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Thursday, 21 February 2013

Sachin Tendulkar vs Michael Clarke: India vs Australia Test Series

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On Friday, two of the world’s finest batsmen will square off in Chennai in the first Test of the VB Tour of India. Sachin Tendulkar, India’s greatest batsman and second only to Sir Donald Bradman, will welcome Michael Clarke, Australia’s premier batsmen in the form of his life, to India. In what is such a crucial match-up, let’s compare the numbers of these batting pillars.


Overall record

Mat

Inns

NO

Runs

Ave

HS

100

50

Michael Clarke

89

148

15

6,989

52.54

329*

22

25

Sachin Tendulkar

194

320

32

15,645

54.32

248*

51

66

No one has scored more runs than Sachin Tendulkar. His record of matches, runs and hundreds will likely be never matched again. Clarke’s record however, does stand up well against the Little Master.

After 89 Tests

Mat

Runs

Ave

HS

100

Tendulkar

89

7,419

57.96

217

27

Comparing their records is a battle that Clarke can’t win at this stage. However, when you take in recent form, say over the last two years, the Australian captain has it all over the Mumbai Magician.

Since 1/1/2011

Mat

Runs

Ave

HS

100

Clarke

21

2,292

69.45

329*

8

Tendulkar

18

1,113

35.90

146

1

Clarke has averaged almost double what Tendulkar has, scored twice as many runs and eight times as many centuries. Tendulkar witnessed firsthand the destructive qualities Clarke possesses two summers ago when his Indian side was embarrassed in Sydney for 329 not out and then 210 in Adelaide. The wickets and conditions will be incredulously different in the sub-continent, which brings us to the next point: their stats in India.

In India

Mat

Runs

Ave

HS

100

Clarke

10

686

38.11

151

2

Tendulkar

88

6,940

53.79

217

22

These numbers aren’t shocking. Nobody has made more runs in India than Sachin, or scored as many centuries. Clarke’s record is split over three series: his debut series in 2004 where he made 400 runs are 57.14; in 2008 which yielded 251 runs from four Tests at 35.85; and two more Test in 2010 that he’d rather forget – 35 runs at 8.75. Against each other though, the numbers look more even.

vs opposition

Mat

Runs

Ave

HS

100

Clarke

18

1,628

54.26

329*

5

Tendulkar

35

3,438

57.30

241*

11

Tendulkar still leads the way in terms of average, but his numbers are almost exactly double Clarke’s, showing there isn’t much between the two. Sachin batted against the likes of McGrath, Warne, Gillespie where Clarke has had to deal with India’s throng of spinners on dry, turning Indian wickets. Indian fans will be banking on Tendulkar’s rich record against Australia to once again provide the gluttony of runs he has done so consistently in the past. Australian supporters will point out the pair’s recent form and trust Clarke can continue his golden run for at least four more Tests, and then the next 10 for the Ashes!

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