Sachin completes 23 years in Test cricket

Last Updated: Thu, Nov 15, 2012 05:26 hrs

Sachin Tendulkar reached another milestone on the opening day of the opening Test between India and England in Ahmedabad.

It is exactly 23 years to the day since Tendulkar made his Test debut against Pakistan in Karachi in 1989.

Tendulkar made 15 in the only innings that he got to bat on debut.

Tendulkar's Test career is already the longest by an Indian.

Only five men have had longer Test careers than him: Wilfred Rhodes, Brian Close, Frank Woolley, George Headley and John Traicos.

England all-rounder Rhodes' Test career lasted for a staggering 30 years and 315 days.

That is one record which even Tendulkar would be hard pressed to beat.

Here are the full details:

W Rhodes (England): From 1 Jun 1899 to 12 Apr 1930 (30y 315d)    

DB Close (England): From 23 Jul 1949 to 13 Jul 1976 (26y 356d)    

FE Woolley (England):     From 9 Aug 1909 to 22 Aug 1934 (25y 13d)    

GA Headley (West Indies): From 11 Jan 1930 to 21 Jan 1954 (24y 10d)    

AJ Traicos (South Africa/Zimbabwe): From 5 Feb 1970 to    17 Mar 1993 (23y 40d)    

SR Tendulkar (India): From 15 Nov 1989 to 15 Nov 2012 (23y)    

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