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Sachin Tendulkar 99 Centuries


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Sachin Tendulkar once again came agonisingly close to his 100th international century, we decided to jog our memories and jot down his 99 hundreds. It took us hours and hours of research to come up with this compilation. Wonder what it must be to score so many centuries!

                                         




Sachin Tendulkar disappointed once again when he failed to notch his 100th international hundred at The Oval. The Little Master fell for 91 runs leaving fans asking that very important question: when will the century of centuries arrive? As the agonising wait continues, why don’t you take a look at the entire journey of 99 centuries in our special right here…
So go through this list and relive the happiest memories of the last two decades…
Century No 1

119 not out vs England at Old Trafford on Aug 14, 1990
Sachin scored his first Test century against England at Old Trafford. After England stretched the lead to 407, India lost several wickets with the score at 127/5. He batted for nearly four hours and remained unbeaten at 119. The match was drawn with India losing only on more wicket in the day



Score: 119*
Match: England Vs India
Series: India in England 1990, 2nd Test
Venue: Old Trafford, Manchester
Result: Match drawn
The first signs of greatness from the Little Master. Sachin Tendulkar’s first Test match ton helped India gain a draw from a potentially slippery position. The Manchester ton was the start of many more.
Century No 2

148 not out India vs Australia at SCG on Jan 6, 1992
Australia in the first innings put up a total of 313. The Indians came out to bat with Ravi Shastri being the top-scorer, making 206 runs and Sachin Tendulkar scored 148 taking the innings total to 483. Australia made 173 in the second innings. India did not come out to bat in the second innings and the match was drawn.


                                           


Score: 148*
Match: Australia Vs India
Series: India in Australia 1992, 3rd Test
Venue: Sydney Cricket Ground
Result: Match drawn
Tendulkar’s reputation as young batting prodigy was swelling. In his first series in Australia, Tendulkar stamped his class scoring two hundreds the first of which arrived in Sydney.
Century No 3

114 vs Australia at WACA, Perth on Feb 3, 1992
Australia posted a total of 346 in the first innings. India came out to bat and wickets fell at regular intervals with Sachin scoring 114 runs. Australia then posted another huge total of 367 in the second innings and India could not match up to the batting display of the Aussies. India lost the match.



Score: 114
Match: Australia Vs India
Series: India in Australia 1992, 5th Test
Venue: WACA, Perth
Result: Australia won by 38 runs
When most of the batsmen squirmed away from the bouncers and were unable to cope with the extra pace of the Perth wicket, Tendulkar was a picture of concentration and calm. The knock of 114 runs was a classic, and one which is rated supremely by the little master himself.
Century No 4

111 vs South Africa at Wanderers, Johannesburg on Nov 28, 1992
South Africa in the first innings scored a total of 292 runs. India came out to bat and none of the batsmen performed well. Sachin was the only player who managed to get a three-figure score of 111 taking the total to 227. South Africa in its second innings scored 252 and India in its second innings had a target of 318 to win. The Indian’s managed 141. The match ended in a draw.

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Score: 111
Match: South Africa Vs India
Series: India in South Africa 1992, 2nd Test
Venue: New Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg
Result: Match drawn
On a hard and pacy Johannesburg track South Africa led by Allan Donald blew away the Indian batting order. The pace and bounce had all the Indians ducking, weaving and edging, except one–Sachin Tendulkar. India’s first innings score read 227, out of which 111 belonged to Tendulkar.
Century No 5

165 vs England at Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai on Feb 12, 1993
India in its first innings scored a mammoth 560 with Navjot Singh Sidhu scoring 106 and the Master Blaster scoring a massive 165. England scored 286 in its first innings and were forced to follow on. In their second innings they scored 252 and India won the match by an innings and 22 runs. Sachin Tendulkar was named Man of the Match.




Score: 165
Match: India Vs England
Series: England in India 1993, 2nd Test
Venue: MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chepauk, Madras
Result: India won by an innings and 22 runs
England suffered an innings defeat and handed India an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match Test series. Batting first, India piled on a total in excess of 500, which largely came off the bat of Tendulkar’s masterful 165 runs. This was Sachin’s first Test ton on home soil.
Century No 6

104 not out vs Sri Lanka at SSC, Colombo on Jul 31, 1993
India scored 366 in its first innings and managed to bowl out Sri Lanka for 254. In its second innings India amassed a massive total of 359 with the help of Manoj Prabhakar who scored 95, Navjot Singh Sidhu who scored 104 along with Sachin who scored 104 as well. India managed to bowl out Sri Lanka for 236, winning the match by 235 runs.


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Score: 104*
Match: India Vs Sri Lanka
Series: India in Sri Lanka 1993, 2nd Test
Venue: Sinhalese Sports Club Ground, Colombo
Result: India won by 235 runs
An unbeaten century in the second innings helped India set a massive 472-run target against the Lankans. India won the Test handsomely and went on to draw the final game, thereby winning the series 1-0.
Century No 7

142 vs Sri Lanka at KD Singh Babu Stadium, Lucknow on Jan 19, 1994
The Indian’s went out to bat and scored a massive 511 with the help of Sidhu who scored 127 and Sachin Tendulkar who scored 142. Sri Lanka’s reply to India’s first innings total was poor as the visitors scored 218. They were forced to follow on and scored 174 handing the match to India who won by an innings and 119 runs.

