On this day in 1992 – Sachin Tendulkar scores a heroic 114 in Perth

One of the finest batsmen to play the game, Sachin Tendulkar piled up a plethora of runs during his illustrious career. The Indian legend still holds the record of scoring the most runs and centuries in international cricket. On this particular day (February 3) in 1992, Tendulkar displayed his brilliance against the mighty Australian team at WACA in Perth.

Batting first at the venue, the hosts scored 346 thanks to a remarkable century from David Boon. In reply, India got off to a horrendous start and lost wickets in a cluster. At 159/8, the visitors looked in all sorts of trouble as the Aussie bowlers were breathing fire with the red cherry. However, the young Sachin Tendulkar didn’t put his guard down and played a sensational knock.

Sachin Tendulkar frustrated Australian bowlers in Perth 

He joined forces with number-ten batter and wicketkeeper Kiran More and the duo brought India back in the hunt. Tendulkar did the bulk of the scoring, igniting tension in the Aussie camp. Notably, the then-young batter just didn’t keep his wicket safe but also scored at a fair rate. From Craig McDermott to Mike Whitney, the Indian batter spared none that day.

He subsequently advanced to his third Test ton. He added 81 runs with More for the ninth wicket, bringing India out of the trouble. Tendulkar eventually fell prey to Whitney but not before scoring 114 off 161 deliveries. His knock was studded with 16 boundaries. Riding on the youngster’s brilliance, the visitors posted 272, minimizing Australia’s lead to 74 runs.

Meanwhile, Tendulkar’s efforts eventually went in vain as India went on to lose the game. Australia’s second innings saw Dean Jones score his second hundred of the game. Tom Moody also reached the three-figure mark as the hosts declared at 367/6. Chasing 442 for victory, India got bundled out for 141, eventually suffering a 300-run defeat.