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Tendulkar’s Test Centuries – Analyzed

A look at his Test centuries and you find out that the record is even worse.

Some of my readers have insisted that I take a look at the master blaster’s Test centuries record instead of ODIs. This has encouraged me to write this article as a continuation to my previous article about Tendulkar’s Century Myth which examined his ODI centuries and was published on my blog a few days back.

India is currently at the number 1 spot in Test cricket with their star batsman looking for his 100th international century in the 100th Test between India and England. Presently Tendulkar has 48 ODI centuries and 51 Test centuries. 11 of his Test centuries are against Australia, 9 against Sri Lanka, 7 against South Africa and England, 5 against Bangladesh, 4 against New Zealand, 3 each against West Indies and Zimbabwe and 2 against Pakistan.

But looking more closely, out of the 51 Test centuries that Tendulkar has scored, only 20 have won India the game, 11 times India has lost and 20 times the match was a draw. This brings Tendulkar’s winning percentage of centuries in Test Cricket to only 39.21%.

On the contrary, Pakistan’s Inzamam-ul-Haq has 25 Test centuries out of which 17 times Pakistan has won, 6 times the match was a draw and only 2 centuries were in matches where Pakistan lost. This brings the winning percentage to 68%. Furthermore, most of the centuries scored by Inzamam were in crunch situations where his team needed him most. Now if you compare the total centuries, Sachin has more than double the number of centuries, but of what good use to the team if they are not for the winning cause.

Looking at Tendulkar’s centuries in more detail, 8 are against Zimbabwe and Bangladesh. If we leave them out then out of 43 centuries only 14 have helped India win. Below is the complete list of Tendulkar’s 51 Test Centuries and their effect on the outcome of the match.

.No

Score

Against

.Inn

Venue

Result

1

*119

 England

2

Away

Draw

2

*148

 Australia

1

Away

Draw

3

114

 Australia

1

Away

Lost

4

111

 South Africa

1

Away

Draw

5

165

 England

1

Home

Won

6

*104

 Sri Lanka

2

Away

Won

7

142

 Sri Lanka

1

Home

Won

8

179

 West Indies

1

Home

Draw

9

122

 England

2

Away

Lost

10

177

 England

1

Away

Draw

11

169

 South Africa

1

Away

Lost

12

143

 Sri Lanka

1

Away

Draw

13

139

 Sri Lanka

1

Away

Draw

14

148

 Sri Lanka

1

Home

Draw

15

*155

 Australia

2

Home

Won

16

177

 Australia

1

Home

Lost

17

113

 New Zealand

2

Away

Lost

18

136

 Pakistan

2

Home

Lost

19

*124

 Sri Lanka

2

Away

Draw

20

*126

 New Zealand

2

Home

Draw

21

217

 New Zealand

1

Home

Draw

22

116

 Australia

1

Away

Lost

23

122

 Zimbabwe

1

Home

Won

24

*201

 Zimbabwe

1

Home

Draw

25

126

 Australia

1

Home

Won

26

155

 South Africa

1

Away

Lost

27

103

 England

1

Home

Draw

28

176

 Zimbabwe

1

Home

Won

29

117

 West Indies

1

Away

Won

30

193

 England

1

Away

Won

31

176

 West Indies

2

Home

Draw

32

*241

 Australia

1

Away

Draw

33

*194

 Pakistan

1

Away

Won

34

*248

 Bangladesh

1

Away

Won

35

109

 Sri Lanka

1

Home

Won

36

101

 Bangladesh

1

Away

Draw

37

*122

 Bangladesh

1

Away

Won

38

*154

 Australia

1

Away

Lost

39

153

 Australia

1

Away

Draw

40

109

 Australia

1

Home

Won

41

*103

 England

2

Home

Won

42

160

 New Zealand

1

Away

Won

43

*100

 Sri Lanka

2

Home

Draw

44

*105

 Bangladesh

1

Away

Won

45

143

 Bangladesh

1

Away

Won

46

100

 South Africa

2

Home

Lost

47

106

 South Africa

1

Home

Won

48

203

 Sri Lanka

1

Away

Draw

49

214

 Australia

1

Home

Won

50

*111

 South Africa

2

Away

Lost

51

146

 South Africa

1

Away

Draw

Also Read About Tendulkar’s ODI Centuries Myth

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15 thoughts on “Tendulkar’s Test Centuries – Analyzed

  1. If he scores a century in this match, I hope india doesn’t loose.

    Posted by RTS | July 22, 2011, 6:10 pm
  2. Jawad..its seems you dont love crikcet…you are just trying to put very biased analysis…and n fact going by your own analysis…Sachin has scored 15 centuries in Australia, South Africa, England & New Zealand…all other vistors batsman struggle to get runs on these tracks….inzamam cannot even Dream of scoring these many hundreds n these countries…how many hundreds he has scored n Australia & South Africa…you will fall on your own face.

