Ponting can break Tendulkar's record

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New Delhi, Oct 18 (UNI) Sachin Tendulkar who has become the greatest run-scorer in Test history after surpassing Brain Lara's mark of 11,953 runs, was warned that the record may not be his for too long.

Tendulkar, 35, threw off months of frustration and pressure when he scored the 15 needed to pass Lara's mark on day one of the second Test against Australia.

Tendulkar had failed to reach 15 in seven of his past 10 Test innings, and there was further drama at the PCA Stadium yesterday when he went to tea unbeaten on 13.

Relief came, however, on the first ball after the break when he squirted debutant fast bowler Peter Siddle behind point for three runs to claim a record he was always destined to hold.

The Australians stopped to applaud, with captain Ricky Ponting the first to congratulate Tendulkar as fireworks covered the ground in a haze of smoke.

Tendulkar took 21 more Tests than Lara to reach the coveted milestone, but the West Indian great doesn't expect his counterpart to hold the mark forever.

''Ricky Ponting (with 10,239 runs, currently sixth on the all-time run-scorer's list) is the guy who can break Sachin's records,'' Lara said yesterday.

''He is young enough. I think he is a class player, who may take away the record from Sachin in the future.'' Lara, who had phoned Tendulkar during the first Test in Bangalore where he thought the record would be broken, said he was humbled to be bracketed with Tendulkar.

''I feel very proud to be in the same league as Sunil Gavaskar, Allan Border and Sachin Tendulkar,'' Lara said.

''We all have to appreciate what Sachin has done,'' he added.

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