Of all the superlative knocks that Sachin Tendulkar crafted throughout his illustrious career, his 241 in Sydney remains etched into the memory of every fan. It was in the 2004 series of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy that Sachin Tendulkar produced that innings to remember and it came when it was much-needed for India. The 47-year old revealed that he listened to only one song during all five days of the Test.
Sachin Tendulkar had scores of 0, 1, 37, 0, and 44 in Brisbane, Adelaide, and Melbourne and was under reasonable pressure coming into Sydney. The right-handed batsman turned things around at the SCG by scoring an unbeaten 241 to propel the visitors to 705. It was a battle of patience for the 47-year old as he did not play a single cover drive in that innings, fearing he might nick one to the keeper. India eventually drew the four-match series 1-1.
Sachin Tendulkar revealed that throughout the five days of the Test match the only song he heard was Summer of 69, sang by Canadian singer Bryan Adams. The 200-Test veteran admitted that he put that particular track on loop, listening to it before going to the ground, in the dressing room, before walking out to bat, lunchtime, tea time, after the match, and finally going back to the hotel.
“The song that I heard, I remember in 2004 in Sydney when I scored 241 not out, those five days I only heard one song – Bryan Adams’ Summer of 69. I put that song on loop. Whether we were travelling to the ground, in the dressing room, before I was walking out to bat, lunch time, tea time, after the match, going back to the hotel… five days it was only Summer of 69 and nothing else,” Tendulkar stated during a Q&A session on his Youtube channel.
Sachin Tendulkar also opens up on the song he listened during the 2003 World Cup:
Tendulkar, who enjoyed a stellar World Cup with the bat scoring 673 runs, listened to Lucky Ali’s Sur Album. Sachin felt that the tracks were terrific in the album and as time passed by, it kept growing on him.
“I also remember that during the 2003 World Cup in South Africa, I listened to Lucky Ali’s Sur album. I thought it was really good and as time went by, it kept growing on me more and more,” he added.