Cricket is a religion and Sachin Tendulkar is a God in our country. Television sets used to be turned off when Sachin Tendulkar was dismissed. Moreover, for a large number of years, Indian cricket team was synonymous to only one name – Sachin Tendulkar.
Tendulkar has given the cricket fraternity a lot to cherish about. Be it his dessert storm innings in Sharjah or his memorable 98-run knock against Pakistan in the 2003 World Cup. His 117-run knock against Australia in the CB series final was also something fans will remember for a long period of time.
On this day, Sachin Tendulkar played his final ODI
It was on March 18, 2012. The stage was set between the arch-rivals India and Pakistan to clash. But what overshadowed the traditional fixture of the two red-hot rivalries was Sachin Tendulkar — a man who has give it his all to the game — was playing his last One-Day International (ODI).
And what better than winning a match over your arch-rivals by six-wickets on your swansong!
Sachin Tendulkar scored a half-century in his final ODI
The Master Blaster gave it his all his final ODI. He scored 52 runs against Pakistan off 48 deliveries. His knock was laced with five boundaries and one hit over the fence.
And as a result, India managed to chase down the total of 330 runs with 13 balls to spare as Virat Kohli played a whirlwind knock of 183 runs.
In his entire career, Tendulkar recorded a century of centuries, 51 in Tests and 49 in ODIs. He accumulated 15,921 runs in the longest format of the game and 18,426 runs in ODIs. The record number of runs in both the formats still remain intact.
Tendulkar was also the first cricketer to score a double century in the ODIs. Though, it has been years that the Mumbai batsman has bid adieu to cricket, his contribution to the game makes him one of the greatest players on the international circuit.