200 Sachin Tendulkar facts
Here's all you ever wanted to know about the legend.
1. His father named him after the legendary music director Sachin Dev Burman.
2. During his school days, he grew his hair and tied a band around it to copy his idol, tennis legend John McEnroe.
3. While growing up, Sachin would ask his friend Ramesh Pardhe to dip a rubber ball in water and hurl it at him to see the wet marks left on the bat to know whether he had middled the ball!
4. Praveen Amre bought him his first pair of international quality cricket shoes
5. When Sachin was fourteen, Sunil Gavaskar gave him a pair of his own ultra-light pads. However they were stolen when Sachin was at an Under-15 national camp in Indore.
6. Dilip Vengsarkar gifted Sachin a Gunn & Moore bat after he was picked for the Bombay Under-15 team.
7. Sachin has 13 coins from his coach Ramakant Achrekar. He would win a coin if he could get through an entire session of nets without being dismissed.
8. Raj Singh Dungarpur was instrumental in amending the rules of the iconic Cricket Club of India to allow the fourteen-year old Sachin to use its dressing room despite his age
9. Sachin wanted to be a fast bowler but was rejected by Australian great Dennis Lillee at the MRF Pace Academy at Chennai in 1987.
10. In August 1987, Sachin was ignored for Bombay Cricket Association’s Best Junior Cricketer of the Year award, Sunil Gavaskar then wrote an encouraging letter to the fourteen-year-old with the postscript: ‘Don’t be disappointed at not getting the Best Junior cricketer award from BCA. If you look at the best award winners, you will find one name missing and that person has not done badly in Test cricket!’
11. He was a ball boy during the 1987 World Cup semi-final between India and England at Wankhede.
12. He fielded for Pakistan as a substitute during a one-day practice match against India at Mumbai’s Brabourne Stadium in 1988.
13. Playing for his school Sharadashram against St. Xavier's at the Azad Maidan in February, 1988, he was associated in the then world record unbroken stand of 664 runs with Vinod Kambli for the third-wicket. Both players remained unbeaten on 326 and 349 respectively.
14. He sang and whistled with Vinod Kambli during their 664-run record stand in the Harris Shield tournament in 1988 to avoid eye contact with the coach’s assistant who wanted to declare while the duo wanted to bat on.
15. Two wards in Delhi's Tihar Jail were named after Sachin and Vinod Kambli, after the duo shared a 664-run unbroken partnership in a school tournament.
16. Gursharan Singh played with one hand (despite a broken finger) to help Sachin get a superb century in the Irani Cup game of 1989-90.
17. Tendulkar holds the unique distinction of scoring a century on debut in Ranji Trophy, Irani Trophy and Duleep Trophy.
18. Sachin scored a duck on his One Day International debut against Pakistan at Gujranwala on December 18, 1989
19. Sachin was returning from India’s tour of England in 1990 when he met his future wife, Anjali, for the first time at the Mumbai airport. He was 17 then!
20. Sachin’s father-in-law, Anand Mehta, is a seven-time national champion in Bridge.
21. Sachin’s first man of the match in a Test was at Manchester in 1990 and he got Magnum champagne bottle as the prize. Sachin preserved it for eight years and finally uncorked it on his daughter Sara’s first birthday.
22. Sachin had to wait for 79 matches for his first ODI century on September 9, 1994. By that time he had scored seven Test hundreds.
23. He was without a bat contract during the 1996 World Cup in which he emerged as the highest run-getter.
24. After his Perth hundred in 1992, The famous London Times correspondent John Woodcock, in his '70s, was moved enough to say: "Gentlemen, he is The best batsman I have seen in my life. And unlike most of you, I have seen Bradman."
25. In 1992, he became the first overseas player to represent Yorkshire county team.
26. Aged 19, it made him the youngest Indian to play in county cricket
27. On November 14, 1992, playing against South Africa at Kingsmead in Durban, Tendulkar became the first batsman to have been declared run out by a third umpire.
28. In 1997 Sachin was one of the five cricketers selected as Wisden Cricketer of the Year.
29. In 1998 Sachin was chosen for the 1997-98 Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award.
30. When then BCCI president Raj Singh Dungarpur was asked why was Tendulkar not seen at the presentation after Pakistan won the Chennai Test of 1999 despite a brilliant hundred from Tendulkar, a distraught Raj Singh said: "He is crying in the dressing room."
