5 international cricketers who did not get the farewell they deserved
Virender Sehwag has recently announced his retirement from international cricketCricket has always had some interesting farewells. The sport has successfully created legends and when it has been their time to retire, the world has showered them with love and respect. Cricketers retire for several reasons, sometimes they are forced to stop playing, due to injuries and sometimes, because they know that it is the end of the road. No matter the reason, a star player deciding to call it quits is always an emotional experience.Not all cricket farewells have been ideal. While some have been extremely emotional and fitting, like Sachin Tendulkar or Kumar Sangakarra’s farewell, some have been marred in confusion and controversy.Here is a look at five cricketers who deserved a better retirement than what they got.
#1 Virender Sehwag
The Nawab of Najafgarh has recently announced his retirement from all forms of international cricket. He was not picked since his last Test appearance in 2013 and even though he performed well at the Ranji Trophy, he lost his berth to his younger Delhi team mate Shikhar Dhawan.
The dashing Delhi batsman who has amassed over 16,800 runs and has two triple centuries in his kitty has rued the fact that he did not get the chance to play a farewell match.
He said he would have preferred to retire while still playing and liked to play a farewell match in Delhi, possibly thinking of something along the lines of what the legendary Sachin Tendulkar received.
“Had the selectors told me they were going to drop me, I could have requested them to allow me to play my last Test in Delhi (vs Australia in 2013) and then announce my retirement, but they did not give me that opportunity. A sort of sadness shall always remain in my mind that I was not allowed to retire while playing, but anyway, it's all a part of life for a sportsman," Sehwag was quoted as saying in a television show.
Virender Sehwag claimed that a player who has played 12 to 13 years for his country, deserved at least a farewell match.