Chennai: Master blaster Sachin Tendulkar on Thursday became the longest serving player in Indian Test history, overtaking Lala Amarnath who played Test cricket for exactly 19 years. Tendulkar has now played Test cricket for 19 years and 26 days.
Lala Amarnath who served Indian cricket team from 1933 to 1952 had played in 24 Test matches. Significantly, Sachin Tendulkar who served India for past 19 years had played in 155 Test matches.
S Venkataraghavan who served India for 18 years 214 days comes third in the list followed by former Indian Cricket captain Anil Kumble who served India for 18 years 85 days.
Lala Amarnath scored India's first Test century and went on to become Indian cricket's patriarchal figure: as selector, manager, coach and broadcaster. Lala Amarnath's figures do not do full credit to his talent. In 24 tests, he scored 878 runs at an average of 24.38 with the one hundred he scored on his debut as his highest. He also claimed 45 wickets at 32.91 apiece with best bowling figures of 5-96.