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Two of the greatest modern cricketers, Sachin Tendulkar of India and Ricky Ponting of Australia, now have come to a stage in their career that they are miles ahead of remaining players of various countries, but mighty close to each other.
With not much cricket left in both of them, the thing to watch out for is which one of these two cricketers quit with record of most century and runs in both test and one day international form of cricket.
Note that Sachin Tendulkar made his test debut back in November 1989 against Pakistan at Karachi while Ricky Ponting came onto world stage first in one day internationals, on 15 February 1995, against South Africa at Wellington = almost 5 years gap. by the time Ponting burst on the scene, Tendulkar had 8 test centuries and 2 in onedayers which means in duration which both players have played together, Ponting has been more prolific than Tendulkar.
Have a look at the batting averages of both legends, in both forms of the game. Note that Sachin and Ponting have quite international twenty20 matches.
Lets admit, Ricky Ponting couldn't break Sachin's records, but he's been captain of Australia during most part of his career and has contributed in field to Australia as well, which indeed makes him a cricketer comparable to Indian legend.
QuotesRicky Ponting :- "The number of innings of his (Tendulkar's) I have been able to sit back and watch, I think he is an amazing player. Look at his stats and records and it's quite incredible for someone to have stayed in the game for 20 years.. He has set benchmarks for guys like me to chase him and get as close as we can. If I had to last 20 years, I would probably be batting in a wheelchair!!"
Interestingly, I've never read or heard a comment by Sachin Tendukar about his growing century competition with Ricky Ponting, have you? let us know and we'll add it here.
Ricky Ponting quit captainship on 28th March 2011 when his team returned from quarterfinal of world cup 2011 and then he retired from all international cricket in Dec 2012. Sachin first left ODI cricket in December 2012 and then finally retired from all cricket on 16 November 2013.
UpdateSachin Tendulkar scored his 49th ODI century on 16th March 2012, completing his hundred hundreds while Ricky Ponting made his 41st test century on 24 January 2012. Both have now retired.
Also See : Sachin Tendulkar ODI century list | Ricky Ponting's ODI century list.
Related : Sachin Tendulkar test century list | Ricky Ponting's test century list.