Sachin Tendulkar completed his 100th international ton, against Bangladesh, in the fourth ODI of Asia Cup. A look at the master and his legendary journey in cricket through his centuries. (Agency images)
100th century, March 16, 2012: Sachin Tendulkar completed the much-awaited 100th international hundred of his career during the fourth ODI of the Asia Cup against Bangladesh.
He became the first batsman in the history of cricket to achieve this feat. Sachin, with 51 Test tons, has taken his tally of ODI centuries to 49 with this hundred.
Sachin scored a century after 33 innings. His last international century had come on March 12, 2011 against South Africa during the ICC World Cup. He took 138 deliveries and hit 10 boundaries and a six to get his hundred. This is also his first ever ODI century against Bangladesh.
Year 2011, 99th Century: Sachin Tendulkar slammed his 48th ODI hundred against South Africa at Nagpur. It was his second of the ICC World Cup 2011 and his sixth in World Cups overall.
Tendulkar scored 111 runs during his 101-ball stay at the crease. His dazzling knock ended when JP Duminy caught him at point off Morne Morkel. (AFP Photo)
Year 2011, 98th Century: After failing to score in the World Cup opening match against Bangladesh, Sachin Tendulkar brought up his 47th ODI hundred in style against England in Bangalore. He hit four sixes and eight fours in his 103-ball century. He made 120 off 115 balls before England pacer James Anderson dismissed him.
Year 2011, 97th Century: With the team under pressure after losing two quick wickets, Sachin decided to play second fiddle to a fluent Gautam Gambhir and then decided to come into his own later against South Africa.
Year 2010, 96th Century: Sachin knew that his 50th Test century will be the one for the record books and he chose a great setting to bring it up.
Year 2010, 95th Century: Sachin's 49th Test century was one that reinforced his unprecedented mastery of the game. The Cricketer of the year showed just why he was given the award as he went on to score the sixth double ton of his career in the same innings. It was also Sachin's 11th Test hundred against Australia. Having missed a century by 2 runs in the first Test of the tour in Mohali, he made up by bringing up his ton in Bangalore. He also attained the feat of becoming the first cricketer to make 14,000 Test runs during the same match. Yet another feather in the master blaster's cap!
Year 2010, 94th Century: Sachin Tendulkar once again came to his country's rescue and raised hopes of salvaging the second Test. Tendulkar struck his 48th Test century and went on to score his 5th double century. Suresh Raina notched up a century on debut on the fourth day of the Test.
Year 2010, 93rd Century: Sachin Tendulkar became the first batsman ever to score 200 runs in the history of the 50-over game. With this knock, Sachin broke the record of the highest One-Day International score of 194 runs held jointly by Pakistan's Saeed Anwar and Zimbabwe's Charles Coventry during his knock of 46th ODI hundred.
Year 2010, 92nd Century: Hurt by the Nagpur sting, India reached Kolkata for the second Test. After Indian bowlers wrapped up the South African innings for 296, Sachin along with Sehwag got down to the batting business. He made his 47th Test ton, his fifth against the visitors. Having played four Tests so far in 2010, Sachin has made centuries in each of them.
Year 2010, 91st Century: Sachin slammed 46th hundred of his Test career on the fourth day of the first Test against South Africa in Nagpur.
His fourth century against the Proteas was also his first at home against them.
In reply to South Africa's 558 runs, India were bundled out for 233 runs. South Africa enforced follow-on and picked top four wickets. Sachin rose to the occasion and hit his 46th ton. Unfortunately, his resistance ended soon after his ton as Paul Harris deceived him with his spin for 100 runs. However his ton went in vain as India slumped to an embarrassing defeat by an innings and six runs.
Year 2010, 90th Century: In the second Test of the two-match series against Bangladesh, Sachin slammed another ton. As compared to the hundred scored in the first Test, this one was a more relaxed one. During the process, he had a 200-run plus with Rahul Dravid for the third wicket.
Year 2010, 89th Century: The master batsman started the new year with another century. Though against the minnows, his 44th century came under testing circumstances. India, who played their first Test of the year against Bangladesh in January, were heavily let down by their batsmen in the first innings in Chittagong. Out of 243 runs, Sachin scored 105 and saved India blushes. While wickets were tumbling from one end, Sachin at the other end dig deep and kept the battle on. He was adjudged 'man of the match' for his fighting knock.
Year 2009, 88th Century: Sachin celebrated his 20 years in Test cricket with an unbeaten 100 runs in the second innings of the first Test against Sri Lanka in Ahmedabad in December 2009. There were seven centuries scored in that match. Failing to score in the first innings, Sachin scored a subdued 298-ball 100 runs in the second.
