List of most century in tests shows lot closer race than similar one in one day internationals (ODI or one day matches). Sachin Tendulkar is leader in both the lists and finished one short of 50 hundreds whereas no other batsman internationally has even gone past 30 mark.
Ricky Ponting of Australia is the second front runner but his one day form dipped before he retired from all formats while aging Sri Lankan opener = Sanath Jayasuriya, man with 28 centuries, is long time off international arena.
Sourav Ganguly was another prolific century maker in the format but he quit after 22 while Herschelle Gibbs holds the record most centuries in one day matches for South Africa but he too is past his prime.
Interesting is the presence of Chris Gayle, man with maximum tons by a West Indies batsman (going past 18 by Brian Lara). Gayle may have had chances of challenging Tendulkar's record in five years time but he's lost in some battle with WICB.
Desmond Haynes once held the record before Tendulkar broke it, and owns it since then.
The one who looks most likely to break Sachin's record is Virat Kohli. He's already matched Viv Richards' achievement of fastest to 5000 ODI runs and nearing 20 tons. But before Indian fans start feeling this proud record has and always will stay with India, glance at the rate AB de Villiers and Hashim Amla are going. Nathan Astle holds New Zealand record with 16 hundreds while Marcus Trescothick has most by an England batsman = 12. Virender Sehwag and Yuvraj Singh of India and Mahela Jayawardene of Sri Lanka were doing good but not much is remaining in their career.
List : limited to batsmen with at least 12 century in career.
Who haven't retired and are rising up the ladder to join above list are..
11 centuries = Gautam Gambhir of India.
10 centuries = Graeme Smith of South Africa and Ross Taylor of New Zealand.
9 centuries = Md Hafeez of Pakistan, MS Dhoni of India, Shane Watson of Australia and Kevin Pietersen of England.
8 centuries = Michael Clarke of Australia.