New Delhi: Sachin Tendulkar achieved another milestone on Tuesday as he became the first player in the history of the game to cross the 15,000-run mark in Test cricket.

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Playing in his 182nd match, Tendulkar reached the mark on the third day of the first Test against the West Indies at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium, when he scored his 28th run in India's second innings with a single off leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo.

Sachin achieved another milestone on Tuesday, becoming the first cricketer to play 300* Test innings.

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.

With the 14,422-strong crowd cheering him, Tendulkar, who came in at the fall of Virender Sehwag's wicket when the team total was 95 for two, played cautiously with India needing 276 runs to win the match.

He hit just two fours after facing 76 balls to reach 33*.

The 38-year-old Tendulkar, the world's most prolific batsman, now needs just one hundred to complete a historic 100 international tons. He has scored 51 Test tons and 48 ODI hundreds.

Rahul Dravid, who was batting unbeaten on 30 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.

India were 152-2 at close on the third day chasing a target of 276, after Ravichandran Ashwin (6-47 in the second innings) became the second most successful Indian bowler on debut with match figures of 9-128 to help bowl the tourists out for 180 in their second innings.

India, who conceded a 95-run first-innings lead, needs another 124 runs for a win with eight wickets still in hand.

(Agencies)