31. Tendulkar refused to do a Pepsi ad because it required him to smash cricket balls with a fly swatter. He told ad-film maker Prahlad Kakkar that this will project him as bigger than the game of cricket. The ad was modified and stumps replaced the fly swatter.
32. In 1999 Sachin was conferred “Padma Shri” – India’s fourth highest civilian honour.
33. During the 2007 Lord’s Test, one of the most popular British actors Daniel Radcliffe queued up for an autograph of Sachin at the end of the game.
34. In 2008 Sachin was conferred Padma Vibhushan – India’s second highest civilian honour.
35. Launched in 2009 by a company founded by former investment banker Karl Fowler, a book on Sachin Tendulkar - Tendulkar Opus -has 852 pages edged in gold leaf with each page measuring 50cm x 50cm and weighs 37 kg.
36. In 2010, Sachin was conferred an honorary rank of the Indian Air Force which made him the first sportsperson to be conferred a rank by the IAF and the first personality with no aviation background to receive the honour.
37. In the team bus, Tendulkar always takes the left window seat of the front row
38. In the dressing room, he chooses his spot first -Sachin always occupies a corner. Once he has exercised his choice, others rush to take their places.
39. Sachin follows Roger Federer and Formula 1 and understands music and medicine. Is fond of seafood and can hold a conversation on the merits of different wines.
40. The team has a system of monetary fines for players coming late (to the bus or a meeting or a function) and for flouting the dress code. But Tendulkar has never had to pay up in 23 years.
41. Sachin bats right-handed, bowls with his right-arm, but writes with his left hand
42. In 2002 cricket bible Wisden rated him as the second greatest Test batsman, behind Sir Don Bradman
43. In 2003 Wisden rated Sachin the greatest ever ODI player
44. In 2010 he won the ICC Award-Sir Garfield Sobers trophy for cricketer of the year
45. He is the only cricketer to receive Rajiv Khel Ratna, India’s highest sporting honour
46. Sachin features in Bradman’s all time Test XI, the only player from the current generation
47. Sachin is the only Indian to find a place in Wisden’s all-time World XI.
48. The Don, rated by many as the greatest batsman of all time, considered Tendulkar to have a batting style similar to his. "Bradman was most taken by Tendulkar's technique, compactness and shot production, and had asked his wife to have a look at Tendulkar, having felt that Tendulkar played like him. Bradman's wife, Jessie, agreed that they did appear similar,” his biography records
49. Tendulkar has been on Twitter since May 2010, tweeting as @sachin_rt
50. In less than a year Sachin hit the one million follower mark to become the only Indian in the million-follower club.
51. He is the only Indian cricketer to have a waxwork at Madame Tussaud’s
52. He is one of the first sportsmen, along with Grandmaster Vishwanathan Anand to receive Padma Vibhusan in 2008, which is Indian’s second highest civilian honour
53. Sachin scored a hundred (100*) for Mumbai against Gujarat at Mumbai in 1988-89 season on his first class debut, to then become the youngest to do so on debut in Indian first class cricket and the second youngest to score a hundred at the age of 15 years & 232 days.
54. He remains the only player to score century on debut in Ranji Trophy, Irani Trophy and Duleep Trophy. His scoring sequence were: 100 not out for Mumbai against Gujarat at Mumbai in 1988-89 in Ranji Trophy, 103 not out for Rest of India against Delhi at Delhi in 1989-90 in Irani Trophy and 159 for West Zone against East Zone at Guwahati in 1990-91 in Duleep Trophy.
55. On his Test debut, Sachin Tendulkar was the third youngest debutant (16 years 205 days). Mushtaq Mohammad (15 years 124 days) and Aaqib Javed (16 years 189 days) debuted in Test matches at a younger age than Tendulkar.
56. When Tendulkar scored his maiden Test century in 1990, he was the second youngest to score a century. Only Mushtaq Mohammad had scored a century at a younger age by 1990. Tendulkar's record was bettered by Mohammad Ashraful in 2001-02 season. The record for previous youngest Indian centurion was held by Kapil Dev.
57. Sachin has played the most number of Test Matches (198) in Test cricket.
58. Sachin is the highest run scoring player in Test history with 15,837 runs.
59. Sachin has the distinction of scoring the most runs at any position in Test cricket. In 273 innings, he has amassed 13408 runs at his favourite batting position (# 4) with the help of 44 centuries and 57 fifties.
