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On Monday, rumors were rife that Virender Sehwag will soon retire from international cricket. This conclusion was drawn based on him confirming his participation in next year’s Masters Champions League (MCL) 2020, where only retired cricketers can play.

A day before his 37th birthday, Sehwag was unveiled at the launch ceremony of the veterans 2020 league in Dubai. When he 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.” However, on Tuesday, Sehwag confirmed the speculation about his retirement to an Indian Express reporter.

While we are sad that he has confirmed his retirement, we are definitely proud for his contribution to Indian cricket. Looking back at his career, Sehwag is has been known for his impeccable timing and is easily one of the cleanest strikers of the ball in modern-day cricket; Sehwag could destroy any bowling attack single-handedly on his day. Nicknamed as Nawab of Najafgarh, Sehwag is arguably India’s greatest match-winner ever in Test cricket. Here are 13 amazing facts about Sehwag’s career that show what an accomplished sportsman he is.


Sehwag has bagged 5 Man of the Series awards and 8 Man of the Match awards in test cricket. The relevant numbers for ODIs being 2 and 22 respectively.


Sehwag holds the record for the highest score by an Indian batsman in Tests. He scored 319 runs against South Africa at the Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai, on 28thMarch, 2008.


Viru holds the record for the fastest triple century (300 runs off 270 deliveries) in the match against SA at Chennai.


His score of 309 scored on 28 March, 2004, against Pakistan at Multan is the second best score following his 319 runs against SA.


Sehwag’s knock of 293 runs against Sri Lanka registered at the Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai, is the third best personal score by an India batsman. In this match he scored the fastest 250 runs (off 207 deliveries) by any batsman in the world.


Viru is one of the four batsmen in the world to have crossed 300 runs twice in Tests.


He is the only player in the world to score two triple hundreds and take a five-wicket haul.


Sehwag blasted the second fastest ODI century (off 60 deliveries) by an Indian batsman on 11 March, 2009, playing against New Zealand.


His highest ODI score of 219 runs was registered against West Indies at Indore on 8 December, 2011. Seven of his ODI centuries have been scored while chasing a target.


Sehwag holds the record for most runs in Tests by an Indian batsman on a single day. He had scored 284 runs against Sri Lanka on 2nd December 2009, in Mumbai.


Sehwag and Sachin Tendular, are the only two Indian batsmen to have scored six double centuries in Tests. Of the six double centuries scored by Sehwag, three were against Pakistan.


On 11 occasions, Sehwag has converted his hundreds to 150+ runs.


2011 World Cup saw Sehwag launch the first five of India’s innings with a first ball boundary.