The legendary Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar is recognized as one of the best batters in history. The Master Blaster recently commemorated the 25th anniversary of his ‘desert storm’ innings against Australia in Sharjah, one of many spectacular hits he had throughout his career.
At a gathering in Mumbai, he cut a cake with his admirers to commemorate the occasion. The match was part of a triangular series involving India, Australia, and New Zealand and was played on April 22, 1998. Tendulkar entered the run chase after the Australians had scored 284 runs after 50 overs and delivered one of the greatest innings in history.
India received a revised target of 276 runs to chase in 46 overs as a sandstorm hit Sharjah. Tendulkar scored a staggering 143 runs on just 131 pitches. The game was ultimately won by Australia by 26 runs; therefore, the strike was in vain. On Twitter, a video of the 25th anniversary commemoration of the knock went viral.
One of the greatest innings in a losing cause in cricket history is Tendulkar’s.
Sourav Ganguly, who entered the batting lineup alongside Tendulkar, barely scored 17 runs before Damien Fleming sent him back to the pavilion. Additionally, players like Nayan Mongia, Mohammad Azharuddin, VVS Laxman, and others were unable to contribute significantly or have the same influence to help India win.
Azhar and Laxman only managed to score 14 and 23 runs, respectively, compared to Mongia’s 35 runs. Only Tendulkar’s outstanding performance in the game preserved the team’s hopes. However, after attempting to hook the ball, which Adam Gilchrist was able to catch from behind, Damien Fleming also took out the illustrious hitter.
The dismissal, which broke the hearts of millions of people despite being ultimately ineffective, solidified the Master Blaster’s Sachin Tendulkar legend. It is still regarded as one of the finest knocks in the history of white-ball cricket.