Ranking Sachin Tendulkar's Top 25 Innings for India and Mumbai

Chris Bradshaw@@BradshawCDFeatured ColumnistApril 24, 2014

Ranking Sachin Tendulkar's Top 25 Innings for India and Mumbai

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    Sachin Tendulkar celebrates his 41st birthday today, and what better way to mark the occasion than revisiting some of the Little Master's best innings.

    This slideshow ranks Tendulkar's finest performances for India in Tests and one-day internationals, as well as in the IPL for Mumbai.

    Criteria for the ranking includes the quality of the opposition, pitch conditions and the status of the match and series.

    There are plenty of fantastic knocks to choose from, so enjoy.

25. 48 vs. Kolkata Knight Riders, Mumbai 2013

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    Five balls, five boundaries. Ryan McLaren was on the receiving end as Tendulkar showed that the IPL isn't just for the young 'uns.

24. 44 vs. West Indies, Trinidad 1997

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    When asked to choose a memorable Sachin Tendulkar innings, Rahul Dravid chose this unlikely effort.

    Put into bat on a sporting Port-of-Spain pitch, Tendulkar repelled a high class West Indian attack that included Curtly Ambrose, Courtney Walsh and Ian Bishop.

    Dravid told BBC Sport: "Sachin decided to take them on and he got 44 off 43 balls. He played all sorts of shots, he cut them, pulled them, hit over the top and this was against a formidable attack. In the end he got a poor decision but it was great to watch. It's an innings I always remember."

    Sadly, there is no video footage.

23. 118 vs. Pakistan, Sharjah 1996

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    Sachin Tendulkar made five ODI centuries against Pakistan, but ended up on the winning team just once in those matches.

    The sole occasion he was on the victorious side after reaching three figures was in Sharjah. A carefully paced 118 helped India to a total 305, which was plenty good enough against Aamer Sohail's men.

22. 89* vs. Rajasthan Royals, Jaipur 2010

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    The skipper led from the front to guide Mumbai to a crushing victory over Rajasthan.

    Opening the batting, Tendulkar smashed a rapid-fire 89 from just 59 balls to steer the Indians to 174 for five from their 20 overs.

    That was more than enough as the Indians won by 37 runs.

21. 140 vs. Kenya, Bristol 1999

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    A century against minnows Kenya doesn't obviously stand out as a premier Tendulkar innings. However, the backdrop to the match shows just what a supreme competitor he was.

    Tendla took to the crease in the World Cup group match just a day after returning from his father's funeral.

    Showing plenty of courage he batted superbly to steer India to a comfortable win.

20. 165 vs. England, Chennai 1993

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    Tendulkar feasted on a novice England attack to score his first Test century on home soil.

    The 165 was also the first time that India won a game in which Tendulkar reached three figures.

19. 82 vs. New Zealand, Auckland 1994

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    Necessity is the mother of invention, the saying goes. An injury to regular opener Navjot Sidhu forced Tendulkar to take the opening slot against New Zealand in Auckland in 1994. The result would change the game for the next 15 years.

    49 balls and 82 runs later, Tendulkar had cemented his spot at the top of the order.

18. 71* vs. Kolkata Knight Riders, Mumbai 2010

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    Kolkata looked well placed for a victory in Mumbai in 2010 courtesy of some big hitting from Chris Gayle.

    Tendulkar had other ideas though. The skipper produced a man-of-the-match performance, smashing 71 from just 48 balls to see his team home.

17. 57 vs. Pakistan, Sialkot 1989

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    With the possible exception of the Caribbean, it's hard to think of a tougher place for a novice batsman to tour in the late 1980s than Pakistan.

    The 16-year-old gave notice of his talents by hitting a Test match half century against an attack that included Imran Khan, Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis.

    The youngster showed courage as well as skill, helping India to save the game despite being struck in the face by a Waqar Younis bouncer.

    Footage is from the first Test of the series.

16. 114 vs. Bangladesh, Dhaka 2012

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    It wasn't especially pretty and it didn't even result in a win, but few centuries have been as celebrated as much as Tendulkar's 2012 effort against Bangladesh.

    The 114 in the Asia Cup contest was Tendulkar's 100th international century. A staggering achievement to crown a career in which skill was matched by courage and determination.

15. 193 vs. England, Headingley 2002

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    Headingley looked anything but the seamers' paradise of yore as Tendulkar notched up his highest Test score on English soil.

    Rahul Dravid and Sourav Ganguly also reached three figures as India enjoyed a massive innings and 46-run victory.

14. 248* vs. Bangladesh, Dhaka 2004

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    A batsman's highest Test score would normally rate higher than 15th on a countdown of top innings, however, Tendulkar's best effort in the five-day game was a double century against a very ordinary Bangladesh side.

