New Delhi: There are so many memories that Sachin Tendulkar has given us since he made his ODI debut in 1989. On a day when Tendulkar retired from the 50 overs cricket, we present some of the best knocks that he played during his long career.
1) 200* vs South Africa, 2010 Gwalior: Staying at the crease from the first ball to the last, Sachin Tendulkar got to the historic landmark which no other batsman had achieved earlier - the first double hundred in ODI history. Tendulkar, 36 then, cramped up when he crossed 150, but he didn't ask for a runner and continued his way to 200. He unfurled all the shots in his repertoire, smashing 25 boundaries and three sixes during his 147 balls knock.
2) 175 vs Australia, 2009, Hyderabad: Chasing a mammoth score of 351, Tendulkar played another solo innings. But when the target was in sight, he got out and the rest of the batting choked. Just like the 90s, he carried the Indian innings on his shoulders, playing a knock of individual brilliance, smacking 19 fours and four sixes in just 141 balls.
3) 143 vs Australia, 1997-98 Sharjah: This innings must have been etched in the memory of lakhs of fans as India had given a revised target of 276 to win and 237 to qualify for the final after a dust storm set in over the stadium that accounted for four overs. Tendulkar kept the Indian chase on course, playing one of the most remarkable innings of one day cricket. His magnificent hundred consisted of nine boundaries and five sixes and came in mere 131 balls.
4) 134 vs Aus, 1997-98 Sharjah: After helping India reach the final, Tendulkar struck another century, his 15th in one-day cricket, to help his side overhaul Australia's challenging total of 272. And just like his previous knock, 143, in the lead up to the final, he once again took 131 balls and hit 12 fours and three maximums.
5) 120 vs England, 2011 World Cup in Bangalore: It was vintage Tendulkar in action, taking the English bowlers to the cleaner's. His knock (ten fours and five sixes) helped India put up a massive score of 338, which looked set to be chased down by England, thanks to 158 by skipper Andrew Strauss. But the departure of Strauss saw India clawing their way back and managing to tie the contest.
6) 98 vs Pakistan, 2003 World Cup: India needed a quick start to chase down a demanding total of 273 against arch-rival Pakistan, and the task was not an easy one as the bowlers they had to face were Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis and Shoaib Akhtar. But Tendulkar not only provided the breezy start, but also set the perfect platform for the lower order batsmen. His 98 came in 75 balls and included 12 boundaries and a six.
7) 140* vs Kenya, 1999 World Cup in Bristol: It was an awe-inspiring knock from the fact that he had returned from his father's funeral the day before the encounter. He began cautiously, but accelerated after getting each landmark to bring up his 22nd one-day international century (16 fours and three maximums) and his first when he was not opening.
8) 141 vs Pakistan, 2003-04 Rawalpindi: Although his innings of 141 didn't help India getting the Pakistan's total of 329, it once again established the fact that how much dependent India had been on Tendulkar. When he got out, India were firmly placed in their chase, needing another 85 in 68 balls, but like so many occasions in the past, Indian middle-order crumbled as they faced a 12-run defeat.
9) 163* vs New Zealand, 2008-09 Christchurch: Riding on Tendulkar's unbeaten 163, India posted a mammoth 392 in their innings. But New Zealand too fought hard, going down by just 58 runs in the end. Tendulkar had faced 133 balls and cracked 16 boundaries and a six before he got retired hurt.
10) 120 vs Sri Lanka, 1999 Colombo: Tendulkar displayed an array of his attacking strokes to help India post 296. His 141 balls knock included 11 fours and two sixes. Along with adding 75 for the opening wicket with Sadgopan Ramesh, Tendulkar also strung 127 with Sourav Ganguly for the fourth wicket. India won the contest by 23 runs.
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