Sachin’s world records: all you need to know

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New Delhi, 05 August 2010: Sachin Tendulkar on Tuesday became the most-capped player in Test cricket history and now has almost every batting record to his name. Commencing this piece with the most striking part of cricket history re-written by the maestro, Sachin is the first batsman in history to score over 50 centuries and most overall runs in international cricket (ODIs, Tests and T20s) that currently stand at 31,350, leaving behind his closest rival Ricky Ponting by 5,851 runs.



Before stumbling onto his cherished records, the one that’s most disheartening is the number of times he has fallen short of the three-figure mark in international cricket. Sachin holds the record of getting out the maximum number of times on 90s. He has been dismissed 24 times (17 in ODIs and 7 in Tests) on the scores of 90 to 99. On one occasion in ODIs, he remained unbeaten on 96. The 18 nineties in ODIs is an ODI record as well.



Starting from the foundation of his mountain of runs, Sachin remains the only player to score a century on debut in Ranji Trophy, Irani Trophy and Duleep Trophy. Sachin has particularly liked the Australian attack when it comes to the record of aggregating most runs against a particular opponent in all forms of international cricket (Tests, ODIs and T20s). Sachin has aggregated 5,753 runs against Australia with 19 centuries and 25 fifties at an average of 50.46.



Here’s a rundown of Sachin’s records in Test and ODI cricket:

Test Cricket

- On his Test debut, Sachin Tendulkar was the third youngest debutant (16 years 205 days). Mushtaq Mohammad (15 years 124 days) and Aaqib Javed (16 years 189 days) 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 of Pakistan (14 years 227 days), the current youngest debutant, and Mohammad Sharif of Bangladesh (15 years 128 days).

- Sachin has played the most number of Test Matches (169) in Test cricket.

- Sachin is the highest-run-scoring player in Test history with 13,742 runs.

- The little master became the first player to surpass the 12,000 and 13,000 Test run marks.

- He is the second Indian after Sunil Gavaskar to make over 10,000 runs in Test matches.

- On January 3, 2007, Sachin Tendulkar (5,751) edged past Brian Lara’s (5,736) world record of runs scored in Tests away from home. Sachin achieved this in 75 away Test matches while Lara scored his runs in 66 away Tests.

- The Indian icon has the highest number of Test centuries (48). He overtook Sunil Gavaskar’s record (34) in December 2005 vs Sri Lanka in Delhi. Ricky Ponting is the second with 39 centuries.

- When Sachin 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.

- Sachin’s record of five centuries before he turned 20 is a current world record.

- The legend 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.

- Tendulkar has the distinction of scoring most fifty-plus innings – 103 (48 hundreds and 55 fifties) – which remains the world record for any batsman. Ricky Ponting is the next with 91 fifty-plus scores.

- Sachin is the fastest to reach the following thousand-run marks in terms of Test innings: 8,000 runs (154 innings), 12,000 runs (247 innings), 13,000 runs (266 innings) and joint record holder with Brian Lara for 10,000 runs (195 innings each).

- The Mumbai player has the distinction of scoring the most runs at number four position in Test cricket. In 223 innings, he has amassed 11,534 runs at his favourite batting position with the help of 42 hundreds and 46 fifties.

- He holds, with Rahul Dravid, the world record for the most hundred partnerships (18) by a pair in Test cricket.

- He has appeared in 17 double century partnerships – a world record

- Tendulkar played his first 32 Tests on different grounds.

- He holds the unique record of having appeared in most won (56) and most lost (45) Tests for India.

- He is the only batsman to have aggregated 1,000 runs against seven different countries in Test cricket.

- The master blaster holds the record of most runs in between two dismissals with 497 runs in 2003-04 season (spread across three Tests and five innings with the sequence of 241 not out, 60 not out,194 not out and 2).

- Tendulkar is the first Indian to score 300 runs in a Test without getting dismissed.

- Sachin is the only batsman to have scored at least two centuries against all other Test playing countries.

- He has completed his hundred with a six on four occasions in Test cricket – a world record he shares with Ken Barrington.