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Score: 142
Match: India Vs Sri Lanka
Series: Sri Lanka in India 1994, 1st Test
Venue: KD Singh Babu Stadium, Lucknow
Result: India won by an innings and 119 runs
Sachin and India continued to torment Sri Lanka. Tendulkar produced another big ton and the visitors went down by an innings to give India a 1-0 lead in the series.
Century No 8

110 vs Australia, at Premadasa Stadium, Colombo, on Sep 9, 1994
India had won the toss and set up a challenging total on a dicey Premadasa pitch in Sri Lanka. Sachin scored a blistering 110 which truly set up the game and paved the way for an Indian victory. It was Sachin’s first ODI hundred.

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Score: 110
Series: Singer World Series – 3rd ODI, 1994
Match: India Vs Australia
Venue: R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo
Result: India won by 31 runs
After seven Test centuries and 78 ODIs, Sachin Tendulkar finally scored his first one-day hundred. The knock came against Australia, an opposition who bore the brunt of Tendulkar’s willow in the years to come.
Century No 9

115 vs New Zealand at IPCL, Vadodara on Oct 28, 1994
The Kiwis decided to bat first and set up total of 269 to chase. A brilliant opening partnership and Sachin’s belligerent knock led to a successful run-chase.









Score: 115
Series: Wills World Series – 3rd ODI, 1994
Match: India Vs New Zealand
Venue: IPCL Sports Complex Ground, Baroda
Result: India won by 7 wickets
New Zealand racked up 269 runs and soon found out that it was not going to be enough to get them a win. Tendulkar blasted the Kiwi bowlers away and in the end it took a run-out to send him back to the pavilion.
Century No 10

105 vs West Indies at Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur on Nov 11, 1994
India scored a commendable 259 thanks to Sachin’s 105 along with Vinod Kambli as they won a nail-biter defeating the West Indies by only five runs in the fifth one day international.

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Score: 105
Series: West Indies in India ODI Series – 5th ODI, 1994
Match: India Vs West Indies
Venue: Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur
Result: India won by 5 runs
Tendulkar was declared the Man of the Series scoring over 200 runs in five-match ODI series which India won 4-1. He scored two fifties and registered one century in the series.


179 vs West Indies at VCA Ground, Nagpur on Dec 2, 1994
India were sent into bat and amassed a huge total of 546 with the help of Sidhu who scored 107 and Mohammed Azharuddin’s 97. Sachin Tendulkar scored 179 in 414 balls. West Indies replied with a commendable total of 428 and India in its second innings scored 208. The match ended in a draw.



Score: 179
Series: West Indies in India, 2nd Test, 1994
Match: India Vs West Indies
Venue: Vidarbha Cricket Association Ground, Nagpur
Result: Match drawn
A masterclass from Tendulkar saw India racking up 546 runs in the first innings. The knock was his highest Test score then. Tendulkar brought up his ton with a six off Courtney Walsh.
Century No 12

112 not out vs Sri Lanka at Sharjah on Apr 9, 1995
Sri Lanka landed themselves in deep trouble as they were bowled out for 203. Sachin’s century stand with Prabhakar ensured India did not lose ground and won the game with ease.



Score: 112
Series: Pepsi Asia Cup – 5th ODI, 1995
Match: India Vs Sri Lanka
Venue: Sharjah Cricket Association Stadium
Result: India won by 8 wickets
Sri Lanka’s target of 203 runs was quickly overhauled by India who were powered by a 107-ball 112 from Tendulkar. His 4th ODI ton was his first at Sharjah.
Century No 13

127 not out vs Kenya at Barabati Stadium in Cuttack on Feb 18, 1996
Kenya was bowled out for a paltry 199 and Sachin’s knock of 127 included a century partnership with Jadeja which was vital for India as they recorded a thumping win over the Kenyans.



Score: 127
Series: Wills World Cup – 6th ODI, Group A, 1996
Match: India Vs Kenya
Venue: Barabati Stadium, Cuttack
Result: India won by 7 wickets
India and Tendulkar launched their 1996 World Cup campaign in style. The hosts whacked Kenya by 7 wickets and Tendulkar fired his first World Cup hundred.
Century No 14

137 vs Sri Lanka at Feroz Shah Kotla in New Delhi on Mar 2, 1996
Sachin’s vital knock of 137 went in vain as India lost to Sri Lanka in an important group game of the 1996 World Cup. It looked as though India’s score of 271 was competitive but Sri Lanka cruised to an easy victory.

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Score: 137
Series: Wills World Cup – 24th ODI, Group A, 1996
Match: India Vs Sri Lanka
Venue: Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi
Result: Sri Lanka won by 6 wickets
Tendulkar tore apart the Lankan bowlers in a run-a-ball 137. Boundaries flowed from his bat and he smacked eight fours and five sixes. Tendulkar took India to 271 runs, but an inspired Sanath Jayasuriya, whittled away the total with great ease.
Century No 15

100 vs Pakistan at Padang, Singapore, on Apr 5, 1996
In a rain-interrupted game, Sachin scored exactly 100 as India imposed a respectable total of 226 but that did not stop Pakistan from clinching an important win via Duckworth Lewis method.



Score: 100
Series: Singer Cup – 3rd ODI, 1996
Match: India Vs Pakistan
Venue: The Padang, Singapore
Result: Pakistan won by 8 wickets
Tendulkar’s first ODI ton against Pakistan came in losing cause. India was beaten convincingly, and with none of the batsmen sticking out along with Sachin, India was bowled out for 226 runs.
Century No 16

118 vs Pakistan at Sharjah on Apr 15, 1996
India were up against their arch rivals Pakistan in a crucial game at Sharjah as Sachin’s stand with Sidhu took India to a notable 305 which was far from reach of the Pakistanis and they lost the game.


