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Sachin Tendulkar equals Gavaskar’s record of 81 first class hundreds

Mumbai, Feb 9 (): The 39-year-old master batsman Sachin Tendulkar made 140 not out against Rest Of India and equalled Sunil Gavaskar’s national record of 81 first class hundreds. Tendulkar also completed 25,000 runs in first-class cricket.

This is Tendulkar’s 18th century for his home state Mumbai at the Wankhede Stadium. Tendulkar scored 100 not out against Gujarat in his Ranji Trophy debut in December 1988. He made his first Irani Cup hundred against Delhi in November 1989 at the Wankhede Stadium. Tendulkar is playing his 303rd first-class match.

Breakup of Sachin Tendulkar’s 81 first class hundreds are : 51  hundreds have come from tests while playing for India, 18 in Ranchi Trophy playing for Mumbai, 3 in Duleep Trophy, 2 in Irani Cup, 5 in India’s tour games, 1 against a visiting side and 1 for Yorkshire.

Tendulkar has 51 Test hundreds in 194 games with 15,645 runs.  Sachin has 100 hundreds, including 49 in ODIs and he retired before the home series against Pakistan recently.

Sachin holds a record of five centuries before he turned 20 which is a current world record.

Breakup of Gavaskar’s 81 centuries is: 34 centuries for India in Tests, one against Sri Lanka in unofficial tour, 20 in Ranji Trophy, six in Duleep Trophy, three in Irani Cup, 10 in Rest of the World, 2 for Somerset and 14 against other first class teams.

Sir Jack Hobbs of England leads the first class hundreds’ list with 199 centuries. Jack Hobbs is the leading run-scorer and century-maker in first-class cricket, with 61,760 runs. He played from 1905 to 1934.

Don Bradman with 117 leads for Australia, Viv Richards with 114 for West Indies, Zaheer Abbas 108 for Pakistan, Glen Turner 103 hundreds for New Zealand and Sunil Gavaskar and Sachin Tendulkar with 81 hundreds for India.

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