Sachin Tendulkar once again came agonisingly close to his 100th international century, we decided to jog our memories and jot down his 99 hundreds. It took us hours and hours of research to come up with this compilation. Wonder what it must be to score so many centuries!
Sachin Tendulkar disappointed once again when he failed to notch his 100th international hundred at The Oval. The Little Master fell for 91 runs leaving fans asking that very important question: when will the century of centuries arrive? As the agonising wait continues, why don’t you take a look at the entire journey of 99 centuries in our special right here…
So go through this list and relive the happiest memories of the last two decades…
Century No 1
119 not out vs England at Old Trafford on Aug 14, 1990
Sachin scored his first Test century against England at Old Trafford. After England stretched the lead to 407, India lost several wickets with the score at 127/5. He batted for nearly four hours and remained unbeaten at 119. The match was drawn with India losing only on more wicket in the day.
Match: England Vs India
Series: India in England 1990, 2nd Test
Venue: Old Trafford, Manchester
Result: Match drawn
The first signs of greatness from the Little Master. Sachin Tendulkar’s first Test match ton helped India gain a draw from a potentially slippery position. The Manchester ton was the start of many more.
Century No 2
148 not out India vs Australia at SCG on Jan 6, 1992
Australia in the first innings put up a total of 313. The Indians came out to bat with Ravi Shastri being the top-scorer, making 206 runs and Sachin Tendulkar scored 148 taking the innings total to 483. Australia made 173 in the second innings. India did not come out to bat in the second innings and the match was drawn.
Tendulkar’s reputation as young batting prodigy was swelling. In his first series in Australia, Tendulkar stamped his class scoring two hundreds the first of which arrived in Sydney.
Century No 3
114 vs Australia at WACA, Perth on Feb 3, 1992
Australia posted a total of 346 in the first innings. India came out to bat and wickets fell at regular intervals with Sachin scoring 114 runs. Australia then posted another huge total of 367 in the second innings and India could not match up to the batting display of the Aussies. India lost the match.
When most of the batsmen squirmed away from the bouncers and were unable to cope with the extra pace of the Perth wicket, Tendulkar was a picture of concentration and calm. The knock of 114 runs was a classic, and one which is rated supremely by the little master himself.
Century No 4
111 vs South Africa at Wanderers, Johannesburg on Nov 28, 1992
South Africa in the first innings scored a total of 292 runs. India came out to bat and none of the batsmen performed well. Sachin was the only player who managed to get a three-figure score of 111 taking the total to 227. South Africa in its second innings scored 252 and India in its second innings had a target of 318 to win. The Indian’s managed 141. The match ended in a draw.
On a hard and pacy Johannesburg track South Africa led by Allan Donald blew away the Indian batting order. The pace and bounce had all the Indians ducking, weaving and edging, except one–Sachin Tendulkar. India’s first innings score read 227, out of which 111 belonged to Tendulkar.
Century No 5
165 vs England at Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai on Feb 12, 1993
India in its first innings scored a mammoth 560 with Navjot Singh Sidhu scoring 106 and the Master Blaster scoring a massive 165. England scored 286 in its first innings and were forced to follow on. In their second innings they scored 252 and India won the match by an innings and 22 runs. Sachin Tendulkar was named Man of the Match.
Match: India Vs England
Series: England in India 1993, 2nd Test
Venue: MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chepauk, Madras
Result: India won by an innings and 22 runs
England suffered an innings defeat and handed India an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match Test series. Batting first, India piled on a total in excess of 500, which largely came off the bat of Tendulkar’s masterful 165 runs. This was Sachin’s first Test ton on home soil.
Century No 6
104 not out vs Sri Lanka at SSC, Colombo on Jul 31, 1993
India scored 366 in its first innings and managed to bowl out Sri Lanka for 254. In its second innings India amassed a massive total of 359 with the help of Manoj Prabhakar who scored 95, Navjot Singh Sidhu who scored 104 along with Sachin who scored 104 as well. India managed to bowl out Sri Lanka for 236, winning the match by 235 runs.
Match: India Vs Sri Lanka
Series: India in Sri Lanka 1993, 2nd Test
Venue: Sinhalese Sports Club Ground, Colombo
Result: India won by 235 runs
An unbeaten century in the second innings helped India set a massive 472-run target against the Lankans. India won the Test handsomely and went on to draw the final game, thereby winning the series 1-0.
Century No 7
142 vs Sri Lanka at KD Singh Babu Stadium, Lucknow on Jan 19, 1994
The Indian’s went out to bat and scored a massive 511 with the help of Sidhu who scored 127 and Sachin Tendulkar who scored 142. Sri Lanka’s reply to India’s first innings total was poor as the visitors scored 218. They were forced to follow on and scored 174 handing the match to India who won by an innings and 119 runs.
Match: India Vs Sri Lanka
Series: Sri Lanka in India 1994, 1st Test
Venue: KD Singh Babu Stadium, Lucknow
Result: India won by an innings and 119 runs
Sachin and India continued to torment Sri Lanka. Tendulkar produced another big ton and the visitors went down by an innings to give India a 1-0 lead in the series.
Century No 8
110 vs Australia, at Premadasa Stadium, Colombo, on Sep 9, 1994
India had won the toss and set up a challenging total on a dicey Premadasa pitch in Sri Lanka. Sachin scored a blistering 110 which truly set up the game and paved the way for an Indian victory. It was Sachin’s first ODI hundred.
Series: Singer World Series – 3rd ODI, 1994
Match: India Vs Australia
Venue: R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo
Result: India won by 31 runs
After seven Test centuries and 78 ODIs, Sachin Tendulkar finally scored his first one-day hundred. The knock came against Australia, an opposition who bore the brunt of Tendulkar’s willow in the years to come.
Century No 9
115 vs New Zealand at IPCL, Vadodara on Oct 28, 1994
The Kiwis decided to bat first and set up total of 269 to chase. A brilliant opening partnership and Sachin’s belligerent knock led to a successful run-chase.
Series: Wills World Series – 3rd ODI, 1994
Match: India Vs New Zealand
Venue: IPCL Sports Complex Ground, Baroda
Result: India won by 7 wickets
New Zealand racked up 269 runs and soon found out that it was not going to be enough to get them a win. Tendulkar blasted the Kiwi bowlers away and in the end it took a run-out to send him back to the pavilion.
Century No 10
105 vs West Indies at Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur on Nov 11, 1994
India scored a commendable 259 thanks to Sachin’s 105 along with Vinod Kambli as they won a nail-biter defeating the West Indies by only five runs in the fifth one day international.
Series: West Indies in India ODI Series – 5th ODI, 1994
Match: India Vs West Indies
Venue: Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur
Result: India won by 5 runs
Tendulkar was declared the Man of the Series scoring over 200 runs in five-match ODI series which India won 4-1. He scored two fifties and registered one century in the series.