On this day, this year: Sachin Tendulkar scored an emotional ton at the 1999 World Cup against Kenya after the death of his father

Sachin Tendulkar showed remarkable resilience in a crucial game for India, scoring an emotional 140 after his father’s death in the 1999 World Cup against Kenya.

Sachin Tendulkar at the 1999 World Cup (courtesy of AFP)


  • Tendulkar and Dravid added 237 runs for the second wicket
  • Tendulkar scored an unbeaten hit on 140 balls out of 101 while Dravid scored 104 balls out of 109
  • India comfortably won the game with 94 runs against Kenya

On May 23, 1999, Sachin Tendulkar achieved what is likely one of the most challenging centuries of his career.

In the World Cup group stage against Kenya, Sachin Tendulkar played an unbeaten stroke of 140 from just 101 balls to bring India’s total to 329 for 2 in 50 overs. It was an emotional game for Tendulkar as it was played against the backdrop of his father’s death.

India had started the World Cup with a loss to South Africa and on the eve of their game against Zimbabwe, Tendulkar received his father’s shock and had to return to India for the final rites.

In the absence of Sachin, India suffered an embarrassing three-time defeat by Zimbabwe.

However, Tendulkar decided to return to England after his father’s funeral and played a win for his team.

# On that day in 1999, Sachin Tendulkar hit a great 101 ball 140 *, his third @ cricketworldcup century! pic.twitter.com/mPdwSgAUpE

– ICC (@ICC) May 23, 2020

India struck first against Kenya and was 92/2 in 20.5 overs. Tendulkar then made his way to the center and received loud applause from the crowd.

Tendulkar found a capable partner in Rahul Dravid, and the duo formed an undefeated partnership of 237 runs for the third wicket. Rahul Dravid played a perfect second slide and scored a reassuring 194, not out of 109 balls.

Sachin got mad and scored a great 140 with the help of 16 limits and three sixes.

Indian bowlers restricted Kenya to 7 of 50 overs to 235 and comfortably won the match with 94 runs. Kennedy Otieno (56) and Steve Tikolo (58) scored half a century for Kenya.

Debasis Mohanty (4/56) was the most successful bowler for India with his four-wicket train. Javagal Srinath, Ajit Agarkar and Nikhil Chopra interfered with one wicket apiece.

The player of the game was Sachin Tendulkar. India managed to make the Super Sixes but did not make it to the semi-finals of the 1999 World Cup.

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