Hall of Fame: Sachin Tendulkar In the opinion of many former cricketers and critics, Sachin Tendulkar is the be st batsman

of his generation. By Rajesh Kumar An aggressive, right-handed opening batsman in One Day Internationals with every shot in the book, he is, in fact, a cricketing legend. The record books are st udded with his superb performances in Tests as well as ODIs during the last two decades. Over the years, Sachin has played several outstanding innings in Tests and ODIs, the latest being 175 off 141 balls - an innings embellished with four sixes and nineteen fours - at a strike rate of 124.11 against Australia at Hyderabad on N ovember 5, 2009. He had reached his hundred off 81 balls, establishing in the p rocess an Indian record for the fastest hundred against Australia. During his 45th hundred, Sachin became the first batsman to complete 17,000 runs in ODIs apart from establishing several records in the process. His run-aggrega te of 2995 (ave.46.79) in 66 ODIs against Australia is now the highest by any ba tsman against any opponent. Although Sachin finished on the losing side while posting his 45th century, he b ecame the first player to post nine hundreds against Australia, which is a recor d for most hundreds against any opponent in ODIs. Grab the espnstar.com cricket widget on your favourite social network Justifiably, he was adjudged the Man of the Match, extending his record for most Man of the Match awards (60) in ODIs. Apart from one award as batsman of the series in the Singer World Seri es in Sri Lanka in 1994, he got 14 Player of the series awards, which is also a record. In the course of his 175 against Australia, Sachin became the first batsman to c omplete 6,000 runs in India - 6092 at an average of 46.15, including 17 hundreds and 34 fifties, in 149 matches. No other batsman has even managed to reach 3,5 00 on Indian soil. Thirty two of his 45 hundreds have resulted in the Indian victories, which is al so a world record. He also holds a world record for most number of fifties (91) . Apart from setting a record for the highest run-aggregate - 17168 runs at an ave rage of 44.59 in 435 ODIs, Sachin holds a world record for amassing most runs in a calendar year - 1894 (ave.65.31) in 34 matches in 1998. He could accomplish the aforesaid run-aggregate during 1998, thanks only to his nine hundreds, which is also a record for most hundreds in a calendar year. Over all, Sachin has achieved the distinction of registering 1,000 runs or more in se ven calendar years, another record held by him. His career-best, an unbeaten 186 off 150 balls at Hyderabad, Deccan on November 8, 1999 is a record for the highest individual innings against New Zealand. Sachin is the only batsman in the history of ODIs to have made 2000 runs or more against three opponents - Australia (2995), Sri Lanka (2749) and Pakistan (2389 ).

including three innings in the 'Nervous Ninety Nin e' .68) including four hundreds in 16 Tests.e. His 154 wickets (ave.05) in 42 matches is a record in Ind ia-New Zealand ODIs. With 175.one each against South Africa. Gibbs had made 175 off 111 balls at Johanne sburg on March 12. against Australia. No other batsman has recorded ten scores in the nervous nineties. Apart from his 45 hundreds. He deservingly g ot the Man of the Match award.55. As in ODIs. New Zealand.46. Sachin has equalled Herschelle Gibbs' record for making most runs in a n innings against Australia in ODIs. have you picked you r 11 in Super Selector? Five times. England and Pakistan.12 in 41 Tests.44.392 (ave.his best year in terms of run-aggregate being 2002.one each against Austr alia. highest run-aggregate (12.71) in 36 matches is a record in India-Englan d ODIs.41. Sachin (29951 runs) is now all set to become the first batsman to aggregate 30. The India Vs Australia Series is reaching a decisive moment. His feat of becoming the first all-rounder in the history of ODIs to post a hundred and capt ure five wickets in an innings against Australia is unknown . 2006. Sachin's aggregate of 1335 (ave.141 off 128 balls and 4 for 38 at Dhaka on October 28. consisting of double century and a fifty in a Test match. 1999. amassi ng 1. Sachin has narrowly missed recording centuries seven teen times between 90 and 99. His tally of ten hundreds in 29 matches against Aust ralia is bettered only by England's Sir Jack Hobbs .000 runs or more in a calendar year . His tally of 34 centuries includes four double hundreds . 1998. he has recorded 1.1997. enabling India to register victories in all the finals while maki ng hundreds.0 00 international runs . 2002 and 2068 . Sachin holds both the records i. Bangladesh and Zimbabwe.19) in ODIs include two five-wicket hauls. he impressed everyone with his magnificent unbeaten innings of 241 an d 60 to became the first batsman to register two unbeaten knocks. Also his aggregate of 1750 (ave.Another important record held by him is for making most hundreds (6) in the Tour nament finals.773) an d centuries (42) in Tests. In the 2003-04 Sydney Test against Australia. 2001.

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