Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

Legendry Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar’s records in the ODI World Cup are unparalleled. From most runs to most centuries to most half-centuries, the ‘Master Blaster’ owns it all in the marquee event.

The former great played a grand total of 45 matches in the mega tournament, spread across six different editions, starting from 1992 to 2011. During his illustrious World Cup journey, India’s greatest batsman amassed 2,278 runs, including six centuries.

Moreover, fans will be excited to know that Sachin scored his maiden World Cup century against minnows Kenya at the Barabati Stadium in Cuttack in the 1996 edition of the marquee event.

In this tournament, Sachin became the first batsman to reach 500 runs milestone in a single edition of Cricket World Cup with an impressive average of 87.17 and a strike rate of 85.87.

In the 1196 World Cup, India were up against Kenya. India won the toss and elected to bat first. Anil Kumble bowled brilliantly for the hosts with an impressive spell of 3/28 in his allotted spell of 10 overs as Kenya were skittle out for 199. Steve Tikolo was the top scorer for the visitors with 65 of 83 balls.

In reply, India’s opening duo of Sachin and Ajay Jadeja stitched together an effective partnership of 163 runs to chase down the target with ease. Sachin scored 127 of 138 balls with the help of 15 fours and a six with the strike rate of 92.03. It was Sachin’s fifth ODI century. It was a memorable occasion for Sachin as it was his first ton in the World Cup. The Master Blaster was adjudged man of the match for his brilliant match-winning knock.