(From Left) 1999, 2002 and 2007… Sachin Tendulkar dominated at Bristol © Getty Images
India and England are all set to lock horns in the first One-Day International (ODI) at Bristol if the rain stays away. India are yet to lose a match at this venue. They have some fond memories of playing at Bristol thanks to Sachin Tendulkar. Abhijit Banare lists the three memorable innings essayed by Tendulkar.
1. Sachin Tendulkar’s 140 not out vs Kenya in 1999 World Cup: Arguably one of the most memorable tons of the Little Master’s career. More than his display with the bat, Tendulkar came back to play for India within days after his father’s death.
“That was the most difficult stage of my life. At that moment my mom said that even my father would have wanted me to go back and play, because if I sit back at home then it would possibly be the worst thing. ‘You have to go and play for your country, because that is the most important thing,” Tendulkar recounted to rediff.com years after the incident.
Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid shared an unbeaten 237-run third-wicket stand against Kenya in the ICC World Cup 1999 match. In that match, Tendulkar also bowled one over and conceded 23 runs, the most by him in an over in his career.
Result: India won by 94 runs
2. Sachin Tendulkar’s 113 vs Sri Lanka in 2002:
It was a tri-series involving England and Sri Lanka. Tendulkar went on to score his 33rd One-Day International (ODI) ton in this match. Tendulkar walked out to bat at 72 for two and started off with a glorious cover drive. Tendulkar got to his 50 in 47 balls and was all set for a big one. The fluency in his innings also forced the likes of Navjot Sidhu and Harsha Bhogle to find new metaphors. Tendulkar entered the 90s with a six over long-on. He got to his hundred in the 43rd over. Watch the full innings below.
Result: India won by 63 runs.
3. Sachin Tendulkar’s 99 vs England in 2007:
A disappointing end to the Tendulkar innings as he was dismissed by Andrew Flintoff. Once again, India were batting first and India were off to a fluent start scoring 113 for the first wicket. Yuvraj Singh then stitched a key partnership with Tendulkar and he was in full flow again. He got off the mark with a boundary and got to his fifty with a boundary as well. Though Sourav Ganguly got out first, it could have well been Tendulkar when the Little Master tried to clear the infield and a lanky Chris Tremlett failed to hold on to a tough chance at mid-on. He was eventually dismissed off a short ball. The ball had deflected off his arm guard and umpire Ian Gould gave it out. It was the second 99 for Tendulkar in a span of a few weeks.
Result: India won by nine runs.
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(Abhijit Banare is a reporter at CricketCountry. He is an avid quizzer and loves to analyse and dig out interesting facts which allows him to learn something new every day. Apart from cricket he also likes to keep a sharp eye on Indian politics, and can be followed on Twitter and blog)