Sachin Tendulkar: The Little Master Blaster
Sachin Tendulkar is born only for cricket, just like Don Bradman. Sachin, the master blaster has a voracious appetite for records. Though he does not play just for records, his passion for the game enables him to break every conceivable record. Sachin loves cricket and lives cricket.
Tendulkar was only 15 when he reached his first personal landmark. The right-hander scored an unbeaten 100 for Bombay against Gujarat in the Ranji Trophy, becoming the youngest cricketer to score a century on first-class debut. Tendulkar is the only player to score a century in his Duleep Trophy and Irani Trophy debuts.
Hereunder are some of the interesting details of Sachin’s cricketing career.
Full Name: Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar
Born: April 24, 1973
Birth Place: Bombay
Batting style: Right Handed
Bowling style: Right arm medium
ODI: December 18, 1989 v Pakistan at Jinnah Stadium, Gujranwala
Test: November 15, 1989 v Pakistan at National Stadium, Karachi
World Cup: February 22, 1992 v England at W.A.C.A. Ground, Perth – Western Australia
Twenty20: December 1, 2006 v South Africa at New Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg
Batting and fielding averages
Sachin Tendulkar has now become world’s highest run scorer in both Tests and One-Day Internationals. In the process, he touched many milestones and broke many records. Here are some glimpses of his illustrious career.
TEST CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
Has registered most centuries (39) in Test Cricket.
Has recorded most centuries (23) away from home.
Only player to aggregate 6000 runs away from home – 6821 (ave.53.71) in 87 Tests.
Holds an Indian record for most runs (11877) and only Brian Lara (11953) has registered more runs than him.
Has been on the winning side 47 times – most by any Indian player.
Aggregated 3913 runs (ave.62.11) including 13 centuries for winning cause – the most by an Indian.
Shares the Indian record for most Player of the series awards (4) for India with Anil Kumble and Kapil Dev.
Holds the record for most Man of the match awards (10) for India.
Youngest to play for India in a Test match at the age of 16 years 205 days – vs Pakistan at Karachi on Nov 15, 1989.
Youngest to post a hundred for India at the age of 17 years 107 days – 119 not out vs England at Manchester in August 1990.
Has aggregated 1000 runs in a calendar year four times – 1997, 1999, 2001 & 2002, an Indian record he shares with Sunil Gavaskar, who had also achieved the feat four times.
Best year in terms of run-aggregate – 1392 (ave.55.68) in 16 matches in 2002. Only Sunil Gavaskar has amassed more runs than Sachin in a calendar year for India – 1407 (ave.54.11) in 17 Tests in 1979.
Holds the Test Partnership records for India for 3rd, 4th and 10th wicket – 336 (3rd) with Virender Sehwag vs. Pakistan at Multan in 2003-04 and 353 (4th) with V.V.S.Laxman vs Australia at Sydney in 2003-04 and 133 (10th) with Zaheer Khan vs. Bangladesh at Dhaka in 2004-05.
ODI CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
Most consecutive matches – 185 between April 25, 1990 and April 24, 1998.
He is the first batsman to complete 16,000 runs in One-Day Internationals.
His run-aggregate of 16,361 at an average of 44.33 in 417 matches is a world record.
His tally of 42 hundreds is a record by any batsman in ODIs.
Most Nineties in a career – 17.
Only player to be dismissed at 99 three times.
Most Fifties in a career – 131 (42 centuries + 89 fifties).
Seven times in a calendar year, Sachin has aggregated 1000 runs or more. His best year has been 1998, aggregating 1894 runs (ave.65.31) in 34 matches.
His 9 centuries in 1998 is a record by any batsman in a calendar year in ODIs.
Hit 8 centuries against Australia – most by any player against one opponent.
His aggregate of 2730 (ave.46.27) in 60 matches is a record against Australia.
Hit 7 centuries against Sri Lanka – a record he shares with Saeed Anwar (Pakistan).
Hit 5 centuries against Zimbabwe – a record.
Posted 5 centuries against Pakistan, a record he shares with Brian Lara (West Indies).
Most Fours in a career: 1785
Fastest to 10,000 runs (259 innings), 11,000 (276) and 12,000 (300).
Holds a record for most runs in a competition – 673 runs at an average of 61.18 in 2002-03 – a record by any player in eleven games, which is also a world cup record.
Australia’s Greg Chappell holds a record for most runs in a competition but he played three matches more than Sachin – 686 (ave.68.60) in 14 matches in the 1980-81 Benson and Hedges World Series.
Only batsman to have amassed 500 runs in a world cup twice – apart from his performance in the 2002-03 world cup (as above), he aggregated 523 (ave.897.16) in seven matches in 1995-96.
Adjudged the Man of the Match 57 times in ODIs – a world record.
Apart from thirteen Man of the Series awards (a record in ODIs), he was also adjudged the Batsman of the series in the Singer World Series in Sri Lanka in 1994.
With Sourav Ganguly, Sachin holds a world record for 21 century stands for the first wicket.
Aggregated 6609 at an average of 49.32 in 136 innings for the first wicket with Sourav Ganguly – a world record for the first wicket.
Aggregated 8227 at an average of 47.55 in 176 innings with Sourav Ganguly – a world record for the highest overall partnership runs by a pair.
With Sourav Ganguly, Sachin holds a world record for 26 century stands overall.
Holds partnership records for the second wicket (331 with Rahul Dravid against New Zealand at Hyderabad on 8.11.1999) and third wicket(237* with Rahul Dravid against Kenya at Bristol on 23.5.1999).
With a few more years of cricket left in him, every cricket lover hopes that Sachin Tendulkar will cross many more milestones.