Even as he celebrated the completion of 20 years in international cricket it was clear that Tendulkar had not lost his hunger for success. His appetite for runs and centuries remained insatiable. In six Tests against New Zealand and Sri Lanka he had two centuries, three fifties and two forties.
In addition there were three centuries in ODIs two of them big hundreds. His 163 retired hurt against New Zealand at Christchurch off 133 balls with 16 fours and five sixes set up a total of 392 for four and a comfortable victory while his 175 off Aussie bowling at Hyderabad off 141 balls with 19 fours and four sixes almost carried India to a sensational win.
There were other significant milestones ã°¬000 runs in international cricket, 17,000 in ODIs and he stretched his record of hundreds to 45 in ODIs and 43 in Tests.
By yearend he was 30 runs adrift of 13,000 runs in the longer version of the game and at 36 the end of his career was nowhere in sight even as he made it clear that his one remaining ambition was to help India win the World Cup in 2011.