Sachin Tendulkar in tournament finals

India batsman Sachin Tendulkar scored hundredth ton against Bangladesh during their Asia Cup tie at Dhaka on Friday Getty Images

 

By Nishad Pai Vaidya

 

Sachin Tendulkar s record in Indian victories is simply brilliant and nails the opinion of sceptics that he is not a match winner. For years, Tendulkar has epitomised India s hopes on the cricket field and in Virat Kohli s words “carried the burden of the nation.”

 

If one looks at Tendulkar s record in tournament finals, it makes very interesting reading and stands testament to his match-winning abilities. Of his 49 One-Day International (ODI) hundreds, Tendulkar has scored six of them in the final of a competition. Not surprisingly, India has been on the victorious side on all the six occasions.

 

Here is his overall record in the said games:

 

M

Runs

Avge

Highest

Strike rate

Fours

Sixes

6

741

247

138

104.36

65

12

 

Here is the break-up of Tendulkar s hundreds in tournament finals:

 

Score

Balls

Opponent

Venue

Date

Tournament

134

131

Australia

Sharjah

24-Apr-98

Coca-Cola Cup

100*

103

Kenya

Kolkata

31-May-98

Coca-Cola Triangular

128

131

Sri Lanka

Colombo

7-Jul-98

Singer-Akai Nidahas Trophy

124

92

Zimbabwe

Sharjah

13-Nov-98

Coca-Cola Champions Trophy

117*

120

Australia

Sydney

2-Mar-08

Commonwealth Bank series

138

133

Sri Lanka

Colombo

14-Sep-09

Compaq Cup

 

Four of the six hundreds came in the year 1998 – a year that saw him rise to new heights and set new benchmarks. However, the last two have been fairly recent as they came after a tough phase – one during which some people had written him off. The 117 not out against Australia took on the might of Australia on their own turf and sealed a memorable triumph for India. In 2009, Colombo was treated to a spectacle as he dominated the Sri Lankan bowling that boasted of the likes of Ajantha Mendis and Lasith Malinga. That hundred ensured that India clinched the Compaq Cup.

 

A look at his overall record in tournament finals:

 

M

Runs

Avge

Highest

100s

50s

Strike Rate

Overall

40

1851

54.44

138

6

10

87.68

Victories

17

1255

96.53

138

6

5

98.04

 

The brilliant average of 96.53 in tournament finals is enough to brush aside those baseless accusations. The whopping strike-rate of 98.04 indicates that he has been at his best when India has secured new silverwares for the trophy cabinets. Six hundreds and five fifties in 17 victorious games is simply brilliant and leaves one short of words.

(Nishad Pai Vaidya, a 21-year-old law student, is a club and college-level cricketer. His teachers always complain, “He knows the stats and facts of cricket more than the subjects we teach him.”)

 

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