Honoring the former Indian swashbuckling batsman Virender Sehwag just ahead of the first T20 match to be played against New Zealand, Delhi District Cricket Association (DDCA) goofed up on naming Gate number 2 of the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium after him. For the mistake the DDCA administration was publicly ridiculed. The achievements’ column of the player placed on the gate misleadingly refers to the former Delhi batsman as being the “only Indian batsman to score a triple hundred in Test matches.”
While it is absolutely correct that the former Delhi batsman was the first ever Indian cricketer to achieve this incredible feat, Karun Nair recently scored a triple century against England in Chennai this year, becoming the second ever Indian batsman to do so.
In fact, Sehwag did not score just one but two triple centuries for India. His first triple century was scored against Pakistan in 2004, while his second triple century was scored against South Africa in 2008.
Expressing his joy to have a gate of the prestigious stadium named after him, Sehwag told the media at a small function:
It is a great honor and today we have a gate named after a cricketer but later we can have 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.
Inspiring young players to perform better, the Delhi lad further 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.
India is scheduled to take on New Zealand today in the first T20 match of the series.