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  Saturday, 20 April, 2002, 09:43 GMT 10:43 UK
Sachin equals The Don
Sachin Tendulkar
Tendulkar now has Gavaskar's record in his sights
by BBC Sport Online's Matthew Allen

Of all the batsmen the late, great Sir Donald Bradman observed in action, there was only one he compared to himself - Sachin Tendulkar.

So it seems fitting that the Little Master has managed to emulate fellow Indian Sunil Gavaskar and equal the Don's record of 29 Test centuries.

Tendulkar achieved this feat in his 93rd Test - 41 more than it took Bradman to pass the landmark.

Many thought the record would fall in the first Test at Georgetown, but Tendulkar fell for 79 when he looked well set.

  Tendulkar in Tests
Runs: 7865
Hundreds: 29
Fifties: 31
Highest score: 217
Average: 59.58

At Port-of-Spain he made no such mistake, surviving several scares on the way but capitalising on his good fortune.

Despite spending 20 minutes in the 90s, Tendulkar finally managed to bring up his century from 194 balls with a cut off Adam Sanford.

From the moment Tendulkar chalked up his 20th Test century at the age of 26 - 126 against New Zealand at Chandrigah - it seemed inevitable that he would equal and eventually surpass Bradman's record.

Gavaskar's record 34 Test centuries now seems an incredibly short step away.

Sir Donald Bradman
Bradman named Tendulkar in his World XI
Bradman's untouchable average of 99.94 may eclipse Tendulkar's 59 by some margin, but who knows how he would have compared in the one-day game if the short form had been played in his time.

Tendulkar became the first batsman to pass 10,000 one-day runs, and his record of 11,069 runs, including 31 centuries, is likely to be beyond the reach of all his contemporaries.

Quite apart from receiving The Don's official blessing, Tendulkar is revered in India and held in as much awe around the world as Bradman was during his playing days.

The sheer scale of protest in India when he was accused of ball tampering in South Africa last year shocked the match referee, Mike Denness.

The 28-year-old's rise to the top of the game has been spectacular and meteoric.

  Sir Donald Bradman's Test record
Runs: 6,996
Hundreds: 29
Fifties: 13
Highest score: 334
Average 99.94

As a schoolboy he shared in an unbroken first wicket stand of 600 with Vinod Kambli, scoring 326 runs himself.

He made his club debut aged 12 and at 16 became India's youngest Test debutant, scoring five Test centuries before he was out of his teenage years.

There is not an obvious fault to his game and he possesses every shot imaginable - with a few others in his locker as well.

Capable of destroying any attack on any pitch, he has succeeded where the Indian team as a whole has failed by mastering all conditions away from home.

It would be interesting to hear what has given Tendulkar most satisfaction in his sparkling career.

Equalling Bradman's record or being named in the great man's fantasy world Test XI.

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