Bowlers Day Out with Master Blaster – Sachin Tendulkar

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Sachin Tendulkar Best Bowling Performance in ODI – There are numerous batting records and performances given by Sachin Tendulkar in the One Day Internationals and the test matches. But, very few people have information on Sachin as a bowler. He has been equally good with the ball in hands as he has with the bat.

Sachin gave timely breakthroughs which other main bowlers in the team struggled to do at times.

sachin tendulkar best bowling performance in odi

Sachin had deliveries like the right arm off break, leg break and seam up in his armoury. When Sachin failed to deliver as a batsman he helped his team with his magical bowling. If Sachin wouldn’t have been the greatest batsman of all time, he surely would have been great as a bowler and would have won matches for India.

Sachin Tendulkar Best Bowling Performance in ODI

In 1987 when Sachin went to train in the MRF Pace Foundation in Chennai, Dennis Lillee advised Sachin to concentrate more on his batting rather than his bowling. But, Sachin hasn’t done too bad when he was asked to bowl. He has had some fabulous records as a bowler and has also picked up more than 5 wickets in One Day Internationals than the Aussie legend, Shane Warne. With that said, Sachin, who is known as a great batsman has also picked up 200 wickets across all formats of cricket. These records speak about Sachin’s calibre as a bowler.

Sachin Tendulkar Best Bowling Performance in ODI – The Aussie’s great, Dennis Lillee is being thanked by millions of Indians for his great advice to Sachin Tendulkar, who is still a legend of the game even after retiring from international cricket 7 years ago. Sachin has delivered with the bat so many times that we have almost forgotten him as a batsman who can also bowl.

So, here are the top and best performances with the bowl by Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar –

1993, Hero Cup – India vs South Africa in Kolkata – This is and will be the best performance by Sachin with the ball. At the jam-packed crowd in Kolkata’s Eden Gardens, Sachin’s magical last over allowed a famous Indian win over South Africa. When the Proteas needed just 6 runs to win in the last over, Indian skipper Mohd Azharuddin didn’t know whom to give the last over to bowl. Ajit Wadekar was the coach of Team India at the time. He sent a message to Azhar with the 12. The message said to let Kapil bowl. But the Indian skipper Azhar didn’t follow the coach’s advice. At that time, Sachin took the responsibility on himself and delivered for India. Sachin bowled against South Africa when their last two batsmen Brain McMillan and Allan Donald crumbled with pressure. Sachin didn’t even ball a single over in the match earlier. But, when it mattered the most, Master blaster delivered and won the game for India by just two runs! India went on to win that Hero Cup as the men in blue defeated West Indies to clinch the title.

Sachin Tendulkar Best Bowling Performance in ODI

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1998, Pepsi Cup 1st One Day International match against Australia in Kochi – Whenever Sachin failed to bat well, he compensated with his performance the ball. In the Pepsi Cup, triangular series, Sachin bowled so well that even the mighty Aussies crumbled to defeat. When India batted first, they set the target of 310 runs for the Aussies to chase. Sachin didn’t make any significant contributions with the bat as he was out for just eight runs. But the other players like skipper Azharuddin, Ajay Jadeja, and Hrishikesh Kanitkar batted extremely well which is why India posted 310 runs on the board. In response to this, Australia was in full control of their run chase and at that time skipper Azharuddin handed the ball to Sachin and the master didn’t disappoint. Sachin responded brilliantly to his captain’s call and provided his team with much-needed wickets. It wasn’t the lower order batsmen who were out to Sachin’s bowling but formidable batsmen like Steve Waugh, Michel Bevan, Darren Lehman, and Damien Martyn. All these wickets came in succession by Sachin Tendulkar. Sachin picked up five wickets and helped India in beating Australia by 41 runs in that match.

Sachin Tendulkar Best Bowling Performance in ODI

2001, 2nd Test Match against Australia in Kolkata – This match is primarily remembered for India’s dominating win over Australia and the marathon partnership between Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman. With that, this match is also remembered for the test hat trick which was taken by Harbhajan Singh. India won this game even after Australia enforced the follow on. Australia scored a huge 445 runs in the 1st innings and then Glenn McGrath and his fellow bowlers ripped the Indian batting line-up apart. After enforcing the following, India was still in trouble but Dravid and Laxman played blinder innings which helped India in escaping that situation. India set a target of 384 runs on the last day and even though Harbhajan Singh took a brilliant test hat trick, Mathew Hayden still came in the way of India’s win. It was Sachin Tendulkar who removed Hayden, Gilchrist, and Shane Warne in the span of 18 balls and that is what finally allowed India to win the match. India is the only second team to win a test match against Australia even after they were enforced with the follow on. Sachin finished with three wickets and gave away 31 runs from 11 overs in that match.

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2004, 2nd Test Match against Pakistan – The marathon knock of 309 by Virender Sehwag is fondly remembered by almost all of us. But what we don’t remember is that Sachin also took 2 wickets that derailed the Pakistani innings. India scored a huge total of 675 runs in their first innings. The top order of Pakistan batted cautiously and threatened to deny India a win. Pakistan looked to avoid the follow on with Moin Khan and Abdul Razzaq on the crease. They played carefully to avoid the follow on but the innings was struck by a disaster for Pakistan when Sachin came on to bowl the last over of that day. Before the Multan test match, Sachin dismissed Moin Khan earlier and a googly from Tendulkar beat Moin Khan completely as he thrashed the stumps of Khan. It was the best delivery bowled by Sachin in his career. Sachin took one more wicket in that match when he dismissed Sohaib Akthar. He picked up 2 wickets for just 36 runs in that match.

Sachin Tendulkar Best Bowling Performance in ODI

2005, 1st One Day International match against Pakistan in Kochi – This was the second and the last five-wicket haul for Sachin. Kochi was the happy hunting crowd where the Master performed outstandingly with the ball. Like the ODI match against Australia, Sachin failed with the bat and delivered with the ball here too. This was a six-match One Day International against Pakistan and in the first ODI itself, Sachin took a five-wicket haul. India scored 281 runs in their 50 overs, thanks to the two brilliant tons from Dravid and Sehwag. Although Sachin fell for just four runs, he came back strong with the ball and ripped the Pakistani batsmen out of the contest. Sachin picked up the important scalps of Skipper Inzamam, Shahid Afridi, Mohd Hafeez, Abdul Razzaq, and Mohd Sami. He gave away just 50 runs and picked up 5 wickets in his quota of ten overs! This was Sachin’s 2nd five-wicket haul in Kochi and India won that match by 87 runs.

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