One has become accustomed to seeing Indian batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar's numbers figure prominently on Test score-sheets. After all, a man who notched up 50 tons in 175 encounters at an average of 56.91 is bound to be quite consistent. It's also a tendency for the team to rely a little too heavily on Tendulkar's contributions. So how many times have his centuries proved pivotal in winning India matches?
Out of the 50 centuries that he has chalked up, a minority of 20 have resulted in earning India victories. But on 19 occasions, his tons have helped save India matches with draws. Only on 11 occasions, including at the recently-concluded Test at Centurion against South Africa, have his tons come in a losing cause. So all in all, one can assess that Tendulkar's centuries have largely not gone in vain.
In his centuries, Tendulkar has been not out on 15 occasions and has gone past the 200-run-mark 6 times, hitting a high of 248 against Bangladesh in 2004-05. He has also beaten Brian Lara's record of the most times going past 150. Lara has crossed 150, 19 times, but Tendulkar has done it on 20 occasions. One wonders just how many more Test miracles Tendulkar has up his sleeve.