Ahmedabad, Mar 25: The enormity of India's victory against Australia in the quarter-finals of ICC Cricket World Cup 2011, can be gauged from the fact that not only the entire Indian nation but also its hawkish media have failed to notice that Sachin Tendulkar, became the first man to notch up 18,000 ODI runs.
The master batsman, took a single of Brett Lee in the 14th over of India's chase to reach the milestone in what was the 451st match of long and illustrious career. Sachin scored 53 as India beat Australia in what was a cracker of a match with fortune swinging from one side to another.
Sachin has now amassed 32,710 international runs and is a long distance away from second-placed Ricky-Ponting, the Australian batsman who has 25,856 runs.
Apart from being the highest run-getter in Tests and ODIs, he also has to his name the most number of centuries in both the formats and is just on short of being the first batsman in international cricket to notch up a century of tons.
Widely considered as the greatest ever batsman to have played the game of cricketer, Sachin started his career way back in 1989 against Pakistan and is still active in the game with more success than ever before.
Sachin who has never ever been a part of an Indian World Cup winning squad, has an enviable record against the Australians, the best team of his career and undoubtedly one of the greatest ever. He has terrorised nearly four generations of Australian bowlers and scored huge amounts of run against them in all parts of the world.
With Sachin just two steps away from yet another addition to a glorious career, the attention now shifts to Mohali where India take on Pakistan in the semi-finals at Mohali. The stage is now perfectly set for Sachin to score a ton and enter into the 101st century and not to mention the World Cup finals as well.