10 Most Unbreakable Records of Sachin Tendulkar
There are two kinds of batsmen in the world. One, Sachin Tendulkar. Two, all the others.— Andy Flower
Statistically, Sachin Tendulkar has the most number of records any sportsperson can have in a team sport.
Any record book on cricket will start with the name of Sachin and end with him. If you ever happen to take part in a quiz on cricket, and if a question comes on records, you can safely say Sachin Tendulkar, there would be high chances that your answer is right.
He is the player who holds the record for most number of years in international cricket. But there are other records that he holds. Oh, you know that, how naïve am I sounding? Sachin himself believes that records are meant to be broken. But that's so modest of him. Some records are not meant to be broken or can't be broken. Just as Sir Don Bradman's 99.94 test batting average, and Jack Hobbs 199 centuries in first-class cricket, and now Sachin's 100 centuries won't be broken.
So here is my list of Sachin Tendulkar's most unbreakable records.
Highest Run Scorer (ODI and Test)
18426 and 15921 = 34347
Most Number of Centuries
100 (51 Test and 49 ODI Centuries)
Most Number of Matches Played (Test and ODI)
198 and 463 = 661
Highest ODI Partnership Update: Recently broken by Chris Gayle and Marlon Samuels
331 with Rahul Dravid
Most Number of Man of the Series and Man of the Match in ODI :
16 and 62
Most Number of Fours
4013 and Counting
Highest Run Scorer in World Cup
Most Number of Years in an International Sport
Most Number of Stadium Appearances
Most Number of Half-Centuries (ODI and Test)
96 + 67 = 198
1) Highest Run Scorer (ODI and Test) : 18426 and 15921 = 34347
Sachin holds the record of most number of runs scored ever by a cricketer. For ODI's at a certain point the media was going gaga over Ricky Ponting that he can break this record. Now everybody knows what happened to him.
In test cricket, Ricky Ponting and Jacques Kallis chased him but couldn't get past him.
2) Most Number of Centuries : 100 (51 Test and 49 ODI centuries)
Now, this is obvious. Nobody ever thought it that even Sachin will be able to do it (read 2006-2007). And every cricketer can only dream to achieve it.
I bet you this record is untouchable. Mission Impossible infinity.
And the above figure is only of international cricket. But there is the domestic circuit as well which he played away from the limelight. He has scored 80 centuries in first-class cricket and another 60 centuries in list A games.
3) Most Number of Matches Played (Test and ODI) : 198 and 463 = 661
For a player who has played more than 23 years of cricket in the international arena. This might be possible. But that's another thing that any other player who wants to do it would have to take a re-birth.
Even with cricket evolving with pro-batsman rule this is highly impossible. Such a long career and he has never been dropped, and that itself is a record. And for first-class games, he has played a whopping 302 matches and for list A 551 matches.
Now an exercise for you. Take out the calculator and count number of days he has played international cricket. Count and be amazed. If you don't want to then here is the number of days he has played. Be ready to get dazzled. 2910 days of cricket. It comes around 8 years and I have not even added Twenty20 cricket (IPL).
4) Highest ODI Partnership : 331 with Rahul Dravid
This is debatable. Stop laughing, but not laughable.
This record was made in 1999 against New Zealand. Keep in mind then there were no powerplays. Since then more than 12 years have passed and the only one which came close to it in recent times is 286 of Upul Tharanga and Dilshan vs Zimbabwe (consider that powerplay is introduced).
Update: This record has been broken by Chris Gayle and Marlon Samuels when they scored 372 against Zimbabwe in 2015 world cup. In the process, Chris Gayle also scored a double century.
5) Most Number of Man of the Series and Man of the Match in ODI : 16 and 62
Even the commentators would have been bored of calling Sachin's name again and again. Considerable is the average, to make more sense, he is awarded a Man of the Match award in every seven matches that he plays.
Sachin has the most number of Man of the Matches and Man of the series award. And most by any sportsperson in any team sport.
6) Most Number of Fours (Test, ODI and T20) : 4013+
Sachin is way ahead of every of everyone in hitting boundaries. It is a massive 4013+.
With 2016 in just ODI matches and rest in test and 2 in the single T20 international that he played.
7) Highest Run Scorer in World Cup : 2278
This record is almost unbreakable.
Yes, I said almost. But doable. Sachin did it in 6 world cups. Any aspiring cricketer who can play for more than 3-4 world cups can do it. But getting selected in consecutive world cups and performing out there is another matter.
8) Most Number of Years in an International Sport - 24
Now this one is a given. More than 24 years in cricket.
He has the rare distinction of being coached by players with whom he has played against. He played against John Wright, Gary Kirsten who became coach of the Indian team.
9) Most Number of Stadium Appearances : 90+
In his long years of cricketing career, he has played in more number of stadiums than any other player.
According to statisticians, he has played in more than 100 stadiums in all over the world.
10) Most Number of Half-Centuries (ODI and Test) = 96 + 67 = 198
Apart from centuries, Sachin also holds the record of the most number of half-centuries. He has the highest number of 50's in ODIs as well as in test cricket.
The only player who can beat that may be Virat Kohli with 14 in test and 44 in one-day internationals.
Do you agree or disagree? Shout it out in the comments section.
Also, Sachin has the record of holding the most number of records in cricket.
Keep all that records aside, but no one can achieve a status like him. Being the God of Cricket (that's true howsoever that may sound a cliché to you), the most idolized most worshiped sportsperson of all time. No sportsperson in the world can ever dream of such luxury.
© 2012 Kannan Reddy