” Well I am not feeling anything right now, the feeling hasn’t sunk in yet. But I have lost about 50 kgs (laughs). It doesn’t matter how many hundreds you score, you still have to put your head down, grind it and do the job for the team. I was not thinking about the 100th ton to be honest, precisely a year ago when i got my 99th hundred during the World Cup, no one spoke about it. And then it was the media, I guess, who started the hype around it, and you know everywhere I went; to restaurants, the housekeeping, room-service; whoever met me, just spoke about the 100th hundred, and it became difficult mentally. Because I am not playing only for my 100th hundred. You know the 99 hundreds that I have scored, nobody spoke about it and everyone was speaking about the 100th hundred. Everyone had their opinions, but in the end I had to do what was better for the team. “
This is what Sachin Tendulkar said in an interview right after he scored his 100th international hundred, to commentator Rameez Raja. He adviced every Indian youth to “Enjoy the game and chase your dreams, I think dreams do come true” as he left the ground to a loud cheer.
After 33 international innings, and 370 days to be precise, Sachin Tendulkar has finally added yet another feather to his cap. Sachin Tendulkar finally got the monkey off his back as he delicately played a ball down the leg-side to reach the 3-figure mark. Sachin Tendulkar came for the Asia Cup carrying heavy expectations of Indian fans, who had been waiting for this month since more than a year now.
It was not a typical Sachin Tendulkar innings as he took his time to settle in and finally get to his 49th international ODI hundred. Sachin Tendulkar once again tested the nerves of 1.2 billion Indians as he took in excess of 3 overs to move from 95 to 100. It took Sachin 138 balls to finally get their. His face expressed the relief and satisfaction, and the noise by the crowd was just a small example of the love Sachin gets all around the globe.
The hype around Tendulkar’s 100th international century began during last year’s World Cup, when two hundreds in the group stages put him on 99 international hundreds. However, he failed to get to three figures on India’s tour of England, the home series against West Indies and the tour of Australia, and has finally achieved the feat in Bangladesh.
Sachin got close to scoring the coveted 100th century at Oval against England and also at Mumbai against West Indies. But on both occasions, pressure got better off him and he holed out in the 90s. Sachin now has a total of 100 international hundreds, 51 in tests and 49 in ODIs. Sachin is followed distantly by Ricky Ponting who has 71 international centuries to his name. Kallis has 59 centuries in international career while Brian Lara has 53 centuries to his name. Rahul Dravid is second Indian on the list, and 5th overall, with 48 international centuries (36 in tests and 12 in ODIs).