BCCI felicitates Virender Sehwag
It was a morning to remember for Virender Sehwag. During the brief felicitation function organised by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) before the start of the first day's play, the 37-year-old was presented with a silver plaque commemorating his achievements by BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur.
Sehwag was accompanied by his mother Krishna Sehwag, wife Aarti and two sons Aryavir and Vedant.
"I want to thank my father for allowing me to play the game of cricket and giving me freedom to do whatever I wanted to. All my coaches, especially AN Sharma, for making me the cricketer I am. Satish Sharma (Neelu ji), who included me in Delhi's Under-19 team. All my colleagues, friends and fans for standing by me in my good and bad times," Sehwag said.
The two ends of the Feroz Shah Kotla were named 'Viru 319' and 'Viru 309' by the Delhi & District Cricket Association (DDCA) only for this Test in honour of Sehwag's two triple hundreds.
Sehwag received a warm hug from injured South African pacer Dale Steyn, who was one of Sehwag's victims during his belligerent 319 against South Africa in Chennai in 2008.