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Sachin’s 45 Test Tons

November 15, 1989 marks the day when Sachin Tendulkar made his Test debut against Pakistan in Karachi. At just 16 years old, he only made 15 runs in his debut innings being bowled out by Waqar Younis, but was noticed for how he handled numerous bodyline deliveries by the Pakistani pace attack. More than 20 years have passed by and Sachin has established himself as one of cricket’s finest in this period, amassing 45 centuries along the way. Through this photogallery, CricketNDTV.com takes a look at these centuries made by our beloved ‘Ton’dulkar.

1st century: Sachin’s maiden Test hundred came against England on August 14, 1990 at the Old Trafford Cricket Ground in Manchester. Sachin scored an unbeaten 119 helping India draw the match. With this maiden century, he became the second youngest to score a century in Test cricket after Mushtaq Mohammad. 11 years later in 2001/02 season, his record was bettered by Bangladesh’s Mohammad Ashraful.

Year 1992

2nd century: For nearly two years after his maiden century, he went on without scoring another. Then on January 6, 1992, he managed to score an unbeaten 148 runs against hosts Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground in Sydney.

3rd century: Sachin’s good form continued forward and in the 5th match of the same series against Australia, he scored another ton, this time at the WACA Ground in Perth. But his innings of 114 runs went in vain as India lost the match.

4th century: Sachin scored his fourth century on November 28, 1992 against South Africa at the Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg. With India batting first, he scored 111 runs. Till now all his centuries had come playing outside India.

Year 1993

5th century: With what was his first century at home, Sachin scored his highest till then, 165 runs against a visiting English side at the M. A. Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on February 12, 1993. Sachin’s century contributed a lot in India winning the match.

6th century: Another unbeaten century for Sachin and another win for Team India. Sachin’s score of 104 not out helped India emerge victorious against Sri Lanka at the Sinhalese Sports Club in Colombo on July 31, 1993.

Year 1994

7th century: Sachin’s next century again came against Sri Lanka but this time India were the hosts. The Little Master narrowly missed out on a score of 150, when he got out scoring 142 runs at the K.D. Singh Babu Stadium in Lucknow. Like before, India again managed to pick up a win over the Lankans.

8th century: Playing against a very fast West Indian bowling attack, Sachin scored an enormous score of 179 runs on December 2, 1994. The match took place at the Vidharbha Cricket Association Ground in Nagpur.

Year 1996

9th century: In what turned out to be a loss for Team India, Sachin scored 122 runs playing against England on a swinging Edgbaston Cricket Ground pitch in Birmingham on June 8, 1996.

10th century: Sachin very soon hit another ton, his tenth till now and helped India draw the match against England at Trent Bridge in Nottingham on July 5, 1996. He had scored 177 runs.

Year 1997

11th century: By now Sachin was leading Team India from the front and was setting examples for everybody else. With the captaincy feather on his cap, he scored 169 runs against the Proteas at the Newlands Cricket Ground in Cape Town on January 4, 1997.

12th century: Sachin added another century to his Test statistics when he hit 143 runs against Sri Lanka at the R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo on August 3, 1997. This was his second century as Team India’s captain.

13th century: Just a week after scoring his 12th hundred, Sachin scored his 13th. It again came against Sri Lanka and was his first back to back centuries. Hosted by the Sinhalese Sports Club in Colombo, the match ended in a draw.

14th century: Scoring his fourth century of the year, Sachin again missed out on reaching the 150 run mark when he got out after scoring 148 runs at his homeground Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on December 4, 1997 playing against the Lankans. The match ended in a draw.

Year 1998

15th century: At a time when Sachin was considered to be in the prime of his career, he scored an unbeaten 155 against Australia on March 9, at the M.A. Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai. His contribution stole the match away from the visiting Aussies.

16th century: Sachin kept ripping the Aussie bowling attack to shreds and amassed 177 runs at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore on March 26, 1998.

17th century: His 3rd century of the year came when he managed to get 113 runs against hosts New Zealand at the Basin Reserve in Wellington on December 29, 1998. Unfortunately, India again lost the match.

Year 1999

18th century: Sachin would probably never forget January 31, 1999 as he finally managed to get a Test century against Pakistan on that day. He scored 136 runs in the second innings at the M.A. Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai.

19th century: Hitting tons against Lankans was a common phenomenon for Sachin. Scoring his 6th triple-figure-score against them Sachin hit an unbeaten 124 runs at the Sinhalese Sports Club in Colombo on February 28, 1999.

20th century: Back in his second captaincy stint, Sachin managed to score another century again staying unbeaten at 126 runs. Played at Punjab Cricket Association Stadium in Mohali, this match against New Zealand also ended in a draw.

21st century: It was a big celebration for the Master Blaster as for the first time in his career he managed to hit a double ton scoring 217 runs at the Sardar Patel Stadium in Motera again against New Zealand on October 30, 1999.

22nd century: With this century, Sachin completed 5 Test centuries in a single calender year. He made 116 runs against Australia on December 28, 1999 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in Melbourne.

Year 2000

23rd century: What was turning out to be a rather quiet year for Sachin turned completely around when he scored 122 runs against Zimbabwe at the Feroz Shah Kotla Ground in New Delhi on November 21, 2000. India went on to register a win in that match.

24th century: Just five days later, Sachin scored a double ton for the second time in his career. Staying unbeaten at 201, India drew the match playing against Zimbabwe at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Ground in Nagpur.

Year 2001

25th century: Sachin’s 126 runs on March 20, 2001 were a major contribution in India’s win against Australia at the M.A. Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai.

26th century: Even though India lost the match to South Africa, fans were still cheering Sachin who scored 155 runs.

