In yet another first, India’s all time great Sachin Tendulkar today became the only person to scale the 14,000 peak in Test cricket during their five-day match against Australia here.
Needing 27 runs to reach into the landmark, the 37-year-old cut off-spinner Nathan Hauritz through coverpoint for a boundary and accomplish the feat in his 171st Test.
A packed Chinnaswamy Stadium crowd rose and gave the Indian maestro a standing ovation as Australian skipper Ricky Ponting came up to congratulate Tendulkar who is unbeaten on 44. At 12178, Ponting remains Tendulkar’s nearest rival but the Aussie is still behind by 1839 runs.
Incidentally, it was during Australia’s last tour of India, Tendulkar crossed Brian Lara’s record of most number of runs in Tests.
Lara (11953) occupies the third spot in the elite list of most runs in Test career as his position remains to be in danger with Indian batsman Rahul Dravid (11581) closing in on the gap. Tendulkar also became the highest Test run-getter at Chinnaswamy Stadium scoring in excess of 600, eclipsing Sunil Gavaskar’s total.