Stats That Prove Tendulkar’s The Best

I was never Sachin Tendulkar’s biggest fan growing up (no doubt because my grandmother, a pure Tendulkar hater, reminded me again and again of the customs duties he tried to waive on some Ferrari he bought). But Outside Edge has taken a lot of time and effort to put Tendulkar’s performance in some context. Check out the many tables and charts.

This one particularly struck me. Notice the extent of Tendulkar’s contributions in the 1990s, regularly topping above 20% of the team’s total runs. Neither Ponting nor Gilchrist, no tail-enders they, could manage the same proportion, just showing off their superior outfit. (But while we’re at it, look at Pietersen’s 2004 percentage! Incredible!)

Percentage of team runs

Tendulkar Ponting Pietersen Lara Gibbs Gilchrist Sehwag
1990 12% 6%
1991 17% 12%
1992 20% 22%
1993 12% 26%
1994 21% 14%
1995 20% 13% 31%
1996 25% 14% 30% 12% 4%
1997 14% 36% 23% 8% 17%
1998 30% 21% 22% 4% 15%
1999 19% 18% 13% 18% 15%
2000 17% 16% 17% 15% 14% 8%
2001 32% 22% 21% 17% 18% 13%
2002 23% 18% 20% 17% 15% 18%
2003 26% 20% 21% 19% 16% 15%
2004 17% 16% 46% 17% 10% 18% 11%
2005 11% 18% 29% 13% 23% 14% 13%
2006 20% 15% 19% 15% 15% 16% 12%
2007 19% 31% 19% 18% 20% 14% 14%
2008 17% 10% 21% 13% 14% 21%
2009 20% 13% 10% 17% 22%

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5 thoughts on “Stats That Prove Tendulkar’s The Best

  1. just some friggin’ perspective! that’s not too much to ask for is it 🙂

  2. KK says:

    Didn’t Kevin Pietersen make his Test debut in 2005?

  3. KK says:

    Oh wait. This is an ODI comparison. Ignore earlier comment.

  4. jogesh99 says:

    Oh wait. This is an ODI comparison. Ignore entire post.

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