London: Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting marked his first-class Surrey debut with a century against Derbyshire in the County Championship on Saturday.
With the century, Ponting equalled Tendulkar's tally of 81 first-class hundreds. Ponting reached the mark in his 489th innings while Tendulkar had taken 486 innings to reach the figure.
Interestingly Sunil Gavaskar also has 81 first-class centuries - an Indian record which Sachin recently equalled. Sir Jack Hobbs leads the list of most first-class tons, with 199 to his name.