Arguably the world’s greatest batsman ever, Sachin Tendulkar brought down the curtains on his glorious 23-years ODI career on December 23, 2012. With these golden words, Tendulkar bid good bye to the 50-over format: "I have decided to retire from the one-day format. I feel blessed to have fulfilled the dream of being part of a World Cup wining Indian team”.
The batting maestro left a huge pile of records – 18, 426 runs and 49 centuries in 463 ODIs—which is next to impossible for any batsman to achieve it in the next two decades. But besides his batting, Tendulkar was equally a match-winner; he took 154 ODI wickets with two five-wicket hauls to earn the sobriquet of India’s man with the golden arm. Here is look at the best bowling moments in Tendulkar’s glorious ODI career:
5 for 32 against Australia in 1998 at Kochi: Riding on a brilliant century by Ajay Jadeja, India set Australia a challenging target of 310. The Australians were off to a solid start but a magnificent spell by Tendulkar, including the scalps of Steve Waugh, Michael Bevan, Darren Lehmann and Damien Martyn, helped India clinch victory by 41 runs.
5 for 50 against Pakistan in 2005 at Kochi: The venue was same but the opponents were different this time. With the help of centuries from Virender Sehwag (108 off 95 balls) and Rahul Dravid (104 off 139 balls), India posted a challenging total of 281 against Pakistan. The decision of captain Sourav Ganguly to give the ball to Tendulkar proved fruitful. Tendulkar bowled 10 overs and claimed five important wickets. Ripping through the Pakistan middle order, he dismissed skipper Inzamam-ul-Haq, Mohammad Hafeez, Abdul Razzaq, Shahid Afridi and Mohammad Sami. India won by 87 runs.
4 for 34 against West Indies in 1991 at Sharjah: Tendulkar’s first Man-of-the-Match award as a bowler. He picked up 4 for 34, dismissing Clayton Lambert, Richie Richardson, Gus Logie and wicketkeeper-batsman Jeff Dujon to help India skittle out West Indies for 141. India chased down the target easily by seven wickets. Tendulkar made an unbeaten 11 runs with the help of one boundary.
4 for 34 against Australia in 1998 at Dhaka: In the quarter-finals of the inaugural Wills International Cup, Tendulkar almost single-handedly led India to victory. With the bat, his 141 off 128 balls set up a total of 307 for 8. With the ball, Tendulkar prized out Steve Waugh, Bevan, Martin and Brad Young as India won by 44 runs.
3 runs off the last over at the Hero Cup 1993: The 1993 Hero Cup semi-final against South Africa at Kolkata will always be memorable. South Africa needed just six runs off the last over against India. The target was imminently achievable, with Brian McMilan at the crease. After a long discussion, India captain Mohammad Azharuddin gambled by giving Tendulkar the final over. That was his first over of the match. Tendulkar left South Africa confused with his bake of tricks and gave away just three runs. It was one of India’s most famous win of the 90s.
3 for 43 against Sri Lanka in 1994 at Rajkot: India posted 246 in 50 overs after Sri Lanka won the toss and invited them to bat. Tendukar came in at No. 5 and made just 1. In the chase, the Sri Lankan openers Roshan Mahanama and Dulip Samaraweera were off to start and added a quick 46 for the first wicket. After Javagal Srinath and Manoj Prabhakar failed to make inroads, Azharuddin handed over the bowling to Tendulkar who dismissed both openers in a short span and added the captain Arjuna Ranatunga for 8. That spell turned the match, with India winning by eight runs.