Sachin Tendulkar scored his 1st ODI hundred exactly 25 years ago on this day
- Sachin Tendulkar went without an ODI hundred in the 1st 5 years of his ODI career
- Tendulkar ended the streak against Australia, in Colombo
- Tendulkar turned into a different beast in ODI cricket after he was promoted to open in 1994
Sachin Tendulkar was labeled as the wunderkind even before he made his international debut. His stature grew and he was labeled the next big thing as soon as he went on Pakistan in his maiden tour and took on the fearsome opposition attack with the nonchalance that he later came to be known for.
Sachin Tendulkar made his international debut in 1989 but the young prodigy was not being able to get the big scores in the initial years of his ODI career. Tendulkar was batting in the middle order and getting starts but were somehow not being able to convert them into big scores.
While Sachin Tendulkar got his maiden Test hundred as early as his 2nd year in international cricket, the ODI hundred remained elusive for 5 years and 78 matches.
However, it all changed in 1994 when Sachin Tendulkar toured New Zealand. Mohammad Azharuddin, the then India captain, pushed the Mumbai teenager higher up the order and opened the innings with him.
Sachin Tendulkar's greatness as an opener began in Auckland when he smashed 82 from 49 balls, hitting 10 boundaries and 2 sixes against New Zealand.
Ever since Sachin Tendulkar was promoted to open the innings in ODI, he became a different beast.
On September 9, 1994, Sachin Tendulkar hit his maiden ODI hundred -- 110 from 130 balls against Australia in Colombo. The knock came against a high-quality bowling attack that had the likes of Glenn McGrath, Craig McDermott and Shane Warne among others. Tendukar's blazing innings that saw him smash 8 boundaries and 2 sixes gave India a 31-run win over the mighty Australians.
Incidentally, Sachin Tendulkar got past the 3-figure mark in leg-spinner Shane Warne's over. Tendulkar would go on to dominate the legendary spinner in his heyday, breaking several records across Tests and ODI formats.
After getting to his 1st hundred, there was no stopping Sachin Tendulkar. The man from Mumbai came out with unprecedented hunger to get big scores and delivered more often than not. A couple of hundreds (against New Zealand and West Indies) followed at home in 1994.
Over the next 4 years, Sachin Tendulkar would go on to score 18 hundreds and 9 in 1998 alone. The batting great finished his ODI career with 49 hundreds and took his international tally to 100 - a world record that is unlikely to be broken anytime soon.