Happy Birthday, Sachin Tendulkar — The lesser known records
Sachin Tendulkar is only the second cricketer to have the feat of scoring 50+ in last ODI and Test innings, emulating Matthew Bell of New Zealand © IANS


Sachin Tendulkar, the cricket maestro, celebrates his 41st on April 24, 2014. On this occasion, leaving apart the common records and statistics of the Master, Bharath Seervi compiles some of the lesser known records and numbers of this legend.


Few Records that are not known to many


Everyone who knows the name ‘Sachin Tendulkar’ also knows that this man has most runs, most centuries, most fifties, most matches, most awards, etc in Cricket. Here are 10 unknown or rare records of this worshipped cricketer.


Highest time difference between Test career’s first and last 50+ score


Sachin Tendulkar had scored his first test half-century on November 24, 1989 (59 vs Pakistan) and his last test half-century on November 15, 2013 (74 vs West Indies) which has a difference of 8,757 days (23 years 356 days). It is the highest difference for a Test career overcoming 8,198 days (22 years 161 days) of Sir Jack Hobbs (1908-1930).



50+ score in last ODI and Test Innings


Sachin Tendulkar scored 52 in his last ODI innings (vs Pak, 2012) and 74 in his last Test innings (vs WI, 2013). He is only the second cricketer to have this feat emulating Matthew Bell of New Zealand (66 in his last ODI innings and 69 in his last Test innings).



Two sixes off first two balls faced in a Test Innings


Sachin Tendulkar hit Nathan Lyon for two sixes off the first two balls he faced in the fourth innings of the Chennai Test, Feb 2013. The only other player who did it before Tendulkar was “Foffie” Williams in Jan 1948. The West Indian had hit 6, 6, 4 and 4 off his first four balls he faced to Jim Laker of England at Bridgetown.



Most runs scored between dismissals in Test cricket


Sachin Tendulkar overcame the long standing record of Sir Garry Sobers’ 490 runs (365 not out and 125) between two dismissals in Jan 1958 by adding 497 runs (241 not out and 60 not out vs Aus, 194 not out vs Pak, 2 vs Pak) in Jan-Mar 2004.



Reaching most test centuries with a six


Sachin Tendulkar has completed six Test Centuries with a six which is the most by any batsman. He overcame Ken Barrington’s four occasions by hitting Nathan Hauritz for a six at Bangalore in October 2012 to reach his fifth Test Century with a six. His last test century, the 51st, was also completed with a Six off Morne Morkel at Cape Town in January 2011.


Century on ODI Captaincy Debut


Sachin Tendulkar had scored 110 when he captained for the first time in ODIs against Sri Lanka on August 28, 1990. He is still the only Indian to score a century on his ODI captaincy debut. The players from other teams to have this feat are: Glenn Turner (171 not out, 1975), Richie Richardson (106 not out, 1991), Sanath Jayasuriya (102, 1998), Mike Hussey (109 not out, 2006) and Gavin Hamilton (119, 2009).



Most Consecutive ODIs and International Matches


Sachin Tendulkar played 185 consecutive ODIs and 239 consecutive International matches in the period from 25 April 1990 to 24 April 1998 which is a record in ODIs and International matches respectively.



Youngest Test Centurion in Australia


Sachin Tendulkar scored 148 at Sydney at age of 18 years and 256 days in January 1992 to become the youngest Test centurion on the Australian soil surpassing Neil Harvey (19 years and 122 days). Even no Australian has scored a century at an age lesser than Sachin’s in their home country!



Playing along Most players in International Career


Sachin Tendulkar played along 989 cricketers (141 team-mates and 848 opponents) from 1989 to 2013 in his International career. This is a record for any player which is followed by Sanath Jayasuriya (923) and Mahela Jayawardene (919).



Most 50+ scores by an Indian in First-Class Cricket


Sachin Tendulkar had managed to score 197 50+ scores (81 centuries and 116 half centuries) in his First Class Career of 310 matches. His 81 centuries are a record with Sunil Gavaskar and his 116 half-centuries are second to Rahul Dravid’s 117 in First-Class Cricket for Indians.



Some Lesser known numbers of Sachin Tendulkar



Here are 25 lesser known numbers of Tendulkar throughout his cricketing career.


0 - Sachin Tendulkar’s score in his first 2 ODI matches: vs Pakistan, 1989 and vs New Zealand, 1990.


3 – Number of times Sachin has been dismissed on 99 in his entire Cricket Career (including First Class and List A). He was dismissed on 199 once in Duleep Trophy 2000/01.


9 – Number of players whose first ODI wicket was Sachin Tendulkar.


11 – Number of players whose first Test wicket was Sachin Tendulkar.


19 - Number of centuries in International cricket scored after age of 35.


19 – Number of consecutive years he scored at least a century in ODIs (1994 to 2012).


30 – Number of centuries in International cricket scored before turning 25.


39 – Number of nervous 90 scores in all forms of cricket.


40.00 - The lowest batting average in a country in Test Cricket (in Zimbabwe). He averages 40+ in each of the ten test playing countries.


42.28 - The lowest batting average against an opponent in Test Cricket (vs Pakistan). He averages 40+ against each of the nine opposition teams.


53 – Number of times he was the highest scorer in a completed innings in Test Cricket (a record).


58 - The lowest score not achieved by Sachin Tendulkar in his International Career.


86 – Number of century partnerships in Test career.


99 – Number of century partnerships in ODI career.


142 – Number of centuries in professional Cricket (First Class, List A, and T20 combined).


350 – Number of dismissals watched from the other end in Test Cricket.


481 – Number of dismissals watched from the other end in ODIs (a record).


664 – Number of International matches and the number of runs in partnership with Vinod Kambli playing in Harris Shield Tournament.


675 – Number of Partnerships involved in his Test Career.


934 – Number of Partnerships involved in his ODI career (a record).


3,630 – Number of runs against Australia in Test Cricket (a record between non-Ashes playing countries).


8,767 – Number of days from his debut tolast day in International cricket.


17,982 – Number of runs scored in boundaries in his International Cricket career.


50,192 – Number of runs in his professional Cricket career (First-Class, List A, and T20 combined)


70,211 – Number of minutes he was at crease in his International Cricket career.



Sachin Tendulkar on his birthday


How has Sachin Tendulkar celebrated his birthday on the Cricket field? In his long cricket career that had started in 1985 while playing for Bombay Under-15 in Vijay Merchant Trophy and ended with playing 200 Test matches for Indian in 2013, Sachin Tendulkar played a mere 5 matches on his birthday (April 24) across all formats. Below are the details about Cricket matches on his birthday.



Year Runs For Against Venue Match Type
1991 DNB* Bombay Hyderabad Mumbai (WS) Ranji Trophy
1997 36 (23) Indians University of West Indies Vice-Chancellor’s XI Port of Spain Miscellaneous
1998 134 (131) India Australia Sharjah ODI
2011 28 (24) Mumbai Indians Deccan Chargers Hyderabad IPL
2013 2 (6) Mumbai Indians Kolkata Knight Riders Kolkata IPL


DNB* – Sachin Tendulkar did not bat on his birthday (24th April 1991), but he had batted on the next day and scored 70 runs.


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(Bharath Seervi is a cricket statistician who is obsessed with digging numbers, facts and records related to the game. An active member of Society of Cricket Statisticians of India, he blogs at www.cricketseervistats.blogspot.com. He can be followed on Twitter at www.twitter.com/SeerviBharath and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SeerviCricket)