Sachin hits his 100th international century

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Published: Friday, March 16, 2012, 20:12 [IST]
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Sachin hits his 100th international ton

Dhaka, Mar 16: Here it is. The wait for more than a year has ended. The historic moment arrived on the fourth ball of the 44th over bowled by Shakib Al Hasan. Tendulkar turned the ball towards square leg and jogged a single to move from 99 to 100. It was one of his slower hundreds, consuming 138 balls. The Master Blaster did not show much of emotions and there were not huge celebrations from the man himself, but the whole of India and billions of his fans across the world would have celebrated in a big way.

Once he reached the three-figure mark, Tendulkar removed his helmet, gestured towards his team-mates and pointed to the crest on his helmet.

Australia's Ricky Ponting is far behind in terms of tons with 71 international hundreds.

He received a standing ovation from his team-mates and the crowd at the stadium. This was his 49th ODI hundred to add to his 51 three-figure scores in Tests. He was playing in his 462nd ODI and already played a record 188 Tests.

His historic knock was finally ended on 114 when he was caught behind the wicket by Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim off Mashrafe Mortaza. His 147-ball innings had 12 fours and a six.

Tendulkar, by scoring a hundred against Bangladesh, also completed a set of ODI centuries against all Test playing nations. Tendulkar's previous hundred in any format of the game had come against South Africa on March 12, 2011 in Nagpur in the World Cup.

He had a century drought for 11 Tests and 11 ODIs. This achievement is a big moment in cricket history as no batsman has managed this. And it is likely to stand for a very very long time.

Tendulkar's first century in international cricket came against England in 1990 in a Test match. That knock of 119 not out from a teenaged Tendulkar at Old Trafford, England, helped the team save the Test match. The Mumbai batsman's first ODI ton was made in 1994 against Australia in Sri Lanka. He finished with 110 to steer India to victory in the Singer World Series.


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