Tendulkar's best ODI innings

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November 10, 2013

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To borrow from Shane Warne, when it comes to one-day cricket there is Sachin Tendulkar, daylight and the rest. He is so far ahead of of the pack that one wonders if some of his ODI records will ever be broken.

Tendulkar began his one-day career batting in the middle order but his career graph took a steep upturn the moment he first opened the innings, against New Zealand in Auckland in 1994. He scored his first hundred later that year and went on to post 48 more centuries.

As you would expect, he has scored runs in varying conditions against a wide range of bowlers. His first ODI hundred was against an Australian side that fielded a young Warne and Glenn McGrath; his final ODI hundred against Australia, a scintillating 175 in Hyderabad in 2009, came after the two bowlers had retired from international cricket.

Some of Tendulkar's finest ODI innings have been scores under hundred. His 90 against Australia in a World Cup match in Mumbai in 1996 is one such example, as is his 98 against Pakistan in the 2003 World Cup game in Centurion.

Vote for your favourite Tendulkar ODI innings. We have provided ten of his best innings 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 devendra on (November 14, 2013, 19:02 GMT)

how could we vote one century either its 98 or 175 or 143 or 200 you can take any one all are at critical condition truly remarkable something each and every generation we are so blessed to see him play .Not a common truly god of cricket thanks ton of ton for so many cherish moments .

Posted by Dummy4 on (November 14, 2013, 7:30 GMT)

1998 Sharjah - 143 & 134 simply uncomparable while the other tons too were awesome !

Posted by Dummy4 on (November 13, 2013, 18:03 GMT)

For me it is both 143 and 175 are the best...both are against the one of the best cricketing teams in the world and he made them look so small.Especially 175 was a heartbreak mixed with sachin's brilliance ...Without him we Indians definitely wouldn't know the essence of cricket...He is really a true ambassador of the game....He is lone warrior in many occasions....Sachin really is GOD of CRICKET

Posted by Jason on (November 13, 2013, 15:20 GMT)

I was too young to notice his 143 but his 175 at Hyd is the most amazingly played innings, some shots are pure genius even Sachin would have wondered how good he bats when on full fire

Posted by Dummy4 on (November 13, 2013, 15:01 GMT)

there is an innings of 93 vs Pak in Pak year 2006 where Md Asif was moving the ball like he had a string attached to it. Sachin was protecting Dravid because he was playing n missing & had no clue. even cricinfo had a nice match report. the match is best remembered for dhoni & yuvi's winning partnership, but the foundation was laid out by the great man

Posted by Dummy4 on (November 13, 2013, 6:19 GMT)

I think 143 is very best....uncomparable

Posted by Dummy4 on (November 12, 2013, 16:34 GMT)

Oh God. It's really difficult to pick out the best innings from the given Poll list. It's like picking out one flower out of the beautiful bouquet but still if I have to pick one then I'll rate his counterattacking innings of 98 vs Pakistan, Centurion, slightly better than the desert storm innings of 143 v Australia, Sharjah. The reason being that no doubt his 143 in Sharjah was special and that really put Sachin in a different league all together but I'll never forget the built up before his inning Vs Pakistan. First it's a very important World Cup game, second it's against arch rival Pakistan and on top of it this inning came against such a formidable attack consisting of Wasim, Waqar, Akhtar.

Also I do remember in the 2nd league game Vs Australia in the World Cup how India folded to 112 in their innings and lost the game. People back in India started attacking homes of cricketers here and it was Sachin who assured them that Indian team will fight back. So his 98 is special to me :)

Posted by Dummy4 on (November 12, 2013, 8:40 GMT)

The Desert Storm the Best.. Truly the storm took us over...We were jumping, screaming. Cannot get back those days. The Best innings ever considering how good the Aussies were.

Posted by Dummy4 on (November 11, 2013, 22:41 GMT)

@Yogesh Jamkhindikar Virat Kohli scored a century in Ranji Finals on the day his father passed away.

Posted by Dummy4 on (November 11, 2013, 20:22 GMT)

None of the above listed In fact i highly regard 1999 WC game Vs. Kenya - the BEST of his simply because of the conditions in which he scored them. Sachin had just attended his father's funeral (barely a week ago) & India as usual was struggling to qualify for the next round after losing out to Zimbabwe in a close encounter. I mean who has scored a century after attending ones' father's funeral, a week or so ago? That just goes to show his mental strength & a very sound head above his shoulders - That was the BEST INNINGS EVER BY ANY CRICKETER - PERIOD!!


The man whom cricket loved back

Sambit Bal: Tendulkar was the biggest worshipper the game could ever find, and in that lay the foundation of his greatness

Tendulkar's perfect balance

Sharda Ugra: While the team, the country and the sport changed around him, Tendulkar remained constant

Why do we insist on seeing the 'real' Sachin?

Rahul Bose: You can ask as much as you want for a more "human", more "feelable, touchable" Sachin, but he'll probably not change - and that's a good thing

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.

I have played cricket for 24 years, it has been only 24 hours since retirement, and I think I should get at least 24 days to relax before deciding these things.

Sachin Tendulkar doesn't want to think of what lies ahead just yet