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Our 'Fauj' is the reason for our 'mauj': Virender Sehwag's Diwali wish for Indian Army

India Today logo India Today 25-10-2016

Virender Sehwag today wished the Indian Army a happy Diwali and said it was because of the valour of the armed forces that the people of this country could afford to live happy lives.

Sehwag, one of the most destructive batsmen in the history of cricket, changed the way openers approached Test cricket with his breathtaking assaults on some of the fiercest pace attacks in his days. Now retired, the Nawab of Najafgarh regales fans with his hilarious tweets and his birthday messages to cricketers have become a source of joy for his fans.

On September 29, after years of terror strikes supported by Pakistan, the Indian Army hit back with a textbook surgical strike that caused heavy casualties including two Pakistani soldiers, and destroyed seven terror camps. Imagery obtained after the strike suggested that the number of casualties of terrorists across the LoC was around 50.

Sehwag, 38, blasted a hundred on Test debut against South Africa back in 2001. On the tour of England next year, his then skipper Sourav Ganguly asked him to open the innings and the move shaped India's Test fortunes for the next decade.

#faujikodekhosalutethoko #sandesh2soldiers #happydiwali

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Sehwag, a middle-order batsman, adapted perfectly and spread fear in bowling attacks around the world. He became the first Indian to score a triple hundred (against Pakistan in Multan). He also slammed 319 against South Africa in 2008 and came close against Sri Lanka shortly after with a brutal 293.

Soon after the surgical strike last month, Sehwag had taken to Twitter to express his gratitude for the Indian army.

Virender Sehwag: Rare and unseen images

Then Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf shakes hands with Indian cricket player Virender Sehwag, as then team captain Rahul Dravid, Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Irfan Pathan look on during the Indian team's meeting with the President at his office in Islamabad February 10, 2006. Virender Sehwag: Rare and unseen images

Watch: When Sehwag scored a century on Test debut

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