Today playing against Bangladesh at Mirpur, Dhaka Sachin hits his 100th international century. Many would, of course, say that this is not a ‘real’ century and doesn’t count, but then they do not know much about the composition of Sachin’s 99 other Test and ODI centuries.
Sachin has scored 6 centuries against Zimbabwe, 4 against Kenya and 4, previously against Bangladesh. And, before I forget, there’s a century against Namibia that is one of the 99. He’s scored 39 of his previous 99 centuries away and 17 at ‘neutral’ venues. That’s his track record.
There can be no denying that the achievement would have been more satisfying if it had come against a much stronger team – but this century is only one of 100 that he has scored. The century is a milestone in the achievement, not the achievement itself. The achievement is the fact that one man has scored 100 centuries in his career, a feat that has never been accomplished earlier and unlikely to be achieved in the future.
Congratulations to Sachin for his excellent performance and incredible records!
Virender Sehwag has registered the highest individual score (219 runs) in 50-over cricket, blasting seven sixes and 25 fours during his 149-ball stay to light up Indore’s Holkar Cricket Stadium. Congratulations, Sahwag! Keep your hitting the balls going on.
Playing his 240th one-day international, the 33-year-old right-handed batsman overtook compatriot Sachin Tendulkar, a player he was often compared to early in his career. Tendulkar has scored 200 runs before. He is the only other player to score a double ton in any 50 over One Day International cricket match.
Sahwag is the only Indian batsman to have scored a triple century in a test inning.
India beat Sri Lanka by six wickets in a pulsating final to earn World Cup glory for the first time since 1983. India becomes the third country to lift the world Cup more than once along with Australia and West Indies.
Sri Lanka smashed 91 from their last 10 overs to post 274-6 in Mumbai, with Mahela Jayawardene making a superb 103. India lost Virender Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar early on but Gautam Gambhir and Mahendra Singh Dhoni rebuilt the innings. Gambhir was out for 97, but captain Dhoni finished with 91 not out as India, chasing a target of 275, won by six wickets with 10 balls to spare at the Wankhede Stadium to become the first host country to win the World Cup. It was a great captain’s knock from Dhoni and he finished the match by hitting a sixer!
Yuvraj Singh has been selected as the Player of the Tournament, while MS Dhoni has won Man of the Match. MS Dhoni played a Captain’s knock just when all of India needed one from him. India’s arguably most successful Captain ever has brought in another prize.
Also, congratulations to Sri Lanka for a fantastic run in the final and a great fight put up by them.
Three cheers for India! Jai Hind!