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Is Sachin back amongst runs?

Sachin Tendulkar became the fourth cricketer to surpass 9,000 Test runs when he reached 36 on the opening day of the fourth Test.

india Updated: Jan 02, 2004 21:04 IST

Sachin Tendulkar became only the fourth cricketer to surpass 9,000 Test runs when he crafted a confidence-building half century Friday on the opening day of the fourth Test between India and Australia.

Tendulkar had scored only 82 runs in the three previous matches against Australia and started his 111th Test on 8,964 runs. He reached 9,000 with a single off paceman Jason Gillespie to take his total to 36 and remained unbeaten 73 as India reached stumps at 284 for three.

His progress to the milestone was slow in 2003. The usually prolific right-hander scored only 153 runs in five Tests at an average of 17 after undergoing surgery to repair damage in his left hand.

But Indian opener Akash Chopra, who was bowled for 45 by Brett Lee on Friday, was convinced Tendulkar had broken the shackles and the Australians would take the brunt of his return to form.

"Definitely, he makes up for his failures with a huge score, he's done it in the past and he's batting tremendously well on 73, so hopefully he'll have a very good score tomorrow," Chopra said.

Australian coach John Buchanan said Tendulkar was due to make a big score and his innings wouldn't distract the Australians.

"When you're averaging close to 60 and when you've been missing out for five or six innings, the law of averages suggests there's a big innings somewhere in the mix," said Buchanan.

"He's managed to stay at the crease longer than in previous innings in this series and has been able to accumulate runs, but in his own mind he won't say he's accumulated them in the best fashion."

The 30-year-old Tendulkar faced 156 balls in 202 minutes and hit 12 boundaries. He reached his 37th Test 50 with a three off Australian captain Stephen Waugh, one of three men ahead of him on the all-time scoring list.

Former Australian skipper Allan Border leads the standings with 11,174 Test runs, followed by Waugh, who had 10,807 going into his 168th Test, and India's Sunil Gavaskar, who scored 10,122 runs in 125 Tests.


Sachin Tendulkar: Facts and figures

Tests

Date/Venue

Runs

Opposition

Milestone

1st
15 November, 1989, Karachi
15, DNB
Pak
Debut at 16 years 205 days
2nd
1989/90, Faislabad
59*, 8
Pak

