Tendulkar passes another milestone June 30, 2007

15,000 and counting

Mathew Varghese
A statistical review of Sachin Tendulkar's performance as a one-day batsman

When Sachin Tendulkar reached his fifty in the second ODI against South Africa, he went past another milestone in a career chequered with record-breaking moments. Tendulkar became the first batsman to accumulate 15,000 runs in ODIs - he was the first to 10,000 runs as well - and that didn't come as a surprise considering the productivity of his long career.

The 10,000 club in ODIs
Player Matches Runs Average HS 100 50 SR
Sachin Tendulkar 384 15043 44.24 186* 41 79 85.62
Sanath Jayasuriya 395 12063 32.95 189 25 64 90.58
Inzamam-ul-Haq 378 11739 39.52 137* 10 83 74.24
Sourav Ganguly 294 10880 41.68 183 22 68 73.69
Brian Lara 299 10405 40.48 169 19 63 79.51
Ricky Ponting 280 10395 43.31 164 23 62 80.27
Rahul Dravid 318 10265 40.09 153 12 79 70.81

In the 189 ODI innings he has played when India has won, Tendulkar has scored 9061 runs at an average of 56.98, with a strike-rate of 89.72, all figures higher than his overall average. He averages 47.96 in 36 finals (of tournaments involving three teams or more), though the fact that he has scored only four hundreds, and that only 13 of those matches have resulted in wins, might come as a disappointment. Incidentally, he averages 89.10 at a strike-rate of nearly 100 when the team has won in a final.

He instantly became the face of the day-night game, and in fact Tendulkar has scored the highest number of runs while batting second in a day-night game and is third on the list of all-time highest averages while chasing under lights.

The best batsmen under lights (Minimum qualification: 30 innings)
Player Innings Runs Average SR
Hansie Cronje 38 1405 58.54 73.75
Michael Bevan 42 1599 51.58 69.55
Sachin Tendulkar 75 3087 45.39 87.94
Boeta Dippenaar 30 1073 41.26 68.24
Jacques Kallis 56 1857 41.26 70.58

Tendulkar has scored the most runs by far (12019) while batting in the top three. However, a few batsmen have averaged better than him in the top-order, though none in the top five apart from Sir Viv Richards come close to his batting strike-rate.

Highest averages for batsmen playing in the top-order (Min 30 innings)
Player Innings Runs Average 100 50 SR
Sir Viv Richards 51 2418 57.57 5 15 86.88
Mohammad Yousuf 43 1988 55.22 5 13 78.82
Glenn Turner 33 1346 48.07 3 8 68.46
Sachin Tendulkar 275 12019 47.13 37 58 87.22
Jacques Kallis 145 5576 46.08 11 36 71.43

Though he's been dismissed in the 90s in two consecutive matches, Tendulkar can take heart from his performance against South Africa in the ongoing series in Ireland. South Africa is the only team against whom he has failed to maintain an average score of 35 per innings.

Tendulkar's record against Test-playing nations in ODIs
Opposition Matches Runs Average SR
Australia 47 2183 46.44 87.74
Bangladesh 10 354 44.25 86.97
England 27 900 39.13 89.82
New Zealand 38 1460 41.71 93.89
Pakistan 61 2122 38.58 86.40
South Africa 51 1647 32.29 71.42
Sri Lanka 65 2436 45.96 86.53
West Indies 38 1571 54.17 78.08
Zimbabwe 34 1377 49.17 91.55

Interestingly, the South African bowlers have managed to keep him quiet over the years, as reflected in his low strike-rate of 71.42 against them. The reason for his success at Belfast could be the absence of Shaun Pollock. Pollock has dismissed Tendulkar nine times in ODIs, along with Sri Lanka's Chaminda Vaas. The other successful bowlers include Glenn McGrath and Heath Streak, who have dismissed him seven times each.

Tendulkar also performs better at neutral venues than at home in India. His record in away games though is unimpressive.

Tendulkar's statistics by type of venue
Type of venue Matches Runs Average 100 50 SR
Away 119 3803 34.57 8 18 80.24
Home 130 5229 46.27 16 29 87.54
Neutral 138 6011 51.37 17 32 87.66

Tendulkar currently averages over 50 in the 13 matches he has played in 2007. He has finished five years so far with an average of over 50 in ODIs. However, after a successful 2003 World Cup, he suffered a slump. He averaged a measly 34.97 in 37 innings in 2004 and 2005. Also, his strike-rate dropped gradually from 87.36 in 2003 to 77.05 in 2006.

Since the 2003 World Cup, Tendulkar has played 72 innings, in which he has scored 2824 runs at an average of 43.44 at a strike-rate of 81.85. He opened the batting in only 58 of these innings and though his record at No. 4 was equally impressive, he failed while batting one-down. In four innings at No.3, he averaged 8.75 and had a woeful strike-rate of 54.68. Clearly, Tendulkar prefers not to take first strike while opening the innings.

Position-wise records for Tendulkar
Batting Position Innings Runs Average SR
First 47 1625 36.11 82.82
Second 218 10302 51.25 88.60
Third 10 92 10.22 48.16
Fourth 61 2059 38.84 77.08
Fifth 36 797 28.46 81.07
Sixth 4 148 49.33 134.54
Seventh 1 20 20 80

Although of late, he's looked to play with caution, he can be destructive and equally dismissive of opposition bowlers at will, as seen in the latest innings against South Africa, where he pulled the ball with an air of nonchalance. Here's a list of innings where he's been at his explosive best:

Highest strike-rate for a Tendulkar innings (Minimum qual: 50 runs)
Opposition Runs Balls faced SR 4s 6s Venue
Bermuda 57 29 196.55 2 4 Port of Spain
New Zealand 82 49 167.34 15 2 Auckland
Australia 62 38 163.5 11 0 Visakhapatnam
Pakistan 67 44 152.27 11 0 Dhaka
New Zealand 53 36 147.22 3 3 Colombo (RPS)

That list includes the magical 49-ball 82 against New Zealand, Tendulkar's first as an opener. Since then, it's been many more runs on the board. Tendulkar has scored almost 26,000 runs in international cricket, and looks unlikely to be overtaken soon unless his nearest rival Brian Lara comes out of retirement as stated and makes runs at a far greater pace than his contemporary.

Highest run-getters in international cricket (Tests+ODIs+Twenty20s)
Player Mat Inn Runs HS Average 100 50
Sachin Tendulkar 525 598 25975 248* 48.28 78 122
Brian Lara 430 521 22358 400* 46.28 53 111
Inzamam-ul-Haq 498 549 20563 329 43.47 35 129
Ricky Ponting 395 460 19941 257 49.60 56 99
Rahul Dravid 427 479 19631 270 46.85 36 126

Mathew Varghese is an editorial assistant with cricinfo.com