On This Day: Birth of Sachin Tendulkar, the ODI Opener at Auckland

On This Day: Birth of Sachin Tendulkar, the ODI Opener at Auckland

On March 27, 1994, the world discovered a player that would take the game of cricket by storm in the coming decades. This day on 1994, Sachin Tendulkar opened the innings for the first time in his career and the rest as they say is history.Then captain Mohammad Azharuddin asked Tendulkar to open the innings in the absence of Navjot Singh Sidhu, who was out of the game with a stiff neck. Tendulkar was asked to open the innings and it turned out to the turning point in his career.

The Little Master came out all guns blazing and smacked 82 off just 49 balls, hitting 15 fours and two sixes at a strike-rate of 167.35. Riding on his 82, India beat New Zealand by 7 wickets in the 24th over of the game.

He, along with Sourav Ganguly, formed the most successful opening stands in the history of ODI cricket during the span of 1996 to 2007. The pair opened the innings together 136 times, remaining unbeaten twice, scoring 6,609 runs at an average of 49.32 and a highest of 258. They have recorded 21 century stands and 23 fifty plus stands. The second successful pair is Australia’s Adam Gilchrist and Matthew Hadyen and they have scored 5,372 runs from 114 innings.

Tendulkar’s partnership with Virender Sehwag was also very destructive with the pair opening 93 times and scoring 3,919 runs — which the sixth best opening pair in terms of runs scored in ODIs.

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