Score: 118
Series: Pepsi Sharjah Cup – 4th ODI, 1996
Match: India Vs Pakistan
Venue: Sharjah Cricket Association Stadium
Result: India won by 8 wickets
India got revenge for their bitter defeat in Singapore with a resounding victory in Sharjah. It was the first time India scored 300 runs in a one-day game, with Tendulkar cracking a magnificent ton.
Century No 17

122 vs England at Edgbaston, Birmingham, on Jun 8, 1996
India were sent into bat and none of the batsmen clicked, scoring a low total of 214. England in its first innings scored 313. India were sent into bat again, and this time round, no one besides Tendulkar managed to put up a decent score. Sachin scored 122 in that match while the other players could not score over 18 runs individually. India were bowled out for 219 with England needing 121 to win which they achieved easily.



Score: 118
Series: Pepsi Sharjah Cup – 4th ODI, 1996
Match: India Vs Pakistan
Venue: Sharjah Cricket Association Stadium
Result: India won by 8 wickets
India got revenge for their bitter defeat in Singapore with a resounding victory in Sharjah. It was the first time India scored 300 runs in a one-day game, with Tendulkar cracking a magnificent ton.
Century No 17

122 vs England at Edgbaston, Birmingham, on Jun 8, 1996
India were sent into bat and none of the batsmen clicked, scoring a low total of 214. England in its first innings scored 313. India were sent into bat again, and this time round, no one besides Tendulkar managed to put up a decent score. Sachin scored 122 in that match while the other players could not score over 18 runs individually. India were bowled out for 219 with England needing 121 to win which they achieved easily.


Score: 122
Series: India in England 1996, 1st Test
Match: England Vs India
Venue: Edgbaston, Birmingham
Result: England won by 8 wickets
The burden of India’s fragile batting order was once again on the shoulders of Tendulkar who played another gem of a Test knock. While Tendulkar sparkled with a hundred none of the Indian batsmen got past 20 runs.
Century No 18

177 vs England at Trent Bridge, Nottingham on Jul 5, 1996
With the help of Sourav Ganguly’s 136 and Sachin’s 177, India scored a total of 521. Sachin hit 26 boundaries for his 177 at an average of 49.16. England came out to bat and scored 564. India in its second inning scored 211. The match ended in a draw.


Score: 177
Series: India in England 1996, 3rd Test
Match: England Vs India
Venue: Trent Bridge, Nottingham
Result: Match drawn
Ganguly and Tendulkar produced great artistry on a slow Nottingham pitch and helped themselves with big centuries. India posted a 500-plus score in the first innings and the match petered out to a draw.
Century No 19

110 vs Sri Lanka at Premadasa Stadium Colombo on August 28, 1996
Sachin scored a resolute 110 against the Lankans as India posted 226. India realized hat beating Lanka in their own backyard was not that easy as a century opening stand between Jayasuriya and Kaluwitharana took the game away.

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Score: 110
Series: Singer World Series – 2nd ODI, 1996
Match: India Vs Sri Lanka
Venue: R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo
Result: Sri Lanka won by 9 wickets
Tendulkar celebrated his promotion as Indian team’s captain with a fluent century at Colombo. Sadly though, the rest of the Indian batting order failed to fire, leaving Tendulkar mulling another ODI defeat.
Century No 20

114 vs South Africa at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai on Dec 14, 1996
It was Mohinder Amarnath’s benefit game. Sachin played a captain’s knock of 114. The Proteas found it tough and were bundled out cheaply.



169 vs South Africa at Newlands, Cape Town on Jan 4, 1997
The Proteas posted 529. India batted poorly with Sachin Tendulkar posting a score of 126 with the help of Azharuddin who scored 115. India were all out for 359. South Africa in its second innings posted a total of 256 which left Team India to score 427. India were all out for 144 and South Africa won the match.

Score: 169
Series: India in South Africa 1997, 2nd Test
Match: India Vs South Africa
Venue: Newlands, Cape Town
Result: South Africa won by 282 runs
The visitors were shot out for 100 and 66 in the first Test at Kingsmead, Durban, and a repeat looked well on cards. This until Azhar joined Sachin Tendulkar at the crease. Both the batsmen took on the bowlers and turned the firing the other way. While Azhar played at his carefree best, Sachin was more compact but no less grand.
Century No 22

104 vs Zimbabwe at Benoni on Feb 9, 1997
Zimbabwe were smelling victory but Sachin’s hard-fought 104 ensured India did not lose further ground and went on to record one of the famous run chases in South Africa.

Score: 104
Series: Standard Bank International ODI Series – 9th match
Match: India Vs Zimbabwe
Venue: Willowmoore Park, Benoni
Result: India won by 6 wickets
India needed to beat Zimbabwe convincingly and edge past them into the final on the basis of a superior run-rate. With the task cut-out Sachin came out all guns blazing and hammered the Zimbabwe attack.
Century No 23

117 vs New Zealand at Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore, on May 14, 1997
India chased down a modest target of 220 thanks to Sachin’s 117. The Kiwis were earlier bundled out quite easily and Sachin made sure his Man of the Match performance helped India win the game.

Score: 117
Series: Pepsi Independence Cup – 3rd ODI
Match: India Vs New Zealand
Venue: M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore
Result: India won by 8 wickets
Tendulkar shook off the blues from a bad tour of South Africa with style against New Zealand in the Independence Cup. He tore into pacer Heath Davis and finished up smacking 117 runs in 137 balls.
Century No 24

143 vs Sri Lanka at Premadasa Stadium, Colombo, on Aug 3, 1997
India were sent out to bat and managed to post a huge total of 537 thanks to the heroics of Sidhu’s 111, Azhar’s 126 and Sachin’s 143. Sri Lanka replied to India’s 537 by scoring a massive 952 thanks to Sanath Jayasuriya’s 340, Roshan Mahanama’s 225 and Aravina De Silva’s 126. The match ended in a draw with neither of the two teams batting in the second innings.