60. Highest number of Test centuries (51), overtaking Sunil Gavaskar's record (34) in December 2005 vs Sri Lanka in Delhi.
61. Sachin has scored centuries against all Test playing nations. He was the third batman to achieve the distinction after Steve Waugh and Gary Kirsten.
62. Only batsman to have scored at least TWO centuries against ALL other Test playing countries.
63. The first ball Sachin faced in international cricket was bowled by Waqar Younis. Mohammad Azharuddin was his partner.
64. Sachin’s record of five test centuries before he turned 20 is a world record, still held by him
65. Is the only player to score Test centuries more than twenty years apart. Don Bradman's first and last three-figure scores came 19 years 7 months apart.
66. His seven centuries in 2010 are the most by an Indian batsman in a calendar year.
67. 1562 runs scored by Sachin in Test cricket in 2010 are also the most by an Indian batsman in a calendar year.
68. 12 of Sachin’s Test hundreds have come after the age of 35. England’s Graham Gooch remains the only other player to have done so.
69. 15 of Sachin’s Test centuries came under Mohammad Azharuddin.
70. Tendulkar has the distinction of scoring most fifty-plus innings (51 centuries and 67 fifties = 118) which remains the world record for any batsman.
71. Holds the record of aggregating most runs in AWAY Tests (8705).
72. Is the first batsman to have aggregated 1,000 runs against SEVEN different countries in Test cricket. The only teams missing are Zimbabwe (918 runs) and Bangladesh (820 runs).
73. Holds the record of most runs in between two dismissals with 497 runs in 2003-04 season (spread across three Tests and five innings with the sequence of 241*, 60*,194* and 2).
74. First Indian to score 300 runs in a Test without getting dismissed.
75. Has crossed 150 on 20 occasions in Test cricket – most such instances for any batsman in Test cricket.
76. Has completed his hundred with a six on SIX occasions in Test cricket – a world record.
77. When he scored his 51st hundred, which was against South Africa at Cape Town, he became the first overseas batsman to have scored 5 centuries on South African soil. The previous highest was 4 Test centuries by Wally Hammond of England and Neil Harvey of Australia.
78. Sachin holds the record of aggregating most runs by an overseas batsman in two countries- Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.
79. Became the first player to surpass the 12,000, 13,000, 14,000 & 15,000 Test run marks.
80. Tendulkar is the fastest to reach the following thousand-run marks in terms of innings: 10000 runs (195 innings- joint record holder with Brian Lara and Kumar Sangakkara), 12000 runs (247 innings - joint record holder with Ricky Ponting),13000 runs (266 innings),14000 runs (279 innings) and 15000 (300 innings).
81. Holds the unique record of having appeared in most WON (70) and most LOST (56) Tests for India.
82. Sachin has been dismissed stumped only once in Test matches. The only occasion was against England at Bangalore in 2002. Just 10 runs away from his century,Sachin got irritated by Ashley Giles’ negative bowling (bowling well outside the leg stump) and wicketkeeper James Foster effected a smart stumping.
83. In 2001-02 Sachin was dismissed LBW in five consecutive innings – an Indian record
84. Sachin has been involved in 23 run-outs. He was out on 9 occasions and his partner on 14 occasions.
85. Steve Smith dismissed Sachin Tendulkar with the first and (so far) only ball he has bowled to him in Tests.
86. If Sachin’s final Test goes to the fifth day, Sachin would have a career span of 24 years 3 days- fifth longest for any player in Test annals and longest ever for a sub-continent player.
87. Sachin played his first 32 Tests on different grounds.
88. Sachin’s 14 man of the match awards are the most by an Indian in Test cricket.
89. Sachin’s 5 man of the series awards are the most by an Indian in Test cricket (along with Virender Sehwag).
90. Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid put on 20 hundred-plus stands in Test cricket. This is a world record for the most number of century partnerships by a single pair in Test cricket.
91. Despite being dubbed as a unsuccessful captain, averaged 51.35 in 25 matches in which he captained India. His average is the highest for an Indian captain with at least 500 runs to his credit.
92. Sachin has played Test cricket with 593 players (108 teammates and 485 opponents) – most for any player in Test cricket
93. Sachin played 47 of his Tests under the captaincy of Mohammad Azharuddin - more than any other captain
94. Sachin has played 146 Tests with Rahul Dravid, 122 with Anil Kumble, 120 with VVS Laxman and 103 with Sourav Ganguly
95. Sachin hit 2 sixes off his first two balls in India’s fourth innings successful chase against Australia at Chennai in 2013.
