On 4th January 2004, Sachin Tendulkar made his highest score in Test matches at the time, registering a marathon unbeaten 241 against Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
Among the 100 centuries that have been scored by Sachin Tendulkar, this knock will be remembered for the sheer restraint and mental strength shown by the batsman to overcome a slump of form. Having scored only 82 runs in the previous five innings on the tour, Tendulkar came out with a plan to avoid playing a single drive through the off-side.
Coming in to bat with just about 20 minutes to go on Day 1, the 30 year-old stayed till the end of India’s first innings, which thanks to him went on till the morning session of Day 3. India declared with a mammoth 705 runs on the board, with Tendulkar at an unbeaten 241.
As he planned, Tendulkar restricted his stroke-play through the off-side and among the 33 boundaries, only 16 runs came in boundaries to his right. He had an excellent partner in VVS Laxman at the other end, who went on to score 148 in the innings, as both combined to put together 353 runs for the fourth wicket.
Tendulkar also scored 60 in the second innings to help India post a target of 443 runs. But Australia managed to force a draw thanks to Steve Waugh, who was playing his last Test, and Simon Katich on Day 5. The series ended level at 1-1, which meant India retained the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.