April 24 is not just Sachin Tendulkar’s birthday, but it is also remembered as the day the great man played a scintillating innings against mighty Australia at Sharjah to hand India the Coca-Cola Cup. Australia were put into bat and they got off to a shaky start. However, Michael Bevan (45), Steve Waugh (70) and Darren Lehmann (70) took Australia’s tally to 272-9 from their 50 overs. From there, it was all about Tendulkar. He scored at a brisk pace and India looked on course to complete a famous win. His skipper Mohammad Azharuddin (58) supported him well at the other end and their 120-run stand for the third wicket took India closer to a victory. Tendulkar had made 134 off 131: his second century against Australia in 3 days: and was dismissed in the 45th over of the innings. A brilliant way to kick start your 25th year.