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Fifty feats of Tendulkar

Friday, October 17, 2021
Rajneesh Gupta


On his Test debut, Sachin Tendulkar was the third youngest debutant (16y 205d). Mushtaq Mohammad (15y 124d) and Aaqib Javed (16y 189d) debuted in Test matches at a younger age than Tendulkar. Since then, there have been two players who were younger than Sachin on their Test debut: Hasan Raza - Pakistan (14y 227d), the current youngest debutant, and Mohammad Sharif - Bangladesh (15y 128d).

Tendulkar has played the most number of Test Matches (152) for India (Kapil Dev and Anil Kumble are joint second with 131 Test appearances).

Tendulkar is third in the list of players with most Test caps. Only Steve Waugh (168 Tests) and Allan Border (158 Tests) have appeared in more games than Tendulkar.

Runs Scored
Leading run-scorer in Test cricket with 12,027 Test runs.

Became the first batsman to surpass the 12,000 Test run-mark.

Became the first Indian and the third batsman after Allan Border and Brian Lara. Lara took 213 innings, Sachin 223 and Border 259.
Second Indian after Sunil Gavaskar to make over 10,000 runs in Test matches.

Tendulkar and Brian Lara are the fastest to score 10,000 runs in Test cricket history. Both of them achieved this in 195 innings.

On 3 January 2022 Sachin Tendulkar (5751) edged past Brian Lara's (5736) world record of runs scored in Tests away from home. Tendulkar achieved this in 75 away Test matches while Lara had scored his runs in 66 away Tests.

Holds the record of aggregating most runs at a particular position in Test cricket. With today's knock of 88 he has taken his run-aggregate at number 4 in Test cricket to 10,041 in 201 innings at 56.09 with 34 centuries.

Youngest batsman to reach each progressive milestone of 1,000 runs from 3,000-12,000 runs.

Highest number of Test centuries (39), overtaking Sunil Gavaskar's record (34) on 10 December 2021 vs Sri Lanka in Delhi. Ricky Ponting is second with 36 centuries.

When Tendulkar scored his maiden century in 1990, he was the second youngest to score a century. Only Mushtaq Mohammad had scored a century at a younger age by 1990. Tendulkar's record was bettered by Mohammad Ashraful in 2001-02 season. The record for previous youngest Indian centurion was held by Kapil Dev.

Tendulkar's record of five centuries before he turned 20 is a current world record.

Tendulkar holds the current record (217 against NZ in 1999-00) for the highest score in Test cricket by an Indian when captaining the side. Gavaskar held the previous record (205 against West Indies in Bombay in 1978-79).

Tendulkar has scored centuries against all test playing nations. He was the third batman to achieve the distinction after Steve Waugh and Gary Kirsten.

Partnership Records:
Has aggregated 5,283 runs in Test cricket with Rahul Dravid and 4,132 runs with Sourav Ganguly. He is only the second batsman – after Australia's Matthew Hayden- to feature in two separate partnerships of 4,000.


Matches played: 417 (second most by any player in Cricket history after Sanath Jayasuriya's 421) 

Between April 1990 and April 1998 Tendulkar played 185 consecutive matches – a World record. 

He has played on 94 different grounds.

First to appear in 400 innings in ODI matches. 

On his debut, Sachin Tendulkar was the second youngest debutant at 16 y 238 d. Only Aaqib Javed made his ODI debut at a younger age (16 y 127 d) than Sachin Tendulkar. Since then, there have been four players who were younger than Sachin on their ODI debut: Pakistan's Hasan Raza (14 y 233 d) - the current youngest debutant,Bangladesh's Mohammad Sharif (15 y 116 d), Pakistan's Shahid Afridi (16 y 215 d) and UAE's Ramveer Rai (16 y 229 d).

Runs Scored:
Most Runs: 16,361 Runs at an average of 44.34

He is the leading run scorer in the ODI format of the game and the only player ever to cross the 13,000-14,000-15,000 and 16,000 run marks.

First player to reach 10,000-11,000-12,000-13,000-14,000-15,000 and 16,000 ODI runs. 

Highest individual score among Indian batsmen (186* against New Zealand at Hyderabad in 1999-00). The score of 186* is the fifth highest score recorded in ODIs.

Holds the record for scoring 1,000 ODI runs in a calendar year on most occasions. He has done it seven times - 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2003 and 2007 

Tendulkar has scored over 1,000 ODI runs against all major Cricketing nations. 

Tendulkar is the first and only batsman to score over 2,500 runs against any opponent. Tendulkar is also the first and only batsman to achieve the feat runs against 2 opponents – Sri Lanka is the other team. 

Sachin was the fastest to reach 10,000 runs taking 259 innings and has the highest batting average among batsmen with over 10,000 ODI runs 

Centuries & Fifties Record:

Most centuries: 42 

His eight centuries against Australia are the most by any player against a particular country.

Most Fifties: 89. 

Highest number of 50+ scores in ODI's - 131 (42 Centuries and 89 Fifties).

Only player to have over 100 innings of 50+ runs. 

ODI Awards:

Most Man of the Match awards: 57

Most Man of the Series awards: 14 

Calendar Year Record:
Most ODI runs in a calendar year: 1,894 ODI runs in 1998.
Most Centuries in a calendar year: 9 ODI centuries in 1998

Partnership Records:

Sachin Tendulkar with Sourav Ganguly holds the world record for the maximum number of runs scored by the opening partnership. They have put together 6,610 runs in 136 matches that include 21 century partnerships and 23 fifty run partnerships. The 21 century partnerships for opening pair is also a world record. 

Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid hold the world record for the highest partnership in ODIs when they scored 331 runs for the second wicket against New Zealand in 1999-00 at the Hyderabad.

Sachin Tendulkar has been involved in six 200 run partnerships in ODI matches - a record that he shares with Sourav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid.

World Cup
Most runs (1,796 at an average of 59.87) in World Cup history including 4 centuries & 13 fifties with a best score of 152* against Namibia in 2003 world cup. 

673 runs in 2003 Cricket World Cup, highest by any player in a single World Cup. 

Player of The World Cup Tournament in the 2003 World Cup. 

523 runs in the 1996 Cricket World Cup at an average of 87.16, making him the highest run scorer in the 1996 World Cup and setting the then record for the highest runs by any player in a single World Cup - subsequently bettered by himself in the 2003 World Cup 

First batsman in history to score over 50 centuries in international cricket. He has now scored 81 centuries (39 in Tests, 42 in ODIs).

Most overall runs in international cricket, (ODIs+Tests+Twenty20s), with 28,398 runs overall (12,027) in Tests, 16,361 in ODIs and 10 in T20Is).

Holds the record of getting out the maximum number of times on 90s in international matches. He has been dismissed 24 times (17 in ODIs and 7 in Tests) on scores of 90-99. The 17 nineties in ODIs are a ODI record too.

Holds the record of aggregating most runs against a particular opponent in all forms of International Cricket (Tests, ODIs and Twenty20s). Sachin has aggregated 5,232 runs against Australia in all international cricket with 17 centuries and 24 fifties at an average of 50.30