Sachin scores 100th international century

Zeenews Sports Bureau

Mirpur: The wait is finally over! Sachin Tendulkar scored his 100th international century on Friday against Bangladesh in the Asia Cup encounter at Mirpur, Dhaka.

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Tendulkar took 138 balls to reach the milestone which had eluded him more for than a year. His 99th hundred had came on March 12, 2011 against South Africa during the Cricket World Cup held in India.

The master batsman, who made his debut in international cricket way back in 1989, has now scored 51 centuries in Tests and 49 in ODIs.

He also has the record of scoring centuries against all the Test playing nations. Incidentally, this was Sachin’s maiden ton in ODIs against Bangladesh.

His first Test century came in 1991 at Manchester against England while he hit his maiden ODI ton against Australia at Colombo, Sri Lanka.

The master batsman, who is the highest run-getter in both Tests and ODIs, has amassed 15,470 runs in 188 Tests so far. In 462 ODIs, he has scored more than 18,000 runs.

Sachin, who helped his team win the ODI world Cup after 28 years in 2011, was Wisden’s cricketer of the year in 2010.

He recently received the ESPN Cricinfo award for the best individual Test batting performance of 2011 for his knock of 146 not out against South Africa at Cape Town. And not to forget, he was the leading run-scorer for India in the ICC cricket World Cup 2011, and the second-highest run scorer in the tournament after Dilshan.

Apart from his 100 tons, he has scored 65 half-centuries in Tests while in ODIs he has slammed 95 fifties.

With an over two decade long career, records are fairly routine for Tendulkar but for the cricketing fraternity every run he scores just adds to the legend that the diminutive right-hander has become.

The champion batsman has perhaps every batting record that is there to be taken under his belt and adding to the countless tally is the historic hundred he scored against England in the post-lunch session.

Much before his debut on November 15, 1989, Tendulkar's precocious talent was there to be seen when he shared an unbeaten 664-run stand with buddy Vinod Kambli in the Lord Harris Shield Inter-School Game in 1988.

The 1989 international debut was far less spectacular, in fact forgettable. A Waqar Younis bouncer left him with a bleeding nose but Tendulkar did not wince and the next two decades saw him punishing bowlers all over the world on all kind of surfaces.

His first Test century came in England next year at Old Trafford and the Mumbaikar rose in stature after the 1991-92 tour of Australia, hitting sublime centuries on a Sydney turner and a Perth minefield.

The rest is history. No existing batting record seemed safe. Other than Brian Lara's Test match highest of 400 not out and first class highest score of 501 not out, every batting record became Tendulkar's.

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 has played, the little master has scored 18374 runs with an impressive average of 44.81.