New Delhi - Swashbuckling opener Virender
Sehwag, the only Indian batsman to score a triple century in Test match
cricket, announced his international retirement on Tuesday.
"God has been kind and I have done
what I wanted to do," Sehwag said in a statement on his 37th birthday
after again being overlooked by the selectors for the on-going series against
"Cricket has been my life and
continues to be so. Playing for India was a memorable journey and I tried to
make it more memorable for my team mates and the Indian cricket fans."
The right-handed batsman also confirmed
that he was retiring from the Indian Premier League, an annual Twenty20
tournament that takes place in April and May.
Reports however said that Sehwag would
continue to play first class cricket for his state side Haryana in the domestic
Ranji Tropy competition.
After making his debut against South Africa
in 2001, Sehwag became one of the most feared batsmen in world cricket, forming
part of a formidable line-up that also included Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul
The Delhi-born batsman played a total 104
Tests, scoring 8 586 runs at an average of 49.34.
Although he had not played for his country
since a Test against Australia in 2013, many fans had hoped that he would
return to the national side with which he also won the 2011 50-over World Cup
on home soil.
Sehwag is widely credited with transforming
the role of opening batsman in Test cricket with a hard-hitting style that
brought him a top score in Test matches of 319, against South Africa in Chennai
He also played 251 ODIs, scoring 8 273 runs
at an average of 35.05. He at one stage held the record for the highest score
in 50 over internationals after plundering 219 against the West Indies.