Sachin Tendulkar records first ODI century against Bangladesh

India batsman Sachin Tendulkar celebrates his ton against Bangladesh during their Asia Cup tie at Dhaka on Friday AFP

By CricketCountry Staff

Dhaka: Mar 16, 2012

Sachin Tendulkar, en-route to his much awaited milestone, also scored his first ODI ton against Bangladesh during India s Asia Cup tie at Dhaka on Friday.

Tendulkar scored 114 off 147 balls which included 12 boundaries and six.

The master blaster, who already has a pile of runs and records to his credit, achieved the incredible milestone when he turned spinner Shakib-ul Hasan towards fine-leg.

The star batsman first looked heavenwards and then acknowledged the cheers of his teammates and the crowd by lifting his bat.

It was the end of a long wait for the 38-year-old veteran, who had gone 33 innings and a year without a century. The right-hander made his 99th international ton in a World Cup match against South Africa in Nagpur on March 12.

Since then it had been an agonising wait for the maestro, whose every inning was watched with anticipation. He came close on quite a few occasion only to miss the milestone so much so that it became a huge monkey on his back and an unwanted distraction during every series that India played.

He was woefully out of form during India’s Test and ODI whitewash at the hands of England last year and though he recovered quite a bit in the later series, the hundred was still not coming.

He carried the weight of expectation to what turned out to be a horror tour of Australia. Tendulkar seemed to be in good touch during the Tests but his form waned after he missed the 100th hundred despite coming close a few times.

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