Sachin Tendulkar started as an icon player for Mumbai Indians in the 1st edition of the Indian Premier League. He might not have achieved the same amount of success as he did at the International level, especially in the first 2 editions of the tournament, but still he enjoyed a lot of success in the IPL. He went on to become the first Indian to win the Orange cap, when he did it in IPLT20 2010. Later on Robin Uthappa did it in IPL 2014.
IPL 2013 was Sachin’s last IPL as a player, but he still remains to be an integral part of the Mumbai Indians, though as a support staff team member now. He played 78 Indian Premier League matches and scored 2334 runs.
Here we look at the top 5 innings played by the master in the IPL history.
100 vs Kochi Tuskers Kerala in IPL 2011
It was the first year for the team from Kerala, and Sachin gave them a taste of his class in Mumbai. He scored 100 not out in just 66 balls, which included 12 fours and 3 sixes. However Mumbai Indians lost the match after some sensible innings from Brendon McCullum and Mahela Jayawardene and a finish by Ravindra Jadeja, who returned to IPL after a ban of an year.
68 vs Kolkata Knight Riders in Port Elizabeth (IPL 2009)
IPL 2009 was played in South Africa as elections were going on in India. The two finalists were the teams, RCB and Deccan Chargers, who both finished at the bottom of the table in IPL 2008. Mumbai Indians had an average season and so had Sachin Tendulkar but this innings against Kolkata Knight Riders at Port Elizabeth was one gem of an innings, where Sachin scored 68 runs in just 45 balls, including 4 sixes and 6 fours. This has been put on top because of the conditions, which was bowling friendly, as expected on most pitches in South Africa.
71* vs Kolkata Knight Riders in IPL 2010
KKR were again at the receiving end, when Sachin scored 71 runs against them in just 48 balls. This included 10 fours. This knock came in Mumbai, the home ground of Mumbai Indians. Mumbai Indians dominated IPL 2010, after failures in the first 2 season of the IPL, only to lose to CSK in the finals. The main factors were Kieron Pollard, who gave Mumbai Indians a complete new dimension with his batting, bowling and fielding. Ambati Rayudu and Saurabh Tiwari also played a key role.
74 runs vs CSK in IPL 2012 in Mumbai
Sachin scored 74 runs against Chennai Super Kings in IPL 2012 in just 44 balls, which included 11 fours and 1 six. This match was also played in Mumbai, which has been a run feast provider in the IPL. Kolkata Knight Riders won the IPL 2012, defeating CSK in the final, after the heroics of Manvinder Bisla and Jacques Kallis in the final.
89 runs vs Rajasthan Royals in IPL 2010
Mumbai Indians were having a dream run in the league phase of IPL 2010, and Sachin was not behind either. He was the orange cup winner and in this innings against Rajasthan Royals, he scored 89 runs in just 59 balls. It included 10 fours and 2 sixes.