A long wait for the 100th century came to an end as Sachin Tendulkar scored his 100th century on Friday against Bangladesh at Dhaka’s Shere Bangla National Stadium.
Tendulkar, the leading run scorer in the history of both Test and one-day cricket, achieved the most-coveted ton by taking a single off Shakib Al Hasan against Bangladesh in Asia Cup. Tendulkar’s century came off 138 balls and was studded with 10 fours and a six.
The star batsman first looked heaven-wards and then acknowledged the cheers of his teammates and the crowd by lifting his bat.
It was the end of a long wait for the 38—year—old veteran, who had gone 33 innings and a year without a century. The right—hander made his 99th international ton in a World Cup match against South Africa in Nagpur on March 12, 2011.
Since then it had been an agonizing wait for the maestro, whose every inning was watched with anticipation. He came close on quite a few occasion only to miss the milestone so much so that it became a huge monkey on his back and an unwanted distraction during every series that India played.
He was woefully out of form during India’s Test and ODI whitewash at the hands of England last year and though he recovered quite a bit in the later series, the hundred was still not coming. But the wait finally ended in familiar sub—continental environs.
He was finally out for 114, caught behind off Mashrafe bin Mortaza, who then ran over to shake his hand.
Since his international debut at 16 against archrival Pakistan in 1989, Tendulkar has been compared to not only top batsmen of his era like Brian Lara and Inzamam-ul-Haq, but also to Australian great Donald Bradman as the best batsman ever.
In February 2010, Tendulkar became the first in world cricket to score a double hundred in one-day internationals, while in December 2010 he became the first to score 50 Test tons, both landmarks achieved against the best pace attack in world cricket – South Africa.
A staggering 15470 runs scored in 188 Tests at a robust average of 55.44 confirmed Tendulkar’s greatness in the longer version of the game.
And in the 462 ODIs he played, a whopping 18,260 (before the Asia Cup match against Bangladesh) were added to his mountain of runs at an average of 44.64.
In the field, he is among the safest pair of hands in the slip and his flat throw releasing strong arm saw him manning the deep with equal aplomb. He has taken 113 catches in Test cricket and 140 in the ODIs.