After a year and four days, the Masterblaster has finally achieved his 100th century off 138 balls at Sher-e-Bangla Stadium in Mirpur, Bangladesh. A leviathan wave of joy rushes through the nation at this achievement of our most beloved sportsman.
Though India lost the match to Bangladesh by 5 wickets, it wasn’t enough to dull the moment and celebrations.
At the age of 38, Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar, born on 24 April 1973, became the first person in the history of cricket to achieve 100 international centuries and perhaps the only one we will see; we have a firm belief that no one else will be able to repeat this remarkable milestone.
He stood at the non-striker’s end looking at his bat for a moment before thanking the heavens. He then raised his helmet towards the crowd, planted a kiss on the Indian cricket logo and was hugged by teammate Suresh Raina.
Taking a year and four days after his 99th century against South Africa at Nagpur in the 2011 World Cup, Tendulkar said that the achievement had yet to sink in. “It was a tough phase for me. Especially tough when you know that I started off this season batting reasonably well,” a tired-looking Tendulkar told the NEO Cricket channel.
“I batted well in Australia. I felt at times I was luckless. Doesn’t matter how many hundreds you score, you still have to put your head down, grind it out and do the job for the team. It hasn’t sunk in but I have definitely lost about 50 kilos.”
He raised his arms to the sky in a muted celebration before being congratulated by the Bangladesh fielders.Tendulkar has now hit 49 ODI centuries and 51 in Tests and went on to make 114 before being dismissed.
We at SatNav take this opportunity to celebrate this momentous occasion alongside the iconic Sachin Tendulkar for his hard fought 100th century. Sachin, we salute you.