Score: 143
Series: India in Sri Lanka 1997, 1st Test
Match: Sri Lanka Vs India
Venue: R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo
Result: Match drawn
On yet another flat deck in Colombo, Tendulkar helped himself to yet another Test hundred. India piled on 537 and Sri Lanka replied with 952 runs. The scores ensured that the Test’s fate ended in a draw.
Century No 25

139 vs Sri Lanka at SSC, Colombo, on Aug 11, 1997
Sri Lanka started off with scoring 332 in their first innings. The Indians gave a strong reply with the help of Sourav Ganguly’s 147 and Sachin’s 139. The Sri Lankans, in their second innings, scored a massive 415 runs leaving a target of 373 to win. India reached 281 and the match was drawn.

Score: 139
Series: India in Sri Lanka 1997, 1st Test
Match: Sri Lanka Vs India
Venue: Sinhalese Sports Club Ground, Colombo
Result: Match drawn
A second successive ton from Sachin and a second successive draw in the series. Sri Lankan wickets played excellent hosts for Indian batsmen and like most of the cricketers, Tendulkar made the most.
Century No 26

148 vs Sri Lanka at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai on Dec 4, 1997
India were put to bat in the first innings of the match and the trio of Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid helped India post a total of 512. Rahul Dravid made 93, Sourav Ganguly scored 173, followed by Sachin’s 148. Sri Lanka in its first innings made 361. India came out to bat in its second innings and were bowled out for 181. With a target of 333 to win, Sri Lanka only managed to make a 166 runs. The match was drawn.

Score: 148
Series: Sri Lanka in India 1997, 3rd Test
Match: India Vs Sri Lanka
Venue: Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
Result: Match drawn
Tendulkar’s ‘batathon’ continued against Sri Lanka when they had a return tour to India later in the year. The other batsman to shine alongside Tendulkar was Ganguly who scored 173 runs.
Century No 27

155 not out vs Australia at Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai, on Mar 9, 1998
In the first Test against Australia, India batted in the first innings and were bowled out for 257. Australia did much better by posting 328 in the first innings. India in its second innings posted a mammoth 418 with the heroics of Sachin Tendulkar who top scored with 155. India then went on to bowl out the Aussies for a paltry sum of 168 winning the match by 179 runs.

Score: 155*
Series: Australia in India 1998, 1st Test
Match: India Vs Australia
Venue: MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chepauk, Chennai
Result: India won by 179 runs
It was billed as a contest between Shane Warne and Sachin Tendulkar. The Australian leg spinner dismissed Sachin cheaply in the first innings, but in the second the Indian maestro made amends and took the spinner and Australian bowling apart. This Test match saw Sachin deflating Warne by hitting cross-bat shots to balls delivered outside the leg stump.
Century No 28

177 vs Australia at Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore on March 26, 1998
India in its first innings posted a good total of 424 with the help of NS Sidhu and Sachin Tendulkar who scored 177 from 298 balls which included 29 fours and 3 sixes. This was done against the spin great Shane Warne. Australia replied to India’s first innings total by reaching 400. Unfortunately India’s batting collapsed as they managed to put up 169 in the second innings. Australia needed 195 runs to win, and without the loss of too many wickets won the Test match.

Score: 177
Series: Australia in India 1998, 3rd Test
Match: India Vs Australia
Venue: M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore
Result: Australia won by 8 wickets
Australia continued to suffer at the hands of Sachin Tendulkar who served another masterclass at Bangalore. His second hundred in the series ensured that he scored well above 400-plus runs in the three Test matches.
Century No 29

100 vs Australia at Green Park, Kanpur, on April 7, 1998
The mighty Australians were looking all set for another victory but a disciplined Indian bowling with the help of Sachin’s opening stand with Ganguly helped India win with ease.

Score: 100
Series: Pepsi Triangular Series – 4th ODI, 1998
Match: India Vs Australia
Venue: Green Park, Kanpur
Result: India won by 6 wickets
Sachin’s stronghold over Australia spilled into the ODI series that came after the Test matches. At Green Park, Tendulkar hammered his 13th one-day hundred.
Century No 30

143 vs Australia at Sharjah on April 22, 1998
Australia was hit all over the park by the Little Master to guide India into the finals of the triangular series. The Aussie bowlers had a torrid time against Sachin who scored 143 even though India lost the game.

Score: 143
Series: Coca-Cola Cup – 6th ODI, 1998
Match: India Vs Australia
Venue: Sharjah Cricket Association Stadium
Result: Australia won by 26 runs
A classic knock from Tendulkar. One which is most revered by his fans. India needed to win big to edge past New Zealand into the final of the competition. Tendulkar went on a rampage, and despite a dust storm interruption, ensured that India walked into the finals to face Australia once again.


134 vs Australia, Sharjah, on April 24, 1998
Tendulkar came back to haunt the Aussies with his sparkling inning of 134 taking the Australian bowlers to the cleaners. India won the game and eventually the finals and Sachin was adjudged man of the match and series.

