Brain Lara described ‘Sachin’s’ cricketing career as the greatest of all time. Don Bradman (the finest batsman ever to have played cricket) confided that ‘Tendulkar’ reminded him of himself. Such is the class of the man who is the most complete batsman and a god-like cricketing figure – the man whom they call Sachin Tendulkar. Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar made his international test debut against Pakistan when he was just sixteen years old. From there, the living legend has gone on to play for more than twenty years. Tendulkar, in his illustrious career, holds almost every possible batting record in the game. Talking of his career, one cannot measure the number of enthralling moments the little master has given us, and yet we have tried here to list out the five most unforgettable Sachin Tendulkar moments ever.
5. Century at WACA in Perth:
He was sixteen when he made a debut and only two years into his career, Sachin found himself on the tour to Australia. It was the 1991-92 series when India toured Australia. Though, India end up losing the series 4-0, one batsman who had left his mark was Sachin Tendulkar. He got two centuries on the tour, where every other senior batsman failed. He go 148 in Sydney, a magnificent innings. And when you think of the contrasting wickets, coming from India’s low bounce pitches to Australia’s bouncy tracks – making adjustments was very difficult for batsmen, but this 18 year old genius was out there to change the face of Indian cricket forever. Coming to Perth’s WACA (lightning-fast pitch) no one backed the kid to deliver. Sachin, with his trademark back foot punch through the covers (shot after shot) impressed one and all. Making all possible adjustments, Tendulkar scored 114 runs at the WACA – an innings is considered as best innings ever by a foreign player in Australia.
4. Double ton in ODI:
Sachin Tendulkar was 36 in 2010 and he was showing no signs of slowing down as a batsman. Coming in with the good run of form, having scored hundreds in each of his last four Test matches, Tendulkar smashed an unbeaten 200 against South Africa in Gwaliar. This was the first double hundred by any batsman in one-day international cricket. Scoring this maiden double century, Tendulkar went past previous highest score of 194 by Pakistan’s Saeed Anwar and Charles Coventry of Zimbabwe. This was Tendulkar’s 46th century in ODI cricket for India. Tendulkar scored these runs at breathtaking speed. He faced 147 balls to score 200, hitting 25 boundaries and three sixes. Tendulkar scored these runs at an average of 136.05 which was better than any other batsman’s in the list of top 10 highest run getters in ODI.
3. 100th International Hundred:
Sachin Tendulkar became the first and only cricketer to make 100 international centuries. Tendulkar reached the milestone at the Shere Bangla Stadium in Mirpur, Dhaka, in a match against Bangladesh on March 16, 2012. The 100thcentury, which came after a long wait, will definitely stay in our memories for ages to come.
2. Last over in 1993 Hero Cup against South Africa:
Sachin Tendulkar is known for is bating, and so was he back in 1993, but that one over against South Africa made Tendulkar an all-rounder every team would want. Tendulkar who hadn’t bowled for the entire match was passed the ball in the 50th over of the South African innings, when Proteas needed six runs to win. In a dramatic outcome, Tendulkar only gave away 3 runs in the over and won the match for India.
1. 2011 World Cup Victory:
It was a victory the entire country awaited, but there was none other who savored the victory as much as Sachin Tendulkar. In many interviews since the Indian triumph at the world cup, Sachin has gone on air various times to proclaim it as the most unforgettable moment. When Tendulkar held the trophy and popped the champagne, it became an unforgettable moment. And when the elated teammate carried Tendulkar with the tri-color in his hands for a victory lap, there wasn’t a better feeling that any cricket fan could have ever experienced.