The ‘Desert Storm’ in Sharjah is taken into account as among the best innings in world cricket and it immediately made a legend out of Sachin Tendulkar. On April 22, 1998, Tendulkar performed a superb innings of 143 off 131 balls in opposition to the likes of Shane Warne, Damien Fleming and Michael Kasprowicz at Sharjah Cricket Association Stadium which cemented his identify in cricketing folklore. Although India had been defeated within the encounter, the innings is taken into account by many as Tendulkar’s finest in his illustrious profession.
The storm that handed by way of Sharjah paled as compared to Tendulkar’s batting as he slammed the Aussie bowlers throughout the bottom and the revised goal of 277 (in 46 overs) appeared fairly comfy. At 237, India went previous the required whole to qualify for the ultimate of the match.
The 9 fours and 4 sixes adorned the innings and Tendulkar made quick work of Shane Warne’s bowling. Warne failed to fox him with his variations and the suitable-hander was in a position to learn each supply out of his hand. Although Tendulkar performed a superb knock, India completed their innings on 250/5.
Tendulkar later spoke concerning the innings and the bodily toll that it took.
“Given the conditions in the month of April — the temperatures are really high and you can feel the heat going through your shoes and socks — and the first thing you want to do is to put your feet in the ice bucket,” he mentioned.
“In my case, that was one expertise which I bear in mind how robust it was to keep there and play one of the best group on this planet.
“Australia was No.1 at that stage and to beat them so convincingly was extraordinarily satisfying.”
“Those days we used to play in Sharjah and drive all the way back to Dubai. And the next day was for recovery and the following day was the final. It was not so easy,” he concluded.