Former Indian opener Virender Sehwag has been awarded Honorary Life Membership of the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC). The swashbuckling batsman now joins his illustrious compatriots like Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid Sourav Ganguly and Anil Kumble on this respected list.

The Nawab of Najafgarh, as Sehwag is fondly known, had a brilliant career with his national team and represented them in  104 Test matches, 251 One-Day Internationals, and 19 T20 Internationals. Regarded as one of the most entertaining batsmen of all time, the destructive batsman scored 8,586 Test runs at an average of 49.34, and 8273 One-Day International runs at an average of 35.05. He is also the only Indian batsman to score a triple century in Tests and is one of only four batsmen in the world to hit two triple centuries in the longest format of the game. He also has a double century to his name in ODI cricket.

The former batsman was associated with MCC in the past too when he captained the Club in the 2013 Champion County match against Yorkshire in Abu Dhabi – during which he scored a memorable match-winning ton.

John Stephenson, MCC Head of Cricket, said: “It is always a pleasure to welcome new Honorary Life Members to the Club, and Virender is no exception.

“He was a wonderfully entertaining player throughout his career and has also represented MCC with aplomb in the past, so is fully deserving of this honour.”

“MCC has awarded Honorary Life Membership to hundreds of the finest cricketers and men and women associated with the game. The list reads like a who’s who of the game,” the club said on its website.

Sehwag has now become the 23rd Indian cricketer to feature on this list.

Here is the full list of Indian cricketers who are the Honorary Members of MCC:

Nari Contractor (1969)
Ajit Wadekar (1978)
Chandu Borde (1981)
Farookh Engineer (1981)
Bapu Nadkarni (1981)
Bishan Singh Bedi (1982)
BS Chandrasekhar (1982)
EAS Prasanna (1984)
S Venkataraghavan (1988)
GR Viswanath (1990)
Mohinder Amarnath (1993)
Sunil Gavaskar (1993)
Dilip Vengsarkar (1993)
Kapil Dev (1995)
SMH Kirmani (1995)
Ravi Shastri (1995)
Kiran More (1999)
Rahul Dravid (2008)
Anil Kumble (2008)
Sachin Tendulkar (2010)
Sourav Ganguly (2015)
Miss Anjum Chopra (2016)
Virender Sehwag (2016)

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