Bangalore: Even as India continued to struggle in the third and final Test against England in Bangalore on Friday, master batsman Sachin Tendulkar reached a personal milestone by completing 1000 Test runs in a single calendar year.
Playing in his 10th Test, Tendulkar reached the 1000th run with a two off left-arm spinner Ashley Giles, which took him to 88. He is the fifth batsman to score 1000 or more runs this year.
Two runs later, Tendulkar was stumped by wicket-keeper James Foster off the same bowler and that was the first time in his Test career that he was dismissed in this fashion.
Tendulkar's 1000 runs become all the more creditable considering he missed the three-Test series in Sri Lanka due to a foot injury.
Matthew Hayden is the leading run-scorer this year, having accumulated 1451 runs from 12 Tests. The others to have scored 1000 runs or more are Mahela Jayawardene (Sri Lanka), Herschelle Gibbs (South Africa) and Brian Lara (West Indies).Except Lara, all have played more Tests than Tendulkar.
Lara, who had a magnificent series against Sri Lanka, completed his 1000 runs from just nine Tests.