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Sachin's stats talk volumes about him
Sachin Tendulkar became the first player in the history of cricket to score 15, 000 Test runs. He holds the maximum number of records at the international level.

SACHIN TENDULKAR has almost 40 international records to his name. He has played the most number of matches in the history of international cricket. He also holds record for most number of hundreds in ODIs and Tests, most number of fifties in ODIs, highest number of Man of the Matches and series award too. He was the first cricketer to pass 10,000, 15000, 16000, and 17000 runs in ODIs, scored over 1000 runs in a calendar year in ODIs 8 times, and was the first person to score a double hundred in an ODI. These are some of the records that he possesses. The latest record that he attained was during the Test match at Kotla, where he became the first person ever to score 15,000 runs in Test cricket.

Since making his debut in 1989 against Pakistan, he has grabbed headlines all over the world for his cricketing skills, primarily with the bat. He has been praised by many greats for his batting during his life time. Though his debut series in Pakistan would be remembered for the number of blows he took on his body, he did not give up and hung on the crease, which spoke a lot about the player.

He came into immediate attention of the world media when he cracked a century on the bouncing pitch at Perth, which was considered to be one the fastest pitches of the world. Some people consider this century of Tendulkar to be one of his finest. Merv Hughes had spotted the talent and said to Allan Border "This little prick's going to get more runs than you, AB." Indeed, he was right, as he has surpassed many records that Allan Border possessed.

It may surprise many a people but he scored his first ODI century in 1994 against Colombo in. So, in the past 17 years, he has made 48 centuries, which means that he has scored 3 centuries almost every year, on an average.

During the 1996 World Cup, experts around the world were excited to see the player tearing bowlers apart. He was the highest run scorer for the tournament with more than 500 runs to his name. Bowlers began to fear him for his tremendous batting style, where he mostly dominated the bowlers. From 1996, Tendulkar reached a new high in ODIs as he scored 1611 runs in 1996, 1011 runs in 1997, 1894 runs in 1998, 843 in 1999, 1328 runs in 2000, 741 runs in 2002, and 1141 runs in 2003, as per the stats published in His could not play to his calibre in the coming years as he was getting injured many times. In the past 3- 4 years Tendulkar has been playing only important ODI series, to prolong his career in Tests, where he has been going great runs.

In the longer format of the game too, he was scoring very heavily. In 1992, he scored 704 runs, 1089 runs in 1994, 1000 runs in 1997, 1088 runs in 1999, 1003 runs in 2001, 1392 runs in 2002, 915 runs in 2004. After the year 2004 till 2008 too, he was plagued by injuries, and he looked out of form too. Many people said that it is the end of Tendulkar. He answered his critics by scoring 1063 runs in 2008 and 1539 runs in 2011.

As an opener he has been most successful as he has scored 1625 runs and 12857 runs, when he came into bat at number 1 and 2 respectively. As far as Test matches are concerned, he has amassed 12,096 runs batting at the number four position. Most of his centuries have been scored against Australia in both formats of the game.

With these records one can say that he is one of the greatest players that has ever played the game. It would be very difficult to break his records. He has been very consistent for a period of over 20 years, which is an amazing feat. Tendulkar is still breaking records, seems hungry for runs, and has been in his best form in the recent past. One wonders, what cricket stats would be when he finishes his career?

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