New Delhi : Sachin Tendulkar, with his masterly unbeaten 154 in the second Test against Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground, Friday created a plethora of records, the most important being his 38th Test century. He now has four more centuries than any other cricketer.
With his eighth hundred against Australia, Tendulkar equalled the record of Sunil Gavaskar for scoring most centuries against the reigning world champions, and he is the eighth batsman to score eight or more hundreds against the Aussies.
The hundred is his fifth in Australia, again equalling Gavaskar’s record. And he is the seventh batsman overall to hit five or more centuries down under behind Jack Hobbs (9), Wally Hammond (7) and Herbert Sutcliffe (6), and joins Gavaskar, Gower and Clive Lloyd at five each.
Sachin has the best average at the SCG, 326.00, aggregating 652 in four Tests (6 innings). His tally is the third best against Australia at the SCG, next only to Hammond – 808 (ave.161.60) in 5 Tests, including four centuries, and Jack Hobbs 654 (ave.43.60) in 8 Tests, including one century.
Sachin is the second Indian after V.V.S. Laxman to register three hundreds at the SCG — 148 not out in 1991-92; 241 not out in 2003-04 and 154 not out on January 4, 2008.
When he reached 64 Friday, Sachin became the first Indian to complete 2,000 runs against Australia – 2090 (56.48) – in 23 Tests.
Sachin and Harbhajan put on 129 runs for the eighth wicket, India’s best partnership for this wicket-position against Australia, outstripping the 127 between Syed Kirmani and Karsan Ghavri at Wankhede Stadium, Bombay, in 1979-80.