September 9: When Sachin’s first ODI century came off the bat after 78 matches


new Delhi: Master blaster Sachin Tendulkar (Sachin Tendulkar) has made runs in his career, which everyone is surprised to see. Just like this, breaking the record of 100 international centuries recorded in the account of Lord of Cricket will also prove to be impossible. But would you believe that during his career, Sachin, who had scored a century in just one year in a Test match, took a full 5 years, not 1-2 to do it in ODI cricket. Not only this, Sachin had to wait for the entire 78 matches to do so. After such a long wait, Sachin’s first ODI international century was recorded in the record book on September 9 in 1994.

It was only after landing at the opening that there was a noise
Sachin Tendulkar saved the first 69 matches of his career while batting from number four to number six. In all these matches, Sachin was under immense pressure either due to the early dismissal of the above batsmen and they could not show their natural game or by the time Sachin landed on the pitch, the overs were over for him. There was no option but to hit the ball.

Because of this, he could not play big innings in the middle order. During this time, his highest score was 84 runs, which Sachin scored during the 1992 World Cup against New Zealand on the field of Dunedin. But in his 70th match, Sachin got the opportunity to open on the Auckland pitch for the first time in New Zealand and the whole scene changed. Sachin was dismissed in this innings by scoring 82 runs in just 49 balls, but after this he hit 3 half-centuries in the next 8 innings, these innings were calling for his first century to come soon.

Again came against Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka
After 78 matches, Sachin Tendulkar landed at the opening against his favorite team Australia on September 9, 1994, during the ongoing Singers Cup in Sri Lanka. Sachin Tendulkar and Manoj Prabhakar (87) shared an excellent partnership for the opening wicket for Team India who came out to bat first. Manoj Prabhakar had just 20 runs in these 87 runs.

Manoj’s dismissal put pressure on Sachin, but he remained engaged. At the other end, the wickets kept falling and Sachin stood unilaterally and flung the bowling of Australian bowling. Finally that moment came when Sachin completed the first ODI century of his career. Sachin completed his century in 119 balls with 8 fours and 2 sixes. After this, he was dismissed after scoring 110 runs in 130 balls. India scored 246 runs for 8 wickets in 50 overs and rolled Australia to 215 runs in 47.4 overs to take the contest by 31 runs.

After this, he scored a century in every 7th innings
After crossing the hurdle of his first ODI century, the batting of hundreds with Sachin’s bat started such that whether Test or ODI, new centuries were added to his account every day. He then scored an average in every 7th innings in ODIs. There are a total of 49 centuries in ODIs named after Sachin, including the first double century in International ODI cricket history, which he scored in Gwalior on 24 February 2010 against South Africa with a knock of 200 not out.

Hat-trick of zero after first century
Call it a coincidence or something, but Sachin Tendulkar faced embarrassment in the next three matches after scoring his first ODI century. The reason for this was Sachin being dismissed for zero in the next three innings. Sachin was very frustrated by this hat-trick of zero and he celebrated it by hitting another century after an innings.

Australia remains the most favorite team
Sachin’s favorite team always remained in Australia to score a century. Out of his 49 ODI centuries, the maximum 9 centuries came against Australia, including two consecutive centuries at the ground in Sharjah. After these two centuries, Australian experts named Sachin as ‘Desert Strom’.

After Australia, he recorded 8 centuries against Sri Lanka and 5-5 centuries against New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa and Zimbabwe in his account. During his career, Sachin Tendulkar scored 15,921 runs in 200 Tests with 51 centuries, while in his 463 ODIs, he scored 18426 runs with 49 centuries. He played just 1 T20 International in his career, in which he scored 10 runs.


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