Former Indian opener Virender Sehwag was felicitated by the Delhi District Cricket Association on Tuesday as they named the Gate 2 of the Feroz Shah Kotla stadium as the “Virender Sehwag” gate. A day before the T20I between India and New Zealand at the stadium, the former India cricketer was present at the small function.
Sehwag later addressed the media during the even and he said, “It is a great honor and today we have a gate named after a cricketer but later we can have a dressing room, stands and other things named after cricketers. It’s a good thing and positive move from DDCA. I had a wish that whenever such a function happens, we should call all the cricketers who have represented Delhi and India.”
Viru also recalled his memories with various cricketers he had played with in Delhi along with cricketers who were part of the team when he first played for the state team. Interestingly, Ashish Nehra is set to bid adieu to his international career for India at his home ground on Wednesday against New Zealand. When asked about it, Sehwag jokingly said,”We will talk about it tomorrow. Today is my day.”
Former Indian opener has always been considered as a role model for young cricketers as he is known to be one of the most attacking openers in cricket. Talking about the same, he said, “Any young cricketer will get motivated reading the name. Virender Sehwag played here as a kid and when he left there is a gate named after him so if I can also play for U19, U16, U23 or Ranji for Delhi and then represent India, then a gate, stand or something will be after my name.”