What is the highest average Sachin Tendulkar ever sported during his Test career?[July 20, 2007]
After 137 Tests, Sachin Tendulkar's average lies at 55.44. It is not, however, the highest average he has ever sported during his career. That figure is 59.16, immediately after the first innings of the second Test against West Indies at Port of Spain in 2002, when he made 117. Tendulkar took a while to get his Test average above 50. It was only after his 29th Test against Sri Lanka at Lucknow in 1993-94 that his average crossed that mark for the first time. His average has dipped into the late forties a few times since then, but after his 53rd Test against West Indies at Georgetown in 1996-97, it has remained permanently above 50.
Tendulkar's steady rise up the ladder is unlike the meteoric ascent - and equally swift descent - of Sunil Gavaskar's average which rocketed into three figures (132) after his debut Test at Port-of-Spain in 1970-71 and advanced to a high of 156 after his second Test. After his seventh Test match, against England at the Oval in 1971, his average dropped below 100 for the first time and continued to fall steadily. It came down to a low of 47.74 after his 31st Test against England at Bangalore in 1976-77 and finally settled at 51.12 when he retired from the game.
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At which ground has Tendulkar scored the highest number of Test runs? Sachin Tendulkar’s favourite hunting ground has been the MA Chidambaram Stadium at Chennai, having scored 736 runs in 7 Tests at an average of 92. Tendulkar has made 734 runs at his home ground - the Wankhede Stadium – but that has taken him 14 innings, compared to 11 innings at Chepauk. Tendulkar has made four hundreds at Chennai, including an unbeaten 155 against Australia in 1998, perhaps one of the best knocks he’s ever played. For more details on all the above facts check out [ StatsGuru ]