Sachin Tendulkar is one of the best batsmen that the world has ever seen and the heights that he has achieved in his over 20 years’ career will be almost impossible for any batsmen to replicate. He has scored 15,470 runs in his Test career spanning over two decades averaging over 55, including 51 centuries and every run that he has scored exemplified authority and the great man “Sachin Tendulkar” never lacked conviction.
He has been extra ordinary in all the formats that he has played and has played some of the best innings of all times. Here we are trying to put together five Test centuries that he has scored over the past two decades. It is not easy to put together five centuries out of the 51 that he has scored, because each ton of his has been special. It is not the ultimate list (no list for that matter can be for this great man) and many of Master Blaster fans of might differ with our list. But here are the legend’s best knocks according to Indian sports News:
103* Chennai, 2008 (England): The whole country was gripped with the 26/11 Mumbai attack and Sachin based out of Mumbai showed great character to help India chase down a target close to 400, which remains one of the best chases till date in the history of the game. Sachin has said that the innings held greater cause and dedicated the innings to the people of Mumbai.
148* Sydney, 1991-92 (Australia): This was the first time he was touring Australia. The fierce Australian attack had the whole of Indian batting line-up on the back foot. But Sachin untested on fast bouncy attack stood like a rock and raced to second century of his career. With the century, he stamped his authority on the international arena and announced to the World that the great one has indeed arrived.
241* Sydney, 2003-04 (Australia): Over the years Sydney has become his happy hunting ground and he has played some great knocks there. India fared pretty well in the series overall, but his century stole the news. Sachin struggled in the earlier matches and got out on some terrible shots outside off-stump. In this innings, he never played his trademark cover drive as he has been falling prey to this shot throughout the series. This was his first century on the tour which he went on to convert into a double ton.
136 Chennai, 1999 ( Pakistan): He took to bat with excruciating back ache and was put to bat against the bowling combo of Pakistan which boasted of greats like Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis and Saqlain Mushtaq. He took India very close to the victory against their arch nemesis. But a late batting order collapse denied India a famous win. Sachin was hear-broken after that defeat, but the innings that he played was breath-taking to say the least.
119 Manchester, 1990 (England): His debut century on his first overseas tour, and that to in England. He defied the fast and pacy bowling attack of England to score a century on the fourth innings of the match to help India draw the match.
By Indian sports News Network