Ricky Ponting of Australia is the second front runner but his one day form dipped before he retired from all formats while aging Sri Lankan opener = Sanath Jayasuriya, man with 28 centuries, is long time off international arena.
Sourav Ganguly was another prolific century maker in the format but he quit after 22 while Herschelle Gibbs holds the record most centuries in one day matches for South Africa but he too is past his prime.
Interesting is the presence of Chris Gayle, man with maximum tons by a West Indies batsman (going past 18 by Brian Lara). Gayle may have had chances of challenging Tendulkar's record in five years time but he's lost in some battle with WICB.
Desmond Haynes once held the record before Tendulkar broke it, and owns it since then.
Nathan Astle and Ross Taylor hold New Zealand record with 16 hundreds while Marcus Trescothick has most by an England batsman = 12.
|Most century by a batsman in one day cricket career.|
|Sachin Tendulkar (India)||49||463||96||41||200*||20|
|Ricky Ponting (Australia)||30||375||82||39||164||20|
|Sanath Jayasuriya (Sri Lanka)||28||445||68||18||189||34|
|Virat Kohli (India)||27||177||38||25||183||10|
|Kumar Sangakkara (Sri Lanka)||25||404||93||38||169||15|
|AB de Villiers (South Africa)||24||200||47||32||162*||6|
|Hashim Amla (South Africa)||22||131||28||9||159||2|
|Tillakaratne Dilshan (Sri lanka)||22||327||47||41||160*||11|
|Sourav Ganguly (India)||22||311||72||23||183||16|
|Chris Gayle (West Indies)||22||269||47||17||215||23|
|Herschelle Gibbs (South Africa)||21||248||37||16||175||22|
|Saeed Anwar (Pakistan)||20||247||43||19||194||15|
|Mahela Jayawardene (Sri Lanka)||19||448||77||39||144||28|
|Brian Lara (West Indies)||19||299||63||32||169||16|
|Mark Waugh (Australia)||18||244||50||20||173||16|
|Ross Taylor (New Zealand)||17||181||32||28||131*||8|
|Jacques Kallis (South Africa)||17||328||86||53||139||17|
|Desmond Haynes (West Indies)||17||238||57||28||152*||13|
|Nathan Astle (New Zealand)||16||223||41||14||145*||19|
|Adam Gilchrist (Australia)||16||287||55||11||172||19|
|Virender Sehwag (India)||15||251||38||1||219||14|
|Mohammad Yousuf (Pakistan)||15||288||64||40||141*||15|
|Yuvraj Singh (India)||14||295||51||39||139||18|
|Upul Tharanga (Sri lanka)||14||197||31||9||174*||14|
|David Warner (Australia)||13||93||16||4||178||2|
|Gary Kirsten (South Africa)||13||185||45||19||188*||11|
|Martin Guptill (New Zealand)||12||142||32||16||237*||12|
|Marcus Trescothick (England)||12||123||21||6||137||13|
|Rahul Dravid (India)||12||344||83||40||153||13|
Who haven't retired and may rise up the ladder to join above list are..
11 centuries = Quinton de Kock (SA), Gautam Gambhir of India, Md Hafeez of Pakistan.
10 centuries = Rohit Sharma & MS Dhoni (India).
9 centuries = Shikhar Dhawan (Ind), Marlon Samuels (WI), Eoin Morgan (Eng + Ire) and Shane Watson (Aus).
8 centuries = Shoaib Malik (Pak), and Steve Smith (Aus).