Score: 134
Series: Coca-Cola Cup – final, 1998
Match: India Vs Australia
Venue: Sharjah Cricket Association Stadium
Result: India won by 6 wickets
Within the space of a day, Tendulkar produced another blistering hundred in the final against Australia. It was his 25th birthday and Sachin celebrated it with a match-winning knock.
Century No 32
Sachin’s 100 not out vs. Kenya, Eden Gardens, Calcutta, 1998 May 31, 1998
India had a small target to chase after the Indian bowlers restricted Kenya to a paltry 196. In walked Sachin and with his controlled innings of 100 not out, it ensured India a victory.

Score: 100*
Series: Coca-Cola Triangular Series – final, 1998
Match: India Vs Kenya
Venue: Eden Gardens, Calcutta
Result: India won by 9 wickets
Another final hundred for Tendulkar. The Kenyans were given a masterclass in one-day batting and India went on to win the match with ease.
Century No 33

128 vs Sri Lanka at Premadasa Stadium, Colombo, on Jul 7, 1998
Sachin shared a record 200-plus stand with Ganguly as India were crowned winners of the Singer-Akai Nidahas Trophy. Sri Lanka did try to make inroads but it was a deserving victory for India and Sachin.

Score: 128
Series: Singer-Akai Nidahas Trophy – final
Match: Sri Lanka Vs India
Venue: R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo
Result: India won by 6 runs
Ganguly and Tendulkar were involved in a record 252-run opening stand. Sachin went past 7000 runs in ODIs and his yet another final ton helped India post a stiff 308-run target against hosts Sri Lanka.
Century No 34

127 vs Zimbabwe at Bulawayo on Sep 26, 1998
India’s accurate bowling backed by a power-packed 127 by Tendulkar led to all important victory for the Indians in the first match against Zimbabwe. Sachin’s innings also made him the Man of the Match.

Score: 127*
Series: India in Zimbabwe ODI Series 1998 – 1st ODI
Match: Zimbabwe Vs India
Venue: Queens Sports Club, Bulawayo
Result: India won by 8 wickets
India thrashed Zimbabwe comprehensively and Tendulkar smashed his 18th ODI century.
Century No 35

Sachin’s 141 vs Australia in Bangladesh on Oct 28, 1998
Tendulkar’s aggressive knock set up an all-important victory for the Indians as they defeated Australia and knocked them out of tournament.

Score: 141
Series: Wills International Cup 1998 – 3rd quarter final(Knock-out trophy)
Match: India Vs Australia
Venue: Bangabandhu National Stadium, Dhaka
Result: India won by 44 runs
Tendulkar was all over Australia once again. After India lost quick wickets at the top, Sachin took charge and with the Master in command, India powered to 307 runs. With the ball in his hand in the second innings, Tendulkar tormented Australia further taking 4-38.
Century No 36

118 not out vs Zimbabwe at Sharjah, on Nov 8, 1998
Sachin’s 118 not out led the way of an all-important victory as India defeated Zimbabwe with seven wickets to spare. Paul Strang was the only Zimbabwean to make an impact, taking all three Indian wickets that fell.

Score: 118*
Series: Coca-Cola Champions Trophy 1998 – 3rd ODI
Match: India Vs Zimbabwe
Venue: Sharjah Cricket Association Stadium
Result: India won by 7 wickets
A target of 197 runs was overhauled with ease with Tendulkar at the helm. He remained unbeaten and guided India home.
Century No 37

124 vs Zimbabwe at Sharjah on Nov 13, 1998
Sachin displayed his all-round abilities by grabbing two wickets and scoring an unbeaten century of as India demolished Zimbabwe and clinched the final in Sharjah.

Score: 124*
Series: Coca-Cola Champions Trophy 1998 – final
Match: India Vs Zimbabwe
Venue: Sharjah Cricket Association Stadium
Result: India won by 10 wickets
This was the match where Tendulkar famously tore Henry Olonga apart. The bowler had dismissed Sachin with a short delivery in a previous league game and Tendulkar had his revenge blasting the Zimbabwean all over the ground. With a ton in the final Tendulkar became the first batsmen to score twenty international tons.
Century No 38

113 vs New Zealand at Basin Reserve, Wellington, on Dec 29, 1998
India opened the innings and played miserably. They were bowled out for 208. New Zealand in its first innings scored 352. India in its second innings got its act together and posted a decent total of 356 with Sachin being the top-scorer, making 113 runs. With a target of 213 to win, New Zealand chased the score and won the match with four wickets to spare.

Score: 113
Series: India in New Zealand 1998, 2nd Test
Match: New Zealand Vs India
Venue: Basin Reserve, Wellington
Result: New Zealand won by 4 wickets
A brilliant year for Sachin Tendulkar ended with another glorious century in the second Test. While Azhar mesmerized everyone in the first innings with a breathtaking hundred, Tendulkar sparkled in the second and helped India post a tricky 213-run fourth innings target. New Zealand was 74-5 but Cairns and McMillan made sure the Kiwis would take a 1-0 lead in the series.
Century No 39

136 vs Pakistan at Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai on Jan 31, 1999
Pakistan opened the innings and posted a total of 238. India in its second innings posted 254 with a lead of 16 runs. Pakistan in its second innings posted 286 which meant India needed 271 to win the match. After the openers fell in quick succession, Sachin guided the team out of trouble by scoring a 136. Unfortunately after his departure none of the batsman managed to stay at the crease for long and India lost out by a narrow margin of 12 runs.

