Sachin Tendulkar’s career in numbers
The key to Tendulkar amassing more than 34,000 international runs in his record-breaking 24-year career has been his consistency and longevity in both Test and one-day international cricket.
He has made more appearances and accumulated more runs in both forms of the game than any other cricketer, although he has only made one appearance for India in Twenty20 internationals.
Five leading century scorers
Tendulkar, who made his India debut as a 16-year-old in 1989, holds several records, most famously becoming the first player to hit a hundred centuries in international cricket when he scored 114 against Bangladesh in Dhaka in March 2012.
Former Australia batsman Ricky Ponting is next in the list of highest century-makers with 71, and many players and commentators have suggested that Tendulkar’s total may never be beaten.
It had been two years since Tendulkar’s 99th century, scored against South Africa, and in between there were 12 one-day internationals and 11 Tests without a century.
The closest he got in that time was 94 batting against the West Indies in Mumbai in November 2011.
Compare this with the previous 20 matches, in which he scored seven centuries: three in one-day matches and four in Tests.
Even the greatest batsmen get out though.
Tendulkar has been dismissed 681 times in his career and for just over 60% of those dismissals he was out caught.