posted on 2018-04-24 16:52:33
posted by Surendhar V
24 April 1973 – The day when God decided to make his presence felt in the world in the form of Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar. Over 750 International games, 34,000+ runs , 100 centuries – One man, who carried the hopes of a billion hearts for 24 long years. No words could describe his service for the Indian cricket team and the game of cricket and here we celebrate his birthday by turning back the pages to witness five of his classic innings.
A steady knock of 117* ensured a win against the Aussies in the First final of the Tri-match series after being asked to chase a target of 240. It was down to Australia and India after Sri Lanka was eliminated in the league stages. Matthew Hayden’s 82 and Mike Hussey’s 45 helped the Aussies to post a decent total of 239. Sachin provided a great start for the Indians but he failed to receive any support from the other end as three wickets fell before India could cross 100. A solid partnership between Sachin and Rohit Sharma helped the chase and eventually Rohit got out for 66. Tendulkar maintained his composure and got to a well deserved century as India chased the target quite easily at the end with six wickets and 25 balls left.
West Indies set a target of 230 for India following two handy fifties from Wavell Hinds and Darren Ganga. Sourav Ganguly and the Master Blaster himself gave a splendid start to their team as the pair put on an impressive 133 for the first wicket before Ganguly departed for 62. It was all Sachin’s show following that wicket as the Little Master smashed his way to another crucial century despite the wickets falling at the other end. India eventually chased down the target in the 49th over with the help of Sachin’s incredible knock of 122* which included 12 fours and a six.
It was 1994 and Sachin Tendulkar was still in his early years of Cricket. New Zealand posted a huge total of 269 with the help of an excellent partnership between Parore and Rutherford. Chasing 270 was considered to be a very difficult task at that time and a 21-year old Sachin walked alongside Manoj Prabhakar to open the innings. The openers provided the ideal start for India by posting 144 for the first wicket without consuming too much overs and keeping the Required run-rate in control. Sachin went on to score his second ODI century before unfortunately being run out for 115. Azharuddin and Kambli did their finishing job well as India cruised on to a seven-wicket win with 11 balls to spare.
During the South Africa’s tour of India in 2000, Sachin scored his 25th ODI ton as India edged past the visitors in a closely contested encounter. India walked into the game knowing that a win would help them clinch the series 3-1. Quickfire knocks from Gary Kirsten and Jacques Kallis put South Africa in the driver’s seat as they posted a commendable total of 282 on the board. It was yet another magical performance from Sachin Tendulkar which ensured a series triumph for the home side as the Master Blaster played a sensible knock of 122 while chasing a huge target. Sachin’s innings included 12 fours and he was rightly awarded the Man of the Match award for his brilliant century.
Just days after the famous ‘Desert Storm’ innings of Sachin, India were up against the mighty Aussies in the final of the Coca-Cola cup. Australia posted a challenging 272 on the board and with their bowling attack spearheaded by the likes of Fleming and Shane Warne, it was always going to be a tough task ahead for the chasing team. But, Sachin kept a cool head and continued his ruthless form as he exceptionally led India to a famous victory. The Little Master aggressively racked up 134 runs in 131 balls , smashing 12 fours and 3 sixes in the process. Shane Warne was the one who was badly affected by this innings as the pro-spinner was hit for 61 runs in his 10 overs.