Tendulkar Hits 15,000th Run

November 10, 2011 at 3:29 pm Leave a comment

Veteran batsman, Sachin Tendulkar, has scored a record 15,000 runs in Test cricket, making the Indian the most prolific slugger of balls in cricket history. The 38-year-old, who is also sitting on 99 centuries at international level, now has four batting benchmarks under his helmet.

As the first player to reach 12,000, 13,000 and 14,000 runs, Tendulkar, or the ‘Little Master’, as he is affectionately known, has scored more runs than West Indian legend, Brian Lara, who claimed 11,953 before retiring from Test cricket in 2007. Tendulkar surpassed Lara’s total in 2008, to become the undisputed king of the crease. Anyone who looks at cricket odds online will know just how good he is.

However, the Indian cricket team are withholding congratulations until Tendulkar finds that elusive 100th century. The Mumbai-born player claimed his 99th ton in a World Cup match against South Africa, in March 2011. He scored almost 500 runs in the competition as a whole, but a final hundred was not among them.

In fact, as of November 9, and India’s victorious clash with the West Indies, Tendulkar remains on 99 centuries. He was taken for 76, earlier today, by Guyanese leg-spinner, Devendra Bishoo. The match was Tendulkar’s first start for his team since he was felled by a toe injury in the summer.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni, captain of the Indian cricket team, said that the national team will “speak” about festivities when Tendulkar breaks the deadlock on his 100th century. “It’s a milestone Sachin will achieve, whether in this game, the next game or some other game. It’s bound to happen”.

Tendulkar has a batting average of 56.25, one of the highest of the modern era. He has played 635 matches, ODI and Test fixtures combined, in a career spanning two decades.


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