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Sachin Tendulkar turns 51: RCB's Dinesh Karthik recalls denying Master Blaster his 46th ODI century in Cuttack

By, New Delhi
Apr 24, 2024 03:44 PM IST

As Sachin Tendulkar celebrates birthday, Dinesh Karthik, shared some memories of his association with the Master Blaster.

Sachin Tendulkar, the legendary Indian cricketer, turned 51 today. Tendulkar's career is marked by numerous records and milestones, including being the highest run-scorer in both ODIs and Tests, the first player to score 100 international centuries. His contributions to cricket have earned him numerous accolades, including the Bharat Ratna, India's highest civilian honour, and the Khel Ratna, India's highest sports award.

India needed four runs to win and Karthik hit a six(AP-PTI)
India needed four runs to win and Karthik hit a six(AP-PTI)

As Tendulkar celebrates his 51st birthday, his former teammate and current Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) star, Dinesh Karthik, shared some memories of his association with the Master Blaster. Karthik, in a more detailed account, recounted the first time he met Tendulkar, which he described as a "good memory."

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“Good memory being the fact that the first time I met him, it was on top of a flyover. We were going in a bus en route to the airport and he joined in his car and just got into the bus midway. That’s the first time I ever seen the man in my life. So that is a good memory,” remembered Karthik. However, Karthik also shared a "bad memory" involving Tendulkar.

“Bad memory was 97, not out. We needed four runs to win and I hit a six. So, I ended up making sure that he didn’t get the hundred, Till today, I get a lot of grief for it and rightly so. Understandable,” he added.

This incident took place during the 3rd ODI between India and Sri Lanka at Cuttack in 2009. Chasing 239 to win, the duo steered India to victory with seven wickets in hand and 45 deliveries remaining. Tendulkar, a mere four runs away from what could have been his 46th ODI century, was left stranded on 96 not out, a moment etched in cricketing history.

During the crucial moments of the chase, Karthik, then a young player in the team, played a pivotal role. In a significant turn of events, Karthik struck a crucial six off-spinner Suraj Randiv, reducing the required runs to just seven for victory. At this juncture, Tendulkar needed nine runs to reach his century. The following over saw Tendulkar scoring a boundary off Lasith Malinga and then taking a single, inching closer to his milestone.

However, fate had a different plan for Tendulkar's century quest. In a twist of events, Malinga bowled a delivery down the leg side to Karthik, which raced away for five wides, sealing India's win. This unfortunate turn of events denied Tendulkar the opportunity to reach his century, leaving him stranded on 96 not out.

The match not only highlighted the talent and composure of Tendulkar and Karthik but also showcased the unpredictable nature of cricket. Despite the slight discrepancy in Karthik's recollection of the final moments, the match remains a significant chapter in the annals of cricket.

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