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Comparing Sachin and Sunny

Last updated on: December 20, 2005 11:43 IST
When he nudged Chaminda Vaas to backward square leg for an easy single, Sachin Tendulkar broke countryman Sunil Gavaskar's world record of most number of centuries in Test cricket.

A statistical summary of the little master's Test career:

Most 100s in Test cricket

100s Batsman For Tests Inns NO Runs HS Ave 50s 0s
35 SR Tendulkar Ind 125 200 22 10256 248* 57.62 41 12
34 SM Gavaskar Ind 125 214 16 10122 236* 51.12 45 12
32 SR Waugh Aus 168 260 46 10927 200 51.06 50 22
31 BC Lara WI 121 214 6 11204 400* 53.87 46 14
29 DG Bradman Aus 52 80 10 6996 334 99.94 13 7
27 AR Border Aus 156 265 44 11174 205 50.56 63 11
26 GStA Sobers WI 93 160 21 8032 365* 57.78 30 12
25 RT Ponting Aus 97 160 22 7738 257 56.07 30 8

Most 100s in home Tests

100s Batsman For Tests Inns NO Runs HS Ave 50s 0s
18 DG Bradman Aus 33 50 6 4322 299* 98.23 10 5
16 GS Chappell Aus 55 96 13 4515 204 54.40 21 8
16 SM Gavaskar Ind 65 108 7 5067 236* 50.17 23 6
16 ML Hayden Aus 38 66 7 3829 380 64.90 13 3
16 BC Lara WI 61 103 5 6006 400* 61.29 26 7
16 SR Tendulkar Ind 56 91 10 4767 217 58.85 19 3
15 DC Boon Aus 60 108 10 4541 200 46.34 18 10
15 SR Waugh Aus 89 140 20 5710 170 47.58 30 9
15 GA Gooch Eng 74 131 3 5917 333 46.23 26 11

Tendulkar in Test cricket

Opponent Tests Inns NO Runs Ave HS 100s 50s 0s
Australia 21 39 4 1859 53.11 241* 7 7 4
Bangladesh 3 3 1 302 151.00 248* 1 0 0
England 16 24 2 1683 76.50 193 6 8 0
New Zealand 16 27 5 1062 48.27 217 3 5 1
Pakistan 13 21 1 855 42.75 194* 2 5 2
South Africa 16 29 2 1003 37.15 169 3 3 1
Sri Lanka 15 18 3 1246 83.07 148 7 3 0
West Indies 16 25 2 1328 57.74 179 3 7 3
Zimbabwe 9 14 2 918 76.50 201* 3 3 1
TOTAL 125 200 22 10256 57.61 248* 35 41 12

Tendulkar in home Tests

Opponent Tests Inns NO Runs Ave HS 100s 50s 0s
Australia 9 17 1 830 51.88 177 3 4 1
England 6 8 1 609 87.00 165 2 4 0
New Zealand 8 14 4 564 56.40 217 2 2 0
Pakistan 6 11 0 435 39.55 136 1 3 2
South Africa 7 13 1 367 30.58 97 0 2 0
Sri Lanka 9 10 1 576 64.00 148 3 1 0
West Indies 6 11 1 708 70.80 179 2 2 0
Zimbabwe 5 7 1 678 113.00 201* 3 1 0
TOTAL 56 91 10 4767 58.85 217 16 19 3

Tendulkar's performance in each year

Year 100s
1989 0
1990 1
1991 0
1992 3
1993 2
1994 2
1995 0
1996 2
1997 4
1998 3
1999 5
2000 2
2001 3
2002 4
2003 0
2004 3
2005 1

Gavaskar vs Tendulkar

Progress to centuries' pinnacle

Century Gavaskar Tendulkar
5th 13 23
10th 32 41
15th 40 59
20th 51 69
25th 79 82
30th 99 99
34th 119 119
35th - 125

A comparative study of Gavaskar and Tendulkar's centuries in each segment of 25 Tests

  Gavaskar Tendulkar
First 25 Tests 9 5
26th-50th Tests 11 6
51st - 75th Tests 4 11
76th - 100th Tests 6 8
101st-125th Tests 4 5

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