When Sachin Tendulkar scored 114 runs against Bangladesh at Mirpur on March 16, 2012 he became only the first batsman to score a century of centuries in the history of the game. The long-awaited century finally materialized and put all the doubts to end. Talks of Sachin Tendulkar’s retirement also started surfacing soon after his mega century.
Another batting legend, the former Australian skipper Ricky Ponting comes second with 71 centuries. He has announced his retirement from the ODIs after his poor run of form. This has left him with only the Tests to play for. Scoring 29 will be a near impossible task for any batsman who has his international career hanging by the hair.
The South African batting mainstay Jacques Kallis is the third in the all time list of century makers. Kallis has 59 centuries to his name. Both Ricky Ponting and Jacques Kallis have been active on the international scene since 1995. Out of the top five batsmen to score the most international centuries, Jacques Kallis has the best average – 50.17.
The batting great from West Indies stands fourth in the list of all time century makers with 53 centuries. But of the top five in the list, Lara has the highest individual score, which also happens to be a record in any form of international cricket. Lara has scored 400 not out in Tests.
The Great Wall of Indian cricket – Rahul Dravid, who retired a few days back, is the fifth in the list with 48 centuries. Dravid has one half-century more than Ricky Ponting. Dravid has 146 50+ scores against his name. Interestingly, Dravid has the record of being dismissed for a duck the least number of times out of the top five. Dravid has 21 ducks while Ponting has the most – 38.
We salute the Master Blaster and congratulate him on his 100th 100.