Tendulkar's ODI stats do great justice to his greatness.
In terms of openers, he is statistically miles ahead of all his peers.
14 players have scored over 5000 runs as an ODI opener (Greenidge is 15th with 4993).
Tendulkar tops the averages, with an average of 48.11 from 303 innings opening the batting.
Hayden is 2nd in the list, with an average of 44.30, closely followed by Mark Waugh, with an average of 44.06 opening.
If you look at strike rates, of those who have scored over 5000 runs opening, only Sehwag (102), Gilchrist (98.02) and Jayasuriya (92.33) have scored their runs at a faster rate than Tendulkar (87.55) Of those 3, Gilchrist has the highest average - a mere 36.50.
Generally at the top of the innings, a higher SR is traded off by a lower average and vice versa. To average as many runs as Tendulkar does, and score them at the rate Tendulkar does, has proven to be impossible for any other opening batsman in the history of the ODI game.
Last edited by GingerFurball; 12-06-2009 at 11:13 PM.