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Thursday, September 26, 2013
Tendulkar 31 runs short of surpassing Mount 50k
Sachin Tendulkar 31 runs short of surpassing Mount 50k
On his way from being the 'Wonderboy' to the 'God of Cricket', Sachin Tendulkar has eclipsed many a milestone. He is the highest run-getter in two of the three formats in international cricket. He has taken the art of scoring centuries in international cricket to a completely different level altogether. Not only does he have the most centuries in Tests and ODIs to his name, but he is the only one to have scored a century of international hundreds.
And when he walks out to the crease for opening the Mumbai Indians innings against Highveld Lions at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur, another milestone will be waiting to be achieved. The master batsman is just 31 runs shy of becoming the first Indian to touch Mount 50,000 runs when it comes to combined tally in first-class, List A and Twenty20 cricket.
Fifty thousand runs. That too in senior cricket. The thought in itself is mind boggling. He won’t be the first in the world, obviously, with 15 players having already achieved the feat. But all those 15 players could amass so many runs because they were regulars in English county cricket – where a player gets to play voluminous amount of cricket every season – for at least two decades.
But for an Indian in modern-day cricket who tends to play more limited overs’ cricket than that in the longer format at the international level, the feat is insurmountable. The Asian that comes closest to the list of most runs combined in first-class, List A and Twenty20 games is former Pakistan captain Zaheer Abbas, with 46,083 runs. And the next Indian in the list after Tendulkar is Rahul Dravid, with 41,635 runs, at the end of Rajasthan Royals’ CLT20 game against Lions on Wednesday night.
More than two-third of Tendulkar’s 49,969 runs have been scored in international cricket. While he has been delighting his fans worldwide in India colours in Tests and ODIs, when it comes to Twenty20, most of his artillery has been unleashed for the Mumbai Indians. Having played just a solitary Twenty20 International, Tendulkar then displayed to the whole world that age doesn’t matter, even in the shortest form of the game.
Despite having missed a handful of games due to injury over the six seasons of Indian Premier League, Tendulkar firmly takes the fifth spot in the list of highest run-getters in IPL. While there have been so many memorable knocks he has played, the one that stands out is obviously his unbeaten 100, his only century in T20 cricket, at the Wankhede Stadium against Kochi Tuskers Kerala on April 15, 2010.
The Mumbai Indians Paltan (fans) would be hoping that Tendulkar to surpass the milestone during today's encounter.