The 10 occasions when Sachin Tendulkar set the stage on fire
Sachin Tendulkar announced that his 200th Test would be the last time he would represent India in international cricket. The Master Blaster completed 50,000 runs across all formats in the semi-final of the Champions League T20 against Trinidad & Tobago. A look down memory lane at the top 10 knocks by the legend himself.
Sachin Tendulkar announced that his 200th Test would be the last time he would represent India in international cricket. The Master Blaster completed 50,000 runs across all formats in the semi-final of the Champions League T20 against Trinidad & Tobago. A look down memory lane at the top 10 knocks by the legend himself. (AFP Archives)
<b>119 not out vs England in 1990, 2nd Test Old Trafford, match drawn </b><br><br>His first Test hundred against England in 1990 saved the match for India. It was a message to the world that a new star had arrived on the international scene.
<b>155 not out vs Australia in 1998, 1st Test Chennai, India won by 179 runs </b><br><br>Trailing Australia by 71 runs in the first Test, India were under pressure when Sachin walked in. His 155 not out saw the demolition of the great Shane Warne and the other Aussie bowlers. The knock gave India a huge lead and a convincing win.
<b>143 vs Australia in 1998, 6th ODI Sharjah, Australia won by 25 runs </b><br><br>It was an innings that would go down in cricketing folklore as 'Desert Storm'. Sachin unleashed 143 brutal runs as he single-handedly destroyed the Australian bowling attack. The second highest score was just 35 by Nayan Mongia.
<b>136 vs Pakistan, 1st Test Chennai in 1999, Pakistan won by 12 runs </b><br><br>It was a day when Sachin battled his bad back and the Pakistan bowlers. India were tottering at 82/5 when Sachin took the attack to the bowling. He scored 136 and fell with 17 still needed. Pakistan ended up winning by 12 runs.
<b>140 not out vs Kenya in Bristol, 1999 World Cup, India won by 94 runs </b><br><br>While Kenya were not taxing opposition, this innings had an emotional factor involved. With India on the brink of being knocked out of the 1999 ICC World Cup, Sachin returned from his father's funeral and went to score 140 not out as India won by 94 runs and kept their hopes alive in the tournament.
<b>241 not out vs Australia in 2004 in Sydney, 4th Test, match drawn </b><br><br>Arguably the best innings played by a man out of form, Sachin's 241 not out against Australia in Steve Waugh's farewell Test ranks as one of his exceptional knocks. Cutting out his off-side play, Sachin curbed his natural instincts as he battled the bowling to guide India to a massive score.
<b>117 not out vs Australia in Sydney, 1st VB series final 2008, India won by 6 wickets </b><br><br>His first ODI hundred Down Under, Sachin's 117 not out helped India beat Australia in the first final of the triangular series in 2008. India would go on to win the series after defeating the hosts in the second final as well.
<b>103 not out vs England in Chennai, 1st Test 2008, India won by 6 wickets </b><br><br>Chasing 387 to win the fourth innings, Sachin played like a man possessed as no England bowler had any clue how to bowl to him. He brought up his century by hitting the winning runs and the joy on his face had to be seen to be believed. He dedicated his hundred to the victims of the Mumbai terror attacks earlier in the year.
<b>175 vs Australia in Hyderabad, 5th ODI 2009, Australia won by 3 runs </b><br><br>Yet another case of so near yet so far. Sachin's 175 took India on the brink of victory against Australia in the ODI series in 2009. Chasing 351 to win, Sachin was the 7th wicket to fall after having blasted Australia into submission. Australia won by just 3 runs.
<b>200 not out vs South Africa in Gwalior, 2nd ODI 2010, India won by 153 runs </b><br><br>It was a day that history was created. In the 2nd ODI vs South Africa, Sachin hit 200 not out and simply could not be bowled to. It would remain the highest individual score in ODI cricket until Virender Sehwag smashed 219 against West Indies in 2011.