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

Tendulkar breaks Lara's record

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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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  • POSTED BY Saloo 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!

  • POSTED BY AFRIDI450 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

  • POSTED BY NAOMI12 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

  • POSTED BY sabirshah 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

  • POSTED BY bikku 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.

  • POSTED BY Shrini 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.

  • POSTED BY ks_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!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY RahulKotkar 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..

  • POSTED BY peter_della_penna 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, thecrickettier.com, 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?"

  • POSTED BY dadvoc 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.

  • POSTED BY Saloo 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!

  • POSTED BY AFRIDI450 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

  • POSTED BY NAOMI12 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

  • POSTED BY sabirshah 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

  • POSTED BY bikku 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.

  • POSTED BY Shrini 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.

  • POSTED BY ks_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!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY RahulKotkar 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..

  • POSTED BY peter_della_penna 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, thecrickettier.com, 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?"

  • POSTED BY dadvoc 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.

  • POSTED BY McPiggle on | October 17, 2008, 13:52 GMT

    Well done, Sachin, on your illustrious career and achievements. Whilst it might be a lot to with your ability, it would never have come without a lot of hard work and sacrifice. All the best!

  • POSTED BY Karamanai on | October 17, 2008, 13:37 GMT

    Sachin. Congrats . Great would have doubly happy had you scored 12 more runs.Ok do it ib second innings. Also ensure India's victory. Congrats to sourav also for 7000 runs.

    All members of T Nagar social club joins me to convey the congragulations, to you.

    Continue till next world cup. I have fixed the following targets for you.

    Tests 19900 runs. 50 Centuries. ODI 50 centuries and 20,100 runs.

    Sankaranarayanan, Chennai

  • POSTED BY Kanukollu on | October 17, 2008, 13:37 GMT

    Well...Well...Well...What a reply by the champion to all the critics...Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar made this huge nation so proud by achieving the World Record to become the highest run getter in both forms of Cricket... Kudos to this little legend for showing the world the way to silence the noise created by many people that he should leave the game....The way he played in this series shows his maturity,class and experience and most importantly, his knowledge on the game... I am sure every Indian would cherish this moment of success...

    Congratulations Sachin on this fantastic achievement and wishing that you score more and more tons on your way....

  • POSTED BY Karamanai on | October 17, 2008, 13:33 GMT

    Sachin. Congrats . Great would have doubly happy had you scored 12 more runs.Ok do it ib second innings. Also ensure India's victory. Congrats to sourav also for 7000 runs.

    All members of T Nagar social club joins me to convey the congragulations, to you.

    Continue till next world cup. I have fixed the following targets for you.

    Tests 19900 runs. 50 Centuries. ODI 50 centuries and 20,100 runs.

    Sankaranarayanan, Chennai

  • POSTED BY michaelspj on | October 17, 2008, 13:30 GMT

    Congrats Sachin.. We are delighted to the most extent and have no words to describe your historical achievement... You have proved yet again that there can be only one Sachin for the world of Cricket...

    Great work Sachin... Keep Rocking and don't give it up.......

  • POSTED BY ujan on | October 17, 2008, 13:27 GMT

    Congrats & long live Sachin, I am your fan from my childhood and watch your play even from a country with no cric fan but having cricinfo with me.

  • POSTED BY Tuhin2008 on | October 17, 2008, 12:46 GMT

    I m great fan of Pakistan team. But I also like India bcoz here is some great player like Sachin and Ganguly. Congrats Sachin. U have been and will be the greatest player in this world after Sir Bradman.

  • POSTED BY ItsMyOwnTeam on | October 17, 2008, 12:05 GMT

    I salute you Sachin, I have never seen a player in any sports like sachin, a a player with lot of character, "you throw stone to him..he will turn it to milestone"...Kudos to you man!!! you are simply super...there is no replacement for u in India Cricket!!!

