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There are some matches in the life of every cricketer that define his entire career. 23 years ago today, India’s legendary batsman Sachin Tendulkar played a similar career defining innings against Australia in Sharjah. On 22 April 1998, Sachin scored 143 off 131 balls amid a desert storm. Thanks to his innings, the team reached the final of the India Tri Series. After this innings, there was a belief in the people that Team India could not be out of the match as long as Sachin is at the crease.
Mohammad Azharuddin, who was the captain of Team India in that match, brought the memories of the match through a message. However, he is also heavily trolled for not mentioning Sachin in it.
23 years ago, this week, India scripted an epic win over Australia. We played as a classic unit and gave the nation a gift to cherish. The team found an oasis in the deserts of #Sharjah.
It remains one of my finest cricket triumphs. @ SGanguly99 @BCCI #Throwback #CocaColaCup 4
– Mohammed Azharuddin (@azharflicks) April 22, 2021
Team India had lost four wickets for 138 runs
In this match, Australia had scored 284 runs, losing seven wickets while batting first. In those days, such huge scores were not usually chased. India needed at least 254 runs to reach the final.
During the Indian innings, due to desert storm, the match had to be stopped for about 25 minutes. When the game started again, India had a challenge of 237 runs in 46 overs to reach the final. Team India had lost four wickets for 138 runs. Sourav Ganguly, Nayan Moginya, Mohammad Azharuddin and Ajay Jadeja were out after returning to the pavilion.
Then came Sachin’s storm
After the desert storm stopped, Sachin’s batting storm came. The master-blaster scored 143 runs with the help of 9 fours and 5 sixes. Thanks to his innings, India scored 250 runs for 5 wickets in 46 overs. Although the Indian team lost the match by 26 runs, however, the place was confirmed in the final.
Sachin smashed 134 runs in the final.
Centenary also scored in the final on the day of birth, gave India the title
India again faced Australia in the final. On 24 April 1998, in the title match of Sachin’s birthday, Australia once again batted first and scored 272 runs for nine wickets. In response, Sachin again scored a century and scored 134 runs off 131 balls with the help of 12 fours and 3 sixes. India won the match by 6 wickets and won the title. These two century innings are included in the top-5 century innings of Sachin’s career. Also, he is considered among the best innings in the history of ODI cricket.