This man is not new to making and breaking records, and now he adds one more feather to his cap. The third Test against Sri Lanka takes batting icon Sachin Tendulkar at the top of the list of cricketers to have played the maximum number of Tests.
With this Test, he takes his tally to 169 Tests, surpassing Australian Steve Waugh's tally of 168.
Here, we take a look at the top 10 most-capped Test cricketers.
In more than 20 years in international cricket, master batsman Sachin Tendulkar has played 168 Tests, scoring 13742 runs with the help of 48 centuries and 55 fifties. The third Test against Sri Lanka is his 169th.
Out of his 48 hundreds, five came as double hundreds. His highest score is an unbeaten 248 runs against Bangladesh in 2004. One achievement that has eluded him so far is a triple century. And the kind of form he is enjoying at this stage of his career, it should come before he finally hangs his boots.
He has also taken 44 wickets and taken 105 catches.
Former Australian captain Steve Waugh represented the 'baggy green' in 168 Tests. He scored 10927 runs at an average of 51.06 with the help of 32 tons and 50 half-centuries. He scored just one double hundred (200) that came against West Indies in 1995. Under Waugh's leadership, the Kangaroos scaled new heights.
He was impressive with the ball as well. He took 92 wickets and gobbled 112 catches.
While Sachin may have topped the list of most number of Test played by a cricketer, it's Allan Border who played the maximum number of Tests on a trot. Out of his 156 Tests, Border played 153 without missing any match during his career from 1979 to 1994.
One of the most accomplished batsmen of his time, Border was the first cricketer to score 11000 runs, a benchmark he set for his contemporaries and his successors. He scored 11174 with the help of 27 tons and 63 half-centuries.
The present Australian captain has so far played 146 matches and scored 12026 runs with the help of 39 centuries. He is hailed as the batsman who can overtake Sachin in Tests. His average is next to that of Sir Don Bradman's in Australia's overall ratings. Like Sachin, Ponting has also scored five double centuries.
After making his debut in 1992, this spin wizard represented his country in 145 Tests. Credited for reviving the dying art of leg-spin bowling, Warne is undoubtedly the best leg-spinner of all times. He claimed 708 wickets, including 37 five-wicket hauls and 10 ten-wicket hauls.
Known for his variations and crafty bowling, Warne was the first bowler to take 700 Test wickets. Apart from his bowling, Warne was quite handy with the bat. He scored 3154 runs without scoring a century, a record in itself.
The delivery that got him the wicket of Mike Gatting in 1993 is known as the ball of the century for it bounced outside the leg-stump and spun sharply to hit the off.
Rahul Dravid burst onto the scene in 1996 when he made his debut against England along with Sourav Ganguly. He made 95 runs but was overshadowed by the southpaw as he scored a century.
However, Dravid went on to become the backbone of the Indian batting. Also called as 'The Wall', Dravid has so far played 141 Tests and scored 11460 runs. He has slammed 29 hundreds and 58 half-centuries. He has scored six double hundreds, which include his brilliant knocks of 233 runs at Adelaide in 2003 and 270 vs Pakistan in Rawalpindi in 2004.
Making his first Test appearance in 1995, Jacques Kallis has so far played 140 Tests. A genuine all-rounder, Kallis has scored 11,126 runs and picked 266 wickets. He has scored 35 hundreds and taken 5 five-wicket hauls.
Having played 134 Tests since 1997, Mark Boucher has been on of the finest wicketkeeper-batsmen of all times. He has scored 5171 runs with the help of five hundreds and 33 half-centuries. Behind the stumps, he has been exemplary. He has taken 482 catches and executed 22 stump-outs.
After completing 800 wickets in the last Test of his career, Muttiah Muralitharan became the most successful bowler of all times. Making his debut in 1992, Murali had to face many challenges. He overcame all of them to reach the pinnacle of Test cricket.
The competitiveness between Warne and Murali is legendary and so is the debate on 'who's better of the two'. While Warne was a leg-spin wizard, Murali was the off-spin magician. Murali played 12 Tests lesser than Warne and picked 800 victims. He's taken 67 five-wicket hauls and 22 ten-wicket hauls.
He retired after the first Test of the ongoing series against India.
Making his debut in 1990 against West Indies, Alec Stewart represented England for 13 years and in 133 Tests. During his career, Stewart scored 8463 runs with the help of 15 centuries. He also took 263 catches and executed 14 stump-outs. He finally called it quits in 2003 after the drawn series with South Africa.
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