The BIG question is – will Sachin Tendulkar get his 100th century in the current English tour. Tendulkar one of the greatest batsman of the current era, has 51 Test centuries and 48 ODI centuries under his belt. He has been looking for one more century in any format of the game to get to 100 international centuries – a great milestone indeed. He is a genius when it comes to scoring runs. He has scored centuries in almost all test playing countries and against all test playing countries. Of recent, he broke Pakistan’s Saeed Anwar’s record of being the highest scorer in ODIs and became the first cricketer to reach the magical figure of 200 runs. However, Tendulkar has been critisized for the fact that India has lost on many occassions when he scored a century. Is this true and if so, why? Cricblogger looks at the record of Tendulkar’s centuries in ODIs and their effect on the outcome of the match. Why does India loose when Sachin score a century or is it just a myth? This is a question that has surfaced once in a while, among cricketing analysts. Inzamam ul Haq, on the contrary had a reputation of scoring centuries in crunch situations. His centuries had always helped Pakistan win. He scored his centuries when odds were against. First we look at simple statistics and then have a detailed look at the result of each match in which Tendulkar got a century. Out of 48 ODI centuries that Tendulkar has scored, 33 times India has won, 13 times India lost, 1 match was a tie, and once the match was a no-result. This reflects to a percentage 68.75% centuries that got India afloat but looking at it in detail shows that out of these 33 match-winning centuries, 9 were against minnows like Kenya, Namibia and Zimbabwe – ssssshhh… thats a secret.
Now lets look at other players:
Mahela Jaywardene: 15 ODI centuries, out of which 14 are match winning. Winning percentage: 93.33
Mohammad Yousuf: 15 ODI centuries, out of which 14 are match winning. Winning percentage: 93.33.
Virender Sehwag: 14 ODI centuries, out of which 13 are match winning. Winning percentage: 92.85
Sanath Jayasuriya: 28 ODI centuries, out of which 24 are match winning. Winning percentage: 85.71
Brian Lara: 19 ODI centuries out of which 16 are match winning. Winning percentage: 84.21
Saurav Ganuguly: 22 ODI centuries, out of which 18 are match winning. Winning percentage: 81.81
List of Tendulkar’s ODI centuries and their effect on the outcome of the match is given in detail below:
Also Read About Tendulkar’s Test Centuries