Virender Sehwag, one of the best openers the Indian cricket team ever had, announced his retirement on Tuesday from all forms of the game.

“Thanks everyone for all your wishes and love. I hereby retire from all forms of international cricket and from the Indian Premier League (IPL),” Sehwag announced on Twitter.

Sehwag also mentioned that he missed his father today. “He was there when the journey started, and I wish he was here today”. He thanked his coach A.N. Sharma, “…who was the only coach who groomed me to be the player I became today”

Wishing him a great life, Master blaster Sachin Tendulkar tweeted, “Sehwag leaves his signature on the game with his tremendous achievements. Loved his instinctive approach to batting and life. Had the best seat during most of his superlative performances on field.  Am sure Viru will do much more to bring joy and smiles to our faces.”

Former Australia cricket captain and Indian Team coach Ian Chappell too heaped praise on Sehwag terming him as someone unique with great mental strength. He said he would miss the 37-year-old’s “like it or lump it” style of approaching the game. “I like it that he said, this is how I play, take it or leave it,” Chappell said.  “I am going to miss Sehwag, as I really enjoyed his batting”.

Graeme Smith, former Skipper of South Africa, too was full of praise for Sehwag. “It is very difficult to replace players like Sehwag. He was a naturally attacking batsman” he said. 

Former Indian Skipper and leg-spin master, Kumble tweeted: “Nobody batted like Sehwag at the top. Congrats to him for a great career.”

“Congrats Sehwag on a fabulous career. A pure entertainer who gave us so much joy. Thanks for all the great memories,” former Indian cricketer V.V.S. Laxman said.

Shashank Manohar president of Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) said, “Virender Sehwag has had a long and illustrious career. Over the years he has been a great example for his peers and youngsters alike. He has given cricket lovers across the globe a lot of joy with his unique style of batting. He was one of the most feared batsmen. Here’s wishing him the best in the future.” 

Sehwag thanked Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for their support over the years. “I would like to thank Indian Premier League (IPL) side Delhi Daredevils and Kings XI Punjab, I represented”.

(With inputs from IANS)