Virender Sehwag of India
Virender Sehwag supported a 12-year old boy’s education © Getty Images


Feb 22, 2014


Plenty of illustrious yesteryear cricketers’ sons have followed their father’s footsteps onto the cricket field but veteran Indian opener Virender Sehwag says he would not pressurize his sons to do the same but asked them to follow their passion in choosing their future path.


India’s only triple centurion(a feat that he has managed to achieve twice in his career) says he would follow the parenting style of his parents, who let Sehwag pursue his dream of representing India while growing up , “ They are very young and keep hovering around different sports. One day it’s cricket, next day it’s volleyball, basketball and so on (sic). I will not pressurize them into anything because that is how my parents have brought me up”, says Sehwag talking about his sons Aryavir (6) and Vedant (4).


The 35- year old opener has seen a slump in his batting form over the past year and recently made headlines for being snapped by Kings XI Punjab in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2014 auctions and Sehwag is looking forward to display his attacking brand of cricket for the Punjab franchise, “Whenever I have played at the Mohali stadium, I have received a fabulous reception from the spectators. I hope I receive the same kind of support in this year’s IPL as well.” he said in an interview to Hindustan Times.


The cricketer is known for tearing the bowlers to shreads as much playing the game with a smile on his face on all times, is also well known for his philanthropic activities. Sehwag recently decided to bear the cost of an underprivileged child of a 12-year-old boy named Rishabh and enrolled him at his Sehwag International School , supported by a local radio station Fever 104 FM’s campaign, “I was touched by the initiative and I immediately called the FM channel, offering to help. Despite the obstacles, Rishabh wants to study and that’s what moved me.”  The Nawab of Najafgarh concuded.