Home > Features > Moments in history >

ICC Champions Trophy 1998: When Sachin Tendulkar tormented Australia at Dhaka

ICC Champions Trophy: When Sachin Tendulkar tormented Australia at Dhaka

Sachin Tendulkar stood out with exquisite shots, essayed effortlessly © Getty Images

By Sarang Bhalerao

India met Australia at Dhaka’s Bangabandhu Stadium in the third quarter-final match of Wills International Cup — now known as the Champions Trophy — on October 28, 1998.

The start of the India innings was dismal. Sourav Ganguly was dismissed for one while Mohammad Azharuddin was out for a duck. At eight for two in three overs, prudence was the need of the hour for India.

Sachin Tendulkar stepped in and took control, as he so often has. Such was his confidence level that he found counterattacking options viable. He stood out with exquisite shots, essayed effortlessly. His backfoot punch off Michael Kasprowicz kick-started his compendium. The graceful stroke off the next delivery pierced the packed off-side cordon and it was akin to a compelling prose. If his batting were a gripping novel, then as readers we wanted to read more of his work. And we got lucky. The master was in the zone.

He was navigating to a known destination — a three-figure mark. Eighteen times he had been in that situation. And every time the celebration was plain simple. Taking the helmet off, kissing the India crest and again taking fresh leg-stump guard, as if to say it loud to the opposition, ‘I am not yet done.’ The three-figure corpus was a 94-ball ferry-ride. Australia’s cup of woes continued to overflow as Tendulkar took on their bowlers with customary authority. His innings of 141 [off 128 deliveries] was decorated by 13 boundaries and three sixes.

Tendulkar was not through hounding the Aussies. At Kochi, early in the year, he was India’s Dial 911 with a five-for haul against them. Tendulkar continued to make the Aussies dance to his tunes as he finished his spell with four for 38 as India won by 44 runs.

Brief Scores:

India 307 for 8 in 50 overs (Sachin Tendulkar 141, Ajay Jadeja 71; Michael Kasprowicz 3 for 71) beat Australia 263 all-out in 48.1 overs (Mark Waugh 74; Sachin Tendulkar 4 for 38) by 44 runs.

Man of the Match: Sachin Tendulkar

(Sarang Bhalerao hails from a family of doctors, but did his engineering. He then dumped a career in IT with Infosys to follow his heart and passion and became a writer with CricketCountry. A voracious reader, Sarang aspires to beat Google with his knowledge of the game! You can follow him on Twitter here)

India tour of Australia 2014, Practice matches

Nov 24, 2014 (05:29 IST)   at Glenelg, Adelaide

Pakistan vs New Zealand in UAE, 2014

Nov 26, 2014 (11:30 IST)   at Sharjah

England tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Nov 26, 2014 (14:30 IST)   at Colombo

Zimbabwe tour of Bangladesh, 2014

Nov 26, 2014 (12:00 IST)   at Dhaka

India tour of Australia 2014, Practice matches

Nov 28, 2014 (05:29 IST)   at Adelaide

More

Hong Kong tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Nov 24, 2014  at Colombo

Hong Kong won by 2 wkts

Zimbabwe tour of Bangladesh, 2014

Nov 23, 2014  at Chittagong

Bangladesh won by 68 runs

South Africa tour of Australia, 2014

Nov 23, 2014  at Sydney

Australia won by 2 wickets (D/L method)

Hong Kong tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Nov 22, 2014  at Dambulla

Match abandoned without a ball being bowled

Zimbabwe tour of Bangladesh, 2014

Nov 21, 2014  at Chittagong

Bangladesh won by 87 runs

Photos

Australia vs South Africa 2014, 5th ODI at Sydney

Videos

AB de Villiers: Disappointed with defeat in Australia

Cricket Australia’s marketing gimmick strips umpires of their independence

Live Updates: IPL 2013 spot-fixing and betting scandal hearing in Supreme Court: BCCI is killing the game, says Supreme Court

Australia’s top form in ODIs: Early warning for teams heading to ICC World Cup 2015

Myth Busting — did Sachin Tendulkar’s rate of scoring become slower in the second half of his career?

Rohit Sharma, Suresh Raina in interesting tussle ahead of India’s Test series against Australia

Australia Australia vs South Africa Australia vs South Africa 2014 Bangladesh Bangladesh vs Zimbabwe Bangladesh vs Zimbabwe 2014 India India tour of Australia 2014-15 South Africa South Africa tour of Australia 2014 South Africa vs Australia South Africa vs Australia 2014 Zimbabwe Zimbabwe tour of Bangladesh 2014 Zimbabwe vs Bangladesh Zimbabwe vs Bangladesh 2014

Daniel Vettori set to make Test comeback in Pakistan vs New Zealand 3rd Test at Sharjah

India Women vs South Africa Women 2014: Chloe Tryon’s half-century earns Proteas two-wicket win in 1st ODI

Australia vs India 2014: Michael Clarke could miss 1st Test if he is unable to start running by November 26

N Srinivasan makes quick visit to Padmanabhaswamy temple

Ranji Trophy 2014-15: Jharkhand announce probables

IPL 2013 spot-fixing controversy: N Srinivasan increasingly cornered by Supreme Court’s observations

India vs Australia 2014: Are India as bad overseas as they are made out to be?

Cricket Australia’s marketing gimmick strips umpires of their independence

Australia’s top form in ODIs: Early warning for teams heading to ICC World Cup 2015

Myth Busting — did Sachin Tendulkar’s rate of scoring become slower in the second half of his career?

Fan of the Day

Niharika Shah

Niharika Shah

681 Posts | 6 Fans

Video Highlights: Virat Kohli vs Australian cricketers

More broadband connections to boost GDP growth in Asia Pacific: GSMA

Here’s why Shahid Kapoor is the perfect find for the Magadheera remake!

4 signs you have vitamin K deficiency

Dilip Kumar dead, claim people on Twitter!

India is becoming our largest overseas market, Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun says

Week by Week Pregnancy Guide – Week 25 of your pregnancy

Also on cricketcountry.com

Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here