Monday, 4 November 2013

"All my life, I have had a dream of playing cricket for India. I have been living this dream every day for the last 24 years...It's hard for me to imagine a life without playing cricket because it's all I have ever done since I was 11 years old." - Sachin Tendulkar

The legend is retiring..forever. Never in our lives would we feel that exhilaration of him entering the ground again. I have been watching him play ever since I started watching cricket. I don't know if cricket would remain the same for me after November 18.

I have started this post to list the 23 records he created during his glorious career. Also, I have been collecting small items to remember him by. Here are direct links for you so you don't have to search online.


Records of Sachin Tendulkar :

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

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

3) Youngest to make a Test fifty at 16 years 214 days when he made 59 at Faisalabad against Pakistan in 1989.

4) Second youngest captain of India at 23 years 169 days after Mansur Ali Khan Patuadi (21 years 77 days)

5) Youngest player to score 1000 Test runs at 19 years 217 days

6) Highest run-getter in Tests - 15837 runs - the next best is 13378 by Ricky Ponting

7) Record holder for most Tests played - 198 - the next best is 168 by Ricky Ponting

8) Played most number of Test innings - 327 - Ricky Ponting is again next best with 287 innings

9) Scored most number of Test centuries - 51 - Jacques Kallis of South Africa comes next with 44

10) Scored most number of Test fifties - 67 - Rahul Dravid comes next with 63

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

12) 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

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

14) 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

15) 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

16) Record holder for most Test runs in abroad - 8705 runs - Rahul Dravid of india comes next with 7690

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

18) 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

19) Scored most runs among all countries against Sri Lanka (1995 runs in 25 Tests)

20) Record holder for being dismissed caught on most occasions (168) in Tests

21) Scored centuries against all Test playing countries

22)  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

23) 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)