Sachin Tendulkar, First century in ODIs, took 5 years and 78 matches

We all know Sachin Tendulkar as the king of centuries. He is the only player in the history of the game who has scored total one hundred centuries (in ODIs and Tests combined). But do you know, Sachin Tendulkar TOOK 78 ODI MATCHES TO SCORE HIS FIRST CENTURY? Almost 5 years after his debut.

Sachin first ever ODI century came against Australia in Sep 1994 at Colombo, when he scored 110 runs in that match. It was his 78th match from his debut match in Dec 1989 against Pakistan. India won that match by 31 runs.

Sachin Tendulkar, First century in ODIs, took 5 years and 78 matches

Tendulkar made his Test debut in 1989, and in 1990, Sachin Tendulkar first century in test came against England at Old Trafford, Manchester where he remained not out after scoring 119 runs.

But in the One Day Internationals, Tendulkar made his debut against Pakistan in Dec 1989. And by the way, Tendulkar started his ODI career with two consicutive ducks. First against Pakistan and second against New Zealand. Sachin reached to his first 3 digit mark after almost 5 years when Little Master, SACHIN TENDULKAR FIRST CENTURY in ODIs came as he scored 110 against Australia in Sep 1994.

In his initial days, Sachin was batting at number 4 or 5 positions. Once he started to open for India in ODIs, he displayed his master class to the cricket world in a much brighter way. Though Sachin reached till 80s 4 times before actually making it to 3 figure mark. The important note is, Sachin took only 8 matches to reach the milestone of first ODI century after opening the batting for India.

Sachin scores of 80s before his First Hundred

RunsBalls4s and 6sStrike RatePositionOppositionGround Match Date
81778 and 1105.24ZimbabweHamilton07-Mar-92
841076 and 078.54New ZealandDunedin12-Mar-92
82*816 and 1101.25EnglandJaipur18-Jan-93
824915 and 2167.32New ZealandAuckland27-Mar-94
1101308 and 284.612AustraliaColombo (RPS)09-Sep-94

Sachin scored 11 centuries in his next 78 matches

RunsBalls4s and 6sStrike RateOppositionGround Match Date
1151369 and 384.55New ZealandVadodara28-Oct-94
10513410 and 078.35West IndiesJaipur11-Nov-94
112*10715 and 1104.67Sri LankaSharjah09-Apr-95
127*13815 and 192.02KenyaCuttack18-Feb-96
1371378 and 5100Sri LankaDelhi02-Mar-96
1001119 and 190.09PakistanSingapore05-Apr-96
1181408 and 284.28PakistanSharjah15-Apr-96
1101385 and 179.71Sri LankaColombo (RPS)28-Aug-96
11412614 and 090.47South AfricaWankhede14-Dec-96
104978 and 1107.21ZimbabweBenoni09-Feb-97
11713713 and 285.4New ZealandBengaluru14-May-97

Sachin Tendulkar, No introduction needed

Sachin Tendulkar is widely acknowledged as one of the greatest cricketers of all time, with a career spanning over two decades. He holds the record for the most runs scored in both Test matches and One Day Internationals (ODIs) organized by the International Cricket Council.

Tendulkar’s extraordinary run-scoring abilities are exemplified by the fact that he holds the record for the most centuries scored by a batsman in both Test and ODI matches, with 51 and 49 centuries respectively. He achieved a major milestone in his career in March 2012, when he became the first and only cricketer to score 100 international centuries.

Tendulkar has scored centuries against all Test-playing nations, and is the second batsman to score 150 against each of them (all test playing nations). In addition to this, he has scored centuries on at least one cricket ground of all Test-playing nations, with the exception of Zimbabwe.


Sachin also holds a record of most nineties by any player. Tendulkar has been dismissed 9 times between scores of 90 and 99 in One Day Internationals.


When did Sachin Tendulkar score his first century in One Day Internationals (ODIs)?

Sachin Tendulkar scored his first century in ODIs on September 9, 1994, during a match against Australia at Colombo.

How old was Sachin Tendulkar when he scored his first ODI century?

Tendulkar was 21 years old when he scored his first ODI century.

What was the score of Sachin Tendulkar in his first ODI century?

Tendulkar scored 110 runs off just 147 balls in his first ODI century.

Where did Sachin Tendulkar score his first Test century?

Tendulkar scored his first Test century against England at Old Trafford, Manchester in 1990. Tendulkar scored 119 runs not out in his first Test century.

How many centuries did Tendulkar score in Test match and ODI matches?

Tendulkar scored 51 centuries in Test matches and 49 centuries in ODI matches.

When did Tendulkar scored his 100th international century?

Tendulkar scored his 100th international century in March 2012, against Bangladesh.

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