Virender Sehwag on how Jamia made him: When nobody gave me admission it was Jamia Millia Islamia that took me in, according to swashbuckling Indian cricketer Virender Sehwag, an alumnus of the university.While addressing a packed audience at Bhopal Ground that was named after legendary cricketer Nawab Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi on Saturday at an event at about 4 pm, Sehwag said: “In 12th I had passed English in compartmental and hence colleges in Delhi didn’t give me admission. It was then Jamia gave me admission and I am thankful to the university for this. Whatever I am today I am because of Jamia. In my days attendance was an issue but then sports director Noor Mohammad and the coach told the vice chancellor that this boy will play for India and always encouraged me to practice.
“While giving me admission, I was told about clearing English exams. Those days helped me a lot,” said Sehwag, an aggressive right handed opening batsman and a right arm off-spinner, who played his first One Day International in 1999 and joined the Indian Test Team in 2001. Currently he plays in IPL representing Kings XI Punjab.
Also, he said how pithy advice from former Indian cricketer Nawab Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi helped him to score triple century. “Once when I met Nawab Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi I asked him about how to improve my game. And he had suggested that I should bat with more stretched legs. I followed it and after that my game improved a lot.”
By expressing his gratitude for the honour, Sehwag, who had graduated from the university in 2001-02 remembered his days on the campus and asked the students to take interest in sports while making marks in their academic career.
The ultra-modern Sports Complex of Jamia was named after the legendary cricketer Nawab Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi and one of the pavilions after the hard-hitting former India opener Virender Sehwag.
Jamia Vice Chancellor Professor Talat Ahmad and senior faculty members, officials and students of the university were also present.