Some more facts also about this explosive batsman:
1-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.
2-Viru holds the record for the fastest triple century (300 runs off 270 deliveries) in the match against SA at Chennai.
3-His score of 309 against Pakistan scored on 28 March, 2004, against Pakistan at Multan is the second best score following his 319 runs against SA.Post this knock, Viru was nicknamed ‘Sultan of Multan’
4-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.
5-Viru is one of the four batsmen in the world to have crossed 300 runs twice in Tests.
6-He is the only player in the world to score two triple hundreds and take a five-wicket haul.
7-Viru’s father tried to end his cricket career when he broke a tooth as a child in 1990, but he evaded the ban with the help of his mother.
8-In the 1999-2000 season, Sehwag was the fourth highest run-getter in Duleep Trophy.
9-He was seventh on the list of Duleep Trophy top scorers in 2000-01 season.
10-Sehwag blasted the second fastest ODI century (off 60 deliveries) by an Indian batsman on 11 March, 2009, playing against New Zealand.
11-His highest ODI score of 219 runs was registered against West Indies at Indore on 8 December, 2011.
12-Seven of his ODI centuries have been scored while chasing a target.
13-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.
14-Sehwag and SachinTendular, are the only two Indian batsmen to have scored six double centuries in Tests.
15-Of the six double centuries scored by Sehwag, three were against Pakistan.
16-On 11 occasions, Sehwag has converted his hundreds to 150+ runs.
17-Viru has been involved in two consecutive double century partnerships in an innings of a test match. On 27-28 March 2008, he was first involved with Wasim Jaffer for the first wicket (213 runs) and then with Rahul Dravid for the second wicket (268 runs), playing against South Africa in Chennai. This was the first time in the history of test cricket that the first two wickets resulted in double century partnerships.
18-The above feat was repeated 03-04 December,2009, when playing against Sri Lanka at the Brabourne Stadium, Sehwag was involved in a double century partnership (221 runs) for the first wicket with Murali Vijay and another double century partnership (257 runs) with Rahul David.
19-2011 World Cup saw Sehwag launch the first five of India’s innings with a first ball boundary.
20-Sehwag has bagged 5 MoS awards and 8 MoM awards in tests. The relevant numbers for ODIs being 2 and 22 respectively.
Viru, as his team mates call him, has appeared in 251 ODIs, in which he has amassed a total of 8,273 runs at an average of 35.05 and a personal best of 219. He has a strike rate of 104.33 in the shorter format. He has 15 centuries and 38 half-centuries to his credit.
Long-captain Sehwag , Sourav Ganguly said that he should have been the perfect farewell. He said he was one of the champions of the game. He should have been the best farewell. '
Indian Test captain Virat Kohli told the legend of modern cricket. He said, 'You were a pleasure to play with brother Veeru. What brilliant career. Thank you for guidance and great memories. Legend of the modern era. ''
Another Delhi player Shikhar Dhawan wrote, 'actual opener: The Daredevil.Viru CAD congratulations for this magnificent journey and good luck for the future. Rab Rakha. '
Former India batsman VVS Laxman said, 'Congratulations for spectacular career. The happiness you gave us on the field. Thanks to all those memories. ''
Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin wrote, 'clear thinking and entertainment were his weapons. Congratulations to the fantastic career. ''
Suresh Raina tweeted 'a legend with whom I played. I knew that this miracle.One of the best batsmen. Miss you. '
Retired last week Zaheer Sehwag mindset separates them from others. Zaheer said, 'clear thinking and aggressive strokeplay are your batting attraction.Thanks for the great memories and friendships. ''
Harbhajan Singh wrote, 'Hats, Hats, Hats. You and your family the very best for the future. ''
Legendary spinner Anil Kumble said, 'Someone like you on top-order did not bat. Great team man. Congratulations for the second shift. ''
Bishan Singh Bedi wrote, 'Virender Sehwag played cricket undecided on their terms and on their own terms by announcing on Twitter that.' 'Australian opener David Warner wrote,' Whatever career. Had the privilege of playing with you and against you. See you soon. '