Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar
Test CricketSome remarkable achievements of his career in test cricket are: Highest number of Test centuries (35), beating Sunil Gavaskar's record (34) on 10 December 2005 vs Sri Lanka in Delhi.
Played in the highest number of Cricket Grounds - he has played Test Cricket on 52 different grounds, ahead of Azharuddin (48), Kapil Dev (47), Inzamam-ul-Haq (46) and Wasim Akram (45).
4th highest tally of runs in Test cricket (10,156) at an outstanding average of 57.05 (highest among those who have scored over 10,000 Test runs) as of December 2, 2005
Among those who have played over 100 Test matches, he is the only one with a batting average above 55.
He is the fastest to score 10,000 runs in Test cricket history. He holds this record along with Brian Lara. Both of them achieved this feat in 195 innings.
Only second Indian to cross 10,000 runs in Test matches.
He has 37 wickets in Tests (14 Dec 2005), though his bowling averages are above 40.
Second fastest player to reach 9000 runs (Brian Lara made 9000 in 177 innings, Sachin in 179.)
While his batting ranks him among the best in the world, he is also a part-time bowler and has played a crucial role as a leg spinner or a medium pace bowler who tends to break partnerships.
Batting average of over 50 against the best cricketing opposition in the world - Australia.
ODISome remarkable achievements of his career in One Day International (ODI) cricket are:
Most One day matches
Most Number of Man of the Matches (50) in one-day internationals
Most runs (13,909 as of December 10, 2005)
First cricketer to cross 10,000-run mark in ODIs
Most centuries (38) in one-day internationals
Only player to have over 100 innings of 50+ runs in ODIs as of April 2005
Played in the highest number of Cricket Grounds - he has played a one-day international at 89 different grounds. Rahul Dravid is next with 85, while Mohammad Azharuddin and Sanath Jayasuriya appeared at 83.
Despite having played over 350 matches, Tendulkar still manages a brilliant strike rate of over 86%
He has the most centuries in ODI cricket against Australia, South Africa, New Zealand, Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe.
He has more than a hundred wickets in ODIs (140 on Dec 14, 2005)
Highest ODI batting average among Indian batsmen and among all batsmen who have scored over 7,500 ODI runs (as of April 3, 2005)
Highest individual score in ODIs among Indian batsmen (186* against New Zealand at Hyderabad in 1999)
Most Number of Runs (1732 at an average of 59.72) in World Cup Cricket History
In the 2003 World Cup against Pakistan, played a breath-taking knock of 98, helping India defeat Pakistan for the fourth consecutive time in World Cup history.
He continues to perform well under the massive weight of expectation of hundreds of millions of cricket followers, in India and around the world.
MiscellaneousIncidentally, Sachin is the first batsman to be declared run out by third umpire in 1992 in South Africa.
Sachin was the first Overseas Cricketer to represent Yorkshire CCC in 1992.