    Please stop comparing a greatest batsman with other good batsmans like inzamam and Mahela.

    Anyone can easily make out from where you come…and its only jealousy which is creatng lot of smoke in you blog…please stop writng these idiotic blogs…its no way going to harm the greatness of Sachin Tendulkar.

    Posted by Girish | July 23, 2011, 8:04 am
  3. Sachin Tendulkar is the critics favorite pick. So you another joining the band wagon is it? I may have a different opinion on the content, however appreciate your work.

    Posted by Crazy Cricket Lover | July 25, 2011, 9:05 pm
  4. Lol. You think its tennis where only one man play and you can put the blame on him if lose occurs? Dude, what about the other 10 members? How can you win if you score a century and other 10 players play rubbish? Doesn’t it makes sense?

    Posted by Titu | July 26, 2011, 11:23 am
  5. Are you trying to say that India’s other 10 players are rubbish

    Posted by RTS | July 26, 2011, 11:40 am
    • I think more possibly, the tests India has won with Tendulkar providing a century, i think its because someone else has played a more pivotal role. I’m a great fan on tendulkar and cricket but unfortunately its true

      Posted by Rashed | August 1, 2011, 3:52 pm
  6. this is ridiculous , most of his career inzamam had waqar, wasim, shoaib, saqlain to blow the opposition away, no wonder he has more centuries in games won. i am willing to bet that tendulkar has similar centuries that ended in draws because india did not have good bowlers.

    here are his centuries in wins.

    135 vs NZ, http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/63635.html
    Wasim an Waqar 16 wickets between them
    100 vs SL , http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/63653.html
    Wasim and Waqar 16 wickets betwen them
    100 vs Zimbabwe, http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/63674.html
    the match was even, you can take it or leave it , big red mark —> zimbabwe
    148, vs Eng, http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/63716.html
    good one here,
    177, against WI http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/63773.html
    featherbed pitch, again Wasim and Waqar took 10 otherwise would have been a draw
    200, against SL, http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/63833.html
    featherbed pitch, without an alround attack with Shoaib, Saqlain, Wasim, match would have been a draw
    138, against SL, http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/63874.html
    good one here , he did play well.
    112, against SL, http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/63886.html
    featherbed would be a draw, even Wasim Akram got a 100, again Wasim and Waqar take 10 wickets to beat the opposition
    114, against Eng, http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/63933.html
    good one here. good alround high scoring match by both teams
    105, against Bangladesh, http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/63946.html
    buffet match, 5 centurions,
    329 against NZ, http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/63989.html
    good one here, brilliant bowling by Shoaib akthar kaneria, saqlain, made it a no contest.
    112, Zimb http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/64016.html
    hey this is a good performance, —-> zimbabwe
    138, Bangladesh, http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/64045.html
    heroic win, against a pathetic team, this is like ganguly scoring a century to save india from wobbles against namibia or kenya in World cup 2003 semifinal.
    118, vs India, http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/64082.html
    good one here, i will give you this one, no two points about it
    117, vs SL, http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/64106.html
    good one here
    184, vs India, http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/64127.html
    good one here
    117, vs WI, http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/210368.html
    good one here

    If I count his centuries in wins

    good ones wins against teams other than Zim & Bdesh = 8
    winning centuries against Zim & Bdesh = 4
    centuries where a draw would have occurred if not for the bowling = 5

    Even going by your statistic, if we leave Zim & Bdesh, he has, 8+5 13 centuries in wins.
    and by your own stats sachin has 14 centuries in wins.

    If you look at sachin’s centuries in draws, many have come where india made a big total, and our bowlers could not get the opposition out, even the last one sahin scored 146, india couldnt get kallis in the 2nd innings and a draw resulted.

    if sachin had played for pakistan he would have had more centuries to wins ratio.

    i see one glaring problem with inzamam , he has no winning centuries against Australia or S. Africa.
    sachin has 5 against them.

    This is the reason inzy is not mentioned as a great player, good player, even chanderpaul has scored 8000 runs

    but yes inzy has been great against SL 5 centuries against Sachin’s 3.

    in my opinion, lara’s highs were higher than anyone, sachin has been the most consistent.

    Posted by cricketfan2000 | August 1, 2011, 5:11 pm
  7. Sachin Tendulkar is a great Batsman and i don’t think he needs to prove to the comments from his critics. He has performed well on highest level for more than 2 decades none of the player has done so well for so many years in International Cricket. One flop series doesn’t mean he is not greatest batsmen or cant score runs.

    Posted by Karan Sinha | September 15, 2011, 12:26 pm
  8. I want say same words written previously. But gud work

    Posted by Sahil | October 16, 2011, 3:05 pm
  9. I want say same words written upwards

    Posted by Sahil | October 16, 2011, 3:06 pm

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