Score: 136
Series: Pakistan in India 1999, 1st Test
Match: India Vs Pakistan
Venue: MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chepauk, Chennai
Result: Pakistan won by 12 runs
A tragic hundred from Tendulkar. All hope was lost, and then Mongia and Tendulkar struck a crucial partnership, bringing India close to Pakistan’s target. Fighting a bad back and incisive bowling from the likes of Wasim, Waqar and Saqlain Mustaq, Tendulkar fell when India were 17 runs short of the target. India lost the match by 12 runs.
Century No 40

124 not out vs Sri Lanka at SSC, Colombo, on Feb 28, 1999
India opened the innings and posted a huge total of 518. They managed to bowl out Sri Lanka for 485 in their first innings. India in its second innings scored 306 with Sachin Tendulkar top-scoring with 124 runs. The match was drawn as rain disrupted the match.

Score: 124*
Series: Asian Test Championship 1999 – 2nd Test
Match: Sri Lanka Vs India
Venue: Sinhalese Sports Club Ground, Colombo
Result: Match drawn
Another Test match in Sri Lanka played on yet another batting beauty, saw Sachin help himself to another Test match hundred. The experimental Asian Test Championship was eventually won by Pakistan.


140 vs Kenya at Bristol, on May 23, 1999
Sachin had missed the earlier game due to his father’s untimely death but he came back with a bang as his aggressive 140 not out set up an Indian victory in a group game against Kenya in the 1999 World Cup.

Score: 140*
Series: ICC World Cup 1999 – 15th ODI, Group A
Match: India Vs Kenya
Venue: County Ground, Bristol
Result: India won by 94 runs
An emotional century from Tendulkar, who came back to play a memorable knock just days after losing his father.
Century No 42

120 vs Sri Lanka in Colombo, on Aug 29, 1999
The Little Master led from the front as his captain’s knock of 120 helped them register a victory over the Lankans in their own back yard. At one point, Sri Lanka were cruising but the Indian bowlers got wickets at crucial intervals.

Score: 120
Series: Aiwa Cup 1999 – 6th ODI
Match: Sri Lanka Vs India
Venue: Sinhalese Sports Club Ground, Colombo
Result: India won by 23 runs(D/L method)
After a disappointing World Cup campaign in England, Tendulkar replaced Azhar as the captain of the Indian team. With the burden of captaincy on his shoulders, Sachin fired 23rd ODI ton.
Century No 43

126 not out vs New Zealand at PCA Stadium, Mohali, on Oct 13, 1999
India were bowled out for 83 runs. New Zealand came out to bat and scored 215. India needed to put up a strong batting display and that is exactly what they did with everyone firing. Sachin Tendulkar’s 126 along with Rahul Dravid’s 144 steered India to safety. They managed to notch up a total of 505 leaving New Zealand a target of 374 to win. They visitors managed to make 251 until the close of the fifth day.

Score: 126*
Series: New Zealand in India 1999, 1st Test
Match: India Vs New Zealand
Venue: PCA Stadium, Mohali, Chandigarh
Result: Match drawn
India was shot out for 83 in the first innings, but came back with a vengeance in the second. Led by Sachin Tendulkar’s unbeaten 126 and Dravid’s 144, India made sure the game faded into a draw.
Century No 44

217 vs New Zealand at Sardar Patel Stadium, Ahmedabad, on Oct 30, 1999
India was sent into bat and managed to post an intimidating total of 583. S Ramesh’s 110, Sourav Ganguly’s 125 and Sachin’s 217 helped India reach the total. New Zealand managed to score 308 runs in their first innings. India in its second innings declared at 148 leaving the visitors a target of 404. New Zealand reached 252 at the end of the fifth day. The match was drawn.

Score: 217
Series: New Zealand in India 1999, 3rd Test
Match: India Vs New Zealand
Venue: Sardar Patel Stadium, Motera, Ahmedabad
Result: Match drawn
A grinding innings from Tendulkar saw India posting 500-plus score in their first innings. The knock was Tendulkar’s second double in Test matches.
Century No 45

186 vs New Zealand at Hyderabad on Nov 8, 1999
Together with Dravid, Sachin went on to create history as his record score of 186 resulted in India’s victory over the Kiwis. His record stand of 331 with Dravid till date is the highest partnership in one day internationals.

Score: 186*
Series: New Zealand in India 1999, 2nd ODI
Match: India Vs New Zealand
Venue: Lal Bahadur Shastri Stadium, Hyderabad, Deccan
Result: India won by 174 runs
An exhilarating knock which sent the Kiwi bowlers in a tizzy. The rocket-paced innings contained 20 boundaries and three sixes.
Century No 46

116 vs Australia at MCG on Dec 28, 1999
Australia batted in the first and were all out after posting a total of 405 runs. India after losing its openers in quick succession had Sachin Tendulkar help steady the innings. He scored 116 in that match but neither of his teammates managed to help the maestro in anyway and India were bowled out for 238. The Aussies in their second innings declared at 208 leaving a total of 376 to be scored to win the match. India’s batting collapsed in the second innings as well as they only managed to score 195. India lost the match.

Score: 116
Series: Border-Gavaskar Trophy 1999 – 2nd Test
Match: Australia Vs India
Venue: Melbourne Cricket Ground
Result: Australia won by 180 runs
India was in their familiar backs to the wall situation in the second Test when Tendulkar arrived in the middle and played a majestic knock. His Melbourne hundred was his only ton in the series where India was thrashed 3-0 in the Test series and won just a solitary ODI in the triangular contest alongside Pakistan.
Century No 47

122 vs South Africa at Vadodra on Mar 17, 2000
South Africa set up a massive total for India but once Sachin’s magic started working, it was no respite for the South African bowlers. His 122 proved decisive as India grabbed a nail-biting victory.

