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 may not be able to 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.
Ricky 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 it here.
What's next? These two legendry batsmen meet in world cup 2011 after finishing South African tour and Ashes battle. Who ever continued to play on after that is anybody's guess.
Update : Sachin scored his 51st test century at Cape town on 4 January 2011 while Ricky couldn't do much in Ashes test series..