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Sachin Tendulkar Scored His Maiden ODI Century On September 9, 1994
By CricShots - Sep 9, 2020 12:51 pm
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Legendary Indian cricketer, Sachin Tendulkar proved is worth in international cricket quite early in international cricket despite making his debut at the early age of 16. The then-teenage sensation didn’t shy away from taking on the dangerous Pakistan pace attack on their own backyard with a lot of guts and skill. Sachin had smashed a couple of 2 fifties on his maiden tour and made sure he hogged a lot of limelight. 

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Sachin Tendulkar scored his maiden ODI century on this day

Sachin Tendulkar’s maiden Test century came in his 15th international match against a top English attack at Old Trafford but he had to wait almost half a decade to score his maiden hundred in ODI cricket.

No player has gotten even close to Tendulkar’s ODI tally of 18,426 runs but his limited-overs career did not witness the start he would’ve liked. He had played 78 matches and nearly 5 years without an ODI ton. He had scored 17 fifties during the said period but a 3-figure score was eluding him.

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The breakthrough moment came during the Singer World Series in Sri Lanka. While batting against one of his favorite oppositions, Australia, Sachin managed to amass his maiden ODI century — 110 from 130 balls which included 8 boundaries and 2 sixes.

Opening the batting with Manoj Prabhakar, Tendulkar came up with a free-flowing hundred. He stitched handy stands with the likes of Navjot Singh Sidhu and Mohammad Azharuddin before Vinod Kambli smashed a quickfire 43 as India posted 246/8 on the board.

In response, Mark Waugh played a solid knock of 61 but it was not enough as Australia suffered a loss by just 31 runs. Tendulkar’s ODI career can be split into two parts — the ones on either side of his maiden ODI century. Before Tendulkar reached the 3-figure mark, he had scored 2126 runs at an average of 32.70.

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However, after his maiden ton, Tendulkar reached to another level, scoring at 47.10. Tendulkar scored 16,300 runs and 48 more tons and 62 more fifties after the match-winning ton in Colombo.