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Virender Sehwag's retirement: The unofficial Google doodle

Soumyadip Choudhury @soumyadip

Updated: October 21, 2015, 5:27 PM IST
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Virender Sehwag's retirement: The unofficial Google doodle
This unofficial Google doodle attempts to capture the signature Sehwag.
Quite like his batting, Virender Sehwag was unpredictable even in his retirement announcement.

On Monday night, as the news of the 'Nawab of Najafgarh' retiring first came in, a sense of sadness started to sink in. The cricket and the cricketers I grew up with were leaving the field one by one. Sehwag was the last of that formidable lineup to bid adieu.

That sudden flurry of news was followed by a denial. And then again on Tuesday the official confirmation came in.

Sehwag deserves a Google doodle, the cricket fan in me said. But then Google doesn't doodle retirements. I do.

Have been creating a series of unofficial Google doodles, since 2011. These unofficial Google doodles are how I imagine (and am able to create) the ones the tech giant from Mountain View is unlikely to. Google usually celebrates only anniversaries, festivals and not current news events but unofficial Google doodles have no such reservations.

Here's the Virender Sehwag retirement unofficial Google doodle:

Virender Sehwag unofficial Google doodle

You might have already seen this somewhere, as it has been retweeted and favourited hundreds of times and also featured on a few websites.

I attempted to capture the signature Sehwag in the doodle, while retaining the elements that Google usually wants to in its doodles. Given the reaction, I believe I have succeeded.

Here are a few of my favourites from the unofficial Google doodles that I have created over the years.

APJ Abdul Kalam's death (July 27, 2015)

APJ Abdul Kalam death unofficial Google doodle

40th anniversary of Emergency (June 25, 2015)

40th anniversary of Emergency unofficial Google doodle

International Day of Yoga (June 21, 2015)

International Day of Yoga unofficial Google doodle

Leonard 'Mr Spock' Nimoy's death (February 27, 2015)

Leonard Mr Spock Nimoy death unofficial Google doodle

RK Laxman's death (January 26, 2015)

RK Laxman death unofficial Google doodle

Creation of Telangana (June 2, 2014)

This animated doodle shows the formation of Indian sates since Independence.

Creation of Telangana unofficial Google doodle

Pran Kumar Sharma's death (August 6, 2014)

Pran Kumar Sharma death Google doodle

The end of the Hindustan Ambassador (May 31, 2014)

The end of the Hindustan Ambassador unofficial Google doodle

Khushwant Singh's death (March 14, 2014)

Not a Google doodle, but an animated tribute to the 'The Sardar in the lightbulb'

Khushwant Singh death

Suchitra Sen's death (January 17, 2014)

Suchitra Sen death unofficial Google doodle

Sholay 3D (January 3, 2014)

You will need red-cyan 3D glasses to get the full effect of this doodle.

Sholay 3D unofficial Google doodle

Pran Krishan Sikand's death (July 12, 2013)

Pran Krishan Sikand death unofficial Google doodle

Raja Harishchandra: 100 years of Indian cinema (May 3, 2013)

A collage made of stills from the movie

Raja Harishchandra unofficial Google doodle

Maha Kumbh and Makar Sankranti (January 14, 2013)

Maha Kumbh and Makar Sankranti unofficial Google doodle

Norman Woodland bar code (December 14, 2012)

Norman Woodland bar code unofficial Google doodle

Yash Chopra's death (October 21, 2012)

Yash Chopra death unofficial Google doodle

Manmohan Singh's 80th birthday (September 26, 2012)

Manmohan Singh 80th birthday unofficial Google doodle

Ratan Tata's retirement (December 28, 2012)

Ratan Tata retirement unofficial Google doodle

President Pranab (July 23, 2012)

President Pranab unofficial Google doodle

Rongali Bihu (April 13, 2012)

Rongali Bihu unofficial Google doodle

April Fool's Day (April 1, 2012)

April Fools Day unofficial Google doodle

Sachin Tendulkar's 100th hundred (March 16, 2012)

Sachin Tendulkar 100th hundred unofficial Google doodle

Holi (March 8, 2012)

Google didn't have a Holi doodle that year

Holi unofficial Google doodle

First Published: October 21, 2015, 10:18 AM IST

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