  • POSTED BY Made.to.win on | October 17, 2008, 11:59 GMT

    Congrats to Sachin for reaching another mileston. I pray that he keeps on playing forever!!

  • POSTED BY tamizh on | October 17, 2008, 11:57 GMT

    what a player..... we are very lucky to live in sachins era..... his name will be there in record books for all time... just like bradman now...in tests..... in one dayers... no worries ... nobody can even smell his records, let him play as long as he can.... its a treat to watch..... disappointed that he couldnt get a 100.... the whole of INDIA is proud of u.... keep playing....

  • POSTED BY jeyaramabalan on | October 17, 2008, 11:54 GMT

    I salute sachin... I am happy to see such a record came from an Indian's bat. He is the no 1 batsman and he proved it again. Highest century scorer and Highest runs scorer in both ODIs and Tests. Guys see this record.. We can say Sachin as "Cricket God". Welldone Sachin... Go ahead score more runs....... Keep it up......

  • POSTED BY ursvenky on | October 17, 2008, 11:54 GMT

    Congrats to Sachin Tendulkar, God of inidan cricket. In india 'Cricket' is a religion and he is the God of it and he has proved it once again. And it is the greatest day for all of us indians, we all proud of him. Lage raho Sachin bhai.

  • POSTED BY tasneemjidda on | October 17, 2008, 11:48 GMT

    Sachin - Congrats - Great - You are really great. What ever the world say, what ever any one criticise. Every single person of India should be proud to have an Indian like Sachin. What a great effort. To become the leading run scorer and first to reach the landmark of 12000. Marvellous absolutely marvellous. | wish you many many more years of cricketing career. Tasneem Jidda - Jubail - Saudi Arabia.

  • POSTED BY 123ab on | October 17, 2008, 11:47 GMT

    Sachin u r really the best of world cricket!! People may come and they go but u stay for ever.

    Play till your son captains our national side.

    All the best!!!

  • POSTED BY Rajesh. on | October 17, 2008, 11:38 GMT

    Congratulations Sachin ! And good luck for many more laurels to come your way !!

    To my knowledge Sachin is the first person to hold both the Test & One-Day record for most runs...... Or was there anyone before ?

  • POSTED BY crazynaval on | October 17, 2008, 11:32 GMT

    Proud of you Sachin.. record was just a matter of time.. it was with the elegance you achieved it mattered the most... I heard a lot about Vivian richards but never saw him play.. but i feel fortuante enough to see your batting..

    you are undoubtdely the best!!

  • POSTED BY Sachin_8278 on | October 17, 2008, 11:14 GMT

    Now world should address him as Sir Sachin R Tendulkar. Congratulations to Mr. Sachin and India. We are proud of you.

  • POSTED BY Superbat on | October 17, 2008, 11:05 GMT

    I Am A Sri Lankan, But I Salute Sachin For Overtaking Lara's Record. His Is The Greatest Batsman Of Our Time, Nobody Can Come Close To Him. It's A Pleasure To See Him Batting, It's Just Effortless Stroke Play. That's What Cricket Is All About. Young Players Should Watch Him Batting. Once Again Congratulations To Sachin And To India For Producing Such A Great Cricketer. Hope He Will Continue For Many More Years. Good Luck! CHEERS

  • POSTED BY Matricfail on | October 17, 2008, 10:53 GMT

    People criticized a lot when this record did not came in SL, But I think it is the right time to bring the milestone, against his favourite and toughest opponents. We all know Sachin phenomenon. May he play for ages with untiring guile which we have admired so much. Congratulations to Sachin .. The blue billions are immensely proud of you.

  • POSTED BY balajeedubai on | October 17, 2008, 9:51 GMT

    wow it is a greatest day in indian cricket,he breaks the lara record in indian soil.People in india will feel great about this.You should Go on and try to make record which should not be breakedn by anybody.