Score: 122
Series: South Africa in India ODI Series 2000 – 4th ODI
Match: India Vs South Africa
Venue: IPCL Sports Complex Ground, Vadodara
Result: India won by 4 wickets
After suffering a torrid series in Australia Tendulkar relinquished the captaincy. In the ODI series that followed the Test series, Tendulkar shone with a knock of 122 runs and helped chase down a stiff 283-run target to give India an unbeatable 3-1 lead in the series.
Century No 48

Sachin’s 101 vs. Sri Lanka, Sharjah, Oct 20, 2000
Tendulkar scored a critical 101 as his century held India’s innings together and made sure they posted a competitive total. Even though India lost the game, Sachin’s innings was one to be remembered.

Score: 101
Series: Coca-Cola Champions Trophy – 1st ODI
Match: India Vs Sri Lanka
Venue: Sharjah Cricket Association Stadium
Result: Sri Lanka won by 5 wickets
Tendulkar produced another Sharjah hundred, but inevitably it came in yet another losing cause for India. It was his 26th ton in ODIs.
Century No 49

122 vs Zimbabwe at Feroz Shah Kotla, New Delhi, on November 21, 2000
Zimbabwe in its first innings were able to notch up a decent total of 422. India replied by amassing a total of 458 thanks to a brilliant innings by Rahul Dravid who scored 200 runs and Sachin’s 122. The two of them batted for most of the innings until declaration. Zimbabwe in its second innings notched up a total of 225 runs all out which left India with a total of 190 to win the match. India won the match with 7 wickets to spare.

Score: 122
Series: Zimbabwe in India Test Series 2000 – 1st Test
Match: India Vs Zimbabwe
Venue: Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi
Result: India won by 7 wickets
Rahul Dravid scored his first double in Tests and Sachin ended with only his second Test century against Zimbabwe. Captain Ganguly made a bold declaration and India completed a comprehensive win.
Century No 50

201 not out vs Zimbabwe at VCA, Nagpur, on Nov 26, 2000
India batted first and managed to score 609 runs in the first innings. There were three centurions in the first innings itself with SS Das scoring 110 runs, Rahul Dravid 162 and Sachin Tendulkar who made 201 runs which included 27 boundaries at a strike rate of 71.53. Zimbabwe in its second innings scored 382. They were forced to follow on and in their second innings scored 583. The Indians did not come out to bat in the second innings and the match was drawn.

Score: 201*
Series: Zimbabwe in India Test Series 2000 – 2nd Test
Match: India Vs Zimbabwe
Venue: Vidarbha Cricket Association Ground, Nagpur
Result: Match drawn
Tendulkar’s fiftieth international century went on to become his second double hundred in Test


146 vs Zimbabwe at Jodhpur, on Dec 8, 2000
Sachin scored an all-important 146 as India put themselves in command over Zimbabwe. An Indian victory was on the cards but a gutsy innings by Andy Flower took the game away from India.

Score: 146
Series: Bilateral ODI series, 2000
Match: India V Zimbabwe, 3rd ODI
Venue: Jodhpur
Result: Zimbabwe won by 1 wicket
The brilliant 146 by the Little Master was filled with 17 hits to the fence and propelled India to 284 in their 50 overs. This was later overshadowed by a magnificent partnership between the Flower brothers for Zimbabwe, who chased down the target with 1 ball to spare and 1 wicket in hand.
Century No 52

126 vs Australia at Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai on Mar 20, 2001
Australia posted a total of 391 runs. India managed a total of 501 runs in their first innings with Sachin top-scoring with 126 runs. He got ample support from his skipper and Rahul Dravid in that match. Australia were bowled out for 264 in their second innings. With a target of 155 runs, India won the match with two wickets to spare.

Score: 126
Series: Border-Gavaskar Trophy, 2001
Match: India V Australia, 3rd test
Venue: Chennai
Result: India won by 2 wickets
This match was in many ways an exhibition of test cricket. The series was levelled 1-1 before the Chennai test and when Australia put up 391 in their first innings thanks to Mathew Hayden’s double hundred, they were in a very strong position. All this changed once Sachin came out to bat and scored a majestic 126 to help India surpass the 500-run mark. India never really looked back from there and despite a lion-hearted effort by Jason Gillespie, India won the match by 2 wickets.
Century No 53

139 vs Australia at Indore on Mar 31, 2001
A decisive partnership between Tendulkar and Laxman turned the tide in India’s favour as Australia lost by a margin of 118 runs. Sachin top-scored with 139 and walked away with the Man of the Match award.

Score: 139
Series: Bilateral ODI series, 2001
Match: India V Australia, 3rd ODI
Venue: Indore
Result: India won by 118 runs
After losing the second ODI at Pune by a fairly wide margin, India bounced back to take the lead at Indore’s Nehru Stadium. Propelled by Sachin’s 139 that came off just 125 balls with 19 fours, India amassed 299. That target was always going to be difficult for the Aussies, who folded up for just 181.
Century No 54

122 vs West Indies at Harare on Jul 4, 2001
India put up a strong fight as they took control of the match against the West Indies as Sachin’s 122 guided to an all important victory. West Indies were kept at bay by discipline bowling by Indian bowlers.

Score: 122
Series: 2001 tri-series in Zimbabwe featuring Zimbabwe, India and West Indies
Match: India V West Indies, 6th match of preliminary stage
Venue: Harare
Result: India won by 6 wickets
This match was seen as a dress rehearsal before the final as both India and West Indies had already booked their place in the summit clash. Indian bowlers had done a very good job of restricting the West Indies to a less-than-competitive 229 in their allotted 50 overs. Buoyed by a brisk opening stand of 133 between Sachin and Ganguly, India made the task look easy. Sachin went to score his century at a run-a-ball and guide India to a comfortable win.
Century No 55

101 vs South Africa at Wanderers, Johannesburg on Oct 5, 2001
Ganguly and Sachin put up a magnificent century partnership with Tendulkar contributing 101 to the total. India were in the driver’s seat only to see Kirsten’s century dash all hopes of an Indian victory.

