Nation At 9: Was Sehwag's career halted prematurely by politics and intrigue?

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| Wednesday, October 21, 2015 - 17:30
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In the early 2000s when India was still seen as a meek cricketing power, Virender Sehwag came across as a breath of fresh air.

 

The portly man from a Delhi suburb resembled Tendulkar at the crease, but possessed an aggression which paled even that of the little master.

 


The Nawab of Najafgarh can be single-handedly credited for rewriting the rules of the game and injecting a dose of excitement into even the test cricket format, thanks to his swashbuckling style.

 

In 2013, the sultan of Multan, hero of 2 World Cups played his last match for the tricolour. Injuries, indifferent form and whispers of a fallout with the team management resulted in Sehwag being sidelined, eventually leading to his retirement today, on his 37th birthday.

 

But Sehwag left the way he always played — on the front foot; open in his desire to play for his country one last time. However, Sehwag along with his multitude of fans were eventually left disappointed thanks to the BCCI which felt that nobody should consider themselves entitled to a farewell — a rule they perhaps overlooked when Sachin Tendulkar bid goodbye to international cricket.

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