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On Tuesday, Virender Sehwag inaugurated the gate at Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium IANS

Last week it was reported that Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) have named a gate at Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium in New Delhi after former Indian opener Virender Sehwag. On Tuesday, Sehwag inaugurated the gate, saying it is a huge honour to have a gate named after him. He also hoped that Delhi will produce some cricketing stars in the future. The ground would also be hosting the opening T20I between India and New Zealand on Wednesday. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: India vs New Zealand 2017-18, 1st T20I at Delhi

On the gate being named after him at Kotla

“It’s an honour to have a gate named after me at Ferozshah Kotla Stadium. I remember when I started off I used to daily cross this gate and now it has my name. There will be many more cricketers from this state who will have stands, gates, pavilions named after them but I am glad that I am the first one. I feel very fortunate and would like to thank the DDCA for this honour,” said Sehwag, as reported by IANS. Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi to feature Virender Sehwag Gate

“I had a wish that whenever such a function happens, we should call all the cricketers who have represented Delhi and India. 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.”

On his Kotla memories

“One moment I missed was that I was not part of that Ranji Trophy triumphant team. I was playing for the Indian team then. Full credit to Gautam Gambhir, who was leading the team, and Pradeep Sangwan also played really well I remember. We played one U-19 match here Delhi versus Gujarat and we had to win and qualify. Ashish Nehra and Amit Bhandari played really well in that game, picking up five and four wickets, and though I scored only 50 or 60 runs I still fondly remember that game as we managed t qualify for the knockouts.”

Madan Lal on Sehwag’s contribution to Indian cricket

“Sehwag changed the way the game was played in India. Earlier we used to score 240-250 runs in a day, but after he came 350-360 became possible. He was a major reason why India won so many matches.”