Tendulkar ends his long wait for the maiden ODI hundred

With his century of international hundreds, batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar quite effortlessly made scoring hundreds look so easy. But the first of his 49 One-Day International (ODI) hundreds didn’t come easy to him. It took him 79 ODIs to reach to his first limited overs century. His dry run ended during the Singer World Series match in Colombo against Australia and as clichéd as it may sound, he never looked back after that ton.

On this day, 21-years back, Tendulkar opened the batting for India and went on to score a fine 110, which had eight boundaries and two maximums. His knock helped India post a total of 246, which was considered safe those days. He was ably supported by Manoj Prabhakar, with whom he shared an 87 run opening-stand.

 

When India came out to bowl, Prabhakar again played a handy role as he scalped three wickets. Offie Rajesh Chauhan also chipped in with two important wickets of Mark Waugh and David Boon, as India managed to bowl out Australia for 215 to win the game by 31 runs. Tendulkar was rightly adjudged Man-of-the-Match for his heroics. Till that day, Tendulkar from 78 ODIs, had scored 2126 runs at 32.71 and strike-rate of over 78.

In the 18 years that followed, Tendulkar went on to notch another 48 hundreds and amassed another 16300 runs at more than 47. Here was one of the firsts for the man who went on to be the player of a generation.