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Top 5 ODI Performances by Sachin Tendulkar

Sachin Tendulkar is arguably the greatest batsman of all times. He dominated the batting charts for over two decades, and has been a great servant of the game. Leading bowlers of his time like Wasim Akram, Shane Warne, Alan Donald and Glenn McGrath regard him as the greatest batter. His stroke play was a treat to watch. Here are Little Master’s Top 5 ODI batting performances of all times.

143 versus Australia (1998)

Without including, this performance and the one from two nights later. A list of Sachin Tendulkar’s finest ODI innings would be incomplete. Let’s first discuss this magical inning, also referred to as Sharjah’s Desert Storm. India required 285 runs to win the game and 284 runs or less to advance into the finals. It felt a daunting task for India’s fragile batting line-up. However, all optimism seemed dead till Sachin Tendulkar grabbed the steering wheel into his own hands and single-handedly led India home. This also marked the beginning of an era: ‘An era of Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar’.

Sachin belting Warne for a four

134 versus Australia (1998)

This was a greater inning than the previous one since it gave India victory over Australians in the final. Where they were chasing a challenging target of 273 runs. Once again, it really was Sachin Tendulkar who opted to give himself and the country the best birthday presents ever by playing one of the greatest ODI innings. Wherein he struck 12 fours and 3 sixes at a strike rate of over 103, marching India to victory and elevating his status to a cricketing god.

140 versus Kenya (1999)

Although it may not be on everyone’s list, this inning is included for a very particular reason. Here is a little context. Imagine losing your dad who also was your mentor, in the midst of a World Cup match, and having to return home to say your last prayers before returning to the field to bat for India. Only the best possess the specific kind of mental fortitude and tremendous expertise required for this.

Perhaps the most dramatic innings of his career were this 140 against Kenya. Sachin Tendulkar, who batted at number 4, tore through Kenya’s bowling attack while India was batting first. He scored 140 runs at a strike rate of 138.61 and hammered 16 fours and three sixes.

Tendulkar played a blistering knock against Kenya in 1996 WC

98 versus Pakistan (2003)

Despite not scoring a century, Sachin Tendulkar’s effort in this game may have been his most significant ODI innings to date. Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis, Shoaib Akhtar, and Shahid Afridi made up Pakistan’s bowling assault, which made the first innings total of 273 difficult to chase down.

Since Sachin attacked the bowlers from the first ball and did not let them relax at all, India had a strong start to this match. Perhaps the highlight of the match was Sachin’s upper cut to Shoaib Akhtar which went over point for a six. It was shot that will forever remain entrenched in the minds of cricket fans. India won the game as a result of Sachin’s remarkable 98 at a strike rate of 130.67. His innings included 12 fours & a six.

Tendulkar's iconic upper cut

200* versus South Africa (2010)

The final and ultimate innings on this list is the very first individual double-century in International ODIs. It truly was a milestone since he was the first to accomplish something that was previously thought to be impossible. For this game, South Africa’s bowling attack consisted of Jacques Kalis, Dale Steyn, Wayne Parnell, and Charl Langeveldt.

He completely annihilated everyone and demonstrated why he’s the best of all time. It took him just 147 balls to reach his 200* after hitting 25 fours and three maximums, for a tally of 118 runs in boundaries.

Please let us know in comments which one was your favorite innings of the Master Blaster.

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