96. Eleven bowlers have dismissed Sachin as their first wicket in Tests. They are: Hansie Cronje (South Africa), Ujesh Ranchod (Zimbabwe), Ruwan Kalpage (Sri Lanka), Mark Ealham (England), Neil Johnson (Zimbabwe), Jacob Oram (New Zealand), Monty Panesar (England), Cameron White (Australia), Peter Siddle (Australia), Peter George (Australia) and Andy McKay (New Zealand).
97. Sachin has never batted at number three in his entire Test career. He has opened once, batted 273 times at number 4, 29 times at number 5, 20 times at number 6 and 4 times at number 7.
98. Sachin has top-scored on 53 occasions in a completed innings- more than any other Test player.
99. Between November 1989 and June 2001 Sachin played 84 consecutive Tests without a break.
100. Sachin has played on 59 different Test grounds - more than anyone else
101. By an odd coincidence Sachin has aggregated same number of runs (5068) in match’s first innings as well as second innings. Incidentally Sachin holds the record of aggregating most runs in first and second innings of a Test. He has also scored most runs (1625) in match’s fourth innings. His tally of 2996 runs is the third highest in third innings of a Test.
102. Sachin has batted for 41113 minutes (685 hours 13 minutes) in Test cricket. Only Rahul Dravid has batted longer.
103. Six times Sachin has hit winning runs in a Test – most by an Indian. Only Ricky Ponting (9) and Desmond Haynes (7) have done this more often in Test cricket.
104. On his ODI debut, Sachin Tendulkar was the second youngest debutant at 16 years 238 days. Only Aaqib Javed had made his ODI debut at a younger age (16 years 127 days) than Sachin Tendulkar.
105. Sachin scored ducks in his first two ODIs, he ended his ODI career with innings of 114 and 52.
106. His 463 matches are the most by any player in ODI history.
107. Between April 1990 and April 1998 Tendulkar played 185 consecutive matches – a World record.
108. Sachin played ODIs on 96 different grounds – most by any player.
109. First to play 400 innings in ODI matches.
110. Most runs: 18426 runs at an average of 44.83
111. He is the leading run scorer in the ODI format of the game and the only player ever to cross the 14,000, 15,000, 16,000, 17,000 and 18,000 run marks.
112. First player to reach 10,000-11,000-12,000-13,000-14,000-15,000-16,000-17,000 and 18,000 ODI runs.
113. 15,310 of his runs have come while opening the innings with the aid of 45 centuries and 75 fifties in 340 innings- most by an opener.
114. Was the first batsman to score a double century in ODIs (200* against South Africa at Gwalior on Feb 24,2010).
115. Is the only player to have made three scores of 175 or more.
116. Is the only player with five scores of 150 or more.
117. Holds the record for scoring 1,000 ODI runs in a calendar year on most occasions. He has done it seven times - 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2003 and 2007
118. Scored over 1,000 ODI runs against all major teams.
119. Is the first batsman to score over 3,000 runs against an opponent (3,077 runs against Australia).Since then he has also done this against Sri Lanka (3,113 runs).
120. His 49 centuries are easily the most by any batsman in ODIs. Ricky Ponting is distant second with 30.
121. His nine centuries against Australia are the most by any player against a particular country. He occupies the second place too, with eight centuries against Sri Lanka.
122. Is the only Indian to score a century on ODI captaincy debut (110 v Sri Lanka at Colombo RPS on 28-08-1996).
123. Most Fifties: 96
124. Highest number of 50+ scores in ODI's - 145 (49 Centuries and 96 Fifties).
125. First player to have scored over 100 innings of 50+ runs.
126. Most Man of the Match awards: 62
127. Most Man of the Series awards: 15
128. Most ODI runs in a calendar year: 1894 ODI runs in 1998.
129. Most Centuries in a calendar year: 9 ODI centuries in 1998
130. Sachin Tendulkar with Sourav Ganguly holds the world record for the maximum number of runs scored by the opening partnership. They put together 6609 runs in 136 matches that include 21 century partnerships and 23 fifty run partnerships. The 21 century partnerships for the opening pair is also a world record.
131. Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid hold the world record for the highest partnership in ODIs when they scored 331 runs for the second wicket against New Zealand in 1999-00 at the Hyderabad.