Score: 101
Series: 2001 tri-series in South Africa featuring India, South Africa and Kenya
Match: India V South Africa, 1st match of the tournament
Venue: Johannesburg
Result: South Africa won by 6 wickets
It was a thrilling start to the tri-series as India put up a respectable 279 on a good batting wicket at the Wanderers. It could have been a lot higher had the Indian middle order capitalised on a great start provided by Ganguly and Sachin. Both the openers scored centuries and enjoyed a partnership of 193 in just 35 overs. Ironically, South Africa then rode on Sachin’s ‘guru’ to reach 280 with nearly 2 overs to spare. Gary Kirsten made a wonderful 133.
Century No 56

146 vs Kenya at Paarl, South Africa, on Oct 24, 2001
India demolished Kenya by a margin of 186 runs with Sachin scoring a well-deserved 146 and Ganguly chipping with 111. India set a target of 351 which was difficult for the Kenyans to chase.

Score: 146
Series: 2001 tri-series in South Africa featuring India, South Africa and Kenya
Match: India V Kenya, 9th match of the tournament
Venue: Paarl
Result: India won by 186 runs
It was a stroll in the park at Paarl for India. For the second time in the tri-series, Indian openers both scored centuries and this time their partnership went much higher. The duo put on 258 for the first wicket and Sachin scored 146. Kenya was no match while chasing a mammoth 351 and gave up the chase in the early stages itself to end their tally at 165 for 5.
Century No 57

155 vs South Africa at Goodyear Park, Bloemfontein, November 3, 2001
India lost the toss and were put into bat. They managed to rake up a total of 379 courtesy Sehwag’s 105 batting lower down the order and Sachin’s 155 in which he hit 23 fours. South Africa in its first innings put up a score of 563. In India’s second innings they only managed to score 237 runs setting a target of 54 runs which South Africa managed to reach in no time.

Score: 155
Series: Bilateral test series, 2001
Match: India V South Africa, 1st test
Venue: Bloemfontein
Result: South Africa won by 9 wickets
India blew up a golden opportunity to do well in an overseas test after two top batsmen got wonderful centuries. Virender Sehwag made 105 coming down the batting order while Sachin, in his usual no.4 position crafted a majestic 155 off just 184 balls to pulverise the Proteas’ bowling attack. With 23 fours and 1 six, Sachin took India to a decent 379 in the first essay. South Africa responded with centuries from Lance Klusener and Hershelle Gibbs to make sure they were always ahead in the test. They chased down a modest 54 to win the test by 9 wickets and take a 1-0 lead in the series.
Century No 58

103 vs England at Sardar Patel Stadium, Ahmedabad, on Dec 13, 2001
England scored 407 in the first innings. India were bowled out for 291 well short of England’s first innings total. Sachin’s 103 held the innings together along with Laxman’s 75 while the rest of the batting order collapsed. England in their second innings scored 257 leaving India a target of 374 to win. India scored 198 until play was called off. The match ended in a draw.

Score: 103
Series: Bilateral test series, 2001
Match: India V England , 2nd test
Venue: Ahmedabad
Result: Match drawn
It was a very patient knock by the little master on a fairly difficult track and under pressure. England had batted first at Motera and notched up a competitive 407 with very useful contributions coming from batsmen down the order. Indian batsmen struggled against the left-arm spin of Ashley Giles but Sachin ensured the damage would be limited. His knock took so much time off the test that England couldn’t press home for a win. India retained their 1-0 lead.
Century No 59

176 vs Zimbabwe at VCA, Nagpur , on February 24, 2002
Zimbabwe batted first in this Test match and reached a total of 287. India in reply made 570 with three of the batsmen notching up centuries. SS Das scored 105, SS Bangar scored 100 and it was Sachin’s inning that powered India to that total. He scored 176. Zimbabwe in their second innings were bowled out for 182 and India won the match.

Score: 176
Series: Bilateral test series, 2002
Match: India V Zimbabwe, 1st test
Venue: Nagpur
Result: India won by an innings and 101 runs
After back-to-back tough series’ against South Africa and England, India has an easy summer with Zimbabwe. The first test was played at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Ground (the old one) on a fairly dull track. Zimbabwe were bundled out for 287 and India responded with a 176 from Sachin and centuries from SS Das and Sanjay Bangar to make 570 for 7. What followed was a mere formality for Indian bowlers.
Century No 60

117 vs West Indies at Queen’s Park Oval, Port of Spain, on April 20, 2002
India were put into bat and in their first innings managed a total of 339. While most of the batting collapsed, Sachin’s 117 helped India reach that total. West Indies in reply scored 245. India in its second innings were all out for 218 and left West Indies a target of 313 runs. India won the match by 37 runs

Score: 117
Series: Bilateral series, 2002
Match: India V West Indies, 2nd test
Venue: Port of Spain, Trinidad
Result: India won by 37 runs
India went in to the Caribbean series with serious hope after a decent tour of South Africa just the year before. They were getting closer and closer to getting rid of that tag of tigers only at home. This Indian team, under the leadership of Sourav Ganguly was gradually emerging as a fearless bunch on overseas soil. The first test at Guyana was drawn and India played their second test at one of their favourite venues in the West Indies, Port of Spain. Sachin’s splendid century in the first innings took India to a reasonable 339. Although the West Indies won large parts of second innings, India emerged triumphant.


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