Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar, the man, the legend, the god: a phenomenon that took over the country a little over two decades ago and turned cricket into a religion in India. But, the journey from the streets of Mumbai to lifting the ICC ODI World Cup wasn’t an easy one for this stylish batsman. Sachin struggled in to get past the three-figure mark in the early part of his career. The Mumbai batsman who started as a middle-order player managed to score just 2126 runs from his first 78 matches at an average of 32.71 and strike rate of 78.28. It was on this day in 1994, when Sachin Tendulkar scored his ODI century against Australia at Colombo. The master blaster had scored 110 runs against the Aussies in his 79th match and 76 innings.
Today, ICC wished Sachin Tendulkar by posting a tweet which read as, “#OnThisDay in 1994, @sachin_rt scored the first of his 49 ODI centuries – amazingly in his 78th match! He made 110 v Australia in Colombo.” Meanwhile, another Twitter handle which goes by the name Sachinist.com, shared the video of that knock which was later retweeted by Sachin. “Time flies but memories last forever! Thank you @ICC and @Sachinist for this sweet gesture ????,” wrote the legend.
Here is a video of that knock:
— sachin tendulkar (@sachin_rt) September 9, 2017
— ICC (@ICC) September 9, 2017
After Sachin scored his first ODI century, he was a completely different batsman. Sachin started to open for India in the next 385 ODIs that he played came out to bat 377 times scoring 16300 runs at an average of 47.11 and strike rate of 87.28. He scored 49 ODI centuries and 79 fifties after that day. Sachin retired after scoring 100 international centuries.