10Sachin Tendulkar’s 152 in 2003
Adding to his previous streak of magnificent tons in world cups, Sachin hit this blistering 152 against the underdogs Namibia at Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. This was his highest score and 4th century in world cups equaling Mark Waugh’s record.
India’s first two matches in the world cup was a disaster with a mediocre performance against Holland and a 9 wicket defeat against the Aussies. This caused a huge uproar back home and the BCCI and the players were under immense pressure to deliver results. With this pressure, India defeated Zimbabwe and went into the game against Namibia without the slightest hint of complacency about the world cup debutants. Sachin who rose up whenever the team was under pressure, did the same this time and proved his worth. Starting off with Sehwag who scored 24 to build a solid opening stand, Sachin partnered with Ganguly to add 244 runs for the second wicket. It was a treat to watch Sachin hammering boundary after boundary effortlessly in emphatic style. The world cup debutants were too humbled by this maestro and were scratching heads to figure a way out. He scored 18 boundaries in this innings with elegant drives, mighty slogs, and cheeky paddle sweeps.This innings made Sachin the leading run scorer of the 2003 world cup and helped India win by a margin of 181 runs, the 5th highest in world cup history. Also, it was his 34th ODI century, extending the record for most number of centuries.