132. Sachin was the first Indian player to score a century and capture four wickets in the same ODI (v Australia at Dhaka on October 28, 1998).
133. Had the longest career span (22 years 91 days) for any player in ODIs.
134. Sachin played ODIs with 866 players (123 teammates and 743 opponents) – most for any player in ODI history.
135. Sachin was dismissed on 99 on three occasions in ODIs – most such occasions for any batsman. Interestingly all these instances came in 2007.
136. In his first two ODIs Sachin was unable to even open his account. He got out off the second ball in both the matches.
137. Sachin’s first six in ODIs was against England at Leeds in 1990 (off Eddie Hemmings) in his sixth match.
138. The 3113 runs scored by Sachin against Sri Lanka are the most by any player against a particular country in ODIs
139. In 1998 Sachin scored 12 international hundreds – most by any batsman in a calendar year.
140. Sachin’s first six in Tests was against South Africa at Cape Town in 1993 (off Omar Henry) in his 32nd innings.
141. In Tests, December has been Sachin’s most productive month. The little master aggregated 2866 runs in 36 Tests averaging 47.76.
142. In Tests, Sachin has scored most centuries in the month of January- 10. His average of 72.91 is also his best for any month.
143. In ODIs, March was Sachin’s most productive month. He aggregated 2818 runs in 61 matches at an average of 51.23 in this month. Sachin also scored most centuries (8) in March.
144. Sachin has crossed 150 or more in ODIs on five occasions– most by any player.
145. In ODIs, July was Sachin’s best month average-wise. In 25 matches Sachin’s average was 52.33 while aggregating 942 runs. March (51.23) and June (51.20) were the other months in which Sachin averaged 50 or more.
146. Sachin was the first batsman to score a double century in ODIs (200* against South Africa at Gwalior on Feb 24, 2010).
147. Sachin remains the only Indian to score a century on ODI captaincy debut (110 v Sri Lanka at Colombo RPS on Aug 28,1996).
148. In his ODI career Sachin Tendulkar played with 123 different team mates. 20 of them had made their ODI debut before Tendulkar, while 101 made their debut after Tendulkar. Two players- Salil Ankola and Vivek Razdan- made their ODI debut along with Tendulkar.
149. Sachin played 245 ODIs with Anil Kumble and Rahul Dravid, 238 with Sourav Ganguly, 223 with Mohammad Azharuddin and 204 with Javagal Srinath.
150. Venkatapathy Raju played all his 53 ODIs alongwith Sachin!
151.Only six Indian bowlers have taken more four-wicket hauls than Sachin’s six in ODIs.
152. Nearly 25% of all centuries made by ALL Indian batsmen in ODIs had come from Sachin’s bat when he retired from this format in 2012.
153. Is the only batsman to aggregate 1,000 or more runs in a calendar year in ODIs on seven occasions (in successive years from 1996 to1998, in 1994, in 2000 and in 2003).
154. Holds the distinction of scoring most runs and hundreds in a calendar year in ODIs. Tendulkar aggregated 1894 runs in 34 matches with nine hundreds in 1998.
155. Only the second player (after Javed Miandad) to appear in SIX World Cups – from 1992 to 2011.
156. Most runs (2278) in World Cup history including 6 centuries & 15 fifties with a best score of 152 against Namibia in 2003 world cup.
157. 673 runs in 2003 Cricket World Cup, highest by any player in a single World Cup.
158. Player of the Tournament in ICC Cricket World Cup 2003
159. His 6 centuries are the most hit by any batsman in the World Cup.
160. His 21 fifty-plus scores (6 hundreds & 15 fifties) are the most by any batsman in World Cup.
161. Is the only batsman to aggregate 400 runs in a World Cup on THREE occasions – in 1996, 2003 and 2011
162. Only player to aggregate 500 runs in two editions of the World Cup (673 in 2003 and 523 in 1996).
163. Has won 9 Man of the Match awards in the World Cup – most by any player.
164. Only player to score four consecutive 50s on TWO occasions (in 1996 & 2003).
165. Holds the record of scoring the fastest fifty by an Indian in the World Cup (off 26 balls v Bermuda in 2007).
166. Holds the record of hitting most fours in a single edition of World Cup– 75 in 2003
167. Holds the record of hitting most fours in all World Cup matches (221)
168. Holds the record of involvement in maximum century-partnerships (12) in World Cup
169. Has most man of the match awards (8) in World Cup
170. Sachin ended a one-dayer on winning note with a six on two occasions - against Sri Lanka at Sharjah in 1995 (off Champaka Ramanayeke) and against England at Kanpur in 2002 (off Jeremy Snape) .
