Bangalore, Jul 23: On Sunday, there was a new member in the Test 300-club. South African Hashim Amla was the latest and first from his country. Now, the elite club has 22 members. But most of the Indian fans want to see their favourite cricketing son Sachin Tendulkar in that group.
Tendulkar, who is called "God of cricket" by many, owns several records in Test and One Day Internationals. But a 300 score in Tests or in any first class game has remained elusive for the Master Blaster in his 22-year international career.
Virender Sehwag is the only Indian cricketer to have scaled Summit 300. Not only did he breach that mark once but did it twice.
First, he scored a triple hundred against Pakistan in Multan in 2004 and later in Chennai he went past his previous effort to register his and country's highest individual Test score of 319 against South Africa in 2008.
Tendulkar has so far played 188 Tests and is the leading run scorer in the world with 15,470. He recently hit a world record 100th international hundred.
His highest score in the five-day format is 248 not out against Bangladesh. That was constructed in the year 2004.
The 39-year-old has six double Test centuries and his tally of 100s is 51. He has broken most batting records and one cannot imagine these feats matches in the near future. It might take a long time to come close to Tendulkar's milestones.
Some of the country's fans have always wondered why Tendulkar has not been able to score a triple ton in Tests. However, their dream of him touching the unthinkable double-ton in ODIs was achieved. And Sehwag broke that record last year.
As every fan and experts would wish, there is still hope that Tendulkar might join the 300-club.
With the right-hander enjoying the game as a teenager, you never know, Tendulkar might register a 300 in Tests before he calls it a day.
Brian Lara, one of the greats of modern era, twice went past 300. The West Indian left-hander even touched 400 not out in the longer version. His appetite for runs was immense. He had also a world record first class score 501 not out in a county game in England.
The great Sir Don Bradman, who famously said Tendulkar's batting reminded of his own. Bradman too has two triple hundreds.
In the 300-club, there are many greats. Besides Bradman and Lara, there are Sir Garry Sobers, Sir Len Hutton, Wally Hammond, Mahela Jayawardene and so on.
Another Indian great, Rahul Dravid recently retired without a 300. His top score was 270. Former India captain and arguably country's greatest opener Sunil Gavaskar too doesn't figure in the list. Gavaskar's highest Test score was 236.
Having played 188 Tests and nearing another milestone of 200 appearances, many are hoping that Tendulkar gets to that magical 300.