It was Sachin Tendulkar’s childhood dream to win the World Cup for India. And he was talented and diligent enough to shape his dreams into reality. He was excellent with the bat in the 2011 World Cup, scoring two centuries against South Africa and England along with some useful fifties against arch rivals Pakistan and defending Champions Australia. The first one against England consisted of the elegant flicks and powerful shots. He tore apart Greame Swann, hitting him for 3 sixes and also played one of the best shots of the tournament, the six over mid-off of Paul Collingwood.
The century against South Africa, his 48th in one day internationals and 99th international hundred was a much different innings. Right from the word go, the master blaster was timing the ball really well and even hooked fast bowler Dale Steyn for a six over fine leg. It was another master class from the little master and even though India lost the match courtesy a batting collapse, the innings is still remembered by his fans.
Sachin’s 50 plus scores at the 2011 World Cup:
- v England at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore: 120 (115)
- v South Africa at Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium, Nagpur: 111 (101)
- v Australia at Sardar Patel Stadium, Motera, Ahmedabad: 53 (68)
- v Pakistan at Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Mohali: 85 (115)