Must-know statistics and records about Sachin Tendulkar

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Updated: Monday, November 4, 2013, 13:32 [IST]
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Sachin Tendulkar is gearing up to play his final two Tests against West Indies. Kolkata and Mumbai will be the cities which will host Tendulkar's last two Tests.

His final Test at Wankhede Stadium will also be a historic 200th for the Master Blaster.

Ahead of Tendulkar's retirement, Bangalore-based statistician Chennagiri Keshava Murthy has put out some interesting numbers and records involving the Master Blaster.

Must-know stats about Sachin Tendulkar

Sachin Tendulkar in Tests (all statistics before the start of Kolkata Test - his 199th Test)

# Is the youngest Indian to make Test debut at 16 years 205 days (Vs Pakistan at Karachi in 1989/90) - Kapil Dev made his 100th appearance in this Test

# In Sachin's debut Test, Krishnamachari Srikkanth captained India. His counterpart was Imran Khan

# Another player who made debut and went on to become one of the greatest fast bowlers was Waqar Younis of Pakistan

# Two of Sachin's team-mates in his debut Test are now working as popular TV commentators - Sanjay Manjrekar and Ravi Shastri

# Is the youngest to make a Test fifty at 16 years 214 days when he made 59 at Faisalabad against Pakistan in 1989.

# Is the youngest Indian and the third youngest to make a century in a Test at 17 years 112 days (vs Eng at Old Trafford in 1990)

# Is the second youngest captain of India at 23 years 169 days after Mansur Ali Khan Patuadi (21 years 77 days)

# Is the youngest player to score 1000 Test runs at 19 years 217 days

# Is the highest run-getter in Tests - 15837 runs - the next best is 13378 by Ricky Ponting

# Is the record holder for most Tests played - 198 - the next best is 168 by Ricky Ponting

# Has played most number of Test innings - 327 - Ricky Ponting is again next best with 287 innings

# Has scored most number of Test centuries - 51 - Jacques Kallis of South Africa comes next with 44

# Has scored most number of Test fifties - 67 - Rahul Dravid comes next with 63

# Shares record with Dravid and Steve Waugh for most 90s in Tests - 10

# Has the distinction of being the lone Indian (5th player in the world) for scoring most Test runs in a calendar year - 1562 runs in 14 Tests @ 78.10 in 2010

# Has scored 1000 Test runs in a calendar year on 6 occasions - the most by any player - in 1997,1999, 2001, 2002, 2008 and 2010

# Is the first player to reach 12000 Test runs and thereafter each land mark of 1000 additional runs - the first to reach 10000 run mark was Sunil Gavaskar of India

# Has played most number of Tests abroad - 106 - the next best is 94 Tests by Rahul Dravid of India

# Has scored most number of Test centuries away from Home - 29 centuries (which Sir Donald Bradman scored in entire Test career ) - Next best is Kallis (22) of South Africa

# Also record holder for most Test runs in abroad - 8705 runs - Rahul Dravid of india comes next with 7690

# Is the Third highest catcher among Indians in Tests (115 catches) after Dravid (210) and VVS Laxman (135)

# Is the only Indian to score most Test centuries at Home (22) - he needs two more centuries to surpass Australia's Ricky Ponting's overall record of 23 centuries at Home

# Is the only Indian to post most Test runs against Australia (3630 in 39 Tests) and second only to Jack Hobbs (England) tally of most runs by any player against Australia (3636 in 40 Tests), against England (2535 runs in 32 Tests), against South Africa (1741 runs in 25 Tests), against Bangladesh (820 runs in 7 Tests)

# Is the second highest run-getter from India after Dravid against New Zealand (1595 in 24 Tests)

# Has scored most runs among all countries against Sri Lanka (1995 runs in 25 Tests)

# Is the record holder for being dismissed caught on most occasions (168) in Tests

# Holds the dubious record for being dismissed LBW on most occasions (62) in Tests

# Has scored centuries against all Test playing countries

# First overseas player to represent Yorkshire in county cricket

# Only player to be awarded all the four awards - Arjuna Award (1994), Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award (1998), Padmashri Award (1999) and Padma Vibhushan Award (2008)

# Holder of innumerable Awards including Wisden Cricketer, Sports Icon from NDTV, LG People's Choice Award, one among Asian Heros by TIME magazine, Wisden India outstanding achievement award, Castrol Cricketer of the Year Award, Maharashtra Bhushan Award and others

Rarest of records

# Only player to score century of centuries in international cricket (51 in Tests and 49 in ODIs)

# Only Indian to score centuries on debut in Ranji Trophy, Duleep Trophy and Irani Trophy

# Holder of innumerable records in One Day Internationals including most number of appearances (463), most number of runs (18426), most centuries (49) which includes a double hundred, and centuries against all Test playing countries

# Only cricketer to the nominated to the Rajya Sabha and the first ever active sportsperson to join the Upper House of Parliament

Other interesting facts

# Ramakant Achrekar, who played in only one first class match, was the Coach in 1984 when Sachin was barely 11 years - He was so impressed with the young boy that he used to put a one rupee coin on the stumps and say ‘Any one who gets Sachin out would take this coin - if no one does, Sachin will take it' - Sachin still treasures the coins he thus earned.

# Dennis Lillee - the Australian great - advised Sachin to concentrate on batting when Sachin visited the MRF Pace Academy in 1987 to hone his bowling skill

# Vinod Kambli - former Test player of India - was his partner when they plundered the world record partnership of 664 runs for the Sharadashram Vidya Mandir in Inter School tournament in 1988

# Sunil Gavaskar, the former captain of India, encouraged Sachin and wrote to him not to get disappointed when Sachin was ignored by the BCA for the Best Junior Cricketer Award in 1987 - He also gave a pair of his own ultra-light pads which Sachin wore in his debut test against Pakistan in 1989/90

# Dilip Vengsarkar, former Test player of India from Bombay, gifted Sachin a Gunn & Moore bat when he was selected to play for the Bombay Under-15 team - He was also instrumental in picking Sachin for the Ranji Trophy after watching Sachin negotiate with the great Kapil Dev in the nets

# Sourav Ganguly was also one among the probables present when Sachin met him for the first time in the Under-15 national camp in Indore

# Rahul Dravid played against Sachin for the first time in an Under-15 game at Cuttack in 1986

# Lalchand Rajput was Captain of the Bombay team when Sachin made his Ranji Trophy debut in 1988/89

# Raj Singh Dungarpur was the Chairman of the BCCI Selection Committee which took a bold decision to baptize Sachin for Test cricket in 1989/90

(Statistician Chennagiri Keshava Murthy is following cricket since 1976 and has authored several books)


Story first published:  Monday, November 4, 2013, 12:43 [IST]
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