Sachin Tendulkar's Batting Records for India in Test Cricket and ODIs

Chris Teale@@chris_tealeFeatured ColumnistJanuary 14, 2014

Sachin Tendulkar's Batting Records for India in Test Cricket and ODIs

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    During his glittering international career, Sachin Tendulkar shattered numerous batting records for India in both Test cricket and One-Day Internationals.

    His was a wicket prized above all others by opposition bowlers, as they knew that he was capable of building an enormous score with seemingly little effort involved.

    His retirement last year meant cricket lost one of its best ever players, and one who was a batsman above all others from his 1989 debut onwards.

    Read on for the batting records that Tendulkar set in international cricket while playing for India.

    All stats have come from ESPNCricinfo unless otherwise stated.

Highest Run-Scorer in ODI History

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    In a One-Day International career that lasted until 2012, Sachin Tendulkar stands above all others as the highest run-scorer in the history of the game.

    During his 463 ODI appearances—also a world record—Tendulkar scored a superb 18,426 runs at an average of 44.83.

Highest Run-Scorer in Test History

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    Tendulkar also holds the record for the most runs scored in Test matches, which is testament to his longevity and ability in the longest form of cricket.

    His 15,921 runs are more than 2,500 above second-placed Ricky Ponting, and will surely never be passed.

The Most Centuries in ODIs

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    In the 50-over form of the game, Tendulkar also stands alone as scoring the most centuries among every player to have played ODI cricket.

    His tally of 49 hundreds is also one that is unlikely to be beaten.

The Most Centuries in Tests

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    In addition to his 49 ODI centuries, Tendulkar also scored 51 Test centuries, a world record.

    His 100 hundreds in all international cricket was also the first time such a milestone had ever been achieved.

Most 50s in ODIs

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    Another ODI batting record Tendulkar holds is his tally of 145 scores of 50 or more during his career, a world record.

    His closest challenger is again Ponting, although his mark of 112 is far behind Tendulkar’s.

Most 50s in Tests

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    In Tests, 119 scores of 50 or over for Tendulkar is also a world record and shows his great consistency in the longest form.

    His closest challengers are Ponting and Jacques Kallis, who passed 50 on 103 occasions apiece.

Most 90s in ODIs

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    Sometimes, Tendulkar would fall just short of another century in ODIs, but his 18 innings of between 90 and 100 is another world record in itself.

    It is twice as many as the second-placed players behind him—Grant Flower, Nathan Astle and Aravinda de Silva.

Most Boundary 4s in Tests

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    In a career that spanned three decades, it is perhaps no surprise that Tendulkar also holds the world record for hitting the most boundary fours in his Test career with an astonishing 2,058.

First ODI Double Century

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    In India’s ODI against South Africa in 2010, Tendulkar became the first man to hit a double century in the 50-over form of the game.

    His 200* came off 147 balls, included 25 fours and three sixes and sent India well on their way towards a thumping win by 153 runs.

Youngest Player to Score Maiden Test 50

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    Tendulkar looked destined for greatness from an early age, and still holds the record as the youngest player to reach their maiden fifty in a Test match, according to HowzStat. He was 16 years and 213 days.

    His 59 against Pakistan in Faisalabad was just the third Test innings of his career and came from No. 6 as the match ended in a draw.

Youngest Player to Reach 1,000 and 2,000 Test Runs

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    For good measure, in 1992 Tendulkar became the youngest player to make 1,000 runs in Test matches at the tender age of just 19 years and 216 days old, per HowzStat.

    Just over a year later in 1994, he became the youngest to 2,000 Test runs aged 20 years and 329 days old.

Youngest Player to Reach 5,000 Test Runs

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    This record had looked under some threat after Alastair Cook’s superb start to his international career, but Tendulkar’s milestone of being the fastest man to 5,000 Test runs still stands, per HowzStat.

    Still just 25 years and 298 days old, Tendulkar reached this particular milestone in February 1999.

Fastest Player to Reach 12,000 and 13,000 Test Runs

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    Tendulkar’s run-scoring exploits continued throughout his Test career, as he asserted his dominance over his opponents by becoming the fastest man to reach 12,000 and then 13,000 Test runs.

    It speaks volumes of his consistently high run aggregate that he was able to achieve so much almost a generation after making his debut in the game.

Fastest Player to Reach 10,000 ODI Runs

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    In 2001, Tendulkar became the fastest man to reach 10,000 runs in the format, pipping former India captain Sourav Ganguly by four innings.

    It took him just 259 innings to do so, and he reached the milestone while making 139 against Australia in Indore.

The Most ODI Runs in a Calendar Year

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    In 1998, Tendulkar went on a run of scoring that has been unparalleled in ODI cricket as he scored 1,894 runs during that calendar year.

    It is the most scored by one player in any year in the format, as Tendulkar scored his runs at an average of 65.31 in the 34 ODIs he played in 1998.

The Most ODI Centuries in a Calendar Year

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    Also in 1998, Tendulkar’s nine hundreds stand as the all-time record as the most by any player in ODIs in a calendar year.

    Four of those centuries came against Australia, including the Coca-Cola Cup at Sharjah, showing his ability to rise to the big occasions on a regular basis.

Most Test Runs Scored Away from Home

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    Far from just being dominant in India, Tendulkar also enjoyed batting away from home and leads all batsmen in the number of runs he scored outside his home country.

    His 8,705 away runs include over 1,000 each in Australia, England, South Africa and Sri Lanka, all scored at an average of 54.74.

Most Runs in the Cricket World Cup

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    A veteran of six Cricket World Cup campaigns—and victorious with India in 2011—Tendulkar leads the way with 2,278 runs all-time, the most in the competition’s history.

    In addition, his appearance at six World Cups is tied for the most tournaments played in by one individual with Javed Miandad.

Most Runs in a Single Cricket World Cup

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    In the 2003 tournament in South Africa, Zimbabwe and Kenya, Tendulkar led the way for India with 673 runs as they reached the final.

    That tally is the most runs ever scored by one player at a single Cricket World Cup, although it was not enough to prevent Australia winning comfortably in the final.

Most Centuries in the Cricket World Cup

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    As well as being the World Cup’s highest run-scorer, Tendulkar also holds the record for the most centuries ever scored in the history of the tournament with six.

    This tally is made up of two in the 1996 edition, one apiece in 1999 and 2003 and two in 2011.