Tendulkar's best Test tons

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November 3, 2013

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Sachin Tendulkar has possessed a rare gift: an unprecedented ability to reel off centuries. Not for him the huge double-hundreds and the monumental triple-hundred: in 198 Tests, he never reached 250, but if one were to rate batsmen purely on their appetite for triple-figures, Tendulkar would stand alone. Like Don Bradman's immortal average of 99.94, Tendulkar's 100 international tons is a mark that could well last forever.

Each of Tendulkar's 51 Test centuries is a chapter in the art of batsmanship. His first Test ton, scored in 1990 as a 19 year old, was a lesson in the construction of fourth-innings rearguards. His most recent Test century, against a red-hot Dale Steyn, on a crackling Newlands deck, was a celebration of technique and determination. In between times, he constructed 49 more hundreds, all around the world, in different circumstances, against the best of attacks.

Vote for your favourite Tendulkar Test century. We have provided ten of his best hundreds as poll options. In case your pick doesn't feature in the list, let us know about it in the comments.


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Posted by Dummy4 on (October 31, 2013, 17:07 GMT)

241 against australia at the SCG!!!!

Posted by Dummy4 on (November 3, 2013, 6:29 GMT)

how can espncricinfo miss the test double at Sydney in 2004 which was very determined tendulkar not hitting a single cover drive.

Posted by Dummy4 on (November 3, 2013, 6:33 GMT)

India vs Australia at Chennai, 2001. A century with the series on the line against Mcgrath, Gillespie and Warnie...and a century which epitomized his ability to curb his attacking instincts in the pursuit of a broader goal as he resisted cover-driving and hooking Mcgrath...

Posted by Dummy4 on (November 3, 2013, 7:26 GMT)

Has to be 114 vs Aussies in Perth, considered as one of the best knocks played down under against a ruthless attack. The tour marked the arrival of Sachin Tendulkar and the World took a notice of the Genius and by his own admission made him believed that he belonged to the Int'l arena.

Posted by Saurabh on (November 3, 2013, 7:27 GMT)

Without a doubt the 155 unbeaten against Warne and team.The way he came out to bat,taking on the responsibility to counter-attack the leggie and impose himself and make sure that it was the home side that was dictating terms.The 136 against Pakistan in the sapping heat and mugginess of Chennai was also a memorable innings which clearly showed that he was a giant among dwarfs .However,his fitness let him down that particular afternoon in Chennai and only because he played a rash stroke(brought on by dehydration and cramps) and couldn't take India to victory,does it rank as his second best innings in my books.

Posted by Dummy4 on (November 3, 2013, 11:02 GMT)

114 at Perth takes the cherry for me. Simply because he was an 18 year old at that time with limited/no experience of playing on fast bouncy surfaces against a very accomplished pace attack. 136 against Pakistan is a close second for me because that day apart from the fatal miscue of Saqlain, all the balls had hit the middle of his bat. No one else that day was able to display the serenity/complete control over the proceedings. In other words, Sachin on that day, had stamped his class and shown the world how he was cut above the rest.

Posted by Dummy4 on (November 3, 2013, 11:49 GMT)

136 VS Pakistan, the best Sachin innings ever.. what a fight back.. almost snatched an impossible win.. and if we had today's tail ender's the match would have been India's to win..

Posted by Dummy4 on (November 3, 2013, 14:11 GMT)

Chennai alone can boast of having top 5 hundreds by Sachin. I loved that 126 in 2001, setting up the match with a big lead in the 1st innings ( he got out to a possible no ball from Gillespie in the 2nd). Getting to 100 with a six of Collin Miller was a statement. He got to 100 few more times by hitting a six, can someone help me with the names of the bowlers n the innings's where he did that

Posted by mayank on (November 3, 2013, 14:24 GMT)

definitely 136 against pak. 4th innings chase against seasoned bowlers like waqar and wasim though not in their prime but still good enough to get ne1. and the mystery spin of saqlain. the way he batted and smogled all the pressure of the 4th innings chase was really marvellous. havent seen seen his 119 at perth so cant say much about that,but the sheer match situation makes this his best 100

Posted by Dummy4 on (November 3, 2013, 16:09 GMT)

Where is the double ton at SCG ???? :O


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Zaltz Stats

The approximate number of people in India today who had not been born when Sachin Tendulkar made his Test debut in 1989 (calculated from these figures). His batting has been so erotically outstanding that the global population has increased by almost 2 billion during his career, with the biggest increase, understandably, in India itself.

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