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Tendulkar Ties Cricket Legend Gavaskar with 34th Century
Arjun Chauhan, The Epoch Times
1/13/2005

India’s renowned cricketer Sachin Tendulkar has scored his 34th Test century, equaling legendary Indian batsman Sunil Gavaskar’s world record for the maximum number of test cricket centuries.

Tendulkar reached the milestone on the second day of the first test match against host nation Bangladesh at the Bangabandhu National Stadium in Dhaka on Dec. 11.

Cricket, a sport with similarities to baseball, is followed religiously in India and other cricket-playing nations such as Australia and England, and talented cricketers often have a huge and zealous fan-following in those countries.

Tendulkar, 31, is ranked second both in the all-time test and one-day lists by Wisden Cricket ratings, behind Australia's Don Bradman and West Indies' Vivian Richards respectively.

The ace batsman was playing his 119th Test match when he equaled the record. It took Gavaskar 125 Tests to complete his 34 centuries.

The century against Bangladesh was the 19th for Tendulkar away from home, breaking Gavaskar’s previous record of 18 Test centuries away from India.

Gavaskar, one of the TV commentators for the match, walked down to the boundary ropes at tea break and gave Tendulkar a hug along with congratulatory words, saying: “It’s good to get to 34 but you should not stop here. Go further and further and get to 50,’’ Tendulkar related.

Tendulkar also became only the third player in the test cricket history, after South Africa's Gary Kirsten and Australia's Steve Waugh, to have scored centuries against all test-playing nations.

Coming back from an elbow injury and having been dropped twice before reaching the 100-run mark, Tendulkar went on to complete his double century, remaining unbeaten at 248.

India won the series by claiming the first Test by an innings and 140 runs, and the second Test by an innings and 83 runs.


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