Quite an amazing cricket stat came to my attention today. It has been claimed by someone on radio, the following:
Sechin Tendulkar has played 200 tests for a total of 15926 runs and 51 centuries.
With the Australia and England test match currently being played, Michael Clarke and Alastair Cook are both playing their 100th test each, therefore 200 between them, both are captains and Alastair Cook has 25 centuries and Michael Clarke has 26 centuries, the same added together as Sechin Tendulkar, but also their aggregate total test runs is the same as Sechin Tendulkars! How amazing is that? Added to that, if Alastair Cook had scored any runs today instead of getting a first ball duck, then it would have thrown the stat out. This is the first duck anyone has scored in their 100th test.
However, having done a little research, it seems that the claimant got it slightly wrong and the total runs scored seems to be slightly out. Sechin Tendulkar has actually scored 15921 runs and when Clarke, 7987 runs, and Cook's 7951, total runs are added together it adds to 15938, so, a 17 run difference. Still, the coincidence is still quite amazing even to be only out by 17 runs over all those tests and the fact that both captains are playing their 100th test, with similar runs and similar centuries to their names.
Maybe someone else can verify my stats.