10 Sachin Knocks Fans Love to Remember

1. 119 Vs England, Manchester, 1990  -  His maiden international hundred. One made when India were staring at defeat. His unbeaten 7th wicket with Manoj Prabhakar ensured India an escape. And announced a 17 year-old onto the world. Did you know that he was wearing his idol Sunil Gavaskar's pads while scoring this ton?
2. 114 Vs Australia, Perth, 1992 - Perth's WACA pitch, the fastest and bounciest pitch in the world at that time, scared every touring batsman, especially the ones from the subcontinent. This can be understood best by looking at the scorecard, as no Indian batsman, except the Little Master, crossed 50 in both the innings. India might have lost the test match, but Sachin won many admirers. He has rated this innings as his finest and said that it changed his career.
3. 136 vs Pakistan, Chennai, 1999 - One more of his brilliant centuries in India's losses. Archrival Pakistan was playing a test match in India after more than a decade. Chasing a target of 271, India were 5 down for 82. Braving severe back strain, he added a century partnership with Mongia and steadied the chase.After Mongia fell at 218, he added another 36 runs with Sunil Joshi. But, soon after he fell for a masterclass 136, the innings folded within 4 runs. India lost by 12 runs.
4. 155* vs Australia, Chennai, 1998  - This series was billed as 'Sachin vs Warne' contest. Warne had the first laugh with his dismissal for just 4 in the 1st innings. What followed in India's 2nd innings is a tale to tell forever. So much so that, this innings was the beginning of a long summer for the Australians against a one-man army called Tendulkar.
5. 143 & 134 Vs Australia at Sharjah, 1998 - And the belligerence continued from the Chennai heat to the sandy deserts of Sharjah. Not even sandstorms could stop him. His domination over the Australian bowlers was so harsh, that it gave them nightmares.
6. 98 vs Pakistan, Centurion, 2003 - Speaking of nightmares, this was one match that dominated his thoughts for over an year. Even though India had qualified for the Super 6 round, this was one match fans wanted India to win. For Pakistan, it was a do or die situation, as a defeat would send them home from the tournament. Set a victory target of 271, Sachin targeted all the Pakistan bowlers. His uppercut shot for six against Shoaib Akhtar was the moment of the tournament. Even though he missed a ton, the knock was worth in gold.
7. 140* vs Kenya at Bristol, 1999 - It's never easy to be back to what you do after you lose the one person whom you love and respect the most. After attending his father's funeral, he didn't want to return to England for the World Cup. However, his family persuaded him to go and play so that playing would relieve his sense of loss. His 237-run unbeaten partnership with Rahul Dravid gave India a solid 329 score to defend against the lowly Kenya. India won comprehensively to stay in contention for Super 6. A perfect knock as a perfect tribute.
8. 175 vs Australia at Hyderabad, 2009 - Another India loss after another Sachin ton. Chasing a target of 351 under lights, India rode on Sachin's master class and almost crossed the line. Once again, after he fell with victory in sight, Indian lower order folded like nine pins to lose the match by just 3 runs. This innings just showed how he still didn't lose the hunger and knack for runs even after 20 years on the circuit. He rated this as "one of his best".
9. 200* vs South Africa at Gwalior, 2010 - If anyone deserved the record, it was him. Many came very close before. But, the record for the first male cricketer to have made a double ton was etched in history forever in His name. There was nothing that the hapless South African bowlers could do on that day. It simply was His Day.
10. 241* vs Australia at Sydney, 2004 - There are many innings that Sachin has played in Australia that deserve to be on this list. However, one that comes to mind is this. Battling against bad form and after getting out to loose deliveries outside the off in the previous matches, he changed his batting style for this innings. He batted for more than 10 hours, including a 350-run partnership with VVS Laxman, taking India to a commanding position in the test match, ensuring no defeat.
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