Sachin Tendulkar rates 44 vs West Indies in 1997 Trinidad ODI as one of his favourite innings

Former India captain Sachin Tendulkar opened up on one of his most “cherished” innings in one-day cricket, recalling his knock against West Indies in the 1st ODI at Trinidad in 1997 which ultimately went in vain for the visitors.

Tendulkar, who was the captain at the time, said the 43-ball 44 he made in that game against the likes of Cutrly Ambrose, Courtney Walsh, Ian Bishop and Franklyn Rose on a challenging track at Port of Spain was one of the best knocks he has ever played. But he also conceded that an umpiring error led to his dismissal.

“Another innings I cherish is the first one-day international between West Indies and India at Trinidad in 1997. We batted first, and the weather was overcast, with the wicket damp in the morning. Not only was the wicket challenging to bat on, their bowling attack was extremely good as well. Their pace battery consisted of Courtney Walsh, Curtly Ambrose, Ian Bishop and Franklin Rose.

“I was able to counterattack and score quick 44 runs, before getting out to Ambrose caught behind on what was an umpiring error. It was a rain-curtailed match and we lost the match, but purely for the tough conditions in which one had to bat on, I rank that innings as one of my favourites,” Tendulkar was quoted by cricket.com.

India lost the game by 8 wickets after failing to defend 146 in 33 overs in a rain-curtailed match in Trinidad.

Tendulkar’s side posted 179 from 48.3 overs with Ambrose (4) and Rose (3) sharing 7 wickets between them while Bishop and Jimmy Adams chipped in with one each.

The hosts in reply got a revised target of 146 from 33 overs which they easily chased down thanks to Shivnarine Chanderpaul’s 88-ball 83 while Brian Lara chipped in with 25 not out.

Courtesy : india Today

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