IPL: Virender Sehwag steps down as Punjab mentor

File photo of Virender Sehwag (L) and Preity Zinta. Photograph:( Zee News Network )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Nov 04, 2018, 01.44 PM (IST)

Former Indian cricket team opener Virender Sehwag is no longer associated with the Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Punjab. 

The 40-year-old, who was a mentor with the side for the last three years, announced the news on his Twitter handle. 

As per several reports, things started falling apart for Sehwag after Punjab appointed former New Zealand coach Mike Hesson on a two-year contract earlier this week, replacing Australian Brad Hodge.

“All good things must come to an end and I’ve had a wonderful time at Kings 11 (sic) Punjab, for 2 seasons as a player and 3 as a mentor. My association with Kings 11 (sic) comes to an end and I am thankful for the time I have had here and wish the team all the very best for the times ahead,” tweeted Sehwag.

Punjab have never won the IPL and their last appearance in the play-offs came in 2014, when they lost to Kolkata in the final.