VVS Laxman recalled Sachin Tendulkar’s back-to-back hundreds vs Australia in Sharjah, 1998.© VVS Laxman / Twitter
Sachin Tendulkar’s name has become synonymous with Sharjah’s “desert storm” in April 1998. Tendulkar’s 143 and 134 strokes in two pivotal matches against Australia resulted in India winning a tri-series. More than 22 years later, one of Tendulkar’s teammates from those matches, VVS Laxman, Sunrisers’ mentor Hyderabad, visited the sacred Sharjah Cricket Stadium and remembered “those two special 100s”. ‘I am coming back to Sharjah after a long time. Whenever I walk on this field, memories of those two special 100’s from @sachin_rt come to my mind, hastily like a #desert storm, ”Laxman tweeted along with a photo of himself with the stadium in the background.
Still remember both games as if they happened yesterday.
And remember how we were almost blown away by that desert storm?
– Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) August 30, 2020
Tendulkar, for whom that match marked the start of a year that yielded 1,894 runs for the batsman averaging 65.31 from 34 matches, replied to his former teammate’s tweet: “Remember both matches as if they happened yesterday . And remember how we were almost blown away by that desert storm? “
There was a true desert storm during the sixth One-Day International (ODI) of the series on April 22 when Tendulkar, heading for a series-defining knock of 143, and everyone else on the field were caught amid high winds and sand from the nearby desert.
Tendulkar’s hundred saw India qualify for the final by taking a qualifying score in response to Australia’s 284/7, outpacing New Zealand, the third team in the tournament, at net pace.
In the final on April 24, Tendulkar’s 25th his birthday he hit 134 to help India chase Australia’s 272/9 in 48.3 overs and six wickets in hand.
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