Senior batsman Sachin Tendulkar today reached another coveted landmark by completing an astounding 50,000 runs in competitive cricket across all formats.
Needing 26 runs on the day to reach the landmark, Tendulkar tucked one towards midwicket for a single off left-arm spinner Yannick Ottley to reach another milestone in his glorious career spanning close to two-and-a-half decades. He scored 35 off 31 balls before edging one to Denesh Ramdin off Lendl Simmons' bowling.
Tendulkar now has 50009 runs in 953 competitive matches, which includes 551 List A matches, 307 First-class matches and 95 T20 games. Tendulkar has so far scored 25,228 runs in 307 First-class matches which includes a staggering 15,837 runs in 198 Tests. The 40-year-old has 21,999 runs in 551 List A matches which includes 18,426 runs in 463 ODIs.
Having scored 2747 in the 94 earlier T20 matches, the legend today scored the necessary 26 runs with consummate ease. Tendulkar has had an ordinary tournament till the semifinals and could score only 20 runs in four matches with a highest score of only 15.
Today, the senior batsmen hit Ottley for two successive sixes – one over long-on followed by a maximum over deep extra cover. The best shot, however, was the deft late cut off Simmons' bowling.
The maestro is also standing on the cusp of another rare feat of becoming the first player in the history of the game to play 200 Test matches, which in all likelihood will be completed in the upcoming two-Test series against the West Indies.