In an interview given to cricketnext renowed cricket statistician Bill Frindall revealed that Sachin (11, 877 runs) only required to score 36 runs at the start of Bangalore Test to overhaul Brian Lara's tally of 11, 912 ( and not 11, 953).
"I'm scoring the Bangalore Test from TV. Sachin Tendulkar (11,877 runs) needed only 36 runs at the start of his innings to overhaul Brian Lara's tally of 11,912 (and not 11,953) in international Tests," he said exclusively.
"The 77 quoted by commentators included the 41 runs (5 and 36) scored by Lara for the ICC World XI against the Australians at Sydney in October 2005. This match was erroneously granted Test match status in contradiction to its own qualifications that excluded multi-national teams, by an ICC greedy for sponsorship and television revenue. It's status is currently under review," he said.
"Thus Tendulkar, dismissed for 13 in India's first innings, needs 23 when India bat again to become the highest scorer in the history of Test cricket," he added.
Bill Frinadall is BBC's scorer and statistician and is the longest serving member of BBC Radio's Test Match Special commentary team.