NEW DELHI: On this day in 2012, batsman Sachin Tendulkar made history by scoring his 100th international century while playing for India in the Asia Cup.
It was Tendulkar’s 49th and final century in One-Day International cricket, and it was also his first against Bangladesh in the format.
Tendulkar was 38 years old at the time, and the gap between his 99th and 100th international tonne was more than a year. In the 2011 World Cup, he scored his 99th century against South Africa in Nagpur.
However, Tendulkar’s 100th century was in vain, as India went on to lose by five wickets to Bangladesh in Dhaka.
Tendulkar helped India to 289/5 by scoring 114 runs off 147 balls with 12 fours and one six.
Bangladesh finished with four balls to spare, thanks to Shakib Al Hasan’s 49 in 31 balls, which helped them cross 293/5. Tamim Iqbal (70), Jahurul Islam (53) and Nasir Hossain (54) all made half-centuries in the first innings. India was eliminated from the group stage. Bangladesh made it to the final, but were defeated by Pakistan by two runs.
Tendulkar said after his innings, “I can’t think of anything at this stage; it’s been a tough phase for me.”
“I had a strong start to the season but ran out of luck. It makes no difference how many hundreds you get; you still have to work hard.”
In ODI cricket, his most recent match was also in the Asia Cup. It was also against Pakistan, who Tendulkar had played against in his first ODI in December 1989. Tendulkar scored 52 in that match, but it is best remembered for Virat Kohli’s 183 off 148 balls, which is still the current Indian captain’s highest score in one-day internationals.
With six wickets remaining and more than two overs remaining, Kohli’s incredible innings helped India chase down a 330-run mark.
Meanwhile, Tendulkar declared his retirement from One-Day Internationals in December of that year, having amassed a total of 18,426 runs at an average of 44.83 in 463 games. With 15,921 runs at an average of 53.78 in 200 matches, he retired from Tests and thus international cricket in 2013.
In his distinguished Test career, he has 51 centuries and 68 half-centuries.
Former India captain Virat Kohli remains the only batsman with 100 international tonnes, with Ricky Ponting of Australia second on the list with 71.
Kohli isn’t far behind with 70 international centuries.