Sachin Tendulkar is arguably the most respected and revered cricketer in the world. His jaw-dropping achievements, consistency and longevity are things that are near-impossible to eclipse. His feat of 100 international centuries is one such achievement that is held exclusively by the ‘Master Blaster’.
He achieved the feat in a 2012 Asia Cup match against Bangladesh which went in a losing cause. While he reached the feat, it was Suresh Raina who was at the non-striker’s end. Raina has now revealed in an interview with ESPNCricinfo as to what Tendulkar told him immediately after scoring his 100th century.
‘My hair has turned grey’
In the interview with ESPNCricinfo, Suresh Raina recalled his favorite moments with Sachin Tendulkar and said, “I had many memorable moments with paaji once I started playing for India. The biggest one obviously is winning the 2011 World Cup, but apart from that, winning the CB series in Australia [in 2008], the ODI and Test series in New Zealand [in 2008-09] and becoming the No. 1 Test team. I was at the other end when paaji scored his 100th international hundred.”
Reflecting on the moment, “After he took a single off Shakib [Al Hasan] to reach the milestone, I congratulated him saying, ‘Well done, paaji, it was due for so many months.’ He said, ‘My hair has turned grey waiting for this moment.’ That’s when I realised how much mental weight he was carrying all that while,” Raina added.
Sachin Tendulkar announced his retirement in the same year from ODIs and in 2013 from Tests. Suresh Raina has also retired from international cricket which was announced in 2020.