Sachin Tendulkar on Saturday reached another landmark by completing an impressive 50,000 runs in competitive cricket across all formats.
Needing 26 runs, Tendulkar tucked one towards midwicket for a single off left-arm spinner Yannick Ottley to reach one more milestone in his glorious career spanning close to two-and-a-half decades.
The 'little master' now has 50,009 runs in 953 competitive matches, which, includes 551 List A matches, 307 First-class matches and 95 T20 games.
Tendulkar has so far scored 25,228 runs in 307 First-class matches which includes a staggering 15,837 runs in 198 Tests.
Moreover, the 40-year-old has 21,999 runs in 551 List A matches which includes 18,426 runs in 463 ODIs.
The maestro is also standing on the cusp of an additional rare feat of becoming the first player in the history of the game to play 200 Test matches, which in all likelihood will be completed in the upcoming Test series against the West Indies.Some other known batsmen who crossed the 50,000-run mark are WG Grace, also known as the "father of cricket", Mark Ravin Ramprakash, a Middlesex star and presently the team's batting coach and English batsman Jack Hobbs.
But, it is Graham Gooch who has the most runs in all three formats combined (67,057).
Immediately after Tendulkar's feat Twitter broke loose into "retirement" frenzy.
Some wanted him to retire...
High time to decide retirement by him.He may be first cricketer to face ignored selection for all types of games.
Some asked him not to...
"Just remember that the world loves you. Your retirement has saddened many people. Fact: 40+ gets even juicier. #SaluteTheLegend
Some just enjoyed the moment...
“Sachin Tendulkar completes 50,000 runs in all recognised cricket.” Legend-wait for it-ary
(with PTI inputs)