171. The most runs Sachin has scored in one over in ODIs is 24 off New Zealand’s Chris Drum at Hyderabad in 1999-00. Sachin hit one six, four boundaries and a couple. The four extras made it a 28-run over for team India. During the World Cup game against Sri Lanka at Delhi, Sachin scored 23 runs off one over from Ravindra Pushpakumara.
172. Sachin’s 134 against Australia at Sharjah in 1998 still remains the highest ODI score by any player on his birthday.
173. In 1998 Sachin won 12 man of the match awards in ODIs – most by any player in a single calendar year.
174. Sachin’s fastest knock in ODIs is 57* off 29 balls (SR 196.55) against Bermuda at Port-of-Spain in 2007.
175. Sachin was involved in a record 99 century partnerships in ODIs with 21 different partners– most for any player.
176. Sachin also holds the record for scoring most boundaries in ODIs
177. He is the only player to have taken 150 wickets and scored more than 15,000 runs in ODIs
178. During the Australian tour of India in 1998 Matthew Hayden said: "I have seen God. He bats at no. 4 in India in Tests”
179. 16 bowlers dismissed Sachin as their first ODI wicket!
180. Sachin Tendulkar is the only cricketer to have achieved the unique double of scoring 15,000+ ODI runs and taking 150+ ODI wickets.
181. In 39 innings in tournament finals Sachin aggregated 1851 runs (at an average of 54.44) – more than any other batsman in ODI history.
182. Sachin’s six centuries in ODI finals are also the maximum for any batsman. No one else has scored more than three.
183. Sachin has hit the most boundaries in international cricket. Second-placed is West Indian Brian Lara, with Ricky Ponting in third.
184. He holds the record for the most Man of the Match and Man of the Series awards in international cricket (all three forms combined). Till date, he has won the MoM award 76 times (14 times in Tests, 62 times in ODIs) and the MoS award 20 times (5 times in Tests, 15 times in ODIs). Both are world records.
185. Between 25th April 1990 and 24th April 1998, Sachin Tendulkar represented India in a total of 239 matches (54 Tests and 185 ODIs) without missing a single game. Till date, this remains a world record for the most number of consecutive matches for a team.
186. Tendulkar’s best bowling in international cricket came in a one-day international against Australia at Kochi on April Fool’s Day in 1998.
187. Tendulkar made his international debut at the age of 16 years. He is still the youngest debutant for India both in ODIs as well as in Tests.
188. Sachin set the record for most runs in an IPL season in 2010, scoring 618 runs in 14 innings with the Mumbai Indians.
189. Sachin has aggregated 2000 runs in international cricket in a calendar year on four occasions– More than anyone else.
190. Only batsman in cricket annals to score over 100 centuries in international cricket.
191. First batsman in history to score over 50 centuries in international cricket.
192. In all international cricket Sachin has aggregated 34273 runs – easily the most by any batsman. Ricky Ponting is distant second with 27483.
193. Holds the record of getting out the maximum number of times on 90s in international matches. He has been dismissed 27 times (17 in ODIs and 10 in Tests) on scores of 90-99. On one occasion in ODIs he remained unbeaten on 96. The 18 nineties in ODIs is an ODI record too.
194. Holds the record of aggregating most runs against a particular opponent in all forms of International Cricket (Tests, ODIs and Twenty20s). Sachin has aggregated 6707 runs against Australia in all international cricket with 20 centuries and 31 fifties at an average of 49.68
195. Sachin’s 20 centuries against Australia are the maximum by any batsman in all forms of international cricket against a particular country, surpassing Don Bradman who had made 19 Test centuries against England.
196. Has also hit most number of sixes (264) in international cricket for India
197. The 50108 runs scored by Sachin in all recognised cricket (first-class, list A and Twenty20s) are the most by a sub-continent player.
198. The 81 centuries scored by Sachin in first-class cricket are the most by any Indian (with Sunil Gavaskar).
199. Brett Lee has dismissed Sachin in international cricket on 14 occasions– most for any bowler.
200. In his last game across different formats (Tests,ODIs, T20Is, IPL, CLT20, Ranji Trophy) Sachin has ended on the winning side.
