India, Bangladesh cricketers to cross personal milestones
May 9, 2007 - 5:44:50 PM

Dhaka, May 9 - The first One-day international match of the series between India and Bangladesh starting Thursday will give a chance to at least three cricketers to cross their personal milestones.

If India's Virender Sehwag scores three runs in the first One-day International against Bangladesh Thursday he will complete 5,000 runs.

Sehwag, who will be playing his 171st ODI at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur, has so far amassed 4,997 runs since making his debut against Pakistan in Mohali in 1999.

The hard-hitting batsman from Delhi has also hammered eight centuries, including one against Bermuda in the World Cup recently, and 24 half-centuries.

Prolific scorer Ashraful, 22, will become the fourth Bangladeshi to play 100 ODIs after former captain-cum-wicket-keeper Khaled Mashud -, Mohammed Rafique - and current captain Habibul Bashar -.

Ashraful, who has been elevated to vice-captaincy for this series, has tallied 1,824 runs with one century and 11 half-centuries since making his debut against Zimbabwe in Bulawayo in 2001.

Indian wicket keeper, Mahendra Singh Dhoni is also on the verge of a personal milestone. He has aggregated 1,987 runs in 69 ODIs, and needs 13 more to complete 2,000. He has a highest score of 183 not out scored against Sri Lanka in Jaipur.

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