When Tendulkar scores a century, India looses. Doesn’t even matter if the opposition is Bangladesh. There are millions of fortune tellers in the world who had all predicted that India would loose this game as soon as Tendulkar hit his 100th century. It is strange that such a great batsman hits his century after numerous desperate attempt for a whole year, and his team looses against the minnows. Is it just bad luck or is his centuries really unlucky for India? Whatever the case may be, his century has helped Bangladesh win this match with his slow scoring rate.
Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar is one of the cricketing 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. Tendulkar finally gets 100th century, in all formats of international cricket combined. He played it safe and slow as he neared that impossible landmark. He was almost as slow as that time when he scored 200 runs against South Africa. He hung in there at 87 for a while, then he reached 88 by scoring another single thus inching towards that landmark century, something he had waited for more than a year. (He had last scored a century in ODIs on March 12, 2011 and in Test on January 04, 2011). Then at 90, Sachin silenced all his critics by hitting a four while in his nineties in pursuit of that century of centuries thing.
I had always been keen on writing on Sachin Tendulkar when he reaches that 100th century. (I had written so much when he had failed to do so, thus I felt it to be an obligation to write when he does finally succeed). I wanted to be the first person to publish an article on his century of centuries. I wanted to be ahead of everybody else. I was abit late when I started this article. I started writing when Tendulkar was at 87 but I was not feeling any pressure to hurry things up because I was pretty sure Sachin would spare me enough time to finish my article. Sachin has always played it safe whenever he reaches close to a record. He he was pursuing that 200 runs landmark, he went into Test mode but made sure he reached there. Pursuing his 100th century, he was again in a Test mode for a while. He did give me the shocker when he hit that four and I increased my speed. But then a voice whispered in my head to calm down, this was Sachin and he was cool and slow. At 99, I was still half way though, but I had nothing to worry about. I finished my article in time to publish it as Sachin hit his mightiest single to get to that landmark century.
Here is what Sachin had to say in his chat with Ramiz Raja, “It’s been a tough phase for me. I started off the season batting reasonably well, i was luckless. I was not thinking about the milestone, the media started all this, where ever I went, the restaurant, room service, everyone was talking about the 100th hundred. Nobody talked about my 99 hundreds. It was slightly different, the ball was not coming onto the bat. It hasn’t sunk in but I’ve definitely lost about 50 kilos. Doesn’t matter how many hundreds you’ve scored, you still have to put your head down and score for the team. Dreams do come true. I had to wait for one for 22 years.”
Lets have a look at Sachin’s records and how he managed to make so many records, a remarkable achievement by any standard. Starting at a young age of 16, Sachin had age factor on his side. He started off early and has continued to play great cricket well into his late thirties, this has definitely 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. 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, 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 (the original little master), had played 400 matches their figures would have been different too. 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, it’s 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: 18,260 runs followed by Sanath Jayasuriya 13,430 runs
- Most runs in Test Matches: 15,470 runs followed by Rahul Dravid with 13,288 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: 49 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)
- Inzamam-ul-Haq (ICC/Pak)
- GA Gooch (Eng)
Sachin Tendulkar has been one of the greatest batsmen of the current era as far as run scoring and records are concerned. But he seems to be dragging on with his career off late. Dravid could have also played on for a year or two or even more but he made a wise decision and left while he was still held in high spirits. Sachin is a much bigger name as far as popularity is concerned and a little dent might not do him much damage. But keeping his stature in mind and the level at which he is held, it might be time for him to seriously think about retiring. Its better to go while people are still saying you could have stayed on rather than wait for a time when people start to gossip about it being way overdue.
May be Sachin has been hanging in there just for a while, in order to make one more century. But as he continued to make unsuccessful attempts one after another, the whole century of centuries thing became a joke. If it were a century of centuries in a single format then it might have been worth the wait, but scoring a century of centuries in all formats combined is of no worthwhile value, for Sachin to have been taking it so seriously.
Taking a look on how Sachin’s centuries have effected the match result in favour of India, the last 12 centuries which Sachin has scored since 2004 are reproduced below.
Outcome for India
|111||South Africa||March 12, 2011||Lost|
|120||England||February 27, 2011||Tied|
|200*||South Africa||February 24, 2010||Won|
|175||Australia||November 5, 2009||Lost|
|138||Sri Lanka||September 14, 2009||Won|
|163*||New Zealand||March 8, 2009||Won|
|117*||Australia||March 2, 2008||Won|
|100*||West Indies||January 31, 2007||Won|
|141*||West Indies||September 14, 2006||Lost|
|100||Pakistan||February 6, 2006||Lost|
|123||Pakistan||April 12, 2005||Lost|
|141||Pakistan||March 16, 2004||Lost|