India v Australia, 2nd Test, Mohali, 1st day October 17, 2008

Tendulkar breaks Lara's record

Cricinfo staff

Sachin Tendulkar went past Brian Lara's tally of 11,953 Test runs © AFP

At 2.31pm on a hot Mohali Friday, Sachin Tendulkar steered Peter Siddle towards the third-man boundary for three runs to break Brian Lara's record for most Test runs. The record stood for nearly two years after Lara played his final Test and it was inevitable that Tendulkar would eventually break it. As the day progressed Tendulkar scored his 50th half-century and became the first player to cross the 12,000-run mark.

The disappointingly small crowd, built largely of school kids, immediately got on its feet to salute the feat, and fireworks, which continued for three minutes, went off at the PCA Stadium. Tendulkar raised his bat in the air, took his helmet off, and looked up at the sky, as is his routine when he gets to a hundred. Almost all the Australians, wherever placed in the field, came to congratulate him. Ricky Ponting, the man most likely to challenge his status of being the top run-getter, was the first man to shake his hand. Sourav Ganguly, Tendulkar's partner at the nonstriker's end, reminded him that he was there when he scored his record 35th Test century.

This also brought an end to the soap-opera-type frenzied anticipation for the record. Tendulkar was expected to overtake Lara in Sri Lanka recently, but he endured a poor series with the bat, scoring just 95 runs in three Tests. Then in the series-opener in Bangalore, during a fine match-saving effort in the second innings, it seemed he would get to the record, but he gifted his wicket when 15 short.

Even today the anxiety around was palpable. During the time he got to 15, India lost two wickets in moving from 146 to 179 in 10.2 overs. While he scored at a fair rate, he didn't get nearly as much strike during the period as he would have wanted. While he played 23 balls, VVS Laxman and Ganguly faced 19 each. It was fitting, in a way, that he achieved the record against Australia, a team he has tormented several times in the past.

Coincidentally, Lara too achieved the world record against Australia, when he went past Allan Border's tally of 11,174 runs during the Adelaide Test in 2005. They remain the only three players to cross the 11,000-run mark in Tests. Though it is uncertain how long Tendulkar will prolong his Test career - which has lasted 19 years - the two players who stand the best chance of beating his eventual tally are Rahul Dravid (10,302) and Ponting (10,239).

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  • Savi on October 18, 2008, 6:25 GMT

    Congrats Sachin. You truly are the god of cricket and may you play on for many more years to come. I feel really blessed to have been alive to experience this occasion and to see you play wonderfully. What a terrific achievement - the whole world salutes you. Congratulations and good luck!

  • mohammad on October 18, 2008, 3:32 GMT

    well done sachin n congrats u de best u made every critic shut up the world likes u i go 4 paki but u r my fav hope u continue lyk dis every1 in Australia luvs watching all ur matches hope u make unbreakable records

  • NAOMI on October 18, 2008, 2:40 GMT

    Sachin Sachin is the best his the number 1 and was always better than the rest, his our little master and our hero now his made us all so very proud.

    Wow what a great moment that must of been, congratulations on breaking the record for the most runs,we all wish you the best and hope you continue to play for many more years to come

  • sabir on October 18, 2008, 1:45 GMT

    MashahALLah...first time i saw Sachin when he visited Pakistan at the age of 17 i guess, and hit Abdul Qadir a few sixes in a match which was ruined by the Rain. and the confidence we saw at that time is still with him. no matter he's the greatest batsmen(one of) in the world. Love from Pakistan

  • bikram pratap on October 17, 2008, 15:46 GMT

    Don't forget Jaques Kallis, he is just 500 odd runs short of Rickey Ponting and almost one year younger. As far as sachin's future plan is concerned I m sure he is not going to quit before 2011 world cup. till then he will accumulate about 3000 more test runs. However Ponting still hold good chance because in comparision to India Australia play more test matches per year. I think Ponting will surpass Sachin's record of highest Test century next year but for run's record he will have to wait amd might be this wait will never end. Let me tell one more thing that Rahul Dravid has no chance what so ever. Anyway Congrates to Sachin.

  • Shrinivas on October 17, 2008, 14:59 GMT

    If cricket is religion, Sachin is God. This line in itself exemplifies the greatness of Sachin. This record is just a climatic achievment. It was destined to come. Not only the most prolific batsman, but the perfect sportsman.

  • Manish on October 17, 2008, 14:40 GMT

    A hearty Congrats to you sachin for being highest run getter... Thank you Sachin for the entertainment you provided us since 1989.... Carry on till you make 20k runs in tests............... Being your great admirer I hope you will go on and on.......... Lage raho sachin!!!!! Lage raho India!!!!!!!! Chhakke Chhura Do Kangarrooyon Ki!!!!!!

  • Rahul on October 17, 2008, 14:30 GMT

    Cricket will not completed unless you mention the Name of All time great Sir-Sachin Tendulkar - CONGRATULATIONS Though it was very tough task to achieve but he manages and answers only with his bat...We all cricket lovers and the rest of the world salute you on your Dedicated Achievement. WE are REALLY PROUD AS AN INDIAN but more than that you are the first one who took the Indian cricket all over the world. Keep it up, we pray for your Health all the time. Hats off to the innigs played in Sharjah against Australia All the Best No comparison of yours with anyone in cricket history..

  • Peter on October 17, 2008, 14:21 GMT

    Thank you for pointing out how embarrassing the crowd was. I've been surfing other blogs and no one cares to mention it. It is really terrible that for a player as great as Tendulkar, no one bothered to make it to the ground to celebrate such a monumental achievement for the country's greatest player. It really is a great sign of disrespect, an insult to his talent and what he has done for the game.

    If cricket is a religion in India and Sachin Tendulkar is God, then it seems as if his worshipers no longer pay homage to him at his temple. I wrote in my blog,, that recalling the famous question "If a tree falls in a forest and no one is there to hear it, does it make a sound?", one could compare it to today's events by asking, "If Tendulkar scored runs today, but no one was there at the PCA Stadium to see it, did he actually break a record anyone cares about?"

  • Akbar on October 17, 2008, 13:55 GMT

    No doubt Sachin is one of the best who have ever played this game. It is a remarkable achievement, and a man of his talent deserves it. Congratulations to Sachin and all his fans.

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