Sachin Tendulkar on Tuesday achieved another milestone as he became the first cricketer in the history of the game to cross 15,000-run mark in Test cricket.Playing in his 182nd match, Tendulkar reached the mark on the third day of the first Test against the West Indies when he scored his 28th run in India's second innings with a single off leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo.After crossing the coveted milestone, the batting maestro looked up at the heavens and acknowledged the standing ovation given by his teammates from the dressing room as his partner Rahul Dravid congratulated him.The West Indian players also came up after the completion of the over to congratulate the iconic batsman.Tendulkar was 35 runs short of 15,000 before this match and he scored seven in the first innings before being adjudged leg-before off Fidel Edwards.
The world's most prolific batsman, now needs just a hundred to complete a historic 100 international tons. He has scored 51 Test tons and 48 ODI hundreds.
Rahul Dravid, who was batting at the other end with Tendulkar, is the second highest run-getter in Tests with 12,775 runs before this match while Australian Ricky Ponting is third on the list with 12,487 runs.
The "Little Master" passed West Indies batsman Brian Lara's mark of 11,953 runs to become the leading Test run-scorer in 2008 and subsequently became the first cricketer in history to reach 12,000, 13,000, 14,000 and now 15,000 Test runs.
He is the leading run-scorer in one day internationals, too, and holds the record for number of international centuries scored.
Top run-getters in Test cricket (minimum 10,000 runs)
15,005* - Sachin Tendulkar (IND)
12,859* - Rahul Dravid (IND)
12,487 - Ricky Ponting (AUS)
11,953 - Brian Lara (WIS)
11,947 - Jacques Kallis (RSA)
11,174 - Allan Border (AUS)
10,927 - Steve Waugh (AUS)
10,122 - Sunil Gavaskar (IND)