Sachin Tendulkar on Tuesday became the first batsman in history to score 15,000 Test runs even as he moved towards his 100th international century.
Playing in his 182nd match, Tendulkar reached the mark on the third day of the first cricket Test against the West Indies when he scored his 28th run in India's second innings with a single off leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo.
After crossing the coveted milestone, the batting maestro looked up at the heavens and acknowledged the standing ovation given by his teammates from the dressing room as his partner Rahul Dravid congratulated him.
Tendulkar was unbeaten on 33 and Rahul Dravid was on 30 as India, set a victory target of 276, reached 152-2 by stumps.
The West Indian players also came up after the completion of the over to congratulate the iconic batsman.
He hit just two fours after facing 76 balls to reach 28. The 38-year-old Tendulkar, the world's most prolific batsman, now needs just one hundred to complete a historic 100 international tons. He has scored 51 Test tons and 48 ODI hundreds.
The Mumbai batsman, playing his 182nd Test match, already holds the world record for most runs and centuries in both Test and one-day cricket.
Rahul Dravid, who was batting at the other end with Tendulkar, is the second highest run-getter in Tests with 12,775 runs before this match while Australian Ricky Ponting is third on the list with 12487 runs.
With 14,422 crowd cheering him, Tendulkar, who came in at the fall of Virender Sehwag's wicket when the team total was 95 for two, played cautiously with India needing 276 runs to win the match.
(With AFP and PTI inputs)