Isn’t it amazing? Nearly one of out every nine times, Sachin Tendulkar goes out to bat in ODIs, he scores a century (9.36 times if you want it to be accurate). His record is even better in Tests – he scores a hundred every 6th time he bats. He holds most of the batting records in both Tests and ODIs – most ODI hundreds, most Test hundreds, most runs in Tests, most runs in ODIs, just to name a few.

Now, he becomes the first to break the 200 run barrier in ODIs. Some of his records may never get broken, but I think this one will – probably a lot sooner than people think. Still, there is something about getting there first that fascinates people. Like a Roger Bannister breaking the 4-minute barrier or a Neil Armstrong being the first man on the moon. Tendulkar has several firsts to his name that people will talk about and celebrate.

But, what I find fascinating is that even after playing cricket for 20 years and when most people his age would be thinking about retirement, he seems to have a new found hunger. In the last 12 months in ODIs, he has scored 1158 runs at an average of 72.37. In this period, he has also scored four hundreds in 19 outings (he would have scored 5 if he wasn’t stranded on 96 against Sri Lanka a few months back). And all his hundreds have been big ones – a 163* against NZ, a 138 against SL, a 175 against Australia and now 200* against South Africa.

His record in Test cricket has been even better. In the past 12 months, he has scored 1018 runs at an average of 78.30 in the 10 tests he has played. In the 15 outings to the crease, he has scored 6 centuries  – that makes 10 international hundred in the last 12 months.

With frequent injury and age catching up, I thought Tendulkar would never get to a hundred international hundreds in his career. But a century of century doesn’t seem impossible anymore. He is on No. 93 at the moment and another 7 to go, but at the way he is going, I think it is a distinct possibility. Now, that is a record that will be unbroken for a long time to come…


9 responses to “Ton-dulkar

  1. Really, he must occupy a plane above most mortals. To score like that, as consistently and for so long, really speaks of a mental strength apart from a cricketing talent that is above the norm.

    If I score one, just one, century in my Sunday league, I will have attained Janma Saaphalyam 🙂

  2. Indeed a great feat…I feel that the previous high scores by Tendulkar (175), Saeed Anwar (194-against Zimbabwe), Dhoni (183)…were all remarkable. I think this one will stand for some time as the stamina needed to score 200 is immense…Veeru, Gayle and Mcculum are three that I would have my money on to come close to this record. Unfortunately, Dhoni does not bat high enough in the order to attempt this…he can do so only if he opens…not likely
    what a great achievement.

    Surprisingly there is a Belinda Jane Clark who has a highest score of 229 in ODI’s

    on the ODI front Sachin has the highest score and the highest runs scored (17598)

    On the test side whilst he has the highest total (13447) he is number 60 or so in terms of highest scored in an innings…even Wasim Akram features above him!! I suspect Sachin will break the 300 run barrier before not too long there.


  3. A great, great innings by Sachin – tremendous stamina.

    The only way, Sachin’s record could be broken is Mathew Hayden or Ponting batting against Bangladesh for a one-day in Australia.

    Sachin picked Steyn from outside the off-stump to mid-wicket boundary. The master-class elegance for that shot in my view is the inimitable GR Viswanath; who used to pick Imran Khan at his peak; in the most stylish stroke and before the fielders could sense it the ball was at the mid-wicket boundary.

    Kallis screwed up a captain big time. Kallis no Sobers !! He was trash talking to Sachin and he was duly dispatched to the fence.

    Gibbs is over the hill now. There was no need to go for such fancy shot. Vander Merwe was clueless in swinging the bat. Hitting is not mindless, there is often a method in madness.

  4. Congrt to Sachin Tendulkar to making another record, it is very difficult for any cricketer to break this record. Long Live Sachin.

  5. He is the super hero of cricket.. and synonyms of record…

    He is the “God of Cricket”

    Keep it up Sachin….

  6. yws he’s a great crciketer…

  7. Sachin is the only one who has achieved this record. He is really a genius.

  8. yes, we should proud of him all the time!

  9. yes, he has made india proud. I believe it will be impossible to beat his records.

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