Cricket Current Affairs - 2019

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Virender Sehwag announces retirement from International Cricket

Ace Indian cricketer Virender Sehwag has announced his retirement from international cricket.

This announcement comes after more than two-and-a-half years on from his last appearance in Test match for India in March 2013 against Australia in Hyderabad.

About Virender Sehwag

  • Born: 20 October 1978 in New Delhi.
  • He had started his international cricket career in 1999 after he played his first One Day International (ODI) against Pakistan and later in 2001 joined the Indian Test team.
  • In his remarkable career, he had scored 17,253 international runs across all formats.
  • ODI Career: He had played 251 ODI matches and scored 8273 runs with batting average of 35.05. It includes 15 centuries including the second-highest individual ODI score of 219 after Rohit Sharma.
  • Test Career: He had played 104 test matches and scored 8,586 runs with batting average of 49.34. His score stands at fifth position in India’s all-time list.
  • It includes 23 centuries and highest score of 319 (against South Africa). It was also the fastest triple century in the history of international cricket reached 300 off only 278 balls.
  • Captaincy: He had occasionally captained India tean in 12 ODIs between 2003 and 2012 and 4 Tests matches between 2005 and 2012.
  • Sehwag was a part of the Indian cricket team that had ended runner up in 2003 ICC World Cup and also part of Indian cricket team that lifted the 2011 edition ICC World Cup.
  • Awards and Honours: Arjuna Award (2002), ICC Test Player of the Year 2010, Padma Shree (2010)

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Cricketer Zaheer Khan announces retirement from International cricket

One of India’s greatest fast bowlers Zaheer Khan has announced his retirement from international cricket with an immediate effect.

He cited reason that he could no longer handle the rigours of the game and is looking forward to signing off his last season in domestic cricket after conclusion of the IPL season 9.

Zaheer Khan’s International cricket career

  • Test matches: He had played in 92 Test matches and was left-arm pacer. He had taken 311 wickets. He is 4th highest wicket-taker in India after Anil Kumble (619), Kapil Dev (434) and Harbhajan Singh (417).
  • One Day Internationals (ODIs): He had played in 200 ODIs and had taken 282 wickets.
  • T-20 Internationals: He had played in T-20 Internationals and had taken 17 wickets.
  • He had played a major role in India’s 2011 World Cup triumph by taking 21 wickets.
  • Since 2011, he was moving in and out of the Indian International team due to recurrent injuries which took a toll on his body.

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