Deja vu all over again
Sachin Tendulkar, returning from a shoulder injury
, scored his 40th one-day international century (and 75th international hundred, factoring in 35 test hundreds
) in India's first match of the DLF Cup against West Indies
. Actually, come to think of it, 100(119) isn't exactly special, is it?
Except for a few differences, such as the number 40, the venue, the openers etc., this could easily have been mistaken for what transpired at Nagpur 11 months ago
. Dravid wins toss, elects to bat. Pathan sent in at #3 and is a success. Sehwag not making an impact.
Of course, matching 350 is tough, given India are 4 down for 226 in the 41st over right now. But 300 should be on.
What will add to the similarities is if Tendulkar continues this season as he did last time. After he made 93 and 67*
, he made 2, 11, 19, 39, 2, 2, 2 and 30 in his next 8 games before scoring 100 against Pakistan
Previous deja vu: Karachi, India v Pakistan, Day one
India ended with 309/5. Tendulkar was unbeaten on 141(148). There has only been one previous occasion he's batted through the entire 50 overs: 186* v NZ
. Honourable mention for 122* in 48.1 overs v Zimbabwe
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