'After scoring my first, I didn't know that there were 99 to follow' - Sachin Tendulkar recalls his maiden international ton

‘After scoring my first, I didn’t know that there were 99 to follow’ – Sachin Tendulkar recalls his maiden international ton

Tendulkar was also awarded Man of the Match in that match, the first of many in his successful career.

Sachin Tendulkar
Sachin Tendulkar. (Photo Source: Getty Images)

Sachin Tendulkar, without a doubt, was one of the greatest batsmen to have braced the game. In an illustrious career spanning over 200 Tests and 463 ODIs, the Master Blaster scripted several records to his name.

The India stalwart even achieved the milestone of scoring 100 international centuries in his decorated career. Tendulkar, on Friday, celebrated the 30th anniversary of his first century in international cricket. He reminisced his first-ever ton against England where he finished unbeaten on 119 off 189 balls as India managed to draw the game.

In a Twitter post, Tendulkar shared a video and thanked everyone for their love and support over the years. The Master Blaster also said that he never expected to score 99 more hundreds in his career after scoring the first one.

“Scoring my 1st ever 100 was very special as we managed to save the Test and keep the series alive, and it all happened on the eve of our Independence Day. It’s been my privilege to play for India and I thank each one of you for your love and support over the years,” said 47-year-old Tendulkar.

Sachin Tendulkar was also adjudged Man of the Match in that match

Tendulkar was also awarded Man of the Match in that match, the first of many in his successful career. A 17-year-old Tendulkar flaunted his skill on that day and showed glimpses of his potential.

“In the first innings I had scored 68 runs and I was the last batsman to get out. But in the second innings, I walked out to bat at number six. We had lost a few wickets and we had to still play out a number of overs. So I dug in and played out those overs and if there were opportunities to attack, I also attacked. Not to forget that was my first Man of the Match,” added Tendulkar.

Tendulkar’s maiden ton came in the second match of the three-Test series against England. The Three Lions, after electing to bat first, posted 519 runs in the first innings. India, in response, were bundled out for 432, with Tendulkar scoring 68. With England declaring at 320/4 in their second innings, it was an uphill task for India to chase down 408 runs and win the game. Tendulkar stepped in to bat at No.6 and played a pivotal knock to save India from suffering a defeat.

“In one of these meet and greet, I was asked ‘What was the difference between your first hundred and 100th hundred?’ I said after I scored my first hundred I did not know that there were 99 to follow. When I was stuck on 99 hundreds a number of people advised me what to do and what not to do failing to realise there were 99 behind. This was the difference between the first and 100th hundred,” recalled Tendulkar.