The legend of Sachin Tendulkar once again dominated another voting round, this time conducted by Cricket Australia. The Indian batting maestro was adjudged the best Test player of the 21st century by cricket fans on an online vote.
The online poll, which witnessed more than 16,000 fans participating, was conducted on cricket.com.au to find out the best Test player since 2000. After ten days of voting and deliberations, the result was released on Tuesday.
Tendulkar polled an impressive 23% of the votes, followed by prodigious Sri Lankan wicketkeeper-batsman Kumar Sangakkara in the second spot. Australian duo of Adam Gilchrist and Rickey Ponting followed the roll, with former South African all-rounder Jacques Kallis occupying the fifth spot.
Kallis’ Proteas compatriot AB de Villiers pipped Aussie wizard Shane Warne to the sixth spot. Glenn McGrath, Muthiah Muralidaran and Dale Steyn complete the top-ten list.
Surprisingly, in Cricket Austalia’s version of Top 10 best Test players, Tendulkar was placed in the fifth spot with Adam Gilchrist toping the list.
In an unrivaled career spanning 24 years, Tendulkar played 200 Test matches and scored 15921 runs at an average of 53.78. He also scored a record 51 Test hundreds and 68 fifties, making him arguably the most prolific batsman of all time.