As the longest serving and illustrious cricketer of modern times — 199 Tests in 24 years of Test cricket — Sachin Tendulkar has had the pleasure of having more teammates than any of his contemporaries such as Ricky Ponting, Rahul Dravid, Jacques Kallis and Brian Lara.
Tendulkar made his debut at the age of 16 against Pakistan and hence held a six-year lead over the Australian Ponting and South African Kallis and almost a seven-year lead against fellow Indian middle order batsman Dravid.
He began his international career one year before Lara.
Set to play his 200th and farewell Test at the Wankhede Stadium from Thursday, Tendulkar added two more teammates in Mumbai’s Rohit Sharma and Bengal’s Mohammad Shami who were capped against the West Indies last week at the Eden Gardens, Kolkata.
This took his teammates tally to 110 teammates, one behind England’s Frank Woolley (111 in 64 Tests) and seven behind England’s Graham Gooch (118 in 113 Tests).
Rahul Dravid who made his Test debut in the 1996 Lord’s Test against England has taken the pride of place of being Tendulkar’s No.1 teammate with 146 Test matches (73.37 % of 199 Test matches) and Anil Kumble has taken the No. 2 teammate position with 122 matches (61.31 % of 199 Test matches).
The figures are different though with Tendulkar turning out to be Kumble’s No. 1 teammate playing in 122 off 132 (92.42 %) and also Dravid’s No.1 teammate playing in 146 off 163 (89.02 %).
Tendulkar’s 110 teammates: Rahul Dravid, V.V.S. Laxman, Virender Sehwag, Sourav Ganguly, Mohd. Azharuddin, M.S. Dhoni, Gautam Gambhir, Navjot Singh Sidhu, Anil Kumble, Harbhajan Singh, Wasim Jaffer, Yuvraj Singh, Sanjay Manjrekar, Manoj Prabhakar, Nayan Mongia, S. Ramesh, S.S. Das, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Kapil Dev, Zaheer Khan, Irfan Pathan, Vinod Kambli, M. Vijay, Javagal Srinath, Dinesh Karthik, Ravi Shastri, Suresh Raina, R. Ashwin, Kiran More, Parthiv Patel, Mohammad Kaif, Ajay Jadeja, Ajit Agarkar, Sanjay Bangar, Ishant Sharma, Aakash Chopra, Praveen Amre, Amit Mishra, Dilip Vengsarkar, Sunil Joshi, Deep Dasgupta, W.V. Raman, S. Sreesanth, Venkatapathy Raju, K. Srikkanth, Abhinav Mukund, Shikhar Dhawan, Devang Gandhi, Venkatesh Prasad, Rohit Sharma, Ajay Ratra, Praveen Kumar, Sameer Dighe, Vikram Rathour, Abhimanyu Mithun, R.P. Singh, M.S.K. Prasad, Rajesh Chouhan, Ashish Kapoor, Ravindra Jadeja, Atul Wassan, Hemang Badani, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Pragyan Ojha, Murali Kartik, Ashish Nehra, Hrishikesh Kanitkar, Wriddhiman Saha, Abey Kuruvilla, S. Badrinath, Munaf Patel, Paras Mhambrey, L. Balaji, V.R.V. Singh, Sarandeep Singh, Sairaj Bahutule, Sanjeev Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Chandrakant Pandit, Vijay Yadav, Iqbal Siddiqui, Vijay Bharadwaj, Narendra Hirwani, Robin Singh (Tamil Nadu), Dodda Ganesh, Gursharan Singh, Saba Karim, Ramesh Powar, T. Yohannan, Arshad Ayub, R. Vinay Kumar, Maninder Singh, David Johnson, Ajinkya Rahane, Nikhil Chopra, Piyush Chawla, Vivek Razdan, Varun Aaron, Salil Ankola, Harvinder Singh, Nilesh Kulkarni, Subroto Banerjee, Jaydev Unadkat, Vijay Dahiya, Rahul Sanghvi, Mohammad Shami, Debasis Mohanty, Gopal Sharma, Robin Singh (Delhi).
Tendulkar’s teamates in his debut Test: K. Srikkanth, N.S. Sidhu, Sanjay Manjrekar, M. Azharuddin, M. Prabhakar, Ravi Shastri, Kapil Dev, Kiran More, Arshad Ayub and Salil Ankola.
Players with most teammates in Test cricket (min 100 teammates): Graham Gooch (England 1975 to 1995) 118 in 113 Tests (with David Gower 71 Tests and Ian Botham 59), Frank Woolley (England 1909 to 1934) 111 in 64 Tests (with Jack Hobbs 44 and Wilfred Rhodes 29), Sachin Tendulkar (India 1989 to 2013) 110 in 199 Tests (with Rahul Dravid 146 and Anil Kumble 122), Walter Hammond (England 1927 to 1947) 106 in 85 Tests (with Les Ames 43 and Maurice Leyland 39) and S. Chanderpaul (West Indies 1994-2013) 100 in 149 Tests (with Chris Gayle 86 and Brian Lara 84).
Players with most opponents in Test cricket: Sachin Tendulkar (India 1989 to 2013) 199 Tests, 490 opponents): No.1 opponent: Ricky Ponting (Australia, 29 Tests) and No. 2 opponent: Muttiah Muralitharan (19 Tests); M. Muralitharan (Sri Lanka: 133 Tests / 415 opponents), Jacques Kallis (South Africa: 164/410), Ricky Ponting (Australia: 168/398), S. Chanderpaul (West Indies: 149/395), Steve Waugh (Australia: 168/392), Rahul Dravid (India: 164/387), Mark Boucher (South Africa: 147/383), Mahela Jayawardene (Sri Lanka: 138/381).