Year 2009, 87th Century: It seemed like an impossible task. India were chasing 351 runs for victory in the 5th match of the ongoing India-Australia series. The middle order crumpled, Sachin stayed on. Probably the most exciting run chase of the year, Saching kept scoring all around the ground. Maximising advantage of an injury hit Aussie bowling attack, Sachin kept hopes of a billion Indians alive by leading India very close to a victory. But the tables immediately turned when Sachin was caught at Short Fine Leg at a score of 175 runs. With the fall of Sachin, fell the hopes of an entire nation, and the mesmerising run chase fell short by just 3 runs.(AFP Photo)
Year 2009, 86th Century: On September 14, 2009, Sachin wisely held the Indian innings together and scored 138 runs against the Lankans, at the Premadasa stadium in Colombo to lead India to victory. (AFP Photo)
Year 2009, 85th century: It came at a place which proved to be Indian batting's graveyard in 2002-03. India went to New Zealand this year after that debacle tour. It was tipped to be one of the toughest tour as nobody knew how the conditions were.
After Indian pacers ripped the Kiwi batting apart in the first Test at Hamilton, Sachin got down to his task and slammed 160 runs for his 42nd ton. Most importantly, his knock backed by lethal bowling gave India a win in New Zealand after a gap of 33 years.
Year 2009, 84th Century: If anybody knows how to do it in style, it has to be Sachin Tendulkar. Waiting a full year after his 42nd century, Sachin impressed everybody with an unbeaten 163 against New Zealand on March 6, 2009 at AMI Stadium, Christchurch. Announcement made, Sachin is back.
Year 2008, 83rd Century: Many called this knock as Sachin's one of the best Test knocks. After condemnable terror attacks on Mumbai, India played England in Chennai. And the Mumbaikar made that match a historic one. If Virender Sehwag set the stage, Sachin along with Yuvraj Singh chased the total with an hour to spare for the close of the match. He made unbeaten 103 runs and dedicated his 41st ton to all his countrymen.
Year 2008, 82nd Century: Sachin got his 40th ton at Nagpur during the fourth Test against Australia. The four-match series was aready in India's pocket, but Sachin's innings of 109 runs helped India put up a good total. India won the match by 172 runs and clinched the series 2-0 to lift the Border-Gavaskar Trophy. During the same series, Sachin surpassed Brian Lara's record of maximum Test runs. It came during the second Test at Mohali.
Year 2008, 81st Century: Sachin had hit a rough patch by now. Critics were harsh on him and people wanted to see the old Sachin back. Battling average form and the tongues of his critics, he silenced everybody with an unbeaten 117 against Australia in the Sydney Cricket Ground, Australia on March 2, 2008.
Year 2008, 80th Century: After a forgettable Sydney Test, India moved to Adelaide for the third Test. Sachin carried his form to the Adelaide Oval and made 154 runs to get his 39th Test ton, which was also his 80th international hundred. The match ended in a draw.
Year 2008, 79th Century: Sachin started the new year on a high Down Under. During the second Test against Australia in Sydney, Sachin made an unbeaten 154 runs as his 38th Test century. However, some umpiring blunders gave Australian an edge over the Indians in the match that was well in visitors' grasp.
Year 2007, 78th Century: Sachin hit back-to-back centuries in the series. In the second Test against Bangladesh in Dhaka, he raised his 37th ton with an unbeaten knock of 122 runs. Three other Indians made centuries in the same match - Wasim Jaffer, Dinesh Karthik and Rahul Dravid. However, Sachin walked away with the 'Man of the Series'.
Year 2007, 77th Century: He next toured to Bangladesh for a two-Test match series. He hit 101 in a rain-hit first Test at Chittagong.
Year 2007, 76th Century: On January 31, 2007, Sachin scored an unbeaten 100 to establish his 41st century. Playing at IPCL Sports Complex Ground in Vadodara against West Indies, Sachin scored at an impressive strike rate of 131.57 leading India to victory. (AP Photo)
Year 2006, 75th Century: Tendulkar had slowed down by now and so had his centuries. His 40th century came on September 14, 2006 at the Kinrara Academy Oval in Kuala Lumpur against West Indies when he hit an unbeaten 141 runs.
Year 2006, 74th Century: Sachin's 39th century came against Pakistan on February 6, 2006 when he scored a hundred runs playing at Arbab Niaz Stadium in Peshawar. It is ironical that Sachin's last three centuries came against Pakistan and India still lost those three matches.(AFP Photo)
Year 2005, 73rd Century: It took Sachin exactly a year to surpass his idol Gavaskar. In 2005, Sachin played six Tests making 444 runs. He missed out on a hundred against Pakistan in Mohali when he was dismissed for 94 runs. And then there was a long wait.
