Most valuable inning No.1 – 98 against Pakistan
Venue/World Cup edition: Centurion/2003
Balls faced: 75
Match result: India won by 6 wickets
Why this is the Most Valuable Inning No.1: India's victory over Pakistan was the cornerstone their remarkable run to the final of the competition and at the centre of the win was India's biggest cricket star: Sachin Tendulkar. The Indian batting legend went after the bowling right from the first over. And it was then that the most memorable shot of an Indo-Pak cricket match was invented. Tendulkar heaved a wide delivery from Akhtar over the third man region for a six and made his intentions crystal clear. Finally, a snorter from Akhtar saw Sachin going back to the pavilion on 98. Rahul Dravid and Yuvraj Singh then combined to take India to their fourth consecutive win over Pakistan in a World Cup game.