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.
|Most century by a batsman in one day cricket career.|
|Sachin Tendulkar (India)||49||463||96||41||200*||20|
|Ricky Ponting (Australia)||30||375||82||39||164||20|
|Sanath Jayasuriya (Sri Lanka)||28||445||68||18||189||34|
|Sourav Ganguly (India)||22||311||72||23||183||16|
|Chris Gayle (West Indies)||21||258||46||17||153*||22|
|Herschelle Gibbs (South Africa)||21||248||37||16||175||22|
|Saeed Anwar (Pakistan)||20||247||43||19||194||15|
|Virat Kohli (India)||19||135||30||18||183||10|
|Kumar Sangakkara (Sri Lanka)||19||379||86||37||169||14|
|Brian Lara (West Indies)||19||299||63||32||169||16|
|AB de Villiers (South Africa)||18||165||37||25||146||6|
|Mark Waugh (Australia)||18||244||50||20||173||16|
|Tillakaratne Dilshan (Sri lanka)||17||287||37||39||160*||9|
|Jacques Kallis (South Africa)||17||328||86||53||139||17|
|Desmond Haynes (West Indies)||17||238||57||28||152*||13|
|Mahela Jayawardene (Sri Lanka)||16||422||74||38||144||27|
|Nathan Astle (New Zealand)||16||223||41||14||145*||19|
|Adam Gilchrist (Australia)||16||287||55||11||172||19|
|Hashim Amla (South Africa)||15||91||23||7||150||2|
|Virender Sehwag (India)||15||251||38||1||219||14|
|Mohammad Yousuf (Pakistan)||15||288||64||40||141*||15|
|Yuvraj Singh (India)||13||293||51||39||139||18|
|Upul Tharanga (Sri lanka)||13||174||28||9||174*||14|
|Gary Kirsten (South Africa)||13||185||45||19||188*||11|
|Marcus Trescothick (England)||12||123||21||6||137||13|
|Rahul Dravid (India)||12||344||83||40||153||13|
Who haven't retired and are rising up the ladder to join above list are..
11 centuries = Gautam Gambhir of India.
10 centuries = 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.