It’s old news now but I should acknowledge the great deeds of the Little Master in reaching 50. No, he’s not 50 years old, although it seems like he has been around long enough to be that old. Tendulkar has just scored his 50th Test century in only his 175th Test match. He is almost 38 years old and has been playing Test cricket for just over 21 years (55% of his life).
However you stack the numbers, they are impressive. Fifty centuries is a real lot – next best is Ponting on 39 and he is not likely to add to that. Of his 50 centuries, Tendulkar has turned only six into doubles but let’s not quibble about that. Kallis just scored is 38th century – 201 not out and that was his very first double.
For the record, Tendulkar’s 50th hundred was an innings of 111 not out, in a total of 459, in a match where his side lost by an innings!
Now we all wait for the Boxing Day Tests. That is “Tests” (plural) and not “Test”. The South Africans look forward to their Boxing Day Test every bit as much as the Aussies do. True, they don’t have a ground to rival the MCG, but that should not count against them. At this point, it looks like both decks might be a little green but that should not surprise anyone.
Happy Christmas to you all. And in case I don’t get to writing during the Box Day Tests, Happy New Year as well.