Sachin scores 1,000 runs in a calendar year in Tests

Published: Friday, October 11, 2002, 0:44 [IST]
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Bangalore: Sachin Tendulkar became the second Indian and the third player in all to reach 1000 runs in Tests in the calendar year 2002 when he completed his 14th run during the course of his unbeaten innings of 35 at the end of the first day's play on 09.10.2002 in the first Test against West Indies at Mumbai.

When much was expected of him in front of the home crowd, Tendulkar disappointed every one by getting out at the same score when he resumed his innings the next day on 10.10.2002. This was the 18th innings of his 12th Test in the calendar year 2002. Scoring of 1000 runs in Tests in a calendar year is nothing new to Tendulkar as he had achieved this feat earlier on three occasions during his tenure of 101 Tests. In fact when he scored over 1000 runs in the Calendar year 2002, he had performed the feat for the fourth time and thus equalled the world record of his fellow compatriot Sunil Gavaskar who had also done it on four occasions. The three other occasions in which Tendulkar has scored over 1000 runs in Tests in a calendar year are 1000 runs in 12 Tests in 1997, 1088 runs in 10 Tests in 1999 and 1003 runs in 10 Tests in 2001. India's Rahul Dravid is the leading run getter in the calendar year 2002 with 1178 runs in 12 Tests including his century knock of exactly 100 when he had to retire hurt on the second day of the Mumbai Test. The only other player who has completed 1000 runs in the calendar year 2002 is England's Michael Vaughan who has aggregated 1031 runs from 10 Tests @ 64.43. Tendulkar, as at the end of the second day's play, has scored 1021 runs from 12 Tests in the calendar year 2002. His break up of runs reads as under:

West IndiesGeorgetown79-
 Port of Spain1170
 St John's0-
West IndiesMumbai35Run wise, the great Sir Vivian Richards of West Indies tops the list with 1710 runs in just 11 Tests @ 90.00 in the calendar year 1976. For India, Sunil Gavaskar has scored most runs in a calendar year - 1555 runs @ 59.80 in 18 Tests in calendar year 1979. In all 43 players have achieved this distinction of scoring over 1000 runs in a year. England's David Gower, Ken Barrington, Mike Atherton and Graham Gooch and India's Dilip Vengsarkar have all accomplished this feat twice in their career, while Australia's Allan Border and Mark Taylor have both performed it thrice in their Test career. Extras:
India on top as West Indies runs into 'The Wall'

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