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.
About Sachin Tendulkar : Brief Info (from Wikipedia Page)
Widely acknowledged as the greatest batsman of his generation, Sachin Tendulkar is the most prolific run-scorer in international cricket.
Tendulkar has scored the highest number of centuries (100 or more runs) in Test matches and One Day International (ODI) matches organized by the International Cricket Council.
His total of 51 centuries in Test matches and 49 in ODIs are world records for highest number of centuries by a batsman.
He became the first and only cricketer to score 100 international centuries when he made 114 against Bangladesh in March 2012.
After making his Test debut in 1989, Tendulkar achieved his first century against England at Old Trafford, Manchester in 1990 and he made 119 not out.
In Test matches, Tendulkar has scored centuries against all the Test cricket playing nations, and is the second batsman to score 150 against each of them.
He has scored a century in at least one cricket ground of all Test cricket playing nations, only except Zimbabwe.
In October 2010, Tendulkar went past Lara’s record of 19 scores of 150+ by hitting 20th against Australia.
He made his highest score in 2004, when he made 248 not out against Bangladesh at the Dhaka.
Tendulkar has scored six double centuries and remained unbeaten on 15 occasions. His centuries have come in 30 different cricket grounds, with 27 of them being scored in venues outside India.
And also, Tendulkar has been dismissed nine times between scores of 90 and 99. So, he is the the player with most nineties as well.
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