New Delhi: Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar or the ‘God of cricket’ as he is popularly known turns 40 on Wednesday. Born on April 24, 1973 the master blaster’s love for cricket is unending. There is no sign of fatigue on the face of this genius who has been playing the sport and performing consistently at the international level for the last 23 years. There are numerous performances of this legend that is etched in our minds. Here we try to recall 10 best innings of the master.

April 22, 1998 (Sharjah ODI): Australia set a target of 285 runs and India needed to score 254 to enter into the finals of the triangular series. However, when India came to bat there was a sand storm due to which the game had to be halted for 25 minutes. Due to the storm the target was revised and India had to make 237 runs in 46 overs to qualify for the final. Sachin Tendulkar with his blistering knock of 131 (143 balls) ensured that India reached the final of the triangular series knocking out Newzeland.

April 22, 1998 (Sharjah ODI): After having reached the final of the Coca Cola triangular series, India was once again given a huge target of 272 runs by Australia. But Sachin had something else in store for the Kangaroos. The master made a blitzkrieg 134 runs and ensured his team lifted the trophy. His innings included 12 fours and 3 sixes.

February 24, 2010 (Gwalior ODI): Sachin played a gem of an innings against South Africa and created record by being the first batsman to score 200 runs in an ODI match. His innings consisted of 25 fours and 3 sixes.

1991-92 India-Australia Test series (Sydney): The third Test match of the 5 match series saw Tendulkar score 148 runs. He was also involved in a 196 run partnership with Ravi Shastri. Tendulkar’s century helped India break its two match losing streak.

1990 Newzealand Test series: The second of the three match series played at Napier was affected due to rain. But Sachin Tendulkar who was only six Test matches old at that time made 88 runs which was his highest score.

January 6, 2004 (Test Series down under): 241 scored by Tendulkar in the Sydney Test match is another remarkable innings of his career.

November 5, 2009 (Ahmedabad Test): Sachin scored 175 runs in 141 balls against Australia. Though, India lost this match chasing a target of 351 runs, Sachin’s knock earned him the Man of the Match award.

March 1, 2003 World Cup: The mind blowing 98 runs in 75 balls is another inning of the master that cannot be forgotten. It was a treat to watch Tendulkar smash Pakistani bowlers all over the park especially the six that he hit of Shoaib Akhtar towards backward point.

1992-93 England tour of India: Tendulkar made scintillating 165 runs in the second Test match played at the Chepauk stadium in Chennai. India managed to put up a huge total of 560 runs against England who eventually lost the match.

March 30, 2011 world Cup: India with the help of Sachin’s 85 runs put up a target of 260 against its arch rival Pakistan who lost the match by 29 runs. Sachin’s Knock consisted of 11 fours.


Latest News from Sports News Desk