27th century: On December 13, 2001, Tendulkar at the Sardar Patel Stadium in Motera played a fine innings against England and scored 103 runs which helped India draw the match.

Year 2002

28th century: With a score of 176, Sachin was now just one century away from equaling Sir Don Bradman’s 29 Test hundreds. This knock of his, helped India win against Zimbabwe at the Vidharbha Cricket Association ground in Nagpur.

29th century: Sachin gave himself an early birthday present when on April 20, 2002, he equaled Sir Don Bradman’s 29 Test tons. It was time for a double celebration as India also won that match against West Indies at Queen’s Park Oval in Port of Spain.

30th century: Sachin narrowly missed out on a double century this time when he got out at a score of 193 against England at Headingley in Leeds on August 23, 2002. But on the brightside, India won the match because of his contribution.

31st century: Another big score by Sachin. He made 176 runs at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on November 3, 2002 playing against the visiting West Indians.

Year 2004

32nd century: Scoring a mammoth unbeaten 241 against Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground in Sydney on January 4, 2004, it was the beginning of a high scoring year for him. This was his highest Test score yet.

33rd century: A controversial decision by the then captain Rahul Dravid to declare the innings, cost Sachin from reaching another double hundred score. India declared their innings with Sachin at a score of 194 with just 6 more runs to reach what would have been his 4th double ton.

34th century: Nine months later he finally got his fourth double ton when he slammed an unbeaten 248 runs against Bangladesh during the first Test in Dhaka. He celebrated his double ton with another milestone as he equalled Sunil Gavaskar’s Test record of 34 centuries. It was indeed a proud moment for the two Little Masters, who are great admirers of each other.

Year 2005

35th century: It took Sachin exactly a year to surpass his idol Gavaskar. In 2005, Sachin played six Tests making 444 runs. He missed out on a hundred against Pakistan in Mohali when he was dismissed for 94 runs. And then there was a long wait..

On December 10, 2005 in New Delhi, he got his 35th Test ton against Sri Lanka. He contributed 109 to India’s 290 on a tricky Kotla track where Muralitharan was at his wily best. As they say all’s well that ends well, India won the match by a big margin of 188 runs.

Year 2006

Sachin played five Tests – against Pakistan, England and South Africa – but he had a long run-draught during this year. This year, he did not score any century. In five Test matches, he managed just 267 runs with the help of a fifty that came in South Africa. This was the time when his critics had all their daggers and knives out and in action!

Year 2007

He started the year on a decent note when he hit a fifty in the third Test against South Africa at Cape Town.

36th century: He next toured to Bangladesh for a two-Test match series. He hit 101 in a rain-hit first Test at Chittagong.

37th century: Sachin hit back-to-back centuries in the series. In the second Test against Bangladesh in Dhaka, he raised his 37th ton with an unbeaten knock of 122 runs. Three other Indians made centuries in the same match – Wasim Jaffer, Dinesh Karthik and Rahul Dravid. However, Sachin walked away with the ‘Man of the Series’.

Year 2008

38th century: Sachin started the new year on a high Down Under. During the second Test against Australia in Sydney, Sachin made an unbeaten 154 runs as his 38th Test century. However, some umpiring blunders gave Australian an edge over the Indians in the match that was well in visitors’ grasp.

39th century: After a forgettable Sydney Test, India moved to Adelaide for the third Test. Sachin carried his form to the Adelaide Oval and made 154 runs to get his 39th Test ton, which was also his 80th international hundred. The match ended in a draw.

40th century: Sachin got his 40th ton at Nagpur during the fourth Test against Australia. The four-match series was aready in India’s pocket, but Sachin’s innings of 109 runs helped India put up a good total. India won the match by 172 runs and clinched the series 2-0 to lift the Border-Gavaskar Trophy. During the same series, Sachin surpassed Brian Lara’s record of maximum Test runs. It came during the second Test at Mohali.

41st century: Many called this knock as Sachin’s one of the best Test knocks. After condemnable terror attacks on Mumbai, India played England in Chennai. And the Mumbaikar made that match a historic one. If Virender Sehwag set the stage, Sachin along with Yuvraj Singh chased the total with an hour to spare for the close of the match. He made unbeaten 103 runs and dedicated his 41st ton to all his countrymen.

Year 2009

42nd century: It came at a place which proved to be Indian batting’s graveyard in 2002-03. India went to New Zealand this year after that debacle tour. It was tipped to be one of the toughest tour as nobody knew how the conditions were.

After Indian pacers ripped the Kiwi batting apart in the first Test at Hamilton, Sachin got down to his task and slammed 160 runs for his 42nd ton. Most importantly, his knock backed by lethal bowling gave India a win in New Zealand after a gap of 33 years.

43rd Test century: Sachin celebrated his 20 years in Test cricket with an unbeaten 100 runs in the second innings of the first Test against Sri Lanka in Ahmedabad in December 2009. There were seven centuries scored in that match. Failing to score in the first innings, Sachin scored a subdued 298-ball 100 runs in the second.

Year 2010:

44th Test century: The master batsman started the new year with another century. Though against the minnows, his 44th century came under testing circumstances. India, who played their first Test of the year against Bangladesh in January, were heavily let down by their batsmen in the first innings in Chittagong. Out of 243 runs, Sachin scored 105 and saved India blushes. While wickets were tumbling from one end, Sachin at the other end dig deep and kept the battle on. He was adjudged ‘man of the match’ for his fighting knock.

45th Test century:In the second Test of the two-match series against Bangladesh, Sachin slammed another ton. As compared to the hundred scored in the first Test, this one was a more relaxed one. During the process, he had a 200-run plus with Rahul Dravid for the third wicket.