Top 5 Innings of Sachin Tendulkar

Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar is known as the God of Cricket. Born on April 24, 1973, in Mumbai. Sachin was known for his amazing strokeplay. He made his debut at the age of 16 against Pakistan, and finished his career as the leading run-getter in international cricket, making 34,357 runs across formats. Here’s a look at the top 5 of his greatest innings.

5. 117* Runs Inning vs Australia

Balls Faced: 120
Strike Rate: 97.50
4s: 10
6s: 0
Stadium: Sydney Cricket Ground (Aus)
Date: 2 March 2008
Series/Tournament: India tour of Australia

Sachin Tendulkar scored an unbeaten 117 off 120 balls- his 42nd ODI century in the Sydney Cricket Ground. Sachin Tendulkar had to wait more than 16 years for a One Day International century since his first match on Australian soil. In the first final of the Commonwealth Bank Tri-series in 2008, against Australia who was the favourites to win the title, India won a memorable match on Australian soil. India won by 6 wickets (with 25 balls remaining).

4. 98 Runs Inning vs Pakistan

Balls Faced: 75
Strike Rate: 130.66
4s: 12
6s: 1
Stadium: SuperSport Park, Centurion (SA)
Date: 1 March 2003
Series/Tournament: ICC World Cup

Pakistan had won the toss and elected to bat first. Opener Saeed Anwar provided Pakistan with a good start and went on to hit a brilliant century (101) as Pakistan put up a competitive 273/7 in a high-pressure match. Legendary Sachin Tendulkar played one of his most memorable knocks and led India to a brilliant victory over Pakistan in the Icc World Cup 2003. Tendulkar’s 98 off 75 balls against Pakistan during the 36th match of the 2003 ICC World Cup in South Africa. He edged closer to his century but in the 28th over, on 98, he was dismissed by a short delivery from Shoaib Akhtar. His inning helped India chase down the 274-run target and win the match by 6 wickets.

3. 200* Runs Inning vs South Africa

Balls Faced: 147
Strike Rate: 136.05
4s: 25
6s: 3
Stadium: Captain Roop Singh Stadium, Gwalior (Ind)
Date: 24 February 2010
Series/Tournament: South Africa tour of India

Sachin has scored 2,001 runs against the South Africans. He achieved the feat against South Africa at the Captain Roop Singh Stadium in Gwalior. He played an unbeaten knock of 200 off just 147 balls with the help of 25 fours and 3 sixes. This knock by Tendulkar helped India to post 401/3 in the fifty overs, and India defeated South Africa by 153 runs. He scored 34,357 runs across formats, which is 6,000 runs more than second-placed former Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara.

2. 241* Runs Inning vs Australia

Balls Faced: 436
Strike Rate: 55.27
4s: 33
6s: 0
Stadium: Sydney Cricket Ground (Aus)
Date: 2 – 6 January 2004
Series/Tournament: India tour of Australia

Sachin Tendulkar is the only cricketer with 100 international centuries. Sachin dominated world-class bowling attacks of Australia, Pakistan and South Africa both at home and away. Before the Sydney Test match in January 2004, he had gone 13 innings without scoring a century. Sachin had been dismissed several times to deliveries outside the off stump. Tendulkar went on to score 241 runs in 436 balls with 33 boundaries, remarkably none of the boundaries coming through the covers drive. India posted a mammoth total of 705/7 declared. Australia batted out on the fifth day and the Test was drawn.

1. 194* Runs Inning vs Pakistan

Balls Faced: 348
Strike Rate: 55.74
4s: 21
6s: 0
Stadium: Multan Cricket Stadium (Pak)
Date: March 28 – 1 April 2004
Series/Tournament: India tour of Pakistan

India’s victory against Pakistan in the Multan Test in 2004 is unforgettable for cricket fans for more than one reason. March 29, 2004, is an unforgettable day for Indian cricket fans, on this day Virender Sehwag became the first Indian to score a triple-century in Test cricket. India captain Rahul Dravid declared the team’s innings when Sachin Tendulkar was batting on 194. Tendulkar, 194 not out, was not a happy man as he felt he should have got another over, to get to his milestone. Dravid’s said that Tendulkar had been given sufficient time to get to his double ton.

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