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    . Match: India vs. Pakistan, 2003 World Cup
    Sachin Tendulkar: 98
    Result: India won by 6 wickets
    It was billed in the sub-continent as a match-up between the world’s fastest bowler and the world’s best batsman on cricket’s biggest stage. It lasted all of one over – in which Sachin upper-cut Shoaib Akhtar for a six before flicking him for a boundary. Then came a stroke for the ages – a picturesque forward defensive push that raced past mid on before easing into the ropes.
    Having settled this particular contest, Tendulkar proceeded to tear apart a Pakistani attack that contained Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis and Abdul Razzaq in addition to Akhtar. The half century came and went; a special ton beckoned. Cramps struck however and Tendulkar could only fend a ferocious Shoaib bouncer to point on 98. The bowler took off in delight – he had won the battle. Tendulkar, however, had won the war. India would go on to ease past a stiff target of 273 with more than four overs to spare.
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    2. Match: India vs. Australia, 1998 Coca Cola Cup Round Robin
    Sachin Tendulkar 143
    Result: India lost by 26 runs
    The equation was simple. After Australia scored 284 (revised to 276 after a sandstorm), India needed to score at least 237 to make it to the final on net run-rate or else New Zealand – the third team in the tournament – would go through. Tendulkar reprised the Boy on the Burning Deck role he had perfected through the 90s.
    As other batsmen scratched around, Tendulkar carved into the bowlers with a relish. The master took a particular liking to Michael Kazprowicz who went for more than 6 an over –a mauling in those days. After single-handedly dragging India past 237 and into the final (the next highest score was 35 by Nayan Mongia), Tendulkar even threatened to win the match for India before being wrongly adjudged caught behind. He would have his revenge two days later.
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    3. Match: India vs. Australia, 1998 Coca Cola Cup Final
    Sachin Tendulkar 134
    Result: India won by 6 wickets
    After barely making it to the final, India were confronted once again with an imposing total of 272 – built on twin 70s from Steve Waugh and Darren Lehmann. Tendulkar, on his 25th birthday, got a gift early on when an attempted drive off Damien Fleming (also celebrating his birthday) squirted past the stumps and into the fine leg boundary.
    That was the only chance the Aussies would get. Soon, the opener unfurled an astonishing repertoire of strokes, none more stunning than a picture-perfect lofted straight drive off Michael Kasprowicz that landed on the roof. Head still, high elbow and a checked follow through. Newspapers reported several incidents of drooling in the sub-continent the next day. This was also the match in which Tendulkar literally ran down the pitch and smashed Shane Warne over his head – the shot Warne admitted he had nightmares about. By the time the little man departed for a scintillating 134 off 131 balls, India had the trophy in the bag. Commentator Tony Greig – never the most taciturn of men – was sent into shrieking paroxysms of delight by Tendulkar’s shot making.
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    4. Match: India vs. South Africa 1998, 2nd test, Cape Town
    Sachin Tendulkar: 169
    Result: India lost by 282 runs
    Coming in at a calamitous 58-5 after South Africa had racked up 529 in the first innings – Tendulkar and skipper Mohammad Azharuddin were involved in a 222 run partnership that still sends shivers down the spine. For sheer destructiveness, one would be hard-pressed to find a better Tendulkar innings. 104 of his 169 runs came in boundaries as he tore into an attack that included Allan Donald, Shaun Pollock and Lance Klusener.
    Fittingly, the catch that sent Tendulkar back to the pavilion was as sensational as the innings itself. A fierce pull that seemed destined for the stands was caught one-handed by a flying Adam Bacher at midwicket. A dejected Tendulkar made his way back and India went on to lose abjectly but that innings sewed up a number of holes in the tourist’s tattered reputation.
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    5. Match: India vs. Pakistan 1999, 1st Test, Chennai
    Sachin Tendulkar: 136
    Result: India lost by 12 runs
    The innings that elicited comparison with that most tragic of princes – Hamlet. Having been set 271 to win in the fourth innings on a wearing Chennai pitch, Tendulkar watched an exodus of top order batsmen. India were reeling at 82-5 before the little master found a willing and able partner in Nayan Mongia.
    In the company of his wicketkeeper, T endulkar led the Indian charge against Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis and Saqlain Mushtaq – arguably the best bowling attack of the time. However, one of the most famous victories of Indian cricket was not to be. As the target got nearer, Tendulkar’s back got stiffer until every movement was accompanied with a grimace. A desperate stroke to finish things quickly led to his downfall with 17 runs to get and 3 wickets in hand. Those three managed a shameful four runs and one of the greatest innings of all time had been in vain.
