42 - Sachin averaged 284 in that two Test series - the highest in his career.
43 - He has played only one T20 International vs South Africa at Johannesburg in 2006. He was bowled by Charl Langeveldt for 10 though India eventually won by 6 wickets. He had earlier taken the wicket of Justin Kemp.
44 - He was out three times for 99 in ODIs within the space of five months in 2007.
45 - Shane Warne's countdown in The Times in 2007 of the greatest cricketers was topped by Sachin, edging out Brian Lara, who finished second. Curtly Ambrose, Allan Border and Glenn McGrath were the others in the top five.
46 - After Rahul Dravid's resignation as Test captain in 2007, Sachin was offered the job but he declined, saying "I don't feel right about it at the moment," MS Dhoni, who was already the ODI and T20 captain, was subsequently handed the Test job as well.
47 - His worst performance in a series of two or more Tests was against Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka in 2008. He made just 95 runs in three Tests at an average of 15.83. Sri Lanka won the series 2-1.
48 - Sachin broke Brian Lara's record for the most runs in Tests in Mohali against Australia in 2008 when he steered Peter Siddle to third man for three runs. During that innings Sachin also became the first player to cross the 12,000-run mark.
49 - Sachin is the first Indian sportsperson to enter Madame Tussaud's as a waxwork, with a life-size wax statue of the master blaster being unveiled in 2009 to coincide with his 36th birthday.
50 - His highest overseas score in ODIs is an unbeaten 163 against New Zealand in Christchurch in 2009. He could have got more but had to retire hurt with five overs remaining.