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On This Day in History! August 14, 1990- Sachin Tendulkar smashes maiden Test century

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On this day, August 14, in the year 1990, Indian cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar smashed his first international century. This century of Sachin came during the 2nd Test against England at Old Trafford, Manchester. Sachin Tendulkar, a right-handed batsmen, has smashed highest number of centuries than any other batsman in the world. He has scored 100 centuries in international career, which includes 51 in Tests and 49 in ODIs.

 

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The story of Sachin’s first maiden century is as impressive as his international career. His innings of 119 proved useful in saving Indian team from defeat in that Test match. In the match, England opted to bat after winning the toss. They scored 519 in the first innings.

In reply, Mohammad Azharuddin and Sachin scored 179 and 68 respectively to take India to 432 in the first innings. In the second innings, England declared at 320/4, putting a target of 408 for India. India team lost wickets in quick succession and got stuck at a poor situation of 127/5, post which Sachin stuck to the crease and smashed 17 boundaries to score 119.

Along with Manoj Prabhakar who scored a half-century, Sachin helped India to reach 343/6 at the end of the final day. Sachin saved the match for India and also became the third youngest cricketer to score a century in Tests at 17 years, 112 days old. He also won the player of the match award.