Scored his maiden fifty

3rd
1989/90, Lahore
41. DNB
Pak
 
4th
1989/90, Sialkot
35, 57
Pak
 
5th
1989/90, Christchurch
0, 24
NZ
 
6th
1989/90, Napier
88, DNB
NZ
 
7th
1989/90, Auckland
5, DNB
NZ
 
8th
1990, London
10, 27
Eng

Became the youngest player to appear at Lord's

9th
1990, Manchester
68, 119
Eng
 
10th
1990, Oval
21, DNB
Eng
 
11th
1990/91, Chandigarh
11, DNB
SL

Played in his first home Test after 10 Tests abroad

12th
1991/92, Brisbane
16, DNB
Aus
 
13th
1991/92, Melbourne
15, 40
Aus
 
14th
1991/92, Sydney
148, DNB
Aus

Scored an unbeaten 148

15th
1991/92, Adelaide
6, 17
Aus
 
16th
1991/92, Perth
114, 5
Aus
 
17th
1992/93, Harare
0, DNB
Zim
 
18th
1992/93, Durban
11, DNB
SA
 
19th
1992/93, Johannesburg
111, 1
SA

Reached his 1000th run of his Test career

20th
1992/93, Port Elizabeth
6, 0
SA
 
21st
1992/93, Cape Town
73, DNB
SA
 
22nd
1992/93, Kolkata
50, 9*
Eng
 
23rd
1992/93, Chennai
165, DNB
Eng
 
24th
1992/93, Mumbai
78, DNB
Eng
 
25th
1992/93, Delhi
62, DNB
Eng
 
26th
1993/94, Kandy
No Play
SL
 
27th
1993/94, Colombo
28, 104*
SL
 
28th
1993/94, Colombo
71, DNB
SL
 
29th
1993/94, Lucknow
142, DNB
SL
 
30th
1993/94, Bangalore
96, DNB
SL
 
31st
1993/94, Ahmedabad
6, DNB
SL
 
32nd
1993,94, Hamilton
43, 11*
NZ

Reached his 2000th run of his Test career

33rd
1994/95, Mumbai
34, 45
WI
 
34th
1994/95, Nagpur
179, 54
WI
 
35th
1994/95, Chandigarh
40, 10
WI
 
36th
1995/96, Bangalore
4, 0*
NZ
 
37th
1995/96, Chennai
52*, DNB
NZ
 
38th
1995, 96, Cuttack
2, DNB
NZ
 
39th
1996, Birmingham
24, 122
Eng
 
40th
1996, London
31, DNB
Eng
 
41st
1996, Nottingham
177,74
Eng
 
42nd
1996/97, Delhi
10, 0
Aus

First Test as captain in his 42nd Test

43rd
1996/97, Ahmedabad
42, 7
SA
 
44th
1996/97, Kolkata
18, 2
SA
 
45th
1996/97, Kanpur
61, 36
SA

Reached his 3000th run of his Test career

46th
1996/97, Durban
15, 4
SA
 
47th
1996/97, Cape Town
169, 9
SA
 
48th
1996/97, Johannesburg
35, 9
SA
 
49th
1996/97, Kingston
7, 15*
WI
 
50th
1996/97, Port of Spain
88, DNB
WI
 
51st
1996/97, Bridgetown
92, 4
WI
 
52nd
1996/97, St John’s
DNB, DNB
WI
 
53rd
1996/97, Georgetown
83, DNB
WI
 
54th
1997/98, Colombo
143, DNB
SL
 
55th
1997/98, Colombo
139, 8
SL
 
56th
1997/98, Chandigarh
23, DNB
SL
 
57th
1997/98, Nagpur
15, DNB
SL
 
58th
1997/98, Mumbai
148, 13
SL

Reached his 4000th run of his Test career

59th
1997/98, Chennai
4, 155*
Aus
 
60th
1997/98, Kolkata
79, DNB
Aus
 
61st
1997/98, Bangalore
177, 31
Aus
 
62nd
1998/99, Harare
34, 7
Zim
 
63rd
1998/99, Welllinton
47, 113
NZ
 
64th
1998/99, Hamilton
67, DNB
NZ
 
65th
1998/99, Chennai
0, 136
Pak
 
66th
1998/99, Delhi
6, 29
Pak
 
67th
1998/99, Kolkata
0, 29
Pak

Reached his 5000th run of his Test career

68th
1998/99, Colombo
53, 124*
SL
 
69th
1999/00, Chandigarh
18, 126*
NZ
 
70th
1999/00, Kanpur
15, 44*
NZ
Claimed his 50th catch (Craig Spearman) in Tests
71st
1999/00, Ahmedabad
217, 15
NZ

Scored 217, his highest first-class score of his career.

72nd
1999/00, Adelaide
61, 0
Aus
 
73rd
1999/00, Melbourne
116, 52
Aus
 
74th
1999/00, Sydney
45, 4
Aus
 
75th
1999/00, Mumbai
97, 0
SA
 
76th
1999/00, Bangalore
21, 20
SA
Reached his 6000th run of his Test career
77th
2000/01, Dhaka
18, DNB
Bang
 
78th
2000/01, Delhi
122, 39
Zim
 
79th
2000/01, Nagpur
201*, DNB
Zim
 
80th
2000/01, Mumbai
76, 65
Aus
 
81st
2000/01, Kolkata
10, 10
Aus
 
82nd
2000/01, Chennai
126, 17
Aus
 
83rd
2001, Bulawayo
74, 36*
Zim
 
84th
2001, Harare
20, 69
Zim
 
85th
2001/02, Bloemfontein
155, 15
SA
Reached his 7000th run of his Test career
86th
2001/02, Port Elizabeth
1, 22*
SA
 
87th
2001/02, Chandigarh
88, DNB
Eng
 
88th
2001/02, Ahmedabad
103, 26
Eng
 
89th
2001/02, Bangalore
90, DNB
Eng
 
90th
2001/02, Nagpur
176, DNB
Zim
 
91st
2001/02, Delhi
36, 42
Zim
 
92nd
2001/02, Georgetown
79, DNB
WI
 
93rd
2001/02, Port of Spain
117, 0
WI
 
94th
2001/02, Bridgetown
0, 8
WI
 
95th
2001/02, St John’s
0, DNB
WI
 
96th
2001/02, Kingston
41, 86
WI
Reached his 8000th run of his Test career
97th
2002, London
16, 12
Eng
 
98th
2002, Nottingham
34, 92
Eng
 
99th
2002, Leeds
193, DNB
Eng
Surpassed Sir Don Bradman's record of 29 centuries.
100th
2002, London
54, DNB
Eng
Became the youngest ever cricketer to play 100 Tests.
101st
2002, Mumbai
35, DNB
WI
 
102nd
2002, Chennai
43, 16*
WI
 
103rd
2002, Kolkata
36, 176
WI
 
104th
2002, Wellington
8, 51
NZ
 
105th
2002, Hamilton
9, 32
NZ
 
106th
2003, Ahmedabad
8, 7
NZ
 
107th
2003, Mohali
55, 1
NZ
 
108th
2003, Brisbane
0, DNB
Aus
 
109th
2003, Adelaide Oval
1, 37
Aus
 
110th
2003, Melbourne
0, 44
Aus
 
111th
2004, Sydney
73*, DNB
Aus
Reached his 9000th run of his Test career

 

 

First Published: Jan 02, 2004 12:49 IST