Virender Sehwag is the most successful batsman from Delhi at the Indian domestic level, scoring 17,000 plus runs across three formats © IANS
Virender Sehwag is the most successful batsman from Delhi at the Indian domestic level, scoring 17,000 plus runs across three formats © IANS

Virender Sehwag, the leading run scorer for Delhi in last domestic season has decided to quit playing for Delhi. On Saturday, in a not so surprising move, the former Indian opener has confirmed to media that he will represent Haryana from the upcoming season. According to ESPNcricinfo Sehwag has even acquired a No-Objection Certificate (NOC) from the Delhi & District Cricket Association (DDCA). “He has applied for an NOC. Considering he is a very senior player and has got a better offer for personal reasons, we will respect his desire to move on. We seriously admire his achievements and appreciated his contribution to Delhi and Indian cricket,” DDCA vice-president Chetan Chauhan told ESPNcricinfo.

Sehwag’s switch doesn’t come as a surprise at all. He had his issues with DDCA. Recently the Najafghar cricketer even hinted about this move. Even back in 2009, he had threatened to walk out, alleging corruption in the association. Sehwag is the most successful batsman from Delhi at the Indian domestic level, scoring 17,000 plus runs across three formats.

He has represented the Indian team in 104 Tests, 251 ODIs and 19 T20s. The 36-year-old had a productive Ranji Trophy last season, making 568 runs in eight games at an average of 51.63 and finishing only a run behind leading scorer Gautam Gambhir. He was less impressive in the 50-over tournament though, managing 131 runs in six matches at 21.83. Sehwag has been associated with Delhi ever since he made his first-class debut in 1997-98 season.