India’s Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar finally surpasses the elusive
100th international century against Bangladesh at the Shere Bangla
National Stadium here on Friday.
The time had come for Tendulkar to end the long and agonizing wait for
that impending ton. For over a year and five days, in his last 33 innings,
the Master Blaster had kept India waiting for that big milestone.
100th century had been tensely anticipated since he notched two 100s
during last year’s World Cup to reach a total of 99.
Tendulkar's last century was his 111 in an ODI against South Africa on
March 12 at Nagpur. He has 51 Test centuries, his last a score of 146
against South Africa at Newlands in Cape Town on January 4, 2011.
Past few months, many cricket experts and former players had wanted him to
introspect whether he is playing cricket for right reasons. They believed
that his search for his 100th international century had become a "burden"
to Team India.
However, Tendulkar’s determination could be observed from the fact that
he turned up for an optional practice session on Thursday where only three
of his teammates showed presence.
His knock of 114 (12 fours and a six) off 147 balls came to an end after
making room to drive against Mashrafe Mortaza but got the thickest of
edges to the wicket-keeper Mushfiqur Rahim. Sachin walked back slowly,
tired but looked more so relieved, raising his bat towards the spectators
who duly gave him a standing ovation.
Of the 59 venues where Tendulkar has played Test cricket in his
illustrious 22-year-old career, the batting great has only averaged better
at Dhaka and Mirpur in Bangladesh.
The Little Master holds most
of cricket’s major batting records including the most runs and centuries
in both Tests and ODIs.
He has scored 51 Test and 48 ODI centuries in an illustrious 23-year
Tendulkar being carried on the shoulders of his teammates with the World
Cup in hand remains the most memorable moment of celebration for fans in
this cricket-crazy country of 1.2 billion.
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