On this present day, March 18, Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar unknowingly performed his closing One Day International (ODI) match, a becoming finish to an illustrious and superb profession and that too in opposition to Pakistan, within the 2012 Asia Cup in Bangladesh. The swashbuckler on December 23, 2012, introduced his retirement from ODI cricket. The 2012 Asia Cup will fondly be remembered regardless of India not making it to the finals because the Master Blaster created historical past, by notching his 100th worldwide century, in opposition to Bangladesh within the group matches.

Travelling again to March 18, 2012, India vs Pakistan, large names, a line-up from either side that was revered and pleasure at stake. Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq received the toss and opted to bat in opposition to India in Mirpur. Openers Mohammad Hafeez (105) and Nasir Jamshed (112) hammered the Indian attacking unit, scoring centuries and stitched a 224-run partnership earlier than Ashwin bought the primary breakthrough, eradicating Jamshed within the 35th over.

Adding to India’s distress, Younis Khan smashed 52 runs in 34 deliveries earlier than being eliminated by Praveen Kumar. It was a tricky outing for the Indian attacking unit with Praveen being the costliest bowler for India, registering figures of two/77. At the top of fifty overs, Pakistan slammed 329/6 on the board, setting a difficult goal of 330.

Pride and repute at stake, it was not the beginning India wished as Mohammad Hafeez eliminated opener Gautam Gambhir for a duck within the second supply of the chase. The onus was on Tendulkar and Virat Kohli, to deal with issues, which the duo certainly did fairly nicely.

The two swashbucklers stitched a 133-run partnership, with Tendulkar scoring a cultured 52 runs earlier than being dismissed by Saeed Ajmal. The Master Blaster stored the innings afloat after India misplaced Gambhir early, performed calmly with Kohli and created the bottom India wanted within the chase.

Unknowingly on the time, it was the final ODI match Tendulkar performed for India. Kohli took issues into his personal palms and notched up an outstanding century. Kohli together with Rohit Sharma, took India onwards within the chase with the duo stitching a shocking 172-run partnership earlier than Rohit was dismissed for 68.

Kohli then went to smash a scintillating 183, which is so far his highest ODI rating, main India to a 6-wicket win in opposition to Pakistan within the Asia Cup. It was a much-needed win for India within the event, however the Men in Blue had been unable to make it to the finals, which noticed Pakistan win the 2012 Asia Cup.

Not realizing, the match in opposition to Pakistan, could be the final time thousands and thousands witnessed Sachin Tendulkar donning the blue jersey for India. The Master Blaster introduced his retirement from ODI cricket on December 23, 2012, scoring 18,426 runs, smashing 49 centuries along with his highest rating being an unbeaten 200.

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