Two of the greatest cricketers of the modern era, Sachin Tendulkar (statistics) of India and Ricky Ponting (statistics) of Australia, now have come to a stage in their career where they are a mighty ways ahead of remaining players in the game, but close to each other.
With their plans to call it a day around the corner, the thing to watch out for is which one of these two cricketers quit with record of most century and runs in both test and one day international form of cricket.
Sachin Tendulkar of course, made his test debut back in Nov 1989 against Pakistan at Karachi while Ricky Ponting came onto world stage first in one day internationals, on 15 Feb 1995, against South Africa at Wellington. By the time Ponting became a fixure in the Aussie side, Tendulkar had 8 test centuries and 2 in onedayers which means in duration which both players have played together, Ponting has been more prolific than Tendulkar.
Ricky Ponting is closest rival of Tendulkar's phenomenal records. Lets face it, Ricky Ponting may not be able to break Sachin's records, but his efforts coupled with the fact that he had led Australia and has contributed heavily in the field, make him definitely comparable to the Little Master.