Written by Staff Writer
20 Oct, 2015 | 5:12 pm
On his 37th birthday, Sehwag, who hinted at retirement during the Masters Champions League opening in Dubai on Monday, said on Tuesday that he was stepping down from all forms of international cricket.
He last played a Test match in March 2013 against Australia at Hyderabad. Over the next couple of years, with dwindling reflexes and luck, Sehwag was overtaken by consistently-performing batsmen like Shikhar Dhawan and Murali Vijay.
Sehwag, famous for his hand-eye co-ordination and giving the ball a solid whack, did not lose his sense of humour while announcing his retirement. He quoted Mark Twain and joked about the advance news of his retirement.
In a statement released to the media, Sehwag said: “To paraphrase Mark Twain, the report of my retirement yesterday was exaggerated! However, I have always done what I felt was right and not what conformists thought to be right. God has been kind and I have done what I wanted to do – on the field and in my life. And I had decided some time back that I will retire on my 37th birthday. So today, while I spend my day with my family, I hereby announce my retirement from all forms of International Cricket and from the Indian Premier League.
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