Anurag Dasgupta ∙ Nov 20 2022, 8:45 AM

#OTD in 2009: Sachin Tendulkar became the first player to cross 30,000 runs in international cricket


image-lap0es3pSachin crossed 30,000 run mark in 2009 [Source: Twitter]

On this day in 2009, the legendary Sachin Tendulkar became the first international cricketer to go past the 30,000 run mark in international cricket.

He achieved this feat during India's first Test match of the series against Sri Lanka in Ahmedabad. The series comprised of 3-Test matches.

The maestro failed in the first innings, scoring just 4 runs and was dismissed by Chanaka Welegedara. However, you can't keep a top-notch player down for too long as Tendulkar bounced back to score an unbeaten 100 in the second innings of the game. The match eventually ended in a draw.

Four years later, Tendulkar bid adieu to the game, and by the time he retired, the right-handed batter had amassed 34,357 runs in 664 international matches. More importantly he had 100 centuries to his name, which is still a record for any player.

Even the best players from his era Kumar Sangakkara (28,016), Ricky Ponting (27,483), Mahela Jayawardene (25,957), and Jacques Kallis (25,534), failed to get to the 30,000 run mark.


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