Former India legend, Sachin Tendulkar has named the three innings of which he often enjoys watching the highlights. In 2013, Tendulkar culminated a glorious 24-year career in front of his home crowd at the Wankhede Stadium.
The batting maestro has notched the three-figure mark for a hundred times in his career. But in the three innings he picked, one was where he fell two runs shy of a ton. Tendulkar picked the two ‘Desert storm’ innings against Australia in 1998 in Sharjah and the 2003 World Cup 98 against Pakistan.
Always enjoy watching them: Sachin Tendulkar
In April 1998 the right-hander smashed consecutive tons against Australia in Sharjah. His 143 in the first of the two games ensured that India qualified for the final, but lost the game.
However, in the final against the same opposition, the opener thrashed the Australian bowling attack once again for a 134 as India won the Coca Cola Cup. Tendulkar was at his dominant best that year- he scored 1894 runs at an average of 65 and a strike rate of 102, in ODIs in 1998!
In 7 matches against the Kangaroos that year, he scored 4 hundreds, and was Man of the Match in 6 matches. The fans fondly remember his duels with Shane Warne.
Five years later, he was up against neighbours and arch-rivals, Pakistan. Facing a pace attack of Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis, and Shoaib Akhtar, who had recently bowled the fastest delivery in cricket, Tendulkar attacked from the start of his innings. India won the match and maintained their unbeaten record in the World Cups against Pakistan – the record stands to date – courtesy of a 98 from 75 balls from the bat of Sachin Tendulkar.
In a video on his YouTube channel, Sachin Tendulkar said, “The two games that we played in Sharjah, in 1998. Both against Australia – the semifinal and final. We had to get to a total to qualify for the final, which was also pretty steep. And another one if I had to add, then I would have to say the 2003 World Cup match against Pakistan. Always enjoy watching them.”