New Delhi: India will have its ninth cricketer to play 100 Test matches when Virender Sehwag takes the field at Mumbai's Wankhede Stadium on Friday in the second Test against England.
Though not a natural opener, Sehwag has made that position his very own since hitting 84 and 106 in his first two Tests at the top. He has been instrumental in changing the approach towards opening a Test innings by inflicting psychological damage on the opposition bowlers right from the word go. That reflects in his strike rate of 82.5 over 99 Test matches.
Matches 99, Runs 8448, Average 50.89, Strike Rate 82.45, Hundreds 23, Fifties 32, Highest 319
In his 99 Tests so far, Sehwag averages 50.89, including 23 hundreds, 14 of which have been above 150.
His average, 50.89, has its roots in the 23 hundreds he has hit, 14 of which were above 150 and six of them double-centuries. To boot that, Sehwag is the only Indian in an exclusive club that has Don Bradman, Brian Lara and Chris Gayle as its other three elite members - the batsmen who have scored two triple-centuries.
Those two marathon knocks by Sehwag came against Pakistan at Multan in 2004, where he scored 309, and in Chennai four years later against South Africa, where he smashed 319.
Sehwag's performance away from home is none less impressive, though not as much as it is on the batting-friendly strips at home.
HOME - Matches 47, Runs 4518, Average 57.92, Strike Rate 83.88, Hundreds 13, Fifties 19, Highest 319
AWAY - Matches 52, Runs 3930, Average 44.65, Strike Rate, 80.66, Hundreds 10, Fifties 13, Highest 309
Looking at those figures, it will be fitting if Sehwag celebrates the landmark with another enthralling display in Mumbai.