Virender Sehwag has announced his retirement from international cricket, more than two-and-a-half years on from his last appearance for India. This brings down the curtains on a remarkable career in which he scored 17,253 international runs across formats. Sehwag is the only Indian batsman to score a triple-century in Tests, and he did it twice.
Sehwag was present with Brian Lara, Graeme Smith and Azhar Mahmood at the launch of the event in Dubai, and was asked how he could play as MCL is a retired cricketers’ league, Sehwag said: “If I am not retired I will not play. I will go back to India and announce my retirement. So it isn’t official yet, people.” Sehwag’s decision comes only two days after one of his contemporaries Zaheer Khan decided to call time on his career.
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.
In a glorious 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.
The MCL, scheduled to start in January 2016, is due to feature a number of retired international greats. On Monday, the homepage of the MCL website sported an image of eight players lined up side-by-side, seen from the back. On the backs of seven T-shirts were the names ‘Sangakkara’, ‘Gilchrist’, ‘Sehwag’, ‘Lara’, ‘Wasim’, ‘Kallis’ and ‘Mahela’, with a question mark on the back of the eighth T-shirt. The MCL event did not declare names of the franchise teams that will be competing in the event.
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