Little master made his international debut in the year 1985 in Karachi at the age of 16. It was a Test match and international cricket experts did not take much time to start admiring the batting style, stamina and natural genius of Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar. Decades went by and Sachin Tendulkar came to be known as God of Cricket. With an average run rate of 44.83 in ODIs (One Day International), Sachin Tendulkar’s ODI cricket career ended on Dec 23rd, 2012. For millions of his fan all over the planet, the world for sure has come to an end. Here are the top 10 best innings of Sachin Tendulkar:
10. 139 in the Year 2001, India vs. Australia:
Probably one of the best innings of Sachin Tendulkar in which he scored 139 runs off just 125 balls at Indore. Little Master crushed Australian bowlers and forced several of his critics to turn silent after two successive rapid fire knocks (32 and 35) in previous ODIs. It was Sachin’s 28th ODI century. In this inning, Sachin also became the first batsman in the world to score 10,000 runs in ODIs.
9. 118 in the year 1996, India vs. Pakistan:
In a must win situation after losing one match each to Pakistan and South Africa, Sachin Tendulkar scored a fiery 118 at Sharjah. In this match, India for the first time crossed the 300 mark in ODIs. The 2nd wicket partnership of Tendulkar and Navjot Singh Sidhu (232 runs) is still remembered by many. Besides fours and sixes, Sachin Tendulkar’s determination and guts were spectacular in this match.
8. 84 in the year 1994, India vs. New Zealand:
In this match, Sachin was the opening batsman for the first time in his 26 years long ODI cricket career. Navjot Singh Sidhu wasn’t fit and therefore, Sachin was asked to open. In retrospect, Sidhu would almost certainly feel happy and content for this fortunate accident. Eden Park Auckland became witness to Little Master’s memorable 82 off just 43 balls! It included 15 fours and 2 splendid sixes. When asked to comment on his inning at Eden Park later, Sachin termed it a ‘dream’ and an inning that can perhaps happen just once in a person’s lifetime!
7. 141 in the year 2003-2004, India vs. Pakistan:
By the year 2003, Sachin had some of the most coveted world records in his kitty. Many people had begun to complain that Sachin no longer had the fire, stamina and aggression he was once known for. On Pakistani soil, Sachin Tendulkar scored a marvelous 141 runs off just 135 balls. Pakistan managed to win the match by just 12 runs after the Master Blaster was dismissed at mid wicket while hitting a six. Although he was named ‘Man of the Match’ for a superb inning, Sachin Tendulkar said it loud and clear that he would have been really satisfied had India won the match.
6. 186 in the year 1999-2000, India vs. New Zealand:
This inning was class apart. If Sachin’s die-hard fans are asked about his best performances, this inning at Hyderabad is almost certainly going to be one of their favorites. In just 150 balls, this classic batsman scored 186 runs against New Zealand. Without risking his wicket even once in this match, Sachin managed to score 20 memorable 4s and 3 magnificent sixes. India scored a total of 376 runs and won the match by a whopping 174 runs!
5. 90 in the year 1996, India vs. Australia:
Arguably one of the best innings of Sachin Tendulkar, he literally pulverized Aussies in this match at The Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. Coming down the wicket repeatedly, Sachin Tendulkar scored many of McGrath’s deliveries right over his head! In this world cup match, Sachin gave an unforgettable performance to the cheering home crowd.
4. 175 in the year 2009, India vs. Australia:
Indian cricket fans had given up all hopes of seeing the Indian cricket team revive at Hyderabad in 2009. However, Sachin got stronger and more aggressive with each wicket India lost. Although Team India could not cross the mammoth target of 359, Sachin did give enough to cheer to Indian fans by scoring 175 runs off just 141 balls. Aussies won the match by just 3 runs!
3. 98 in the year 2003, India vs. Pakistan:
Chasing a fairly high total of 273 runs, India managed to score its first 100 runs before the 12th over finished. Team India successfully chased the score and Sachin scored 98 off just 75 balls. Sachin’s aggression on the field coupled with perfect timing was clearly visible as he went to hit 4s to famed bowlers including Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis. Shoaib Akhatar got a six that was later adjudged as the ‘best shot of the tournament!’ Sachin later described it as his ‘best’ inning.
2. 200 in the year 2010, India vs. South Africa:
It was only fair for Sachin Tendulkar, arguably the greatest batsman ever, to score the first double century in One Day International Cricket. In 2010, Sachin scored a memorable 200 runs off 147 balls in a match against South Africa in Gwalior. He scored 100 runs with just 4s in this match. Team India scored a ‘huge’ 401 in this match by losing just 3 wickets.
1. 143 in the year 1998, India vs. Australia:
It was no doubt one of Sachin’s most classic and destructive knocks. Team India had 2 targets to chase in this match at Sharjah. First, they had to score 285 runs to beat Australia and second, they had to earn a minimum of 254 runs to qualify for the final. Sachin played one of his career’s best on this day when the dust storm caused havoc in the stadium. India couldn’t win the match but Sachin’s magnificent 143 helped Team India to qualify for the finals. V. V. S. Lakshman later said, “It was easily the most brilliant and destructive knock I have ever seen from Sachin. He was like a man possessed.” Ravi Shashtri too described as Sachin’s best inning later on.