Five records of Sachin Tendulkar in Tests that may never be broken
Sachin Tendulkar is a name that is almost synonymous with the game of cricket itself. In an illustrious career spanning almost a quarter of a century, the master blaster enthralled and bewitched a nation of over a billion people.
No cricketer has been under more scrutiny as much as Tendulkar and no cricketer has faced as much pressure as Tendulkar did, in his unprecedented career.
He was the man who was instrumental in converting a sport into a religion in India and attained the status of a Demi-God. While the cliche “records are meant to be broken” is true to some extent, there are some records that will stand the test of time.
In this article, let us look at five records of Sachin Tendulkar that may never be broken in Tests.
#5 Most Number of Innings in Tests
In an illustrious career spanning over 24 years, Sachin Tendulkar played 329 innings for India in Test cricket. In fact, he is the only cricketer in the history of Test cricket to have played more than 300 innings.
The next man on the list, is the recently retired England’s batting powerhouse, Alastair Cook who strode out for his country 291 times in Tests.
Among active players, Hashim Amla has played 209 Test innings for South Africa. Given that he is already 35, there is no chance for Amla to come anywhere near Tendulkar’s record.
In all probability, this record of Tendulkar will stand the test of time.
#4 Most Runs in a single batting position
Sachin Tendulkar is the only cricketer in history to score more than 13000 runs in a single batting position.
In the 275 innings that he played at No.4 for India, the little master scored a whopping 13492 runs at an average of 54.40 including 44 centuries. The next highest on the list is England’s Alastair Cook, who scored 11845 runs opening the batting 278 times for England.
To put the magnitude of this record in some perspective, the number of runs that Tendulkar has scored at No.4 is higher than the career aggregate of the second highest run scorer in Test cricket - Ricky Ponting who scored 13378 Test runs in his entire career.