New Delhi | Jagran Sports Desk: The God of Cricket, namely Sachin Tendulkar, is arguably the best batsmen to have ever played the game of cricket since its inception. Known for his stylish cricketing shots and perfect timing, Sachin's name became the anthem of Indian cricket fans which echoed in stadiums for about more than 2 decades. In the 90s, it was only Sachin who can smash teams like the mighty Australians and hit tall, fast Caribbean bowlers out of the park easily. His fame rose with time and the master blaster became the one-man army of Indian cricket.  

Born on this day (April 24, 1973), Sachin started playing at the age of 16 and bid adieu to international cricket in 2013 after playing for more than 24 years. In his career, the master blaster achieved many records, which are still unbroken and standing firm. The legendary Indian batsman played 200 Tests and 463 one-day internationals (ODIs), scoring 15,921 and 18,426 runs respectively and hitting a whopping 100 centuries in both forms of the game. 

Though Master Blaster has retired from all forms of cricket, his fans still love to see the smash-buckling innings that he played in his two-decade-long career. So as Tendulkar turns 48, we at English Jagran have brought five of his best innings that he played in his career.

* 143 v Australia at Sharjah in 1998:

Known as 'Desert Storm', this knock by Tendulkar is considered as one of his greatest innings in ODIs. Playing against the might Aussies, Tendulkar smashed 143 off just 131 balls, hitting nine fours and five massive sixes. However, Tendulkar wasn't able to win the match for India, his innings made sure that the Men in Blue reach the finals of the tournament.

* 98 v Pakistan in 2003 World Cup:

Playing against the arch-rivals Pakistan, Tendulkar during the 2003 ODI World Cup once again showed his greatest as smashed stroke-filled 98 off just 75 balls against the likes of Wasim Akram, Shoaib Akhtar and Waqar Younis. Tendulkar's innings made sure India continue their unbeaten record against Pakistan at the World Cups.

* 200 v South Africa at Gwalior in 2010:

While several batsmen have scored double hundreds in ODIs, it was Sachin Tendulkar who achieved this feat for the first time in the history of the limited-overs format. Tendulkar smashed the likes of Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel to hit 200 not out off just 147 balls to help India win by 153 runs against South Africa.

* 134 v Australia at Sharjah in 1998:

Two days after his 'Desert Storm' knock, Tendulkar produced another masterclass in the finals of the Sharjah cup by smashing a 131-ball 134, helping India beat Australia by six wickets.

* 82 v New Zealand at Auckland in 1994:

Playing his first ODI game as an opener, Tendulkar produced another masterclass as he smashed a stroke making 82 off just 49 balls, hitting 15 fours and two massive sixes to help India beat New Zealand by seven wickets.

Wish a very very Happy Birthday to the God of cricket, Sachin Tendulkar!

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma