On this day in 2012, Indian legend Sachin Tendulkar became the first and until now only- cricketer to score a hundred international centuries. While playing against Bangladesh in Dhaka, the “Master Blaster” reached the magical three-figure mark for the hundredth time and the last time in his international career.
Remembering this occasion, the Board of Control for Cricket in India tweeted, “A century of centuries! #OnThisDay in 2012, the Master Blaster @sachin_rt became the only batsman in the history of cricket to notch up Hundred points 100th international hundred.”
A century of centuries! 🙌#OnThisDay in 2012, the Master Blaster @sachin_rt became the only batsman in the history of cricket to notch up 💯th international hundred 👏👏#TeamIndia pic.twitter.com/JfqRYa45r0
— BCCI (@BCCI) March 16, 2021
This was his 49th ODI century which added to the 51 tons he notched in Test cricket.
Achieving this milestone in 138 deliveries, he finished with 114 off 147 balls at the Sher-e-Bangla Stadium against Bangladesh in Asia Cup.
Unfortunately, this century came in a losing cause as Bangladesh chased the target of 290 set by India with just four deliveries to spare.
Leading the list of international centuries by quite a margin, behind Tendulkar’s 100 centuries is former Australia captain Ricky Ponting with 71 and Virat Kohli following with 70 centuries so far.
Tendulkar ended his career with a record 200 Tests, 463 ODIs and a single T20 International. He has scored 15,921 runs in Test cricket and 18,426 in One Day cricket and remains the highest run-scorer in both formats.
Currently, Tendulkar is leading the India Legends team in the ongoing Road Safety World Series.