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April 9, 1995: Sachin, The Wonder Boy!

Cricketnext Staff | Updated: April 9, 2017, 2:44 PM IST
April 9, 1995: Sachin, The Wonder Boy!

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Many years ago, in the 1990's, when the gold standard of batting was not scoring 15-ball half centuries and 40-ball centuries a young boy from Mumbai was changing the landscape of limited overs cricket with his prodigious talent.

By the time the 1995 Asia Cup was being played in the oasis of Sharjah, Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar was already being seen as the next big thing among batting stars and he cemented his status further in the tournament.

Exactly 22 years to this day, Tendulkar hit a fluent century against Sri Lanka to help India win the encounter by 8 wickets, after the bowlers had restricted the Islanders to 202.

Tendulkar opened the innings with Manoj Prabhakar and scored an unbeaten 112 in just 107 deliveries. His innings was studded with 15 boundaries and a six.

These were the days when the fall of Tendulkar's wicket led people to switch their TV sets off., but in this match he stayed unbeaten and finished the job.

During the course of the innings, Tendulkar became the youngest to complete 3000 runs in ODI cricket, 15 days short of his 22nd birthday.

A living legend, whose contribution to Indian cricket is way greater than just the runs and centuries he scored. He was the man everyone wanted to be and some, like current Indian captain Virat Kohli, actually ended up doing that.

First Published: April 9, 2017, 2:42 PM IST

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