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Records are broken once

Once a record is broken it does not remain a record. Once Sunil Gavaskar hit 30th Test century he broke Don Bradman’s record of highest or most Test centuries. Afterwards it was Sunil Gavaskar’s record and not Don Bradman’s record. Sunil Gavaskar ended his career with 34 centuries. When Sachin Tendulkar hit 35th Test century he broke Sunil Gavaskar’s record and continues to hold the record with 51 centuries. After Sunil Gavaskar whenever someone hit 30th century he did not break Don Bradman’s record because there was no record. It is wrong to speak of Sachin Tendulkar, Brian Lara, Ricky Ponting, Jaques Kallis and Rahul Dravid breaking Don Bradman’s record. When Rahul Dravid hit 34th Test century he equalled the number of Sunil Gavaskar’s centuries but did not equal his record because there was no record.

In bowling Muthaiah Muralitharan holds the record of 800 Test wickets. If someone surpasses the tally of Frederick Trueman, Lancelot Gibbs, Dennis Lille, Ian Botham, Richard Hadlee, Kapil Dev, Courtney Walsh or Share Warne he does not break the record of highest Test wickets.

The record for highest wickets in a Test, 19, is held by Jim Laker. The record for highest wickets in a Test Innings, 10, is held by Jim Laker and Anil Kumble.

In fielding someone had the record of six Test catches by a fielder other than wicketkeeper. Over the years 11 others equalled the record. Then Greg Chappell broke that record with seven catches.

A record may be equalled many times but can be broken only once.

Donald George Bradman is the greatest batsman

After Sachin Tendulkar broke Brian Lara’s record of 11,953 Test runs some have said he is the greatest batsman.  They put him higher than Donald Bradman and Brian Lara.  I suppose it has to do with nationality than facts.

 Donald Bradman scored 6,996 runs in 80 Innings, remained not out 10 times, of 52 Tests with an average of 99.94.  No batsman is closer to him in average.  Donald Bradman hit 29 centuries with two of them being triple centuries.  Besides these two triple centuries he hit 10 double centuries with one of them being 299 not out. 

Brian Lara took 21 Tests less than Sachin Tendulkar to score 11,953 Test runs.  He broke the record of highest runs in a Test Innings twice.  He broke the record of 365 not out of Garfield Sobers and hit 375.  Matthew Hayden broke Brian Lara’s record and scored 380. Brian Lara broke that record and scored 400 not out.

 Sachin Tendulkar has not hit any triple century.  Virender Sehwag has hit two triple centuries.

 Sachin Tendulkar played in World Cups from 1992 to 2007.  India did not win any of them.  In 1996 Sachin Tendulkar played well and it was not his fault.  In other World Cups his performance was average. 

If people say popularity of a batsman has to be criterion of greatness than there were many batsmen who were popular but did not do as well as Sachin Tendulkar.  Gundappa Vishwanath can be said to be greater than Sachin Tendulkar. 

Batsmen are for scoring runs.  They have to be judged by the runs they score. Donald George Bradman is the greatest batsman.