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    6. Match: India vs. Australia 1998, 1st test, Chennai
    Sachin Tendulkar: 155 not out
    Result: India won by 179 runs
    Sachin Tendulkar versus Shane Warne. The best batsman in the world versus the best bowler in the world. It was the most hyped contest of the decade. Stories of Tendulkar employing the help of Indian leggie Laxman Sivaramakrishnan to help him combat Warne’s strategy of bowling round the stumps and into the rough had started doing the rounds well before the series began. The first round belonged emphatically to Warne who got his man caught at slip for four. In the second innings, with India 71 in arrears, Tendulkar delivered the knockout punch.
    Warne was knocked out of the park with some stunning sweeps and drives as the genius displayed a complete mastery of his art. Other bowlers, who were mere sideshows anyway, were treated with similar disdain as Tendulkar raced to 155 off 191 balls – studded with 14 boundaries and four sixes. India won the match comfortably and Tendulkar notched up net yet another milestone on the path to cricketing greatness.



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    7. Match: India vs. England 1990, 2nd Test, Old Trafford
    Sachin Tendulkar: 119 not out
    Result: Match drawn
    Set a mammoth 408 to win in the final innings at Old Trafford, India’s top order batsmen did what they were best at in the early 90s – get out quickly. A 17-year-old Tendulkar walked in with India at 109-4 and watched as they slipped to 183-6. With nearly two sessions still to go, there seemed to be no way out. The teenager however had over ideas.
    With the pugnacious Manoj Prabhakar for company, Tendulkar ground out the English attack – displaying a maturity not expected from someone who hadn’t even begun to shave yet. They were not the most dazzling 119 runs – but every single one was worth its weight in gold. India went on to lost the three test series 1-0, an achievement in the days when every drawn test abroad was considered a small victory.
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    8. Match: India vs. Australia 1991, 5th Test, Perth
    Sachin Tendulkar: 114 not out
    Result: India lost by 300 runs
    A little more than a year on after playing the preserver against England, Tendulkar turned destroyer against Australia. The Perth pitch in those days was famous for its trampoline bounce and in Craig McDermott, Merv Hughes, Paul Reiffel and Mike Whitney – Australia had an attack capable of destroying line-ups far more competent than the Indians.
    In reply to Australia’s first innings score of 346, India were teetering at 159-8 when Tendulkar cut loose – putting on a display of some of the purest hitting ever seen at the WACA. Standing up on his toes to combat the bounce and repeatedly forcing the ball off his back-foot through the covers – he forced even the combative Merv Hughes to break into an admiring smile. If the cricket world needed evidence of a genius’ arrival on the stage – this was it.
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    9. Match: India vs. Australia 2009, 5th ODI, Hyderabad
    Sachin Tendulkar: 175
    Result: India lost by 3 runs
    A decade after the superb yet futile innings against Pakistan, Tendulkar was once again denied a famous victory due to lack of support. Chasing a mammoth 350 to win, Tendulkar kept chipping away at the target as others around him made guest appearances. Unfazed, the little man struck 175 of the most chanceless runs one could hope to see. The next highest score is 59 by Suresh Raina. 19 runs away from finishing one of the most memorable run chases of all time – Tendulkar gets out trying to lift Clink McKay over short fine leg.
    The target is still simple enough. 19 runs, 17 balls with 3 wickets left. It was still too much to ask of a spineless tail. It lay supine in front of the aggressive Australians. India lost by three runs and yet another master-class was consigned to “good-but-did-not-see-things-through-till-the-end”.
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    10. Match: India vs. South Africa
    Sachin Tendulkar: 200 not out
    Result: India won by 153 runs
    A sleeping beauty of a pitch, short boundaries and Tendulkar in prime form. Perfect recipe for a tasty innings. Tendulkar started as he meant to go on – punching, flicking and driving with a disdain that showed it was going to be one of those days. It was not.
    It was unlike any other day in the history of One-Day-International cricket. 150 flew by and soon Tendulkar was in the 190s. First the world record for the highest individual score in 50 overs was broken with a flick to square leg for two. Tendulkar on 195. He moved to 199 with singles down the ground. Plenty of time.
    But Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni chose this day to take us to indulge in some battering of his own. Sixes flew from his bat – and so did curses from Indian spectators. Tendulkar was denied strike for 10 balls before the third ball of the final over was squeezed out behind point for a single. It was done.
    The Holy Grail of batting in One Day Cricket. The conditions were undoubtedly loaded in favour of the batsman – but this was equivalent to Roger Bannister breaking the four-minute-mile. This was history scripted in front of our very eyes. This was just-desserts – not just for Tendulkar, but for all those who have stuck by Indian cricket through years of frustration and under-achievements.
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