One-Day International (ODI) Cricket

- On his ODI debut, Sachin Tendulkar was the second youngest debutant at 16 years 238 days. Only Aaqib Javed made his ODI debut at a younger age (16 years 127 days) than Sachin Tendulkar. Since then, there have been four players who were younger than Sachin on their ODI debut: Pakistan’s Hasan Raza (14 years 233 days) – the current youngest debutant, Bangladesh’s Mohammad Sharif (15 years 116 days), Canada’s Nitish Kumar (15 years 273 days), Pakistan’s Shahid Afridi (16 years 215 days) and UAE’s Ramveer Rai (16 years 229 days).

- He has played the most number of ODIs – 442 (second most by any player in history after Sanath Jayasuriya’s 444).

- Between April 1990 and April 1998, Tendulkar played 185 consecutive matches – a world record.

- The cricket legend has played on 95 different grounds.

- He is the first to appear in 400 innings in ODI matches.

- He has scored the most number of ODI runs (17,598) at an average of 45.12.

- Sachin is the leading run-scorer in the ODI format and the only player ever to cross the 14,000, 15,000, 16,000 and 17,000 run marks.

- He is the first player to reach 10,000, 11,000, 12,000, 13,000, 14,000, 15,000, 16,000 and 17,000 ODI runs.

- He holds the world record for the highest individual score in ODIs (200 not out against South Africa at Gwalior).

- He is the only player to have made three scores of 175 or more.

- Sachin is the only player with five scores of 150 or more to his credit.

- He 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 batsman to score over 2,500 runs against any opponent. He is also the first and only batsman to achieve the feat against two opponents.

- 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.

- He has scored the most centuries (46) and most fifties (93) in ODI cricket.

- His nine centuries against Australia are the most by any player against a particular country. He occupies the second place too, with eight centuries against Sri Lanka.

- He has scored the highest number of 50-plus scores in ODIs – 139 (46 centuries and 93 fifties).

- Sachin is the first player to have scored over 100 innings of 50-plus runs.

- The great man has won most Man of the Match (60) and most Man of the Series awards (14).

- He holds the record for most ODI runs in a calendar year: 1,894 ODI runs in 1998.

- He has scored the most number of centuries in a calendar year: 9 ODI centuries in 1998.

- Sachin Tendulkar, with Sourav Ganguly, holds the world record for the maximum number of runs scored by the opening partnership. They have put together 6,609 runs in 136 matches that include 21 century partnerships and 23 fifty-run partnerships. The 21 century partnerships they put together is also a world record for the opening pair.

- 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 Hyderabad.

- He has scored most of his ODI runs (14,482) at his favourite batting position (opener) with the aid of 41 hundreds and 72 fifties in 318 innings, which is a record in ODIs at this position.

- Tendulkar was the first Indian player to score a century and capture four wickets in the same ODI (vs Australia at Dhaka on October 28, 1998).

- Tendulkar is the only Indian to score a century on ODI captaincy debut (110 vs Sri Lanka at Colombo RPS in 1997-98).



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Ganesh Rao, Dendoorkatte Thu, August-5-2010, 12:34
Most Modest and Highly Confident player is Sachin Tendulkar. He said only Indians will be able to break his records. True at present most of us know one Indian. He is Sachin Tendulkar who will be breaking his own records and other can be the one who take Sachin Tendulkar as his Role Model.
Albert Monis, Udyavara / Jeddah Thu, August-5-2010, 12:15
Hats off to the genius. These records speaks for itself regarding his passion and determination towards the game. I congratulate him for reaching yet another milestone and hope he plays that 200th test for his country. Sachin we are proud of you and we always support you.
Stany Quadros, Udupi / Sharjah Thu, August-5-2010, 11:24
Behind his records Sachins determination and discipline has played a great role. Also he is wise in his approach towards the game and fitness.
Suresh Kumar, Pithrodi Thu, August-5-2010, 9:58
Wow!!! what a record, how does he keep a track of all these. Sachin is a legend and many more records will be made.
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