Virender Sehwag, who remains quite active on social media, didn’t hold back his emotions while expressing his excitement on the silver medal upgrade for Yogeshwar Dutt. Well, he had a number of other reasons to be excited about, too.
The two-match T20 series between India and West Indies in Florida, which saw a record 489-runs scored in just 40 overs, also left an impression on the former India batsman. These were not the only reasons for his excitement. Former teammate and close friend Ashish Nehra, who had previously expressed not so fondness for smartphones, had also got himself a brand new phone.
Sehwag took to the micro-blogging site, Twitter, on Tuesday morning to post, “Wah !Cricket upgraded in US, NehraJi upgraded to smartphone and now #YogeshwarDutt ‘s 2012 bronze likely to be upgraded to silver. #Upgrade”
Indian Olympic medallist and wrestler Yogeshwar might have had a disappointing stint at the recently concluded Rio 2016 Olympics, but he has something to lift up his spirits. Dutt’s bronze medal, which he won at the 2012 London Games, is set to be upgraded to silver. The unexpected upgrade has been triggered by a positive dope test of the silver winner in the 60-kg freestyle event in London – Russia’s Besik Kudukhov.
Yogeshwar also remains active from his social media handles and we may have to wait till his response to Viru’s epic take on his silver medal tweet.
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) 30 August 2016
In London, Yogeshwar had lost his pre-quarterfinal bout to Kudukhov. When the Russian wrestler reached the final, Yogeshwar got another opportunity for a podium finish in the repechage round – he defeated Franklin Gomez of Puerto Rico, Masoud Esmaeilpour of Iran and Ri Jong-myong of North Korea to claim bronze.
The standard practice, which involves re-testing of samples stored for up to 10 years to allow the use of advanced testing methods to weed out dope cheats, conducted by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has now paved the way for Yogeshwar to join the ranks of wrestler Sushil Kumar and shooter Vijay Kumar as silver-medallists for India.