Bangalore, Jul 19: Virender Sehwag will become the seventh Indian cricketer to play in 250 One Day Internationals if he features in all five matches on the tour of Sri Lanka, starting on July 21, Saturday.
Sehwag, who has returned to the Indian team after missing the Asia Cup due to fitness issues, has so far played 245 ODIs.
Sehwag's career in numbers
Ind-SL tour schedule
With the five-match ODI series beginning against Sri Lanka in Hambantota, Sehwag is likely to play all five games and join Sachin Tendulkar (463), Rahul Dravid (340), Mohammad Azharuddin (334), Sourav Ganguly (308), Yuvraj Singh (271) and Anil Kumble (269) in the 250-ODI club for India. Tendulkar is the most capped ODI player in the history of the game.
The fifth and final ODI of India-Sri Lanka series will be played on August 4 in Pallekele.
The 33-year-old Sehwag made his ODI debut against Pakistan in Mohali on April 1, 1999. His first match was under Ajay Jadeja's captaincy.
Sehwag, played at number seven in his debut game, was dismissed LBW by Shoaib Akhtar for just one run. He also bowled three overs for 35 runs for no wicket. Pakistan went on to win that game by seven wickets.
After a poor start to his career, Sehwag is now one of the most successful batsmen in world cricket. As an opener, he has redefined the way of batting with his attacking approach.
So far, in his 245 ODIs, Sehwag has accumulated 8,090 runs at an average of 35.17. His strike rate is more than 100 and stands at 104.68. He has scored 15 hundreds and 37 fifties.
The Delhi right-hander has also played 96 Tests with more than 8,000 runs. He has hit 22 centuries in the longer format.
Sehwag is only the second cricketer to score a double hundred in ODIs. He broke Sachin Tendulkar's record of 200 not out by smashing 219 against West Indies last year.
Meanwhile, Zaheer Khan is also on the threshold of a landmark. The left-arm paceman will complete 200 ODIs if he plays all five on the Sri Lankan tour. Suresh Raina will touch the 150-ODI mark if he is picked for four games.