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Sachin Tendulkar announced his decision to retire from Test cricket after playing his landmark 200th match against the West Indies next month.
The 40-year-old Tendulkar, who has not been in the best of form in recent times, informed the Board of Control for Cricket in India about his decision to quit Test cricket after a glorious career, spanning 24 years.
Though the BCCI is yet announce the venues for the two Tests against the West Indies, his 200th Test is most likely to be played at his home ground in Mumbai from November 14.
The Eden Gardens in Kolkata is also a contender for hosting that historic match.
As the batting legend prepares to sign off, we take a look at his glorious career.
- 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.
- He 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.
- 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.
Born: April 24, 1973, Mumbai
Style: Right-handed batsman & right-arm medium/ off-break/ leg-break bowler
Test debut: v Pakistan, Karachi, November 15, 1989 (made 15)
ODI debut: v Pakistan, Gujranwala, December 18, 1989 (made 0)
T20I debut: v South Africa, Johannesburg, December 1, 2006 (made 10)
Tendulkar was the third youngest debutant in Tests
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- 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.
- When Tendulkar scored his maiden 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.
Tendulkar played his first 32 Tests on different grounds
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- Tendulkar has played the most number of Test Matches (198) in Test cricket.
- Played his first 32 Tests on different grounds.
- Highest run scoring player in Test history with 15,837 runs.
Tendulkar has scored highest number of Test centuries
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- Tendulkar 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.
- Highest number of Test centuries (51), overtaking Sunil Gavaskar's record (34) in December 2005 vs Sri Lanka in Delhi.
- Tendulkar has scored centuries against all Test playing nations. He was the third batman to achieve the distinction after Steve Waugh and Gary Kirsten.
Tendulkar holds the record of aggregating most runs in away Tests
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- Tendulkar has the distinction of scoring most fifty-plus innings (51 centuries and 67 fifties = 118) which remains the world record for any batsman.
- Holds the record of aggregating most runs in AWAY Tests (8705).
- Tendulkar's record of five centuries before he turned 20 is a current world record.
- His seven centuries in 2010 are the most by an Indian batsman in a calendar year.
Tendulkar holds the record of most runs in between two dismissals in Tests
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- Is the first batsman to have aggregated 1,000 runs against SEVEN different countries in Test cricket.
- 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).
- First Indian to score 300 runs in a Test without getting dismissed.
Tendulkar got his hundred with a six on SIX occasions in Test
- His 1,562 runs in 2010 are the most scored by an Indian batsman in a calendar year.
- Only batsman to have scored at least TWO centuries against all other Test playing countries.
- Has completed his hundred with a six on SIX occasions in Test cricket -- a world record.
Tendulkar holds with Dravid the world record for most hundred partnerships
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- Became the first player to surpass the 12,000, 13,000, 14,000 & 15,000 Test run marks.
- 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).
- Holds with Rahul Dravid the world record for the most hundred partnerships (20) by a pair in Test cricket.
Tendulkar is the only player to score Test centuries more than twenty years apart
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- Holds the unique record of having appeared in most WON (70) and most LOST (56) Tests for India.
- 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.
- Has won 14 Man of the match awards - most by an Indian.
- Has won 5 Man of the series awards - most by an Indian (along with Virender Sehwag)
- Has played Test cricket with 593 players (teammates and opponents) – most for any player in Test cricket
Tendulkar holds the world record for playing 185 consecutive ODIs
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- 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.
- His 463 matches are the most by any player in ODI history.
- Between April 1990 and April 1998 Tendulkar played 185 consecutive matches -- a World record.
Tendulkar has played on 96 different grounds
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- Tendulkar has played on 96 different grounds -- most by any player.
- First to play 400 innings in ODI matches.
- Most runs: 18,426 runs at an average of 44.83
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Tendulkar was the first batsman to score a double century in ODIs
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- Was the first batsman to score a double century in ODIs (200* against South Africa at Gwalior on Feb 24,2010).
- Is the only player to have made three scores of 175 or more.
- Is the only player with five scores of 150 or more.
- 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
- Scored over 1,000 ODI runs against all major teams.
Tendulkar's 49 centuries are the most by any batsman in ODIs
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- 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).
- His 49 centuries are easily the most by any batsman in ODIs. Ricky Ponting is distant second with 30.
- 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.
- Is the only Indian to score a century on ODI captaincy debut (110 v Sri Lanka at Colombo RPS on 28-08-1996).
- Most Fifties: 96
- Highest number of 50+ scores in ODI's - 145 (49 Centuries and 96 Fifties).
- First player to have scored over 100 innings of 50+ runs.
- Most Man of the Match awards: 62
- Most Man of the Series awards: 15
- Most ODI runs in a calendar year: 1,894 ODI runs in 1998.
- Most Centuries in a calendar year: 9 ODI centuries in 1998.
Tendulkar and Dravid hold the world record for the highest partnership in ODIs
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- Tendulkar with Sourav Ganguly holds the world record for the maximum number of runs scored by the opening partnership. They put together 6,609 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.
- Tendulkar and 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.
- Tendulkar 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).
- Had the longest career span (22 years 92 days) for any player in ODIs.
- Played ODIs with 866 players (team mates and opponents) -- most for any player in ODI history.
- Tendulkar was dismissed on 99 on three occasions in ODIs -- most such occasions for any batsman.
Tendulkar has played in six World Cups
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- Only the second player (after Javed Miandad) to appear in SIX World Cups -- from 1992 to 2011.
- Most runs (2,278) in World Cup history including 6 centuries & 15 fifties with a best score of 152 against Namibia in 2003 world cup.
- 673 runs in 2003 Cricket World Cup, highest by any player in a single World Cup.
- Player of the Tournament in ICC Cricket World Cup 2003
- Only batsman in cricket annals to score over 100 centuries in international cricket.
- First batsman in history to score over 50 centuries in international cricket.
- Most overall runs in international cricket, (ODIs + Tests + Twenty20s), with 34,273 runs overall.
Tendulkar's 20 centuries against Australia are the maximum by any batsman
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- 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.
- Holds the record of aggregating most runs against a particular opponent in all forms of International Cricket (Tests, ODIs and Twenty20s). Tendulkar has aggregated 6,707 runs against Australia in all international cricket with 20 centuries and 31 fifties at an average of 49.68
- Tendulkar'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.
- Has also hit most number of sixes (264) in international cricket for India