‘What a day for India! What a day for international cricket!’
Ramiz Raja’s words were heard through television sets around the world as Sachin Tendulkar raised his helmet pointing at the Indian flag on it. A 369-day wait ended for the 40-year-old as he brought up his 49th ODI century, but more importantly, his 100th century in international cricket.
Opening the batting, Tendulkar scored a wonderful 114 off 147 balls, which included 12 fours and one six. His massive 148-run stand with Virat Kohli, along with 86 runs added with Suresh Raina allowed India to post 289 runs in their 50 overs after Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim asked the visitors to bat first.
It proved out to be the correct decision in the end as the home side chased down the target with four balls to spare, thanks to contributions from the top six.
This turned out to be Tendulkar’s last innings in ODIs as he announced his retirement from the limited overs format after the Asia Cup.
India had a very poor Asia Cup by their standards. The beat Sri Lanka and arch rivals Pakistan in the league stage but the loss against Bangladesh meant they had to rely on other results going their way. It wasn’t to be the case as the hosts and Pakistan qualified for the final with the latter winning tournament by a narrow margin of two runs. Tendulkar’s milestone and Virat Kohli’s exceptional 183 against Pakistan were the biggest takeaways for the ‘Men in Blue’ from that outing.
Here’s a looks back at the innings!