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Sachin Tendulkar has retained the numero uno status amongst batsmen in world cricket, thanks to his ability and insatiable hunger for runs. He is the King of One-Day cricket; he has played 273 One-Day Internationals and scored 10461 runs at an average of 43.40. Tendulkar stands tall amongst 'em all with 29 ODI centuries and 53 fifties, with the highest score of 186* to his name and, to top it all, he has a career strike rate of 86.64.

Against South Africa, Sachin Tendulkar has played 36 matches, scoring 1117 runs at an average of 31.02. He has struck two hundreds and five half centuries against the Proteas. Tendulkar's record in South Africa is something of a disappointment; he has scored just 236 in 12 matches at an average of 19.66 . The Proteas have had the better of the duels in the middle and this could well be Tendulkar's biggest opportunity to set the record straight.

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