Sachin Tendulkar's career in numbers

  • 1990: 119 not out vs England, Manchester


    Sachin Tendulkar's first Test century came on his first official tour to England. Set a target of 408 in the final innings, the 17-year-old Tendulkar batted through the afternoon to earn India a draw. He told the BBC afterwards, 'This one will remain special always to me, and the team needed me to score.'

  • 1992: 114 vs Australia, Perth


    The bouncy WACA wicket was a favourite with Australian fast bowlers, but the young Tendulkar dominated a powerful pace attack, including Craig McDermott and Merv Hughes, with his now famous cover-drives. Unfortunately, the rest of the batsmen were less resilient and India lost the game.

  • 1997: 169 vs South Africa, Cape Town


    Having amassed a first innings total of 529, South Africa quickly reduced India to 58 for 5. The fightback came from Tendulkar and Mohammad Azharuddin who added 222 runs between them in just 40 overs. Tendulkar was the last man out having hit 26 boundaries and saved India from the follow-on.

  • 1998: 134 vs Australia, Sharjah


    In the final of this tri-nation cup held in the United Arab Emirates, Tendulkar struck his 15th century in one-day cricket. Australia set a challenging total of 272 but, as with his 143 against the same team two days earlier, he again scored at more than a run a ball to win the cup for India.

  • 1999: 136 vs Pakistan, Chennai


    Only six runs were on the board when Tendulkar walked to the middle, where he remained for almost seven hours despite requiring medical attention on his back. Out for 136, he had dragged his team to within 20 runs of their target with four wickets intact. India lost the match by 12 runs.

  • 1999 World Cup: 140 not out vs Kenya, Centurion


    An emotional innings for Tendulkar, who missed the previous match to return home for his father's funeral. India had lost their first two matches and had to win to stay in the tournament. He began cautiously, but accelerated with a series of deft boundaries in a match-winning partnership of 237 with Rahul Dravid.

  • 1999: 116 vs Australia, Melbourne


    Sachin had become the Indian captain for this crucial Australian tour. His earlier stint had seen poor results and a decline in his form. But Tendulkar led by example throughout this series with several huge scores. His hundred in this innings, however, couldn't help India win the match.

  • 2003 World Cup: 98 vs Pakistan


    Chasing 275 to beat traditional rivals Pakistan in the World Cup group game, India needed a quick start. Tendulkar provided it. Off the final three balls of Shoaib Akhtar's first over, Tendulkar hit the world's fastest bowler for a six and two fours. India won the crucial encounter.

  • 2010: 200 not out vs South Africa, Gwalior


    Tendulkar becomes the first batsman to hit a double century in a one-day international. He batted through all 50 overs, reaching an unbeaten 200 with a single in the final over. The innings displayed all facets of his game and included 28 boundaries. India won by 153 runs.

  • 2012: 114 vs Bangladesh, Dhaka


    After two years of waiting, Tendulkar becomes the first player to score 100 international centuries, passing the milestone with a single clipped to square leg. Despite his 114, India lost the match.

Sachin Tendulkar has played in what could be his final Test for India, retiring from the game as arguably the most successful batsman in history.

The key to Tendulkar amassing more than 34,000 international runs in his record-breaking 24-year career has been his consistency and longevity in both Test and one-day international cricket.

He has made more appearances and accumulated more runs in both forms of the game than any other cricketer, although he has only made one appearance for India in Twenty20 internationals.

Tendulkar, who made his India debut as a 16-year-old in 1989, holds several records, most famously becoming the first player to hit a hundred centuries in international cricket when he scored 114 against Bangladesh in Dhaka in March 2012.

Former Australia batsman Ricky Ponting is next in the list of highest century-makers with 71, and many players and commentators have suggested that Tendulkar's total may never be beaten.

Image caption * Innings and runs includes one T20 match

It had been two years since Tendulkar's 99th century, scored against South Africa, and in between there were 12 one-day internationals and 11 Tests without a century.

The closest he got in that time was 94 batting against the West Indies in Mumbai in November 2011.

Compare this with the previous 20 matches, in which he scored seven centuries: three in one-day matches and four in Tests.

Even the greatest batsmen get out though.

Tendulkar has been dismissed 681 times in his career and for just over 60% of those dismissals he was out caught.