Veteran Indian opener Virender Sehwag was felicitated on Tuesday by the Delhi District Cricket Association (DDCA) as they honoured the cricketer by dedicating Gate No. 3 of the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium to his name. Opened under the guidance of Administrator Justice (Retd) Vikram Sen, the gate was a promise to Sehwag by the DDCA after he scored 309 against Pakistan at Multan in 2014. However, everything did not go as planned by the DDCA committee. The DDCA made a huge blunder by inscribing a wrong fact on the panel next to Sehwag’s picture.
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The gate contained a cut-out of Sehwag with the line ‘Legends Are Forever’ and a panel recounting the achievements and statistics from his unparalleled international career that spanned 14 years. On the panel, Sehwag was described as "the only Indian to score a triple hundred in Test cricket".
DDCA felicitating Sehwag.😂😂 pic.twitter.com/11PmbZh3t8
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What the DDCA committee failed to understand or recall that not too long ago Karun Nair had become the second Indian to achieve the 300 runs feat. Nair slammed a crucial 303 against England at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai in December last year. Interestingly, Nair also leads the city’s IPL team Delhi Daredevils whose home ground is the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium and the office of the DDCA.
Coming back to Sehwag, the Nawab of Najafgardh as he is popularly known as is the only Indian to score two double centuries in Test cricket. His maiden triple century (309) against Pakistan in Multan in 2004 and 319 against South Africa in Chennai four years later still remains fresh in the heart of the fans.
“Any young cricketer will get motivated reading the name and knowing that Virender Sehwag played here as a kid and when he left there is a gate named after him. The kid can feel if I can play for U-19, U-16, U-23 or Ranji for Delhi and then represent India, the possibly a gate, stand or something will be named after me,” said Sehwag during the ceremony.
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