Sachin Tendulkar, the God of Cricket mesmerized fans all over the world for 24 years of long and intriguing career. The master deservedly knocked 100 centuries in international cricket, a record which seems improbable to reach.
Throughout his career, Sachin Tendulkar played some astonishing innings garnished with breathtaking shots. Sachin had every shot in his kitty and made colossal 34,357 international runs against quality sides in extreme situations. With so many picture perfect stance and shot making, Sachin is a coaching manual and a Role model for generations to follow.
Sachin made 49 classy Centuries in 463 One Day International (ODI) Cricket, but we have picked 10 of the very best which stand out from the rest.
Here are Top 10 Centuries of Sachin Tendulkar loaded with sheer Ingenuity, Class and Brilliance
1. 110 vs Australia in Colombo – 1994
No Doubt, the first one is always the sweetest one. Little Master had to wait for 79 ODIs to get his maiden ton. It came against the most formidable Australian bowling attack on 9th September 1994 at Colombo in Singer Cup. This was a must win game for India after losing to Sri Lanka in the first match.
Sachin made 110 runs with 8 fours and two sixes and India won the game with 31 runs. Sachin Tendulkar registered his first hundred in ODIs and was chosen as Man of the Match.
2. 118 vs Pakistan in Sharjah – 1996
This one came against the arch-rivals, Pakistan on 15 April 1996 at Sharjah in the triangular series, South Africa being the third team.
The situation was demanding, India has lost their first two games and this was a must-win game for them. Sachin Tendulkar piled up 118 with 8 fours and 2 sixes. India made 305 batting first and won the game with 28 runs. Sachin Tendulkar was Man of the Match for his impressive innings.
3. 143 vs Australia in Sharjah – 1998
Arguably the best knock from the Master in ODIs. It was the final league match of Coca Cola Cup in Sharjah on 22 April 1998. Australia who had already qualified for the finals batted first and added 284 on board. In a hail storm affected game, India needed to better their run-rate than New Zealand to qualify for the finals. The target to win the match was 276 in 46 overs, but the priority was to make 237 in 46 overs and qualify for finals.
Sachin Tendulkar came out all guns blazing and made 143 runs in 131 balls with 9 fours and 5 sixes. India lost the game, but more importantly qualified for the finals. Rarely, we find a Man of the Match from a losing team, but Sachin was the obvious choice for his scintillating knock.
Next morning, the headlines were “A storm called ‘Tendustorm’ hit Australia in Sharjah on 22nd April, 1998” and moreover, we still know the series as Desert-storm series.
4. 134 vs Australia in Sharjah – 1998
April 24, the 25th Birthday of Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar and it was celebrated in grand style. It was final against Australia in the Desert-storm series. The Sharjah Cricket Association Stadium,was filled with massive crowd in expectation of another Sachin storm inning.
Aussies batting first posted 272 runs. Sachin was determined to win this for India, made 134 runs from 131 balls with 12 fours and 3 sixes. The second highest score of Indian inning was 58 from Mohd Azharuddin, which shows the single handed winning effort from the Genius. Sachin was chosen as Man of the Match consecutive times in 3 days span.
This is the time when Shane Warne commented ” I’ll be going to bed having nightmares of Sachin just running down the wicket and belting me back over the head for six.”
5. 140* vs Kenya in Bristol – 1999
It was the qualifying group game of World Cup 1999, Sachin’s father, Ramesh Tendulkar passed away on 18th May 1999. Sachin has to come back to India for the rituals of his father. In Sachin’s absence, India had lost a game against Zimbabwe and the Match against Kenya on 23rd became more crucial.
Within 4 days, on 23rd May 1999, Sachin Tendulkar returned to the World Cup scoring 140 from 110 balls with 16 fours and 3 sixes and India won the game with 94 runs. The little master was Man of the Match.
Considering the circumstances, it was a special century from the Master, which he dedicated to his father. An effort which shows the greatness, determination and passion of Sachin Tendulkar towards the game and nation.
6. 117* vs Australia in Sydney – 2008
In a triangular CB series with Australia and Sri Lanka, India reached to the best of 3 finals. A daunting task against Aussies on their home turf. It was first of the finals at Sydney on 2nd March 2008.
After winning the toss, Australia decided to bat first and posted a challenging 239 runs on board. Sachin Tendulkar carried his bat through with unbeaten 117 of 120 balls with 10 glorious fours. India won by 6 wickets with 25 balls to spare and Sachin was Man of the Match for his match winning effort.
This was Sachin’s first century in ODIs in Australia and gave India team lead of 1-0 in best-of-three finals. Notably, Sachin made 91 in the second final, which India won by 9 runs. With this, India won a one-day tournament for the first time in 22 years in Australia. Thanks to Sachin for his 117* and 91 in both the finals!
7. 163* vs New Zealand in Christchurch – 2009
India were playing 5 match series against New Zealand at their home soil. India won the first match of the series while the second ODI was abandoned.
This was the 3rd Match of the series on 8th March 2009 at Christchurch. New Zealand won the toss and put India into bat. The wicket was batsman friendly and India had to put a big score on board to challenge the Kiwis.
Tendulkar was in destructive mood, slammed 163 runs of 133 balls with 16 fours and 5 sixes. India posted a staggering 392 runs in 50 overs, New Zealand felt 58 runs short. India had a convincing win and later went on to win the series 3-1.
8. 138 vs Sri Lanka in Colombo – 2009
This was the final against Sri Lanka on 14th September 2009 in Compaq cup of the triangular series, New Zealand being the third team knocked out of the tournament.
India won the toss and chose to bat first. Sachin Tendulkar hit a breathtaking 138 of 133 balls with 10 fours and a six. India posted 319 runs on board and won the match and series with 58 runs. Sachin was selected as Man of the Match. He was also Man of the series for his aggregate of 211 runs in 3 matches at an average of 70.33.
9. 200* vs South Africa in Gwalior – 2010
South Africa was touring India and this was a 3 match ODI series. India won the first game at Jaipur by closest of margin, 1 run. This was a must-win game for the Proteas to stay alive in the series.
on 24th February 2010, India won the toss and chose to bat first. Sachin played a flawless and unbelievable knock of 200 runs from 147 balls with 25 fours and 3 sixes. The first man in cricket history to reach milestone of 200 runs in One day international matches. Ravi Shastri rightly commented “ It’s the superman from India“, when Sachin reached this milestone.
India scored gigantic 401 runs at the end of 50 overs and won the match convincingly with 153 runs and Sachin was undoubtedly, chosen as Man of the Match. India won the series 2-1.
10. 114 vs Bangladesh in Mirpur – 2012
Sachin was carrying the Monkey of 100th ton on his back for more than a year now and all the cricket fans were praying for him to deservedly get the 100th century.
It was the 4th Match of the Asia Cup against Bangladesh. Bangladesh won the toss and invited India to bat. On 16 March 2012, Sachin Tendulkar made a marvelous 114 runs with 12 fours and a six and helped India to post 289 in 50 overs. Sachin’s effort went in vein as Bangladesh went on to win this match.
This wasn’t one of the fluent and aggressive knock from Sachin Tendulkar, but is more remembered for his 100th hundred and the last century he made in international cricket.
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