IPL 2022 – Top 3 MOST DESTRUCTIVE Innings of Sachin Tendulkar in the IPL
Sachin Tendulkar, probably the greatest batter to ever grace the game, turns 49 today. In addition to being an international cricketer, Tendulkar has made a name for himself in the Indian Premier League (IPL). Despite just playing in the first six seasons of the IPL near the conclusion of his career, Sachin made the league his own in that short time.
The highlight of his IPL career was the 2010 season, when he captained the Mumbai Indians and practically single-handedly led them to the final. In addition, he won the Orange Cap in the same edition. However, while Sachin’s run total in the IPL is well known, the explosive side that he demonstrated in the IPL is less well known. So, on his birthday, we look at three innings in which the Master took bowlers to the cleaners.
Number 1. 74 from 44 deliveries (Mumbai Indians vs Chennai Super Kings) – 2012
The huge man came to the fore in the second ‘El Classico’ of the fifth season of IPL. Faced with a 174-run chase against Chennai Super Kings, the ‘Paltan’ needed a masterclass from their headline player, and Sachin Tendulkar delivered.
Following the fall of his opening partner, James Franklin, Tendulkar teamed with Rohit Sharma and quickly stitched a 100+ partnership. Sachin seemed to be in his element as he and Rohit went after the Chennai total with a vengeance, hitting 11 fours and a massive six over fine leg.
The match, though, will be remembered for Dwayne Smith’s last-over heroics, in which he smashed a six and two fours to chase down 14 from the final three balls. However, the Master Blaster’s contribution was just as important, if not more, to the chase.
Number 2. 48 from 28 deliveries (Mumbai Indians vs Kolkata Knight Riders) – 2013
Sachin batted against the bowlers for one of the last occasions he ever did on a cricket field, just like he did in the early days of his career. It was the third and final time we’d see him bat in the IPL, and certainly the last time he’d unleash himself on the IPL stage.
Sachin hit eight fours in this brief yet powerful surge. The pounding Ryan McLaren got at the hands of the maestro, though, is what stands out most about this contest. In the fourth over of the innings, Sachin put the South African to the cleaners, smashing him for five straight fours.
Sachin blasted off with Dwayne Smith by his side, making the hard-hitting West Indian look like a sloth in comparison. The innings and subsequent win were critical for the Mumbai Indians to qualify for the playoffs. Mumbai eventually won the title this time, satisfying the great man’s final treasured goal.
Number 3. 63 from 32 deliveries (Mumbai Indians vs Delhi Daredevils) – 2010
This is unquestionably Sachin Tendulkar’s most brutal innings in IPL history, with a strike rate close to 200. Tendulkar’s innings, which included crucial contributions from Saurabh Tiwary and Ambati Rayudu, helped Mumbai Indians reach a massive total of 218.
The Delhi Daredevils (now known as Delhi Capitals), who were in red-hot form at the time, were shell-shocked by the unexpected onslaught and never recovered. Sachin created the groundwork for a massive score, hitting 11 fours in 32 balls, and his teammates ensured that they got it.
Delhi were never truly in the hunt after losing the match’s most dependable player, Gautam Gambhir, to injury. In the end, the Mumbai Indians triumphed by a comfortable margin, helping them to the top of the table at the end of the season, with 10 wins from 14 games. If anything, IPL 2010 was Sachin Tendulkar’s season, as he became the first Indian to win the Orange Cap. However, the eventual ambition of winning the coveted league was dashed in the final by MS Dhoni’s CSK.