Ricky Ponting moves closer to Sachin Tendulkar

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Updated: Wednesday, February 6, 2013, 16:06 [IST]
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Ponting moves closer to Sachin

Bangalore, Feb 6: Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting hit a century for his state side Tasmania to move one step closer to India's Sachin Tendulkar in the list of first-class centuries.

Ponting scored his 79th first-class hundred on Wednesday against New South Wales (NSW) in Sheffield Shield. Tendulkar, who is currently playing for Mumbai in Irani Cup against Rest of India, has 80 first-class hundreds.

Two of the modern greats, Ponting and Tendulkar have been involved in various matches during their careers. However, now one won't see Ponting and Tendulkar coming face to off in international games. However, both the legends will be part of the same team - Mumbai Indians in the sixth edition of Indian Premier League (IPL 6) this year.

The Australia was bought by Mumbai for $400,000 on Sunday during the IPL 6 Player Auction in Chennai.

Ponting retired from international cricket last year and Tendulkar quit One Day Internationals in 2012. But Ponting continues to play first-class and Twenty20.

Tendulkar will get a chance to score his 81st first-class ton over next four days. If he reaches there, it will be joint Indian record with Sunil Gavaskar. The Master Blaster is 104 runs short of completing 25,000 first-class runs.

Ponting, who remained unbeaten on 138 in Hobart on Wednesday, has so far scored 23,239 runs in 281 first-class matches. He has 41 Test centuries. Tendulkar is currently with 24,896 runs from 302 games. He has 51 Test hundreds.


Story first published:  Wednesday, February 6, 2013, 15:10 [IST]
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