Life after 40: Numbers that should be a source of great inspiration for Sachin Tendulkar

So far only 101 cricketers have played Test cricket after the age of 40 and Sachin Tendulkar (above) is fifth in the all-time longest careers list © Getty Images

By Sarang Bhalerao

Sachin Tendulkar’s numbers in international cricket are staggering to say the least. His consistency and longevity speaks volumes of his ability as a cricketer.

So far only 101 cricketers have played Test cricket after the age of 40 and Sachin Tendulkar is fifth in the all-time longest careers list:

Player Period Duration Tests
Wilfred Rhodes (Eng) Jun 1, 1899-Apr 12, 1930 30 years 315 days 58
Brian Close (Eng) Jul 23, 1949- Jul 13, 1976 26 years 356 days 22
Frank Woolley(Eng) Aug 9, 1909-Aug 22, 1934 25 years 13 days 64
George Headley (WI) Jan 11, 1930-Jan 21, 1954 24 years, 10 days 22
Sachin Tendulkar (Ind) Nov 15, 1989- Mar 24, 2013 23 years, 129 days 198

 

How Sachin Tendulkar has fared between the age of 35-40 years
(Minimum qualification 3000 runs)

Player Span Tests I Runs HS Avg 100s 50s
GA Gooch (Eng) 1988-1994 45 82 4227 333 52.83 12 20
SR Tendulkar (Ind) 2008-2013 51 89 4055 214 50.06 12 18
RS Dravid (Ind) 2008-2012 47 85 3493 191 45.36 12 13
AJ Stewart (Eng) 1998-2003 58 101 3310 164 37.19 5 18
G Boycott (Eng) 1977-1981 41 75 3223 191 48.10 9 14

 

Does life get easier after 40?
(Minimum qualification 750 runs)

Player Span T I Runs HS 100s 50s Avg Career Avg Deviation
JB Hobbs (Eng) 1924-1930 27 43 2440 211 8 11 58.09 56.94 +1.15
Pasty Hendren (Eng) 1929-1935 24 42 1901 205* 3 12 50.02 47.63 +2.39
Tom Graveney (Eng) 1967-1969 19 29 1243 151 3 6 44.39 44.38 +0.01
G Boycott (Eng) 1981-1982 14 28 999 137 3 4 38.42 47.72 -9.3
Eric Rowan (SA) 1949-1951 10 19 919 236 2 6 51.05 43.66 7.39
Herbie Taylor (SA) 1929-1932 13 22 843 121 2 5 40.14 40.77 -0.63
GA Gooch 1993-1993 13 24 798 210 1 3 33.25 42.58 -9.33

 

The above table show the legendary Jack Hobbs outperformed after 40 his efforts before his 40th birthday!

After the age of 40

  • 36 centuries have been scored by batsmen
  • Eric Rowan’s (SA) 236 against England at Leeds in 1951 is the highest score
  • There have been only five double hundreds
  • For India, Vijay Merchant’s 154 against England at Delhi in 1951 is the only hundred in the post-40 age-group.

(Sarang Bhalerao hails from a family of doctors, but did his engineering. He then dumped a career in IT with Infosys to follow his heart and passion and became a writer with CricketCountry. A voracious reader, Sarang aspires to beat Google with his knowledge of the game! You can follow him on Twitter here)