Along with India’s economy, Sachin became a legend. Taking off with his first ODI century against Australia in Colombo in 1994, the master blaster went on to become the highest run scorer for both the 1996 World Cup and 2003 World Cup, and even hit a 200 not-out against South Africa in 2010. His partnerships with the likes of Ganguly, Dravid and Sehwag—he holds an ODI partnership record of 331 runs with Dravid—proved formidable. The journey had to culminate in the 2011 World Cup victory, where Sachin was also the second-highest run-scorer. All in all, this glittering ODI career comprised, at 18,426 and 49, a record number of runs and centuries scored, respectively. Meanwhile, India, in many ways, became the centre of cricket and India versus Pakistan the new
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