Sachin Tendulkar breaks Lara’s record to become highest Test run scorer
Sachin Tendulkar became the highest run-scorer in the history of Test cricket during India’s match against Australia, eclipsing Brian Lara’s record. The batsman, accorded demi-god status in his country, collected the 15 runs he required with a push to third man off the bowling of Peter Siddle to send the home support into raptures.
Fireworks were released as the game came to a brief standstill. Australia’s players, including captain Ricky Ponting, were among the first to congratulate Tendulkar, who also holds the record for runs scored in one-day internationals. The 35-year-old ‘Little Master’ reaches the milestone in his 152nd Test appearance; though Lara accumulated just 131 caps in setting the previous mark.
Tendulkar came to the crease in the afternoon after the loss of two quick wickets, and he was soon joined by Sourav Ganguly, as the Australian paceman Mitchell Johnson collected his third scalp to leave the hosts on 163-4. After winning the toss, India were in danger of undoing the good start given them by Gautam Ghambir’s 67, and their hopes now rest on Tendulkar emphatically increasing his tally during the first innings.
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