Mirpur: The 100 that
had been one year in waiting finally came about as Sachin Tendulkar
completed his century of tons but showed minimal emotion after reaching a
milestone that is unlikely to be emulated in the near or distant future.
33 innings and over a year, Tendulkar finally got to the elusive ton
against Bangladesh in an Asia Cup league match at a packed Sher-e-Bangla
stadium in Mirpur.
It took him 138 deliveries, one of the most
arduous one-day efforts by the 38-year-old right-hander, to get to the 100
that had become as much a talking point as the team's fortunes in the past
The bowler against whom it came about was Shakib Al
Hasan and the moment was the fourth delivery of the 43rd over of Indian
Tendulkar clipped it down to square leg and jogged the
single, gave a long hard stare to his bat after taking off his helmet
before looking heavenward in his signature style. What was missing was
The diminutive batsman, the most successful batsman in
international cricket right now, kept it subdued.
He shook hands
with Suresh Raina, his partner at the other end, and raised his bat to
acknowledge the cheering fans with a straight face giving little insight
into what was going on his mind amid the drama.
But the teammates
in the dressing room were as expressive as they could be as they all got
up from their seats to applaud the veteran as he added another feather to
an already overcrowded cap.
However, reaching the milestone was
no easy task for the player who often makes batting look effortless.