Sachin Tendulkar will enter his farewell series at 24th position in the ICC Test rankings for batsmen and will aim to finish his illustrious career inside the top 20.

Tendulkar trails 18th ranked Matt Prior of England by 15 ratings points, and strong performances either in Kolkata or Mumbai will see him sign off on a high.

Tendulkar has previously held the number one spot, having first topped the batting charts in November 1994 when he overtook Brian Lara in Mumbai after knocks of 34 and 85 against the West Indies. He last held the top spot in June 2011 before surrendering it to South Africa’s Jacques Kallis after deciding to give the series in the West Indies a miss.

Tendulkar topped the batting tables five times in his career — November 1994, March 1998, May 2000, early 2002 and October 2010. He also spent a total of 139 Tests (fourth most) and 1,157 days (12th most) as the top-ranked batsman in Test cricket.