Leeds: Indian superstar Sachin Tendulkar swept past his hero Don Bradman in the list of all-time Test century makers on Friday but shrugged off comparisons with the Australian legend. As India reached 584 for five at the end of the second day of the third Test against England, Tendulkar smashed his way to a brilliant unbeaten 185.
But despite making his 30th Test century, which took him past Bradman's total of 29, the Indian player said it was impossible to compare his record with that of the Australian who died last year aged 92. "Statistically I have passed Don Bradman but he scored a hundred every third innings which you cannot dream of," said Tendulkar whose 321-ball mauling of the England attack at Headingley included three sixes and 18 fours. Bradman's hundreds came from just 52 Tests whereas 29-year-old Tendulkar is currently playing his 99th, but nothing could take the shine off the Indian's performance.
"I wish these days could come more often in my life," he said. "To score a hundred on my old county ground was something special. It was a good track, there was a bit of movement and turn so it was a sporting pitch." Tendulkar played county cricket for Yorkshire here 10 years ago, when he became the team's first ever overseas recruit, but Thursday's ton was his first century at the famous old ground. With his 30th Test ton, only countryman Sunil Gavaskar, with 34, stands between Tendulkar and history as the leading century maker.
Another milestone on Friday came when Tendulkar reached 74 which meant he overtook former England batsman David Gower's mark of 8,231 runs to move into seventh place in the all-time list of leading Test run-scorers.