On December 10, 2005 in New Delhi, he got his 35th Test ton against Sri Lanka. He contributed 109 to India's 290 on a tricky Kotla track where Muralitharan was at his wily best. As they say all's well that ends well, India won the match by a big margin of 188 runs.
Year 2005, 72nd Century: Sachin's next century came again against Pakistan. Although this century came after a gap of more than a year on April 12, 2005 at Sardar Patel Stadium in Motera, Sachin's 123 could not win the match for India who had another defeat to Pakistan on their records. (AP Photo)
Year 2004, 71st Century: Nine months later he finally got his fourth double ton when he slammed an unbeaten 248 runs against Bangladesh during the first Test in Dhaka. He celebrated his double ton with another milestone as he equalled Sunil Gavaskar's Test record of 34 centuries. It was indeed a proud moment for the two Little Masters, who are great admirers of each other.
Year 2004, 70th Century: A controversial decision by the then captain Rahul Dravid to declare the innings, cost Sachin from reaching another double hundred score. India declared their innings with Sachin at a score of 194 with just 6 more runs to reach what would have been his 4th double ton.
Year 2004, 69th Century: March 16, 2004. It was an India Pakistan match which India went on to lose. Playing at Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium in Rawalpindi, Sachin knocked the ball all around the ground to score 141 runs again at a strike rate of more than a run a ball.
Year 2004, 68th Century: Scoring a mammoth unbeaten 241 against Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground in Sydney on January 4, 2004, it was the beginning of a high scoring year for him. This was his highest Test score yet.
Year 2003, 67th Century: Bowlers were finding it hard to put a stop to Sachin's menace. Sachin hit his 36th century playing against New Zealand scoring 102 runs at the Lal Bahadur Shastri stadium in Hyderabad, winning the match for India on November 15, 2003.
Year 2003, 66th Century: The master batsman got his 35th ODI ton against Australia on October 26, 2003 in Gwalior that resulted in India's 37-run win over the World Champions.
Year 2003, 65th Century: Sachin went without a century for nearly half a year. He then hit his 34th ton against Namibia at the City Oval, Pietermaritzburg on February 23, 2003.
Year 2002, 64th Century: Another big score by Sachin. He made 176 runs at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on November 3, 2002 playing against the visiting West Indians.
He also attained the feat of becoming the first cricketer to make 14,000 Test runs during the same match.
Yet another feather in the master blaster's cap!
Year 2002, 63rd Century: Sachin narrowly missed out on a double century this time when he got out at a score of 193 against England at Headingley in Leeds on August 23, 2002. But on the brightside, India won the match because of his contribution.
Year 2002, 62nd Century: Just a week later on July 11, 2002, he scored a very fast 113 against Sri Lanka at the County Ground, Bristol, leading team India to victory. This was again while batting at the number four spot.
Year 2002, 61st Century: His first century against England came after being nearly a decade in the sport on July 4, 2002. He scored an unbeaten 105 batting at the number four spot at the Riverside Ground in Chester-le-Street. This was his second century batting at the number four spot.
Year 2002, 60th Century: Sachin gave himself an early birthday present when on April 20, 2002, he equaled Sir Don Bradman's 29 Test tons. It was time for a double celebration as India also won that match against West Indies at Queen's Park Oval in Port of Spain.
Year 2002, 59th Century: With a score of 176, Sachin was now just one century away from equaling Sir Don Bradman's 29 Test hundreds. This knock of his, helped India win against Zimbabwe at the Vidharbha Cricket Association ground in Nagpur.
Year 2001, 58th Century: On December 13, 2001, Tendulkar at the Sardar Patel Stadium in Motera played a fine innings against England and scored 103 runs which helped India draw the match.
Year 2001, 57th Century: Even though India lost the match to South Africa, fans were still cheering Sachin who scored 155 runs.
Year 2001, 56th Century: Another good innings with a score of 146 came on October 24, 2001 when he helped India win at the Boland Park, Paarl against Kenya.
Year 2001, 55th Century: In a losing battle against the Proteas on October 5, 2001, Sachin scored his 30th ODI century at the New Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg.
Year 2001, 54th Century: Sachin scored his second century against the Windies on July 4, 2001 at the Harare Sports Club in Harare scoring an unbeaten 122 runs leading India to a win.
Year 2001, 53rd Century: Another match with Australia, another century for Sachin. On March 31, 2001, Sachin scored 139 runs at more than a run a ball to lead India to victory against the Aussies at the Nehru Stadium in Indore.
Year 2001, 52nd Century: Sachin's 126 runs on March 20, 2001 were a major contribution in India's win against Australia at the M.A. Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai.