One of the greatest batsmen in the cricket history, Sachin Tendulkar smashed his 100th ton in international cricket against Bangladesh in the Asia Cup 2012 on March 16th.
The capacity crowd at Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur, gave a standing ovation to him on the tremendous feat as Suresh Raina hugged the little master in the centre. The entire Bangladesh team congratulated him, all his team mates as well as the team management expressed enthusiasm and delight on this occasion.
People all across the world and especially in India were glued to their TV sets to witness the master crafter achieving a distinctive feat which has never been exhibited from any player in the history of the game. They surely must have had a sigh of relief after he took a single on the fourth ball of the 44th over which was directed to square leg.
Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar was born on April 24, 1973 in Bombai, Maharashtra, a right hand top order batsman who has the ability to spin the bowl either way. He made his debut in the international cricket while appearing in the Test match against their arch rivals Pakistan on November 15, 1989 at National Stadium, Karachi and managed 15 runs in the first outing, but has outshone all his competitors ever since.
The run machine has assisted India with quite a few victories with his solo performance all around the globe. All the bowlers of the world always found it difficult to dismiss him and they used to craft, often outrageous plans to get rid of the master blaster.
Tendulkar took part in 188 Tests, plundered 15470 runs at a superb average of 55.44, the best of unbeaten 248 with 51 centuries and 65 fifties.
He made his debut in the One Day Internationals against Pakistan on December 18, 1989 at Municipal Stadium, Gujranwala. That was the beginning of the journey for a cricketer who was going to make history as his career was progressing.
The most prolific scorer appeared in his 462nd ODI match against Bangladesh on March 16th 2012 where he thrashed 114 runs and attained a milestone of 100th hundred. He has piled up 18374 runs at an excellent average of 44.81, the best of unbeaten 200 which comprised 49 hundreds and 95 half centuries.
The 38-year-old scored his 99th international century on March 11, 2011 at Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium, Jamtha, Nagpur, against South Africa in the 29th match of the ICC Cricket World Cup, 2011. He dispatched 111 runs off 101 balls with the help of three escalated sixes and eight fours but India lost the match by three wickets.
Tendulkar entered in to bat with opener Gautam Gambhir against Bangladesh and started off with a boundary on the third ball he faced. He continued with the attack and posted his fifty by sending the ball across the extra cover boundary. He secured his end while a couple of wickets fell at the other end till Suresh Raina came to the crease.
The legend reached 99 at the end of the 43rd over and tons of weight went away from his head as he stole a single on the fourth ball of the 44th over from Shakib Al Hasan. The master batsman was cheered from all corners of the ground but he remained calm and just looked up to heaven while removing his helmet.
The distinctive record of 100 international hundreds was never achieved by any batsman prior to Sachin Tendulkar and it seems really unlikely that some other batsman can do that in the future while India should be proud of its charismatic son.