try to play like you but my advice would be to enjoy your batting and be themselves. Congrats on a fantastic career," he added.

Happy times

Sehwag retired after playing 104 Tests, 251 ODIs and 19 T20Is between 1999 and 2013. He scored more than 17,000 international runs.

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