    As equally memorable as Tendulkar's innings was the performance of Zaheer Khan, whose 75 was then a record for a number 11 batsman.

13. 194* vs. Pakistan, Multan 2004

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    Tendulkar and opener Virender Sehwag shared a record-breaking partnership of 336 as the visitors cruised to an innings win in Multan.

    Not content with amassing an unbeaten 194, Tendulkar also chipped in which a couple of wickets during Pakistan's first innings.

12. 175 vs. Australia, Hyderabad 2009

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    Not for the first time, Tendulkar totally dismantled an Australian attack. Sadly for Indian fans, his efforts were once again in vain.

    The home side fell just three runs short of Australia's mammoth total of 351, with Tendulkar smashing a glorious 175 from just 141 balls.

11. 214 vs. Australia, Bangalore 2010

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    Tendulkar's sixth and final Test match double century came against his old foes the Aussies.

    After a one-wicket win in the first Test, Tendulkar's heroics made things far more comfortable for the home side in the second.

    Thanks in no small part to Tendulkar's 214, India won comfortably by seven wickets.

10. 136 vs. Pakistan, Chennai 1999

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    Set a target of 271 to win on a turning pitch, India looked in big trouble at 81 for five.

    Despite suffering a crippling back injury, Tendulkar took the challenge to a Pakistani attack that featured Wasim, Waqar and Mushtaq Ahmed.

    A heroic 136 wasn't quite enough, however, as Pakistan won by 12 runs. Only two other Indians reached double figures.

9. 155* vs. Australia, Chennai 1998

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    Tendulkar smashed Shane Warne to all parts, helping India overturn a first-innings deficit of 79 and put them on course for a 179-run victory.

8. 100* vs. Kochi Tuskers Kerala, Mumbai 2011

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    After smashing centuries in the Test, first-class and ODI arena, it was only a matter of time before Tendulkar added one in the T20 game.

    Kochi were on the receiving end of a 66-ball blast that included three sixes and 12 fours. Tendulkar's heroics weren't enough, though, as the Tuskers chased down the 180 to win by eight wickets.

7. 98 vs. Pakistan, Centurion 2003

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    Set a potentially tricky target of 274 by their fiercest rivals at the 2003 World Cup, India coasted home thanks largely to a sublime innings from Tendulkar.

    Opening the batting, he set a blistering pace—scoring 98 from just 75 balls, with Shoaib Akhtar the chief victim. The Rawalpindi Express went for 72 from his 10 overs.

6. 241* vs. Australia, Sydney 2004

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    Tendulkar started 2004 in style, wowing the crowds in Sydney with a fantastic double century.

    Joining the New Year festivities was VVS Laxman. The pair added 353 for the fourth wicket as India compiled what was, at the time, their highest-ever Test score of 705 for seven declared.

5. 119* vs. England, Old Trafford 1990

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    With India tottering on the final afternoon, an England win looked a formality until an unknown 17-year-old walked to the crease.

    One hundred and eighty-nine balls later, Sachin Tendulkar had a maiden Test century, India had saved the match and a cricketing superstar had been born.

4. 143* vs. Australia, Sharjah 1998

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    After a dust storm hit the Sharjah ground, India were set a revised target of 276 to win or 235 to reach the Coca Cola Cup final on run rate.

    Tendulkar produced a devastating display of hitting to take the Indians into the final. Nine fours and five sixes helped him to a spectacular 143 not out.

    To put it into context, the next highest score by an Indian batsman was just 35.

3. 103* vs. England, Chennai 2008

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    England looked set for a surprise victory in Chennai in 2008, after setting the Indians a seemingly tough fourth-innings target of 387.

    With the help of first Virender Sehwag and then Yuvraj Singh, Tendulkar made the chase look ridiculously easy.

    A perfectly paced 103 helped the home side romp home by six wickets.

2. 114 vs. Australia, Perth 1992

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    After making runs on the slow, turning pitches of home, many an Indian batsman has struggled to cope with the alien conditions in Australia.

    And conditions don't come much more alien than a fiery pitch in Perth, with the likes of Merv Hughes and Craig McDermott breathing fire.

    Tendulkar, then just 18, put on a masterclass of how to play fast, short-pitched bowling en route to a fantastic century.

1. 200* vs. South Africa, Gwalior 2010

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    Tendulkar savaged a classy South African attack while compiling the first ever one-day international double century.

    Dale Steyn's 10 wicketless overs for 89 speaks for itself. As do the hapless Wayne Parnell's figures of 10 overs, two for 95.

    The innings was 147 balls of controlled mayhem.