Video: When Sachin Tendulkar scripted history with his 100th international ton

Sachin Tendulkar is rightly called the demi-god of cricket for his mind-boggling records at the biggest level. Right throughout his alluring career, Tendulkar piled numerous records to his name with his unblemished and flawless batting. On this day, four years back, Tendulkar wrote his name into international cricketing lore with his 100th ton in international cricket against Bangladesh in March 2012. In fact, Tendulkar strived hard to reach to this milestone as he was dismissed many a times in the nervous 90s. Then came the Indian summer of 2012, where India locked horns with Bangladesh in the fourth game of the Asia Cup at Mirpur.

After winning the toss, Bangladesh elected to bowl first on a wicket which was conducive for batting. India had enough batting ammunition and looked a formidable side on paper. Gautam Gambhir and Sachin Tendulkar started the proceedings for India as India maintained a right-left combination at the top. Moments later, India suffered an early blow as Gambhir was dismissed for a mere 11 when India were placed at 25 inside six overs.

Virat Kohli walked out to accompany Tendulkar and the duo stitched a tenacious partnership of 148 runs in exactly 30 overs. After scoring a determined half-century, Kohli was dismissed for 66 by Abdur Razzak. Tendulkar looked good and all set for his another century.

The tension was high and the crowd was on their feet when Tendulkar nudged a delivery from Abdur Razzak towards long-off for a priceless single and swiftly moved to his 99. He held his nerves and didn’t let the situation get the better of him as he endured couple of dots while eyeing that much needed single. Shakib Al Hasan came to bowl the next over as Raina ran a single and got Tendulkar on strike. The master blaster cannily played a flighted delivery towards square leg and achieved the landmark which no other cricketer has ever achieved in the history of international cricket.

The world praised his performance as Tendulkar brought up his 100th international ton. He eventually scored 114 runs off 147 deliveries which included 12 boundaries and one six. Bangladesh won the game by five wickets as their batting clicked when they needed the most but this game will always be remembered for the iconic knock by none other than Tendulkar.

(Suraj Choudhari, an avid cricket follower who plays the sport at club level, is a staffer with Criclife)