First batsman to 17,000 ODI runs

Tendulkar scales another peak

It's almost 20 years since Sachin Tendulkar played his first one-day international, but his latest innings - his 435th in this format - showed he hasn't lost any appetite for this format

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November 6, 2009

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Sachin Tendulkar flicks during his 175, India v Australia, 5th ODI, Hyderabad, November 5, 2009
Sachin Tendulkar has scored more hundreds in India's wins than any other player has in his entire career © Getty Images
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It's almost 20 years since Sachin Tendulkar played his first one-day international, but his latest innings - his 435th in this format - showed he hasn't lost any appetite for the 50-over game. His stunning 175 did everything apart from win India the match - it equalled the highest by any batsman against Australia, and was his ninth ODI hundred against them, the most by a player against a single team.

Early in this innings, he also entered another exclusive club of one, becoming the first batsman to reach the mark of 17,000 ODI runs. Next in line, in terms of ODI runs, is Sanath Jayasuriya almost 3800 runs behind. The 175 Tendulkar scored was his 45th ODI century, 17 more than the second-placed Ricky Ponting and Jayasuriya.

Apart from the sheer number of runs, what's amazing about Tendulkar is his consistency. Leave aside his first 3000, and he has averaged more than 40 in each of his 3000-run intervals. And for those who were predicting a drop in form and motivation, Tendulkar's recent numbers show none of that - he has averaged more than 47 for his last 2000 runs, and has averaged 53.28 at a strike rate of 94.43 in his 15 innings in 2009.

Tendulkar's progress to 17,000 runs
Runs Innings Average Strike rate 100s/ 50s
0-3000 93 36.93 80.98 4/ 21
3000-6000 77 41.95 85.62 8/ 18
6000-9000 65 50.72 94.17 13/ 7
9000-12,000 65 52.14 86.92 9/ 14
12,000-15,000 77 43.25 81.74 7/ 19
15,000-17,000 47 47.22 87.23 4/ 12

Some of his best innings have been against the top team of his generation, which speaks volumes about his class. Tendulkar has scored 2995 runs against Australia, which is his highest aggregate against a single team and the most that any batsman has scored against them. Among the 19 batsmen who've scored 1000 or more ODI runs against Australia, Tendulkar's average is fourth. His conversion rate, though, is the best - out of 23 fifty-plus scores, nine have been centuries.

Top batsmen in ODIs against Australia (best averages, cut-off 1000 runs)
Batsman ODIs Runs Average Strike rate 100s/ 50s
Viv Richards 54 2187 50.86 84.63 3/ 20
Aravinda de Silva 36 1451 48.36 83.96 2/ 10
Hansie Cronje 39 1364 47.03 73.05 2/ 9
Sachin Tendulkar 66 2995 46.79 85.25 9/ 14
Graham Gooch 32 1395 46.50 61.78 4/ 9
Kumar Sangakkara 28 1134 43.62 74.80 1/ 8
Desmond Haynes 64 2262 40.39 65.14 6/ 13
Jonty Rhodes 55 1610 40.25 77.92 0/ 10

Over these years, Tendulkar has been key to Indian fortunes - he averages almost 57 in matches that India win, but the slumps to 33 in games India lose. His 32 centuries in wins is more than any other batsman has scored in his entire career, which is a telling statistic of how far ahead of the pack Tendulkar is.

Tendulkar has also scored more than 19% of the runs that India have scored in the games which he has played. It's more than the corresponding percentage for all batsmen who've scored more than 10,000 runs in ODIs. Among the other prominent openers who haven't touched 10,000, Desmond Haynes has a slightly higher percentage - 19.58, to Tendulkar's 19.34.

Percentage of runs scored
Batsman ODI runs Team runs Percentage
Sachin Tendulkar 17,168 88,765 19.34
Sanath Jayasuriya 13,377 85,829 15.59
Ricky Ponting 12,286 72,683 16.90
Inzamam-ul-Haq 11,739 76,991 15.25
Sourv Ganguly 11,363 63,702 17.84
Rahul Dravid 10,765 68,996 15.60
Brian Lara 10,405 56,047 18.56
Jacques Kallis 10,328 60,518 17.06
Adam Gilchrist 9619 62,716 15.34
Saeed Anwar 8824 48,502 18.19
Desmond Haynes 8648 44,167 19.58

Tendulkar's overall average is an impressive 44.59, but it gets even better in games in which he has opened the innings. In 312 such matches, he averages 48.28 at a strike rate of 87.68, with 41 centuries and 70 fifties - that's a 50-plus score every 2.8 innings. The average is the highest among openers who've scored 3000 runs, but the strike rate is exceptional as well - only Virender Sehwag, Shahid Afridi, Adam Gilchrist and Sanath Jayasuriya have scored faster, but none of them average more than 37.

Highest ODI averages for openers (Qual: 3000 runs)
Batsman ODIs Runs Average Strike rate 100s/ 50s
Sachin Tendulkar 316 14052 48.28 87.68 41/ 70
Gordon Greenidge 120 4993 45.39 64.65 11/ 31
Matthew Hayden 148 5892 44.30 78.70 10/ 33
Mark Waugh 141 5729 44.06 76.74 15/ 32
Chris Gayle 187 7181 42.24 83.77 19/ 38
Gary Kirsten 175 6647 41.80 72.25 13/ 45
Sourav Ganguly 242 9146 41.57 73.59 19/ 58
Desmond Haynes 238 8648 41.37 63.09 17/ 57
Graeme Smith 143 5442 41.22 82.99 8/ 39
Nick Knight 92 3345 40.30 73.16 5/ 23

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