Previous India batsman Sachin Tendulkar, who carries the record for most Test and ODI runs as well as most centuries across the two presentations, pipped Ex-Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara as the greatest men’s Test batsman of the 21st century in a survey.
“This was a compact. Both Kumar Sangakkara and Sachin Tendulkar are icons of the game but the survey, the winner of the greatest Test batsman of the 21st century, is my colleague Mumbaikar Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar,” Gavaskar revealed in a video uploaded by Star Sports, who arranged the survey in which cricket commentators and fans voted.
Tendulkar’s 15,921 runs and 51 centuries are the most in Test cricket history.
The man closer to him in the run-achiever’s list is Ex-Australia captain Ricky Ponting who is 2,543 runs behind.
In terms of centuries, he is six clear of Jacques Kallis who has 45 Test loads.
Sangakkara, who has obtained 12,400 runs and 38 centuries in Tests, is sixth in the list of all-time run-achievers and fourth in the list of centurions.
The commentators who balloted included VVS Laxman, Irfan Pathan, Aakash Chopra among others.
Tendulkar, who made his Test entrée at the age of 16, fascinated the world of cricket. He was the only Indian in an all-time Test World XI which was declared in 2013 to honour the 150th anniversary of Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack.
In 2002, the Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack ranked him as the second greatest Test batsman eternally following Don Bradman and the second greatest ODI batsman after Viv Richards.