New Delhi, Oct 20: India's ODI skipper MS Dhoni, Test captain Virat Kohli, cricketing legend Sachin Tendulkar, Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan and several other current and former cricketers today joined to pay rich tributes to India's cricketing legend Virender Sehwag, who shocked one and all by announcing his retirement from all formats of the game on Tuesday (October 20).
October 20 also happens to be the birthday of 'modern day Viv Richards', 'Multan ka Sultan', 'Nawab of Najafgarh' or Team India's beloved 'Virupa'. [It's official now: Virender Sehwag announces retirement]
The 37-year-old cricketer took to Twitter to announce that he is calling it a day from all forms of international cricket and also Twenty20 tournament - IPL.
Sehwag, who made his international debut in 1999, in a ODI against Pakistan in Mohali, bows out of cricket having played 104 Tests, 251 ODIs and 19 T20Is.
The 'Nawab of Najafgarh' scored more than 17,000 international runs. Regarded as one of the greats of the game, Sehwag redefined batting. A fearless batsman, he had the attitude of see-the-ball-hit-the-ball. He was part of India's 2011 World Cup winning squad.
Here are some of the tweets from cricketers and fans for Sehwag
.@virendersehwag leaves his signature on the game with his tremendous achievements. Loved his instinctive approach to batting & life. 1/2— sachin tendulkar (@sachin_rt) October 20, 2015
Had the best seat during most of his superlative performances on field. Am sure Viru'll do much more to bring joy & smiles to our faces 2/2— sachin tendulkar (@sachin_rt) 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
Talent in batting is one thing but to have the mindset of Virupa in batting is as close to impossible as it can get.v keep saying b positive— Mahendra Singh Dhoni (@msdhoni) October 20, 2015
Look for a single but he was one person who was always looking for a boundary.many will try to play like u but my advice wd b to enjoy ur— Mahendra Singh Dhoni (@msdhoni) October 20, 2015
Batting and be themselves.congrats on a fantastic career— Mahendra Singh Dhoni (@msdhoni) 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
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
As far as the entertainment goes Sehwag was to cricket what Salman Khan is to Bollywood. #ThankYouSehwag Thanks for the memories.— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) October 19, 2015
Shah Rukh Khan
Will miss you on the field yaar @virendersehwag. U r the gentlest coolest & bravest of sportsmen I have ever come across. Love & health to u— Shah Rukh Khan (@iamsrk) October 20, 2015
.@virendersehwag retires on eve of 36th birthday. Apart from Viv Richards only one I know who bowlers actually feared. Well played sir!— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) October 19, 2015
The legend I played with. The miracle I had the fortune of knowing. The most spectacular ever. Will miss u @virendersehwag— Suresh Raina (@ImRaina) October 20, 2015
Sad. @VirenderSehwag announces retirement from all forms of international cricket: heartbreaking news. He deserved at least a farewell Test— Shashi Tharoor (@ShashiTharoor) October 19, 2015
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