Mumbai, Nov 14: Sachin Tendulkar set a new world record on Thursday by becoming the first cricketer in 136-year history of the five-day game to play 200 Tests.
When Tendulkar took the field against West Indies today in the second and final Test of the series, the Master Blaster set a new record.
This is also Tendulkar's final Test before he retires from international cricket.
To mark the occasion, captain MS Dhoni, on behalf of Team India, handed over a special "200th Test" India cap to Tendulkar.
The 40-year-old right-hander, who made his debut against Pakistan in 1989, holds the record for most runs in Test history and also most centuries.
Tendulkar is playing the record 200th Test at his home ground Wankhede Stadium. It is the same venue where made his first-class debut in 1988 for Mumbai.
A specially minted coin was used for the toss in today's game as the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) honoured the retiring icon.
At the toss, former India captain-turned commentator Ravi Shastri announced: "Sachin Tendulkar is the first human being to play 200 Tests."
Also in this match, Shivnarine Chanderpaul won his 150th Test cap.
In 199 Tests, Tendulkar has scored 15,847 runs with 51 hundreds at an average of 53.71.
Most Test appearances in history
Sachin Tendulkar (India) 200
Ricky Ponting (Australia) 168
Steve Waugh (Australia) 168
Jacques Kallis (South Africa) 164
Rahul Dravid (India) 164
Allan Border (Australia) 156
Shivnarine Chanderpaul (West Indies) 150
Mark Boucher (South Africa) 147
Shane Warne (Australia) 145
Mahela Jayawardene (Sri Lanka) 138