Reliving Sachin Tendulkar's ODI hundreds (16-20)
Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar, widely acknowledged as the best batsman to have played the game, not only set the cricketing field on fire with a plethora of runs and records, off it too, he paved the way with an exemplary display of gentlemanly virtues and skills. The batsman, who finished his international career with 34357 runs in 664 matches, including 200 Test games and 463 ODIs, became the first player to record hundred centuries in the world of cricket.
We race our minds back to his formative years when he was still on the verge of stamping his genius-ship, by having a detailed look at his ODI century’s number sixteen to twenty.
#1 ODI century no. 16 - 100* against Kenya, Kolkata, 1998
The Coca-Cola Triangular Series, featuring Kenya, India and Bangladesh, had its summit clash at Eden Gardens in Kolkata, with the home team squaring off against the Kenyans.
Opting to bat first, the team from Africa could manage just 196 runs, courtesy the bowling efforts of Venkatesh Prasad and Ajit Agarkar. Set a paltry target of 197, the Indian team got off to a stable start, putting on 77 runs for the first wicket.
When Sourav Ganguly departed, India still had 120 runs to chase, but guided by Tendulkar’s unbeaten knock of 100 and Ajay Jadeja’s well-crafted 50, the team sailed through without any other hiccups.