Born on April 24, 1973, cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar celebrates his 46th Birthday on Wednesday, and the occasion is one to cherish for millions of his fan around the globe. The Bharat Ratna awardee is widely regarded as the greatest batsman of the modern era and the emotional connect he enjoys with the cricket fans is probably next to none. Having represented India for 24 years in the international arena, Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar won countless games for his nation and towards the twilight of his career lifted the coveted World Cup trophy. A quick look at five of the best innings played by the batting maestro. Sachin Tendulkar Birthday Special: 10 Memorable Quotes on the Master Blaster by Legends of the Game.
134 vs Australia – Sharjah - 1998
If you are a 90s kid, then Sachin Tendulkar’s 134 against Australia in the Coca Cola Cup final is a moment that you just cannot forget. It is considered as one of his greatest innings where he tormented a bowling line-up consisting of some of Shane Warne, Damien Fleming, Tom Moody and Michael Kasprowicz. Chasing 273 for victory, Indian won the game and the series by 6 wickets but it was completely a one-man show.
241* vs Australia – Sydney – 2004
In the 2004 Border Gavaskar series down under, Sachin Tendulkar was going through a poor run of form and had failed miserably in the first three games. With so much criticism about his game, the Master Blaster came out to bat in the fourth test with India at 128-2. He had been getting out while playing the cover drive on several instances in the series, so he showed great patience in letting go of his favourite shot. He finished with 241 not out as India declared on 705-4 helping India keep the trophy. Sachin Tendulkar Birthday Special: See Childhood and Family Pictures of the ‘God of Cricket’ As He Turns 46.
98 vs Pakistan – Centurion – 2003
The stage is the 2003 World Cup in South Africa and India have been set a target of 274 by arch-rivals Pakistan in pool A. The Pakistanis were favourites for the game as they since they had Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis and Shoaib Akhtar in the ranks. But when Sachin is on song, there are not many who can contain him. He absolutely ripped the opposition attack scoring 98 off 75 balls, and the only reason he got out was because he was suffering from cramps. In the end, he had done enough for India to claim a victory.
136 vs Pakistan – Chennai – 1999
Although India lost this game to Pakistan, the game is more remembered for the commitment shown by a player suffering from severe back pain fighting against all odds on a spin-friendly track. India were 82-5 and needed 271 for a victory which appeared a tall order considering Pakistan spinner Saqlain Mushtaq was virtually unplayable. Sachin hit 136, but with India needing another 17 runs he was picked up by Mushtaq. India then lost its way losing the game by 12 runs. Sachin Tendulkar 46th Birthday: Master Blaster's Official Game 'Sachin Saga Cricket Champions' to Host Legendary Premier League for Fans.
200* vs South Africa – Gwalior - 2010
The first cricketer to hit a double century in ODI cricket, Sachin Tendulkar destroyed the South African bowling line up as India went past 400 runs. Tendulkar hit 25 boundaries and three mighty sixes sending the Gwalior crowd and millions watching on television into a frenzy. Till date, it is regarded as one of the greatest ODI knocks ever.
These were some of the best knocks by batting great Sachin Tendulkar that will always be fresh in the minds of cricket fans. On behalf of our team, we wish the cricketing superstar a very happy birthday.