The Boxing Day Tests and Tendulkar reaches 50

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.

3 thoughts on “The Boxing Day Tests and Tendulkar reaches 50

  1. i know i’m late, but a couple of points of interest vis a vie boxing day tests…..

    1. tecno tourist: you can get those stats at cricinfo stats engine. just select the appropriate inputs and voila!

    2. dongles, i agree that the south africans deserve their boxing day test. i did see some highlights of that test though and it was so sad to see how paltry the crowd was at that game. maybe lucky to get a tenth of the 80 odd thousand at the mcg. i guess it says something of the calibre of the australian test fan and the drawing power of the ashes.

    fascinating to follow tendulkar versus the south african quicks though.

  2. Good question Techno. The answer is that India has won 40% of the time that Sachin has made a ton. They have lost on 22% of times. For the record, while I’m at it, Tendulkar made 56% of them away from home. Australia has won 72% of matches when Ponting scored a century and lost just 10%. But I don’t see that as a reflection of the batsman himself. Surely a batsman can only go out and score runs. In fact, it he is doing it alone and his team is not often winning (like border in the mid eighties) doesn’t that possibly make his efforts even more noteworthy?

  3. Would be interesting to see the stats on how many of Tendukar’s centuries resulted in a win for his side and then compared that to say, Ricky Ponting.

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