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Happy Birthday Sachin Tendulkar: When the Master Celebrated His Birthday in Style

Cricketnext Staff |April 24, 2019, 10:54 AM IST
Happy Birthday Sachin Tendulkar: When the Master Celebrated His Birthday in Style

On the occasion of Sachin Tendulkar's 46th birthday, we take a trip down memory lane.

Sir Donald Bradman had famously said that Sachin Tendulkar was one batsman in the modern era who reminded the Australian of himself. And on this day in 1998, Tendulkar showed exactly why he is called the master blaster.

Two days after Tendulkar single-handedly led India into the final of the Coca Cola Cup, with a 131-ball 143, the little maestro slammed another majestic ton as the Men in Blue clinched the title with a six-wicket win.

Incidentally, it was Tendulkar's birthday and he celebrated it in style, by blowing away the mighty Aussies in Sharjah. His knock of 134 off 131 balls this time saw India chase down Australia’s target of 272 with 9 balls to spare.

Australia skipper Steve Waugh and Darren Lehmann had slammed half-centuries as India were set a target of 273 runs. Chasing the stiff total, opener Sourav Ganguly fell early, but Tendulkar ensured than India remained in the hunt.

The little master was ably supported by skipper Mohammed Azharuddin, who also slammed a half-century. A wrong decision might have cut-short the little genius' innings, but Ajay Jadeja and Hrishikesh Kanitkar helped India cross the line as celebrations started.

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Sachin's 134 included twelve fours and three towering sixes and the way he took special liking for Shane Warne — modern generation’s best leg-spinner by far — is stuff of legends. After the series, there were stories of how Warne had nightmare of Tendulkar dancing down the track and lofting him for straight sixes.

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Cricket World Cup Points Table

Pos Team P W L T/NR PTS NRR
1
AUS
5 4 1 0 8 +0.81
2
NZ
4 3 0 1 7 +2.16
3
IND
4 3 0 1 7 +1.02
4
ENG
4 3 1 0 6 +1.55
5
SL
5 1 2 2 4 -1.77
6
WI
4 1 2 1 3 +0.66
7
SA
5 1 3 1 3 -0.20
8
BAN
4 1 2 1 3 -0.71
9
PAK
5 1 3 1 3 -1.93
10
AFG
4 0 4 0 0 -1.63

Team Rankings

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 5720 124
2 India 5990 122
3 New Zealand 4121 114
4 South Africa 4647 111
5 Australia 4805 109
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
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