Sachin Tendulkar hits 100th century (VIDEO)


Sachin Tendulkar is congratulated by teammate Suresh Raina after scoring his hundred century (100 runs) during the one day international (ODI) Asia Cup cricket match between India and Bangladesh at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka on March 16, 2012. India's Sachin Tendulkar became the first batsman in history to score 100 international centuries, adding another milestone in his record-breaking career.



The Indian cricket team's Sachin Tendulkar became the first cricketer to score 100 centuries on Friday in a match against Bangladesh. The Associated Press called him "the best batsman of the modern era."

The cricket milestone was achieved during the Asia Cup match, played at the Mirpur Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Dhaka, though India ultimately lost the match to Bangladesh, according to the BBC.

According to the Guardian, it had been more than a year since Tendulkar's last century. He hit his first in 1990, against England. A century is 100 runs in cricket.

Tendulkar already holds many major batting records, according to the AP.

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A one day international, such as the one on Friday, consists of each team bowling 50 overs, or 300 balls, to try to get the batting team out. When a batsman successfully hits a ball, he scores a run by running from one end of the pitch to the other, from wicket to wicket. In essence, Tendulkar, during his cricket career, has scored 10,000 runs.

Tendulkar played down his achievement saying, "I felt at times I was luckless. Doesn't matter how many hundreds you score, you still have to put your head down, grind it out and do the job for the team. It hasn't sunk in but I have definitely lost about 50 kilos," according to the Guardian.

The Wall Street Journal made a comparative analysis: "In cricket, one batsman’s time on the field can run into several hours. Indeed, getting a century, or 100 runs, takes most of a day and the batsman can face more than 200 bowls in doing so. Typically, anything above 30 runs is considered an OK score at the top of the game. So getting one 100 (also known as a century or ton) is likely to be the highlight of any batting order’s achievement."

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Here is the moment when Tendulkar batted his 100th century: