Sachin Tendulkar Scores his first Hundred exactly 30 years ago
It was on August 14, 1990, that Tendulkar scored his first international hundred exactly 30 years ago, a majestic 119 that failed to come out on a fifth-day track to save the game for India.
Hundreds of proof saviours are now extinct, but Sachin Tendulkar created one of those entries exactly 30 years ago, the seeds of which were sown during an afternoon in Sialkot, eight months before that gloomy Manchester day.
Asked about that special first, and it seemed like yesterday.
“I got that 100 on August 14 and the next day was our Independence Day, so it was special. The headline was different and that hundred at least kept the series alive until the next Oval Test, ”Tendulkar told PTI on the eve of the 30th anniversary of his first ton.
So what exactly was the feeling, besides the sheer joy of achieving the milestone?
“The art of saving a test match was a new experience for me,” Tendulkar said, but added that he knew he could save a game when he hit with a “bloody nose” and a blood-soaked jersey after being hit by Waqar Younis. .
“At Sialkot, where I was beaten and I scored 57, we also saved that test match, 38-for-4. Waqar’s goalkeeper and playing through pain defined me. After those kinds of blows, either you are stronger or you are not in sight. “
As scary as it may sound now, Tendulkar, in the early innings of that Manchester match, was hit in the back of the head by one of the fastest runners in the world back then, Devon Malcolm.
“Devon and Waqar, during that phase, were easily the two fastest bowlers in the world at 90 mph.
“Yes, I did not call the phsyio because I did not want to show them that I am suffering. My pain threshold was quite high. It’s okay to get hit. And that. You don’t show your pain to the bowler, ”the caption read.
Coach Ramakant Achrekar prepared him for all kinds of pain by having him play on the same field for 25 days in a row at the Shivaji Park Gymkhana.
“I was used to getting hit in the body from my days in Shivaji Park, as Mister Achrekar would make us play with it and it would wear enormously.
“On the same field we played a game in one day and the next day we were back on the networks. So the balls just popped out and hit my nose.
“In fact, I would just throw the ball and put it on my body to absorb the pain.”
Coming back to the game, the shots you remember are the exquisite rear foot cover that powers Chris Lewis deliveries that were thrown.
“Lewis threw a strong swing and throughout my career, my favourite shot had been the drive from the back cover.
“The bowler who was the best by far in that series was Angus Fraser. He had a beautiful late swing, high arm action so the ball bounced and moved so late you had to play.
“It was a case of showing patience and credit to Manoj for having a 160-run position,” he said.
Have you felt in the last hour that the team was able to save the game?
“No way until the last one is over. We got together when we were six down (183/6), but Manoj and I said together ‘yeh hum kar sakte hain, match bacha lenge’ (we can save the match).
“Also England had a field of attack as they could only win from that position,” said Tendulkar.
And any special anecdote that you still remember?
“Well, I was 17 and the Man of the Match got a bottle of champagne. He also did not drink and was not of legal drinking age. My senior colleagues were telling me ‘what would you do with him’ ”, he laughed.
But there is something else that Tendulkar fondly remembers to this day.
“Sanjay Manjrekar gave me a white shirt that was a gift for scoring one hundred. I was very moved, “he concluded.