Report: India vs Australia – 6th ODI
Shikhar, Virat chase 350-plus for India. Again.
No, it wasn’t the repeat telecast of the second ODI, in Jaipur. India indeed chased down a 350-plus total for the second time in the series. And yes, it was Shikhar Dhawan (100 off 102) and Virat Kohli’s (115* off 66) centuries that got them home again. India’s sensational batting gave them a six-wicket win in Nagpur and a chance to win the series in Bengaluru.
Dhawan, taking his love affair with Australia to a new level, strolled his way to his fourth ODI hundred. With his fifth consecutive 50-plus ODI score, the colour purple of Virat’s form became a tinge richer and deeper.
During his 178-run opening stand with Rohit Sharma, Shikhar batted exactly according to the needs of the chase – he was solid yet attacking and took calculated risks. The left-hander scored most of his boundaries flicking and cutting the ball. He also played the odd sweep and paddle sweep to the spinners. Australia’s changed bowling plans meant Dhawan didn’t get many chances to play his favourite pull shot.
Rohit Sharma (79 off 89) was the slower partner. As Shikhar went about keeping the scorers busy, Rohit took his time to settle in. Just when he started to up the ante – he hit Glenn Maxwell for two sixes in an over – he threw his wicket away by lobbing an Aaron Finch half tracker to the man at deep midwicket.
Dhawan continued to score runs – the authoritative ones and the cheeky ones. He drove with panache, swept with shrewdness and cut with skill. More importantly, he ran between the wickets industriously, maintaining the run-a-ball equation right through his innings. With Virat, Dhawan put on 56 for the second wicket. After facing his 101st ball, Dhawan put his bat down, pumped his fists and stretched his arms. The Indian dressing room erupted and Virat gave him a warm hug. Shikhar Dhawan had just scored his fourth ODI century. The joy didn’t last long, as he got castled by James Faulkner next ball.
It was time for Virat to take over, and he did. As has been his wont, there wasn’t one ugly slog in his knock, only beautiful shots. He lost Suresh Raina and Yuvraj Singh – both were Mitchell Johnson’s victims – and was joined by MS Dhoni.
Being asked to bat, the Australian openers got off to a solid start on the slow Nagpur wicket. Both Phil Hughes and Aaron Finch targeted Mohammad Shami, taking him for five boundaries in two overs. Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who returned to the team after sitting out the Ranchi ODI, bowled first spell of five overs, giving away 15 runs for the wicket of Hughes – caught at square leg off a short ball.
R Ashwin, introduced into the attack in the 12th over, castled Finch off his first ball with a straight and full delivery. Shane Watson (102 off 94 balls) and captain, George Bailey (156 off 114 balls), began the reconstruction of the Aussie innings from there, putting on 168 runs for the third wicket.
Both batsmen had their share of luck. Jadeja had Watson caught by Rohit in the 17th over off a no-ball. Bailey mistimed the following free-hit at midwicket. When it happened, Watson was on 25 and Bailey was on 10.
Watson, who was having a quiet series, batted himself in and used the loose balls to score boundaries off. Once settled in, he brought out the big shots against the Indian spinners. Amit Mishra got smashed for two fours and sixes each while Jadeja was taken for a six and a four in an over. Watson had done the hard work and now it was time to reap rewards. It took him seven balls to go from 81 to 102. He hit Shami with three consecutive fours, the last one – a full-toss on the pads – bringing up his century. The next ball, a full, incoming delivery, dismantled the stumps behind Watson.
Bailey, however, continued the slaughtering of Indian bowlers, now in the company of Adam Voges. Once again showing his brilliant ability of building his innings, the Aussie skipper cut loose when the spinners came into the attack – four of his five sixes came against them. He was harsh on India’s most economical bowler, Bhuvneshwar, scoring four boundaries off him. He brought up his second ODI century in the 41st over, in 84 balls. Once he got past the three-figure mark, Bailey batted more freely, making the most of the slog overs. Thanks to him, Australia scored 99 runs in the last 10 overs.
Of India’s bowlers, Bhuvneshwar was the only one with an economy rate below six. And he bowled only eight overs. Ashwin (2 for 64) and Jadeja (2 for 68) too did decently.
Man of the Match: Virat Kohli for his 66-ball unbeaten knock of 115 runs.