Sachin Tendulkar has been entertaining us for the last 21 years with his brilliance, and made various records in the process. We all have this inkling that the 2011 World Cup will be the last edition when this batting legend will try to achieve the only missing high point in his illustrious career, i.e. winning the World Cup for India.
Through this pictorial compilation, CricketNDTV.com takes a look at some of Sachin's best World Cup knocks.
MS Dhoni's luck favoured again as he won the toss and chose to bat on a flat batting track at Nagpur. The lethal Sachin-Sehwag opening pair dealt the batting attack in their own destructive way, soaring the scoreboard with fours and sixes. But unlike the other times, Sachin was the better hit with a healthier strike rate than Sehwag. The partnership was broken when Sehwag got out in the 18th over. But Sachin continued the magic with his bat and soon reached his 48th ODI century. His innings was over at a score of 111 runs in 101 balls.
After winning the toss and choosing to bat first, India got off to a fine start with Sachin and Virender Sehwag opening the innings. But it was the eighth over when Sehwag was out, bringing the scorecard to 46 for one in 7.5 overs. But pressure never takes over when the Master Blaster is on the field. He continued his fine touch to reach his 47th ODI hundred and build up a fine partnership with Gautam Gambhir. Sachin was out for 120 runs in 115 balls in the 39th over, but he had made sure that India was in a good position to post a strong total on the board. India put up a total of 338 runs but the match ended in a dramatic tie.
India faced the Netherlands in their first match of the 2003 World Cup and Sachin made sure he started the campaign on a good note. While the Indian batting struggled against the Dutch bowlers, Sachin's knock of 52 runs took India's total past 200 runs. India, eventually, won the match.
Against Namibia came the memorable partnership between Sachin and Sourav Ganguly, both scoring hundreds. But of course, the Master Blaster's knock stood out as he scored his highest in any World Cup with 152 runs.
This crucial match against Pakistan on March 1, 2003 saw Sachin Tendulkar play one of the best knocks of his ODI career. Pakistan batted first and put up a fighting total of 273, thanks to a century by Saeed Anwar.
After a flying start by Sachin and Virender Sehwag, pressure was back on India when they lost Sehwag and Sourav in succession, bringing the score to 53 for 2. But these blows did not deter Sachin and he made sure the scoreboard soared till he got out for 98 runs. Though he missed out on a well-deserved century by a whisker, his knock made sure India did not finish on the losing side. He was adjudged the Man of the Match.
In the match against Zimbabwe in the South African edition, Sachin's innings of 81 runs stood out. His knock helped India reach a fighting total of 255 runs. Sachin won the Man of the Match award.
India had to face strong opponents Sri Lanka in their second last Super Sixes game of this edition. Sri Lanka won the toss and sent India to face their strong bowling line-up. But Sachin, along with his partner Sehwag, created havoc with a flawless 153-run opening partnership. Sachin continued getting runs and fell just short of a hundred for the second time in ten days.
The 1999 World Cup held in England did not see too many significant knocks by Sachin. However, his knock of 140 runs off 101 balls that included 16 fours and 3 sixes, helped India post a mammoth total of 329 runs in 50 overs against the Kenyans. India won by 94 runs.
Sachin's maiden World Cup 100 came against Kenya in the 1996 edition held in Asia. He remained unbeaten on 127 runs and single-handedly led India to victory, chasing a target of 200 runs.
The Little Master, as always, came to India's rescue when they were struggling at 15 for 2 while chasing a total of 173 runs against Zimbabwe in the Asian edition. His knock of 70 runs off 91 balls had put India in a winning position.
In a crucial match against Pakistan, Sachin made an unbeaten 54 runs to keep one end intact while India were losing wickets from the other end. Sachin's knock helped them post a fighting total. India won the match with Sachin winning the Man of the Match award.
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