Sachin Tendulkar‘s knock in the first innings at Mohali would be one of the most memorable ones as he surpassed the great Brian Lara and became the highest run-getter in Test cricket. Sachin needed 15 runs to get past Lara’s record and he got there in style to reach 11,955 runs surpassing the West Indian legendary batsman’s record of 11,953 runs. After his innings at Mohali, he had scored 12,027 runs in test cricket.
This would be one milestone that would complete the circle of his cricketing career which started at the tender age of 16 against Pakistan. Since then, he wrote and re-wrote numerous records by playing several blistering knocks, many face-saving ones for the Indian team.
Be it pace or spin, Tendulkar’s panache at playing both with equal ease created problems for bowlers all over the world. His shrewd batting acumen did not spare even the likes of Shane Warne who had nightmares for many nights following the bashing he received at the hands of the little genius in Australia’s tour of India in 1998.
His flamboyant and breathtaking knocks at Sharjah won the team the tournament and became a part of any Indian cricket fan’s treasured moments! One of the better knocks acknowledged by Tendulkar himself was his 148 at Sydney in 1992 in a belter of a track!
Well, milestones are many just like the 39 test tons he has amassed in his cricketing test career. He set the world on fire when he opened the batting in one-day internationals. His riveting cover drives through offside piercing the field over the years has become a masterpiece and has been etched in the memory of cricket fans all over the world.
What makes Sachin special is his ability to adapt, adjust, and tear into opposition with the greatest of felicity. Along with Saurav Ganguly, Sachin played many fantastic opening knocks in one-day internationals. Always a keen student of the game, his sheer determination, grit, resolve, and flair made him stand out from the crowd and has got him a fan following that stretches across continents.
If he continues for a few more years, not only would records tumble but many would be written to be broken by generations to follow!