In this article we will be analyzing Sachin’s 241 not out vs Australia
India’s 2003–04 tour of Australia
India’s 2003–04 tour of Australia was composed of seven matches, including four tests. The Indians also participated in an ODI tri-series with Australia and Zimbabwe.
From 1994 to 2008, Australia for 14 years and 26 consecutive series didn’t lose a single series at home.
India would become only the second team to draw a test series against the Australians in this 14year period if this match ended in a draw. With both the teams level on one win each, the final and fourth test match was important for both teams
Tendulkar had only managed scores of 0, 1, 37, 0, and 44 leading into the final Test, and unusually for the India No. 4, he had been dismissed on a number of occasions driving at wide balls outside his off stump.
Sachin’s scores in the first three tests are as follows:
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In fact, in the previous match at the MCG, which Australia had won by nine wickets to square the series, Tendulkar had been out in both innings in that very same fashion.
In the above picture we can see Sachin trying to attempt the cover drive but it went straight to Gilchrist. Sachin got out thrice to a similar shot
Sachin had only scored 82 runs in 5 innings and was going through a slump
Fourth Test Match at Sydney:
Sourav Ganguly won the toss and elected to bat first on a good, bouncy pitch.
India’s openers Sehwag and Chopra made a partnership of 123 and Sachin Tendulkar came to the crease when the score was 128/2
After giving a statement that he won’t play the cover drive, everyone took him lightly. But as he started playing all of his strokes were down the ground or on the leg side.
Sachins 241* vs Australia Wagon Wheel
This is the wagon wheel of Sachin’s 241. There are no boundaries on the cover region. Out of the 33 boundaries only 3 were hit on the offside. A straightish off drive, one square drive, and a square cut of Stuart McGill.
Even after getting to 200 he didn’t attempt the cover drive which tells us the mental strength and discipline of the Master Blaster.
In total, Tendulkar hit 33 boundaries in his unbeaten 241 across the first three days at the SCG, but quite incredibly not a single one of those fours was hit through the covers,
Sachin in this innings scored 193 out of 241 runs on the leg side and in the straight direction, only 48 runs out of his 241 runs came on the offside direction.
Sachin Tendulkar batted for 2 days, over 10 hours(613-minutes), and remained unbeaten on 241 India recorded their highest score ever in test cricket. They declared on a score of 705/7 in their first innings.
He went on to score an unbeaten 60 not out in the second innings.
The match ended in a draw but the concentration and dedication Tendulkar showed will remain alive in the minds of the cricketing fans.
In that series, Tendulkar was struggling for form, and he decided to not play cover drive in the final Test of the series. Despite that the Master Blaster went on to score a double ton.
“Most disciplined innings”- Steve Waugh
“Can you imagine playing Test cricket at the age of 16 until the next 24 years. That is just unbelievable. Sachin has played some amazing innings throughout his career but none with more discipline and determination like Sachin’s 241* against Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG),” -Brian Lara
Sachin’s 241 is lauded as one of the most disciplined innings ever in test cricket.
Author- Hrishikesh Amin