Tendulkar has off recent cherished opposition’s fielders for their generousities. He has been availing several lifelines in an attempt to somehow reach the milestone of scoring 100th century. Even though sometimes the situation gets embarrasing and humiliating for a player of such calibre because of the number of chances availed to score his runs, it is not the fault of the player if the opposition keeps giving him a second chance. However, people tend to term it as a cat having nine lives.
In the lastest attempt by the little man to reach his 100th century, Tendulkar availed a second life at the scores of 34, 70, 79 and twice on 85. If you think this is embarrassing, think back to the Worldcup semi-final against Pakistan where the Pakistani fielders tried everything to let the old man finally reach the milestone, but he failed on that occassion too as he did yesterday, getting out on 91 just nine runs short.
Tendulkar is one of the cricket greats of the current era. He is a living legend who has attained great heights in his career. To say that he is a run scoring machine would not be wrong. He has rewritten the record books as far has batting is concerned. Starting at a young age of 16, Sachin had age factor on his side. That is not to take away anything from his greatness. He started off early and has continues to play great cricket well into his late thirties, this has definately helped in extending his records list. At 38, he still scores with the passion of a 16 year old and has maintained the best of physique. One more factor that has helped him register in so many record books is that the number of matches played these days are much higher than in the days of Sir Don Bradman and Sir Viv Richards. One other great thing is that the Indian cricketing circles and fans do not start talking of retirements ahead of time. Unlike Pakistan, who are always on the look for younger blood to take place of the greats and at many times discussions blow out of proportion and cricketing greats like Wasim Akram, Inzamam, Saeed Anwar and many others retire ahead of time. Muhammad Yusuf is another such example, he scored record 9 centuries in a calander year and also made highest score in a calander year in Test cricket and ever since he has been in controversies and out of cricket. Misbah ul Haq, he is doing great in all forms of cricket and physically fit, but just recently we heard the coach talking about the need to groom a new captain. So have been senior ex-cricketers. Saqlain Mushtaq got the fastest 150, 200 and 250 wickets and was in line to challenge Muralitharan and Warne, but has since retired. He is 34 now and been retired for the last 7 years.
Well, coming back to our topic, Indian fans have been great in this regard. Nobody talks about the retirement of Sachin Tendulkar or Rahul Dravid which is a great thing. Anyway, Sachin has been great and would have done as good even if these factors (age and frequent matches) were not on his side. However, if the likes of Sir Don Bradman, Sir Vivian Richards and Mushtaq Muhammad who was given the title of the little master originally, had played 400 matches their figures would have been different. Looking at Tendulkar’s record, it is unimaginable that we would have another cricketer who could take over all these records singlehandedly. But then again, its not the records that matter but the contribution of the player to win matches for his team. No player plays for records only, its the contribution towards the beauty of the game that counts.
Cricblogger looks at some of the Records of Sachin Tendulkar, we encourage our readers so share other records like partnership records in their comments:
Most runs in ODIs: 18,111 runs followed by Sanath Jayasuriya 13,430 runs
Most runs in Test Matches: 14,726 runs followed by Rahul Dravid with 12,452 runs
Highest score in ODIs: He scored 200 runs (147ball 25×4 3×6) in a match against South Africa on 24 February 2010. He broke the previous record of 194 held by Pakistan’s Saeed Anwar. Belinda Clark has scored 229* runs in women cricket.
First player to score: 10,000, 11,000, 12,000, 13,000, 14,000, 15,000, 16,000,17000 and 18,000 ODI runs. Ever since Tendulkar crossed the 10,000-run mark, only seven players have managed to cross the 10,000 run mark: (Sourav Ganguly, Sanath Jayasuriya, Inzamam ul Haq, Brian Lara, Ricky Ponting, Rahul Dravid and Jacques Kallis).
Record for scoring: 1,000 ODI runs in a calendar year (1994, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2003 and 2007).
Most ODI runs in a Calander Year: 1,894 runs while Muhammad Yusuf of Pakistan holds the most runs in a calander year in Test matches.
Most Centuries in ODIs: 48 followed by Ricky Ponting of Australia with 30 centuries
Most Centuries in Test matches: 51 followed by Jacque Kalis with 40 centuries
Most Fifties in ODIs: 95 followed by Inzamam ul Haq of Pakistan with 83 fifties.
Most Test fifties: 59 followed by Ricky Ponting with 56 fifties.
Fastest ODI hundred: Strangely one record that has avoided the company of Tendulkar is the Fastest century. He currently ranks at the 35th spot in this list with a century off 71 balls. Shahid Afridi of Pakistan holds that record with a 100 in 37 balls.
Fastest ODI Fifty: This is one more record that does not feature the name of Sachin Tendulkar in the top ranks, Sanath Jayasuriya hold the record for the fastest fifty followed by Shahid Afridi and O’Donnell of Australia.
Highest score in Test Inning: One other record that has eluded the Tendulkar record list is highest score in a Test inning. Brian Lara of West Indies holds record for highest score in a Test match inning of 400* while Tendulkar’s highest score is 248*.
One list that we would like to see Sachin’s name in and are rather surprised to see its absense, is the list of the cricketing greats who have reached the magical figure of 300 in Test cricket. The list is shared here:
DG Bradman (Aus)
V Sehwag (ICC/India)
CH Gayle (WI)
BC Lara (ICC/WI)
A Sandham (Eng)
RM Cowper (Aus)
LG Rowe (WI)
Hanif Mohammad (Pak)
RB Simpson (Aus)
Younis Khan (Pak)
JH Edrich (Eng)
L Hutton (Eng)
WR Hammond (Eng)
GS Sobers (WI)
ML Hayden (Aus)
MA Taylor (Aus)
ST Jayasuriya (SL)
DPMD Jayawardene (SL)
GA Gooch (Eng)
We sincerely hope that Sachin will feature in this list soon and will continue to entertain fans all over the world with his batting.