After completing 17,000 runs in the 50-over format of the game, Sachin Tendulkar scored his 45th ODI century off just 81 balls during the fifth One-Day International against Australia in Rajiv Gandhi Stadium, Hyderabad.
Earlier, Tendulkar finally touched the magical 17,000-run mark in One-Day International cricket, when he completed the formality of scoring seven runs needed to reach another milestone in his glittering career.
Sanath Jayasuriya is second on the list with 13,377 runs while Aussie captain Ricky Ponting has a lot of catching up to do.
The moment Tendulkar attained that mark the packed vociferous Rajiv Gandhi Stadium crowd jumped out of their seats and erupted in jubilation.
Tendulkar’s wait to reach the 17,000-run mark in One-dayers continued in Mohali as he missed the milestone by just seven runs after getting dismissed for 40 on a dubious decision in the fourth ODI against Australia.
The 36-year-old scored the requisite seven runs to put another feather in his cap, which is already full of feathers but still managing to have some more. The Indian batting legend has 44 One-day hundreds and 91 ODI fifties under his belt.
The diminutive Mumbaikar, who made his ODI debut Pakistan in 1989, is already way ahead of his contemporaries when it comes to accumulating runs.
Rated as the world’s best batsman after Australian legend Sir Donald Bradman, Tendulkar has an awe-inspiring Test record. In the whopping 159 matches that he has played thus far, Tendulkar has scored 12,773 runs at an average of 54.58.
The veteran batsman has scored 42 hundreds and 53 half centuries in the longer format of the game.
One-day cricket’s leading run-scorers:
Sachin Tendulkar (IND) 17,000
Sanath Jayasuriya (SRI) 13,377
Ricky Ponting (AUS) 12,286
Inzamam-ul Haq (PAK) 11,739
Sourav Ganguly (IND) 11,363
Rahul Dravid (IND) 10,765
Brian Lara (WIS) 10,405
Jacques Kallis (RSA) 10,328