India play 500th Test: Sachin Tendulkar has played 200 of them

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New Delhi, Sep 22: Team India became only the fourth Test playing nation in the history of the game to have played 500 Test matches.

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Off these 500, India's iconic batting legend, Sachin Tendulkar, has represented the Indian side for almost 40 per cent of the matches.

Sachin Tendulkar

In his career spanning 24 years, Sachin has played 200 Test matches for India. This is also the maximum by any cricketer in the world.

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Master Blaster, who retired in 2013 from international cricket, is also the highest run scorer in Tests and scored maximum Test centuries (51) in Test cricket.

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Tendulkar has also captained the Indian side in 25 Test matches between 1996 and 2006.

Former Australia captain and legendary batsman Ricky Ponting has played 168 Test matches who is a distant second. 

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Rahul Dravid (164)  is the second Indian cricketer to have played maximum Test matches followed by VVS Laxman (145) and Anil Kumble (132). 

Here are top 10 cricketers to have played most Test matches:

200 Tests: Sachin Tendulkar (India) (1989-2013), 15921 runs, 51 (centuries)

168: Ricky Ponting (AUS) (1995-2012),  13378 runs, 41 (centuries)

168: Steve Waugh (AUS) (1985-2004),  10927 runs, 32 (centuries)

166: Jacques Kallis (SA) (1995-2013), 13289 runs, 45 (centuries)

164: Shivnarine Chanderpaul (WI) (1994-2015), 11867 runs, 30(centuries)

164: R Dravid (India) (1996-2012), 13288 runs, 36 (centuries)

156: Alan Border (AUS) (1978-1994), 11174 runs, 27(centuries)

149: Mahela Jayawardene (SL) (1997-2014),  11814 runs, 34 (centuries)

147: Mark Boucher (SA) (1997-2012), 5515 runs, 5 (centuries)

145: Shane Warne (AUS) (1992-2007), 708 wickets, 37 (5-wicket-hauls)


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