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OTD: Sachin Tendulkar scores his 100th hundred in 2012

Back on March 16, 2012, former Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar became the first batter in the planet to score 100 centuries in international cricket.

By India Today Sports Desk: March 16 is deemed as an important day, not only for Indian cricket, but for the sport around the globe. 11 years ago on this very day, Sachin Tendulkar became the first batter on the planet to score 100 centuries in international cricket. The Master Blaster accomplished the feat in India’s Asia Cup match against Bangladesh at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur.

After being put in to bat first, India racked up a decent score of 289 for the loss of five wickets against Mushfiqur Rahim’s men. Tendulkar guided the Men in Blue through to the powerplay, after which he got to his half-century off 63 balls.

He was also involved in a partnership of 148 runs with Virat Kohli, who is tipped to break Tendulkar’s record, having already scored 75 hundreds at the highest level. After Kohli perished, Sachin built an 86-run stand with Suresh Raina, who scored a brisk 38-ball 51.

Tendulkar got to his hundred off 138 balls, after which he raised his arms and looked at the heavens, remembering his late father, who passed away back in 1999. The veteran went on to stay in the middle until the 47th over before Mashrafe Mortaza accounted for his wicket.

Tendulkar went back to the hut after scoring 114 runs off 147 balls with 12 fours and one six. However, India lost the match by five wickets after Tamim Iqbal, Jahurul Islam and Nasir Hossain chipped in with scores of 70, 53 and 54.

Shakib Al Hasan became the Player of the Match for scoring 49 runs off 31 balls with five fours and two sixes. Mushfiqur also played a captain’s knock as he stayed unbeaten on 46 runs off 25 balls with three fours and as many sixes.

As far as Tendulkar is concerned, he only played one more ODI after scoring a century against the Tigers. He signed off from the 50-over format with a knock of 52 against Misbah-ul-Haq’s Pakistan. This time around, India secured victory by six wickets.

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