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Sachin Tendulkar – Few memorable innings from the archives

Modified 26 Oct 2013
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Rawalpindi 2004 vs Pakistan

India v Pakistan: 2011 ICC World Cup Semi-Final

Sachin had scored 141 runs in 135 balls (17 fours and 1 six) against Pakistan in March 2004 in Rawalpindi. Although India lost, but Sachin played brilliant shots all around the ground. The quality of this innings was exceptionally high.

Also, with an aggressive innings of 94 runs in 81 balls, (16 fours and 1 six) Sachin helped India chase down a huge target of 316 runs given by England at the Oval in September 2007. What made this knock even better was that it was played on England’s bouncy pitch. Sachin had a wonderful opening partnership of 150 runs with Saurav Ganguly.

Colombo 2007 vs Sri Lanka

Another great innings by Sachin came in 2007 against Sri Lanka at Colombo, where he scored 138 runs in just 133 deliveries, consisting of 10 fours and a six. As a result of this marvelous batting, not only did India win the Compaq Cup, but Sachin also got man of the match and man of the series awards.

March 2008 vs Australia

Sachin’s unbeaten 117 in 129 balls in Sydney in March 2008 helped India achieve a memorable win in the Commonwealth Bank tri-series against Australia. In November 2009, Sachin again displayed his wonderful batting skills and scored a huge 175 runs in just 141 balls with 19 fours and a six – that too against Australia in Hyderabad.

Gwalior 2010 vs South Africa

The last but not the least, which happens to be a personal favorite for the millions of his devotees, is perhaps the greatest one day innings in history. Sachin hit unbeaten 200 runs in an ODI against South Africa in February 2010, hitting 25 boundaries and 3 sixes. India won by a huge margin of 153 runs. Now this is what I call a divine experience, coming straight from the god of cricket.

Whatever Sachin gives us in the remaining three matches, it will not simply be like watching the game of cricket, it would be like worshiping to find a way to heaven. Once he is gone, there will be no fun watching cricket anymore. Please keep your public appearances frequent, as we need some time to get back to normal lifestyle.

Published 26 Oct 2013, 20:55 IST
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