In honour of one of the most talented sons of Delhi, the Delhi District Cricket Association (DDCA) is all set to rechristen gate number 2 of the Feroz Shah Kotla stadium after the legendary Virender Sehwag. The gate number 2 of the iconic stadium will now be known as Virender Sehwag gate.
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The unveiling of the gate will be done a day before India take on New Zealand in the first game of the three-match T20I series, scheduled to take place in the capital on November 1.
According to a report in the Indian Express, renaming the name after the legendary batsman is the first of many other initiatives that are being implemented to recognise the contribution of cricketers who have enhanced the reputation of the DDCA. The cricket board has also formed a committee to assess and recommend other players from DDCA to recognise their contribution. The contributions of those players will also be reflected in the stadium.
Justice Vikramjit Sen, Administrator, DDCA, expressed his delight over the initiative and hoped that steps like these would inspire Delhi’s domestic teams to reach further heights.
“I am proud to announce that our domestic team has performed exceptionally well so far. The DDCA Under 19 team were the champions of North Zone Vinoo Mankad Trophy. I am confident that our Ranji Team and Under 23 side are also on the path to success. I hope that such initiatives such as these will inspire our domestic teams to reach further heights,” Sen said.
One of the greatest Test openers of all time, Sehwag was a menace for every bowling opposition. Fondly known as the Nawab of Najafgarh, the swashbuckling opener is the first Indian to register a triple century in Tests and is so far the only player from India to score two triple centuries in the longest format of the game.
The right-handed batsman, who also has an ODI double century to his name, made his debut in 1999 and represented the country in 251 ODI and 104 Tests, scoring 8273 and 8586 runs respectively.