Tejas Rathi ∙ Aug 14 2022, 8:15 AM

#OTD in 1990: Sachin Tendulkar slammed his first international century

On this day, 32 years ago, legendary Sachin Tendulkar hit his maiden century in international cricket at the tender age of 17. He reached this milestone in the second Test of the three-match series against England at the iconic Old Trafford ground in Manchester. 

England take a significant lead in the first innings

Batting first, Graham Gooch and Michael Atherton were at their absolute best to add 225 runs for the first wicket before Gooch made his way back to the hut for a well-compiled 116. Atherton displayed composure and enormous grit to score 131. 

In the middle order, Robin Smith (121) further propelled the Three Lions to a strong total of 519 on the board. Narendra Hirwani was the pick of the bowlers for the visitors with four wickets. 

Then, Sanjay Manjrekar (93) was flawless in resurrecting India's innings after the early dismissals of the openers. He added 189 runs for the fourth wicket with Mohammad Azharuddin. 

image-l6t0036uAzharuddin during his knock of 179

Azharuddin (179) delivered one of the greatest knocks of his career and got support from Tendulkar (68) at the other end. India managed to post 432, trailing by 87 runs in the first innings. 

Tendulkar's maiden ton help India to save the Test match

In the second innings, Atherton (74) and Allan Lamb (109) sailed the hosts to 320, setting a mammoth target of 408 for India. 

Afterwards, Manjrekar (50) again displayed strong resistance to the English bowlers. Unfortunately, the experienced Dilip Vengasarkar and Azharuddin failed to provide notable contributions. 

Riding on his good form, Tendulkar (119*) was impeccable with his cover drives and cuts. He got to his hundred with a gentle drive towards the mid-off region. The then 17-year-old stitched an unbeaten partnership of 160 runs with Manoj Prabhakar (67*) to save the test match. 

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