  • POSTED BY shezyali on | October 17, 2008, 9:47 GMT

    Congratulations to Mr. Sachin and India , I personally thinks that he deserve that to be a leading run scorer in the test. Because he also have the record in ODI's too. Nevertheless he is the man with big numbers in both version of the game. I salute to Mr. Sachin a leader with the bat in world cricket. His numbers shows that he is a leader, over 16,000 runs in ODI's and over 11,500 runs in test is a unbelievable in a sense that more than 05 test playing nations batting line up not have these numbers collectively .

  • POSTED BY nicky229 on | October 17, 2008, 9:32 GMT

    congrats sachin we are proud of u all the very best ,make india proud!!!!

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  • POSTED BY nicky229 on | October 17, 2008, 9:32 GMT

    congrats sachin we are proud of u all the very best ,make india proud!!!!

  • POSTED BY shezyali on | October 17, 2008, 9:47 GMT

    Congratulations to Mr. Sachin and India , I personally thinks that he deserve that to be a leading run scorer in the test. Because he also have the record in ODI's too. Nevertheless he is the man with big numbers in both version of the game. I salute to Mr. Sachin a leader with the bat in world cricket. His numbers shows that he is a leader, over 16,000 runs in ODI's and over 11,500 runs in test is a unbelievable in a sense that more than 05 test playing nations batting line up not have these numbers collectively .

  • POSTED BY balajeedubai on | October 17, 2008, 9:51 GMT

    wow it is a greatest day in indian cricket,he breaks the lara record in indian soil.People in india will feel great about this.You should Go on and try to make record which should not be breakedn by anybody.

  • POSTED BY Matricfail on | October 17, 2008, 10:53 GMT

    People criticized a lot when this record did not came in SL, But I think it is the right time to bring the milestone, against his favourite and toughest opponents. We all know Sachin phenomenon. May he play for ages with untiring guile which we have admired so much. Congratulations to Sachin .. The blue billions are immensely proud of you.

  • POSTED BY Superbat on | October 17, 2008, 11:05 GMT

    I Am A Sri Lankan, But I Salute Sachin For Overtaking Lara's Record. His Is The Greatest Batsman Of Our Time, Nobody Can Come Close To Him. It's A Pleasure To See Him Batting, It's Just Effortless Stroke Play. That's What Cricket Is All About. Young Players Should Watch Him Batting. Once Again Congratulations To Sachin And To India For Producing Such A Great Cricketer. Hope He Will Continue For Many More Years. Good Luck! CHEERS

  • POSTED BY Sachin_8278 on | October 17, 2008, 11:14 GMT

    Now world should address him as Sir Sachin R Tendulkar. Congratulations to Mr. Sachin and India. We are proud of you.

  • POSTED BY crazynaval on | October 17, 2008, 11:32 GMT

    Proud of you Sachin.. record was just a matter of time.. it was with the elegance you achieved it mattered the most... I heard a lot about Vivian richards but never saw him play.. but i feel fortuante enough to see your batting..

    you are undoubtdely the best!!

  • POSTED BY Rajesh. on | October 17, 2008, 11:38 GMT

    Congratulations Sachin ! And good luck for many more laurels to come your way !!

    To my knowledge Sachin is the first person to hold both the Test & One-Day record for most runs...... Or was there anyone before ?

  • POSTED BY 123ab on | October 17, 2008, 11:47 GMT

    Sachin u r really the best of world cricket!! People may come and they go but u stay for ever.

    Play till your son captains our national side.

    All the best!!!

  • POSTED BY tasneemjidda on | October 17, 2008, 11:48 GMT

    Sachin - Congrats - Great - You are really great. What ever the world say, what ever any one criticise. Every single person of India should be proud to have an Indian like Sachin. What a great effort. To become the leading run scorer and first to reach the landmark of 12000. Marvellous absolutely marvellous. | wish you many many more years of cricketing career. Tasneem Jidda - Jubail - Saudi Arabia.