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Sachin Tendulkar, who is called the God of cricket, has completed 50 years today i.e. on 24 April 2023. From fans to many cricketers from all over the world are congratulating Sachin Tendulkar on his birthday.
One of the greatest players in cricket history, Sachin Tendulkar is celebrating his 50th birthday. Sachin, 50, has spent almost half his life playing cricket for the country. Sachin, who served Indian cricket for 24 years, scored 100 centuries in his career and played many memorable innings. Here, we take a look at the 10 best innings of Sachin's career.
In August 1990, the match between India and England was going on at Manchester ground. Four days had passed and the Indian team was in trouble. England set a mammoth target of 408 runs for victory in front of Team India. India's six wickets had fallen for 183 runs. In such a situation, 17-year-old Sachin took up the responsibility of getting the country out of trouble. He scored an unbeaten 119 off 189 balls in India's second innings on the fifth day of the match. Sachin drew the match by sharing an unbeaten 160-run partnership for the seventh wicket with Prabhakar. This was the first century of his international career.
The Indian team was on a tour of Pakistan. Sachin Tendulkar was 16 years old at this time and he had dangerous bowlers like Imran Khan, Wasim Akram and Abdul Qadir in front of him. On November 23, 1989, Sachin suffered an injury on his nose while batting, but he played an unbeaten innings of 59 runs while facing arch-rivals like Pakistan.
Sachin scored his first century in his ninth Test, but he had to wait for five years for his first century in ODIs, as Sachin initially batted very low. After playing 79 ODIs, he scored his first ODI century against Australia in Colombo. In this memorable innings, he scored 110 runs in 130 balls with the help of eight fours and two sixes. India won this match by 31 runs.
In November 1999, the New Zealand team came on a tour of India. Sachin Tendulkar was in tremendous form during the five-match ODI series, playing big innings one after the other. In the second match of the same series, Sachin played a brilliant inning of 186 runs. He played an inning of 186 runs in 150 balls with the help of 20 fours and three sixes. India scored 376 runs in 50 overs in this match and won the match by 174 runs.
On 22 April 1998, Sachin did wonders in Sarjah. His innings was special in many ways. India had to improve the average to reach the final of the Coca-Cola Cup. Australia set a target of 284 runs in front of India. To play the final, India had to score at least 254 runs, but due to the storm, the target was later revised and India had to score 237 runs in 46 overs. In such a situation, Sachin played an inning of 143 runs in 131 balls (9 fours and 5 sixes) and India easily won the match and made it to the final.
Sachin Tendulkar is the first batsman to score a double century in ODIs. He did this feat on 24 February 2010. While batting in the match against South Africa, Sachin scored a double century with the help of 25 fours and three sixes. He touched the 200 mark in the last over of the Indian innings. Due to his innings, India won the match easily.
On January 2, 2004, Sachin broke Sunil Gavaskar's record by scoring 241 runs in Sydney. Before this match, the record of playing the biggest innings in Test for India was in the name of Sunil Gavaskar. He had played an innings of 236 runs. Sachin batted brilliantly in the fourth innings of the match against Australia and scored 241 runs, the biggest innings for the country. However, Sehwag later took this record to his name by scoring a triple century.
In the year 2004, the Indian team was on a tour of Pakistan. The first match of the three-Test series was being played in Multan. Sachin Tendulkar was in great touch and was playing with a century. However, when he was on 194, captain Rahul Dravid declared the innings and Sachin returned to the pavilion unbeaten. Dravid was widely criticized for this decision, but India won the match by an innings and 32 runs.
In December 2008, the England team was on a tour of India. The second match of the series was being played in Chennai. India got a target of 387 runs to win and Tendulkar, saving his wicket, not only scored a century but also gave the team a six-wicket win. Tendulkar remained unbeaten till the end after scoring 103 runs and returned only after winning the team.
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In the year 2012, the Asia Cup was being organized in Bangladesh. On March 16, Team India faced Bangladesh in the ground of Dhaka. Sachin had scored 99 centuries in international cricket and every cricket fan was eagerly waiting for his 100th century. Everyone's wait ended in this match and Sachin played a century for India for the 100th time. He scored 114 runs in 147 balls. He became the first batsman in the world to score a hundred centuries in an international career.
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