Sachin Tendulkar’s Remarkable Test Stats is Quite an Achievement

Over a span of 24 years (1989 – 2014) , Sachin Tendulkar has displayed some exceptional batting masterclass and have quite deservedly earned the nickname ‘master blaster’, ‘god of cricket’ etc. This article showcases his journey and stats in Test Cricket.

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Early Start

Sachin made his test debut as a teenager against Pakistan at Karachi in 1989. Barely 16 years and 7 months, he was facing the fearsome pace attack of Waqar Younis, legendary spin of Abdul Qadir and Imran Khan. Though he managed to score only 15 runs before being bowled off an in-swinger of Waqar, he would go on to rewrite cricket history.

However in the 2nd Test of the series, Sachin scored a maiden fifty, with a gritty 59 before being out to Imram Khan. Though the series ended in a draw, in the final test, Sachin in-spite of being hit by a Waqar Younis bouncer, stayed on and scored his 2nd fifty of the series. It was a sign of the strength and resolve that was to be an everlasting part of his character.

First Century

Sachin almost came close to creating a record of scoring a first test century in New Zealand when he made 88 and then got out trying to hit Danny Morrison for consecutive boundary in the covers. His first test hundred came during the 2nd Test, while India was touring England at Old Trafford, Manchester. He scored an unbeaten 119 in the 2nd innings and was the Man of the Match (68 and 119 not out). From there on there was no turning back.

Overall Test Stats

Overall
TestsInningsRunsHundredFiftiesTop ScoreAvg Inns
200329159215168248*53.79

Tendulkar actually wanted to be a fast bowler and also went to the MRF pace academy to pursue that. However he was dissuaded by the great Dennis Lillee who instead advised Tendulkar to focus on his batting. The rest is history.

Runs by Home/Away

By Home/Away
H/ATestsInningsRunsHundredFiftyAvg
Home961567480243253.81
Away1031738441273653.76

Sachin Tendulkar impressive record is also important for the fact that it didn’t matter whether he played tests at home or away. The location simply didn’t matter, the runs scored, centuries are almost identical – in fact he has scored more hundred and fifties outside of India.

Sachin – Top 5 Test Scores

Though Sachin couldn’t add a triple century to his tally, he did score few double hundred during his entire career. His last two double hundred came during the end of his career (one against SriLanka and the other against Australia.

Top 5 Batting Scores
YearTrophyCityInningsScoreResult
2004Bangladesh v India – 1st TestDhaka1st248*India won by an innings and 140 runs
2004Border-Gavaskar TrophySydney1st241*Match drawn
1999India v New Zealand – 3rd TestAhmedabad1st217Match drawn
2010Border-Gavaskar TrophyBengaluru1st214India won by 7 wickets
2010Sri Lanka v India – 2nd TestColombo1st203Match drawn

Tendulkar Test Stats – by Team

By Teams
TeamTestsInningsRunsHundredTop ScoreHome AvgAway Avg
Aus3974363011241*56.9153.21
Ban798205248*132139
Eng3253253571934854.31
NZ24391595421744.2949.53
Pak182710572194*44.1540.25
SA25451741716936.2546.44
SL24361995920352.567.94
WI21321630317959.4147.69
Zim9149183201*11340

22% of Tendulkar’s runs were against Australia and he has also scored the most number of centuries against Australia – no wonder the Aussies have utmost respect whenever they were up against Sachin.

Test Runs in Calendar Year

Though Sachin was barely 17 when he started playing for India, it was only in the late 90s that he came to his own. From the mid 90s, he was in great form and was consistently scoring runs both in ODI and Tests and was looked upon by millions of Indians as the only player who could turn the match around those days.

In the last decade around 2008 to 2010 , he had another spurt in his scoring, coming back fro injury and showed that experience does count. In 2010 he scored 7 centuries and made 1500+ runs in that calendar year.

By Year
YearTestsInningsRunsHundredsHome Avg/InnAway Avg/Inn
199712171000449.7566.75
199910191088561.578.83
200110181003361.165.33
20021626139248046.22
200813251063450.1846.45
201014231562783.8369.5

Test Dismissals

The contests between Tendulkar and James Anderson (England), Murlaitharan (Sri Lanka) and Glenn McGrath (Australia) were a treat to watch for the cricketing fans. It would be as much a duel of skill as also a game of mental skills whenever these guys used to feature together. It would be treat to watch – though Anderson with beautiful swing bowling did account for Sachin’ wicket 9 times.

Sachin was so sure of his footwork to the spinners that he was left short of the crease while steeping out only once – only 1 time was he was stumped in his entire career.

Dismissals
BowlerNo of DismissalsCountry
James Anderson9Eng
Muttiah Muralitharan8SL
Jason Gillespie6Aus
Glenn McGrath6Aus
Brett Lee5Aus

Test Captaincy Stats

Though Sachin wasn’t a great captain and manged a 16% win rate during his captaincy, his batting wasn’t affected. He did score at an average of 51 while shouldering the responsibility of captaincy.

Win/Loss as Captain
TestsWonLostDrawTied
2549120
As Captain
TestsInningsRunsHundredFiftiesTop ScoreAvg Inns
254320547721751.35

During his span of 24 long and excellent years, Sachin Tendulkar played a record 200 Test matches for India scoring 15921 runs and is forever etched in the cricket ‘Hall of Fame’.


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