New Delhi: Those present at the Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) Stadium at Mohali on October 17, 2008 witnessed a massive achievement in international cricket: Sachin Tendulkar going past Brian Lara's record of most runs in Test cricket. It was a momentous occasion and play was held up for over five minutes as the Mohali crowd and local board appreciated the master's achievement.
The landmark came soon after the tea interval on day one, at 2:31 p.m. Australian fast bowler Peter Siddle pitched the ball up outside off stump, Tendulkar lunged forward and expertly steered it down to third man for three runs. As he completed the second run, Tendulkar pumped his fists. History had been created.
Tendulkar celebrated by taking off his helmet and looking skywards, as he does when reaching three figures. While the Australians applauded and shook hands with Tendulkar on the field, there were firecrackers and a standing ovation from the stands. After 19 years of international cricket, 151 Test matches and 246 innings, Tendulkar had moved to the top of the batting charts in Tests, surpassing Lara's tally of 11,953. Lara had broken the record against Australia as well, going past Allan Border's total at Adelaide in 2005.
Sachin Tendulkar is congratulated by the Australian players after surpassing Brian Lara's tally of 11,953 runs in Test cricket. (Getty Images)