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Last Updated: Saturday, 10 December 2005, 11:23 GMT
Tendulkar celebrates Test record
Second Test, Delhi, day one (close): India 245-3 v Sri Lanka

Sachin Tendulkar
There have been very few moments in my life that I have felt emotional - this was one of them
Sachin Tendulkar
India's Sachin Tendulkar celebrated becoming cricket's most prolific Test century scorer when he hit his 35th ton against Sri Lanka.

Tendulkar brought up the world record with a single off Chaminda Vaas in fading light as play ended on the first day of the second Test in Delhi.

He surpasses the record held by compatriot Sunil Gavaskar.

India ended the day on 245-3 with VVS Laxman hitting 69 and Sourav Ganguly unbeaten on 39.

Tendulkar, who had not been in great batting form since returning from a six-month injury absence, took 177 balls for his century, hitting 13 fours and a six along the way.

And he reached the milestone in 125 Tests, the same amount Gavaskar took to score 34 centuries.
Sachin Tendulkar (Ind) 35 in 125 Tests
Sunil Gavaskar (Ind) 34 in 125
Steve Waugh (Aus) 32 in 168
Brian Lara (WI) 31 in 121
Don Bradman (Aus) 29 in 52
Allan Border (Aus) 27 in 156
Gary Sobers (WI) 26 in 93
Ricky Ponting (Aus) 25 in 97

An emotional Tendulkar punched the air in delight and raised his arms before looking skywards to say a silent prayer, wiping away a tear.

He was hugged by team-mate Ganguly and congratulated by the Sri Lankan players with a crowd of more than 20,000 giving him a standing ovation when he turned a Vaas ball to fine leg and ran for a single.

India had won the toss and elected to bat first with Vaas striking immediately to remove Gautam Gambhir lbw for two.

Captain Rahul Dravid, opening the batting after Virender Sehwag was ruled out with a throat infection, added 24 before being caught off Muttiah Muralitharan at short-leg.

Tendulkar and Laxman put on 77 for the third wicket before Laxman was caught behind off Muralitharan, who ended the day with 2-77 off 28 overs.

At the close Tendulkar (100) and Ganguly had added an unbroken 112 for the fourth wicket.

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