Virender Sehwag played just one Test at Lord's, which was in 2002 © Getty Images
Virender Sehwag played just one Test at Lord’s, which was in 2002 © Getty Images

Former India opener Virender Sehwag has been awarded the Honorary Life Membership of MCC. Sehwag is the third India player to be honoured with MCC membership after Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and Sourav Ganguly. Sehwag has success across formats scoring 8,586 Test runs at an average close to 50 to go with 8,273 runs in One-Day Internationals (ODI) at 35.05. Sehwag is the only Indian and one of four in the world to have two triple hundreds in Tests. The first one came against Pakistan in Multan in 2004, followed by one against South Africa in Chennai a couple of years later. READ: Virender Sehwag requests government to honour Dipa Karmarkar and Lalita Babar

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,” according to READ: Virender Sehwag: Anil Kumble’s biggest challenge will be to lead India to Test wins against England, Australia, South Africa

Sehwag has played just once at Lord’s, which was in 2002. He finished with scores of 84 and 27 in that match. He has a long relationship with the MCC. He led MCC in 2013 Champion County match against Yorkshire at Abu Dhabi and scored a match-winning century in that match. He has also played against MCC for Rest of the World in the 2014 Bicentenary match at Lord’s to mark 200 years of cricket at the Lord’s cricket ground.

After retiring from the game, Sehwag enjoyed great success in the Indian Premier League (IPL) for Delhi Daredevils (DD) and Kings XI Punjab (KXIP)