Explosive Batsman Virender Sehwag in an interview to a TV channel said that the pain of not allowing to play a farewell match will always remain in his heart. The dashing opener, well known for his aggressive batting style scored 23 Test and 15 ODI centuries in a career spaning over 13 years.
Speaking on his farewell match Sehwag revealed that he had requested the BCCI for a farewell match in Delhi to which the selection committee led by Sandeep Patil objected. He said that it has hurt him very much and has decided to retire from the International Cricket.
“A sort of sadness will remain forever in my heart as i didnot get a farewell match. It is a sentimental thing for a player who played a long time for his country. I would like to ask should not a player who played for his country deserve a farewell match?”, Sehwag said.
“Its all part of the life of a sportsman. We never know when to retire when we are playing and we start thinking of retirement after we are dropped”, he added.
When asked about Delhi cricket board’s plannings over felicitating Sehwag after the last test of India vs South Africa to be held at Delhi on December 4th, sehwag replied “It is good that at least Delhi cricket board is doing it if not the BCCI. I personally feel every player who retires deserve a farewell”.
Speaking on the criteria of players selection in the playing eleven of a team, he said that players must be dropped from the team irrespective of their past performances, if they fail to perform in three or four consecutive matches. ‘There should not be any politics in the selection of players”, he added.
Viru recalled that he loved playing against Pakistan, as it involved a high voltage stage with the crowds cheering the Batsman to go hard.