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When his score was just 7 runs during the fifth ODI against Australia at Hyderabad, and his 435th game in the ODI’s, Tendulkar created this unique record.
Surprisingly and shockingly to Indian cricket fans, in the match in which the Indian player Sachin scored a wonderful 175 runs, even after creating the record, India had to lose the match by just three runs.
Already Sachin had become ” the first player to score 50 centuries in all international cricket”, in both the one day and the series form of the game. Now, he has got more than 80 international centuries.
When Sachin was a student of just 15 years old, in the inter-school -“Haris Shield” cricket-tournamentats among schools in Mumbai, Sachin had scored 346 runs and created a record.
Only after 21 years another Mumbai student- cricket player- Sarfarsh Khan could break Sachins record. Sarfarash Khan , at the age of 12 years , with 439 runs broke the record created by Sachin.
Other present leading run-scorers in ODI with 10,000 runs or more are:-
- Sanath Jayasuriya-(Srilanka) -40 years- (13,377 runs),
- Ricky Ponting-(Australia)- 34 years- (12,286 runs),
- Inzamam-ul Haq- (Pakistan)- 39 years- (11,739 runs),
- Sourav Ganguly- (India)-37 years= (11,363 runs),
- Rahul Dravid-(India)- 36 years-10,765 (runs),
- Brian Lara- (West Indies- 40 years- 10,405 (runs) and
- Jacques Kallis- (South Africa)-34 years- (10,328 runs).
Can we expect any one of the above achievers to break Sachin’s record(17 000 runs/at 36 years), in view of their age and the runs yet to be taken?!
Perhaps, we will have to wait for another 25 years to see, whether any other young cricket player would be able to break this record of Sachin Tendulkar.
Hats off to Sachin Tendulkar!