As Sachin Tendulkar prepares himself for his yet another sojourn for Mumbai in the Ranji Trophy and with new international cricketing season is set to begin with a four-match Test series against England, hereunder is interesting numbers game:
0 – Number of times he has faced three premier compatriot bowlers of his time, namely Anil Kumble, Harbhajan Singh and Javagal Srinath in
the Ranji Trophy matches. Also he and other run-machine Rahul Dravid never played together in the premier domestic tournament match.
3 – His last three innings in Tests were against New Zealand at home and resulted in all-bowled dismissals for meager scores of 19, 17, 27
last August and September. It raised a series of discussions and debates over longevity of his international cricketing tenure which will incidentally complete 23 long years next month. His next Test appearance will be against England at Motera on November 15.
Incidentally on this very day he will complete exactly 23 years in international cricket having made his Test debut against Pakistan at
Karachi in 1989.
4 – More centuries and he will pocket yet another record for the most first class hundreds by Indian players. In 294 matches he has so far
plundered 78 tons in all – 51 in 190 Test matches and the remaining 27 in 104 other first class games. In the process, he will surpass the
current Indian record held by Sunil Gavaskar whose 348 matches yielded 81 three-figure innings.
6 – Number of players to play Test cricket for a long duration of 23 or more years with Tendulkar set to become the latest player to do so
when he appears in the first Test versus England at Motera on November 15. He will join the dad’s army of England’s trio of Wilfred Rhodes,
Brian Close, Frank Woolley, West Indies’ George Headley and South Africa’s (and later Zimbabwe’s) John Traicos.
33 – Number of Ranji Trophy matches played by him since his debut against Gujarat at the Wankhede Stadium in December 1988 – almost 24
years back. In exactly 50 innings he has so far scored 3865 runs with the help of 16 centuries and 17 fifties at an astonishingly high average of 89.88.
45 – Months since he played in the coveted Ranji Trophy championships when he plays for Mumbai in the opening game against Railways at the
Wankhede Stadium on November 2. . His last Ranji game was against Uttar Pradesh in the final which was played at Hyderabad in January,
2009. He had mediocre outings making single digit scores of 0 & 4.
78 – Number of centuries scored by him in first class cricket. The complete break-up is: 51 for India in Tests, 16 for Mumbai in Ranji Trophy, five for Indians in overseas tour matches, three for West Zone in the Duleep Trophy, one each for Mumbai in tour match against the Australians, for Rest of India in the Irani Cup and for Yorkshire in the county cricket.
1383 – More runs and he will become the highest run-getter for India in first class matches. In 294 games the master batsman has aggregated
24452 runs at an average of 58.35. He will leave aside Gavaskar who has made 25834 runs @ of 51.46 in 348 matches.