Former India opener Virender Sehwag has announced his retirement from all forms of international cricket with immediate effect.
Considered one of his country's greatest batsmen with 8586 runs from 104 Test matches, Sehwag chose the occasion of his 37th birthday on Tuesday to declare the news.
Sehwag said in a statement: "I have always done what I felt was right and not what conformists thought to be right.
"God has been kind and I have done what I wanted to do - on the field and in my life and I had decided some time back that I will retire on my 37th birthday.
"So today, while I spend my day with my family, I hereby announce my retirement from all forms of international cricket and from the Indian Premier League."
Initially considered a limited-overs player, Sehwag flourished upon his introduction to the Test arena in 2001, and opened for the first time during India's 2002 tour of England.
The following year, Sehwag spent a brief period in the County Championship with Leicestershire before his contract was terminated due to a back injury.
Sehwag was part of the Indian team that reached the World Cup final in 2003 and won the tournament in 2011, and of the team that won the inaugural Twenty20 title in 2007.
Sehwag, who last played for India in 2013, remains the only Indian batsman to score a triple-century in a Test match, having done so twice against Pakistan and South Africa respectively.
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