When it comes to the game of cricket, there isn’t a bigger name in the history than Sachin Tendulkar. He holds almost every batting record that exists in the game. From being the highest run-getter to having 100 international centuries, he had the attraction to halt the world and forced it to have a look at him.
But cricket in 2007 witnessed a massive change after the 2007 World T20 when a young side led by MS Dhoni brought the T20 glory home after the experienced players had opted to pull out of the tournament. Post that, the IPL was introduced that raised question marks on the veterans like Tendulkar as to whether they would be able to cope with the shortest format of the game or not.
Not only did the Master Blaster answer all the questions, he proved once more why he is regarded as the best batsman ever to have played the game. He played some magical innings in the league for Mumbai Indians and also bagged the orange cap for being the leading run-getter in the 2010 edition.
The God of cricket might have called it quits from the game a long time ago but the memories that he created are worth visiting a million times. Here are some of the best innings he played in the IPL history:
#5 71* vs Kolkata Knight Riders, 2010
It was the 17th match of the third season at the Brabourne Stadium where KKR batted first and scored 155 runs courtesy 75 runs from Chris Gayle. Tendulkar had Shikhar Dhawan by his side to start the chase.
The master began with a trademark on drive off Ishant Sharma that left the viewers perplexed as always. The favourite bat of his was working fine as even the mildest of touches was flying to the boundary lines. He made a mockery of Ishant as he hit the fast bowler from Delhi for six fours in two overs.
His sheer artistry took him past his 5th IPL fifty in no time. He was relentless on every bowler and the Mumbai crowd was treated to a masterclass. He stayed unbeaten on 71 off just 48 balls with 10 boundaries as MI won the match by seven wickets with nine balls in hand.