Southampton: Former India batsman Sachin Tendulkar, who scored the most centuries with the most runs in Tests and ODIs, has been voted the greatest Test batsman of the 21st century. Sachin got a tough competition from former Sri Lankan wicketkeeper-batsman Kumar Sangakkara in this poll, but Tendulkar won in the end.
On the historic occasion of the ICC World Test Championship match, a TV channel has started the process of voting to choose the greatest player of the 21st century. The commentary team and fans of the TV channel chose Sachin as the best batsman.
India’s great batsman Sunil Gavaskar said in a video uploaded by Star Sports, “It was a difficult match. Both Kumar Sangakkara and Sachin Tendulkar are icons of the game. But the winner of the greatest Test batsman of the 21st century is my fellow Mumbaikar Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar.
Tendulkar made his Test debut at the age of 16. He has scored 15,921 runs in the history of Test cricket, with 51 hundred. Sangakkara has 12400 runs in Tests while he has 38 Test centuries to his name.
The commentary panel included VVS Laxman, Irfan Pathan, Aakash Chopra, and others. Former Indian cricketers included in the commentary panel, appreciating Sachin’s contribution, chose him.
He is the recipient of all sports awards in India, including the Arjuna Award, the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna India’s highest sporting honor, the Padma Bhushan, the Padma Vibhushan, and the biggest of them all – the Bharat Ratna.
He remains the highest run-scorer in Test cricket history and his 51 centuries are also the most by any batsman in the format with 15921 runs. Kallis, the person next to him, is six centuries behind. Sangakkara, with 38 tons, is fourth and sixth in the list of all-time leading run-scorers in Tests.
He retired from international cricket eight years ago in 2013 and played with some of the best batsmen to take the game forward including Brian Lara, Ricky Ponting, Jacques Kallis, Rahul Dravid, Alastair Cook, and others.