Sachin Tendulkar scored his 1st ODI hundred exactly 25 years ago on this day
On this day: Sachin Tendulkar ended a 5-year-long wait for his first ODI on 9 September 1994 when he hit 130-balls against Australia in Colombo.
- Sachin Tendulkar left without ODI century in first 5 years of his ODI career
- Tendulkar ends streak against Australia, in Colombo
- Tendulkar turned into a different beast in ODI cricket after being promoted to the opening in 1994.
Sachin Tendulkar was called a wunderkind even before he made his international debut. His stature grew and he was label the next big thing on his maiden visit as soon as he went to Pakistan and boldly withstood the dreaded opposition attack for which he was later known.
Sachin Tendulkar made his international debut in 1989, but the young prodigy was unable to score big in the early years of his ODI career. Tendulkar was batting and starting in the middle order but somehow could not convert him into a big score.
While Sachin Tendulkar achieved his first Test century during his second year in international cricket. The ODI hundred was elusive for 5 years and 78 matches.
However, all this changed in 1994 when Sachin Tendulkar visited New Zealand. Mohammad Azharuddin, the captain of India, pushed the Mumbai teenager above the order and opened the innings with him.
Sachin‘s greatness as an opener started in Auckland when he scored 82 off 49 balls. hitting 10 fours and 2 sixes against New Zealand.
Ever since Sachin Tendulkar encouraged to open innings in ODIs, he had become a different beast.
Sachin scored his first ODI century
On 9 September 1994, Sachin Tendulkar scored his first ODI century – 110 off 130 balls against Australia in Colombo. The knock was against a high-quality bowling attack that included others such as Glenn McGrath, Craig McDermott, and Shane Warne. Tendulkar’s blistering innings which saw him hit 8 fours and 2 sixes gave India a 31-run win over the mighty Australian team.
Incidentally, Sachin Tendulkar crossed the 3-point mark in the leg-spinner Shane Warne’s over. Tendulkar broke several records in Test and ODI formats to dominate the legendary spinner on his own day.
There was no one to stop Sachin Tendulkar after his first century. The man from Mumbai came out with an unprecedented hunger to get big scores and delivered more and more often. In 1994 a pair of hundreds followed (against New Zealand and the West Indies) at home.
Over the next 4 years, Tendulkar scored 18 centuries and 9 runs in 1998 alone. The brilliant batting ended his ODI career with 49 centuries and took his international tally to 100-a world record that is unlikely to break soon.
In a post on Twitter, the ICC paid tribute to the legend. The ICC post, “On this day in 1994, Tendulkar score his first ODI century against Australia in Colombo and the rest is history.”
Tendulkar scored 48 more centuries in the format before retirement from the format. He also scored 50 centuries in the Test format, becoming the only cricketer to make a 100-ton record in international cricket.a record that remains to this day.
Tendulkar scored 18,426 runs in 643 ODIs, the most by a cricketer in any format. He scored 15,921 runs in the Test format, the longest by any cricketer.
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