Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Sweet Seventeen... thousand!

(Originally Posted on 6th November, 2009 on Say What)

Last nite Sachin finally scaled the 17,000 runs peak in the 50-over ODI format of the game and scored his 45th ODI century off just 81 balls against Australia at Rajiv Gandhi Stadium, Hyderabad but sadly couldn't save India!

The 36-year-old scored the requisite seven runs to put another feather in his cap, which is already full of feathers but still managing to have some more. The Little Master is already way ahead of his contemporaries when it comes to accumulating runs. Jayasuriya is second on the list with 13,377 runs while Aussie captain Ricky Ponting has a lot of catching up to do. (BTW I have never had more fun making graphs!)

The Indian batting legend has 45 One-day hundreds and 91 ODI fifties under his belt. Rated as the world's best batsman after Australian legend Sir Donald Bradman, Tendulkar also has an awe-inspiring Test record. In the whopping 159 matches that he has played thus far, Tendulkar has scored 12,773 runs at an average of 54.58. The veteran batsman has scored 42 hundreds and 53 half centuries in the longer format of the game.

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