During the 1998 Coca Cola Cup Trophy, Sachin Tendulkar was in supreme kind. In what’s considered one among his greatest innings, Sachin had hammered 143 in opposition to Australia in 131 balls, however the effort was not sufficient to win the match for his aspect. The match, which had seen an interruption due to desert storm, continues to be considered one among Tendulkar’s greatest tons, regardless of it coming in a dropping effort. In the ultimate of the identical collection, a few days later, Tendulkar discovered the right ending to the story.
On the again of Tendulkar’s sensational ton within the historic encounter dubbed as “the desert storm”, India had managed to scrape by way of the ultimate in opposition to Australia. After profitable the toss, India captain Mohd Azharuddin requested Australia to bat first. With a fiery center-order partnership between Aussie captain Steve Waugh (70 off 71 balls) and Darren Lehmann (70 off 59 balls), Australia posted a complete of 272/9 in 50 overs.
On his birthday, Tendulkar got here out to open the innings with Sourav Ganguly. He began off brilliantly, preserving one finish protected within the center. In the fourth over of India’s innings, Tendulkar received a backside edge on the ball from Aussie seamer Michael Kasprowics. It simply missed the stumps and went to positive leg to enable Tendulkar to take a single. Kasprowics mouthed a couple of phrases, and Tendulkar, who didn’t used to bask in conversations an excessive amount of on the sector, glared again on the seamer.
After a couple of overs, Tendulkar discovered his rhythm and placed on a present. He went on to hammer 134 runs in 131 balls, with 12 fours and three sixes in his innings, serving to his aspect win the match by 4 wickets, and lift the trophy.
Speaking on the launch of journalist Borja Majumdar’s e-book two years in the past, Tendulkar recalled that he had been extraordinarily drained going into the match, and was exhausted by the Sharjah warmth when he got here out to bat. “I went out to bat in the evening. Mentally, I was not quite there. I was trying to find my focus. I knew I needed to spend some time on the field and the rhythm will come back to me, and it took about 5-6 overs to get that. Until then, I was not happy about the way I was moving,” he had recalled.
He additional added: “The confidence is all about which part of the bat you are hitting the ball and I was not able to middle the ball. Then I waited for my turn – then I hammered Kasprowics for two sixes, and from then on things started rolling. We ended up winning that tournament.”