The launch function of the Masters Champions League in Dubai was carried out in the presence of Virender Sehwag, Brian Lara, Michael Vaughan, Graeme Smith, Azar Mehmood and Gram Swan. The MCL is a T20 tournament for all the retired cricketers in the world. When one of the reporters had asked Virender Sehwag as to how he would participate in the MCL T20 League as Viru was not yet retired, Sehwag replied that he would not play as of now, and would announce his retirement from International cricket as soon as he would reach India and then participate in the Masters Champions League tournament. This news of Sehwag retirement went viral all over the Internet with all news portals and social media websites buzzing with the news of Sehwags’ retirement. Sehwag is arguably the best Indian opener.
VIRENDER SEHWAG HINTS AT RETIREMENT FROM INTERNATIONAL CRICKET IN A FUNCTION @ MASTERS CHAMPIONS LEAGUE
Sehwag’s decision comes only two days after one of his contemporaries Zaheer Khan decided to call time on his career. A day before his 37th birthday, Sehwag was on Monday unveiled at the launch ceremony of the veterans league in Dubai.
MCL is supposed to be played in February next year, which means that Sehwag will complete his Ranji Trophy commitments with Haryana before joining the veterans’ league.
VIRENDER SEHWAG CAREER IN BRIEF (RECORDS / STATS)
In a exuberant international career spanning over 12 years, Sehwag played 104 Tests scoring 8586 runs at an impressive average of 49.34, hitting 23 centuries and 32 half-centuries.
He is the only triple centurion in Tests for India having scored career-best knock of 319 against Pakistan at Multan, which also is an Indian record. He is also one of those rare batsmen to have scored two triple ton with his next one (309) coming against South Africa.
In 251 ODIs, he accumulated 8273 runs at an average of 35.05 and scored 15 hundreds apart from hitting 38 fifties.
In 19 Twenty20 Internationals, he managed 394 runs with two half-centuries.
Viru has been a part of two World Cup winning teams – 2007 World T20 in South Africa and the ICC 2011 Cricket World Cup in India.