Friday, November 13, 2009

30 reasons why India loves Sachin Tendulkar

                    On 15th November 2009, Sachin Tendulkar will complete 20 years in international cricket. In a build up to that momentous day, MSN India presents a series of features dedicated to the Mumbai maestro. Take a look at the first one in the line-up.

Sachin Tendulkar: Celebrating 20 years in international cricket
  • Highest run scorer in ODIs: 17178 runs
  • Most number of hundreds in the ODIs: 45
  • Most number of nineties in ODIs: 16
  • Most number of man of the matches in the ODIs: 60
  • Most number of man of the series in ODIs: 15
  • First Cricketer to pass 10000 run in ODIs
  • First Cricketer to pass 15000 run in the ODI
  • Highest run scorer in the World Cup: 1,796 at an average of 59.87 as on 20 March 2007
  • Most number of Fifties in ODIs: 91
  • Appeared in Most Number of ODIs: 436 

  • He is the only player to be in top 10 ICC ranking for 10 years. 
  • Most number of 100's in Tests: 42
  • He is one of the three batsmen to surpass 11,000 runs in Test cricket, and the first Indian to do so
  • In 2003, Wisden rated Tendulkar as No. 1 and Vivian Richards at No. 2 in all time Greatest ODI player
  • In 2002, Wisden rated him as the second greatest Test batsman after Sir Donald Bradman.
  • Tendulkar is the only player to score a century in all three of his Ranji Trophy, Duleep Trophy and Irani Trophy debuts
  • In 1992, at the age of 19, Tendulkar became the first overseas born player to represent Yorkshire
  • Tendulkar has been granted the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, Arjuna Award and Padma Shri by Indian government.He is the only Indian cricketer to get all of them.
  • Tendulkar has scored over 1000 runs in a calendar year in ODI's 7 times
  • Out of his 56 man of the match awards only 5 times India has lost.
  • In November 2006, Time magazine named Tendulkar as one of the Asian Heroes. 

  • Most Centuries in a calendar year: 9 ODI centuries in 1998
  • Highest individual score among Indian batsmen: 186* against New Zealand at Hyderabad in 1999.
  • Sachin was the fastest to reach 10,000 runs taking 259 innings and has the highest batting average among batsmen with over 10,000 ODI runs
  • On his debut, Sachin Tendulkar was the second youngest debutant in the world
  • When Tendulkar scored his maiden century in 1990, he was the second youngest to score a century
  • Tendulkar's record of five test centuries before he turned 20 is a current world record
  • On 3 January 2007 Sachin Tendulkar (5751) edged past Brian Lara's (5736) world record of runs scored in Tests away from home
  • Second Indian after Sunil Gavaskar to make over 10,000 runs in Test matches
  • Became the first Indian to surpass the 11,000 Test run mark and the third International player behind Allan Border and Brian Lara.


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