Sachin Tendulkar in series finals

India's 46-run win in the final of the Compaq Cup was only their fourth win in ODI finals in 21 attempts since 2000.
Sachin Tendulkar has notched up scores of 117 not out, 91 and 138 in the last three finals
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Sachin Tendulkar's 138 was his sixth hundred in finals, and it pushed his overall average in such matches up to an impressive 55.54. In his last three finals, he has notched up scores of 117 not out, 91 and 138, and India have won each of those matches.

In all, Tendulkar has scored 1833 runs in finals, which is easily the highest - Sanath Jayasuriya is next with 1613. Tendulkar also ranks very high in terms of all-time averages in finals: among those who've scored at least 500 runs in finals, only three have a higher average. One of them is India's current coach, Gary Kirsten - in 20 innings, he scored 1019 runs at an excellent average of 69.73. Tendulkar's stats are very similar to those of Viv Richards, who averaged 55.73 at a strike rate of 84.78 in 17 finals. Brian Lara, on the other hand, has struggled in finals, averaging only 28.16, more than 12 runs below his career average. His one century and two fifties all came in his first four innings; in his last 14 finals, his highest score was 35.

The Man-of-the-Match award was Tendulkar's 59th in ODIs, and his eighth in finals. It was also his 14th Player-of-the-Series award. Tendulkar leads the all-time list in both categories - he is 11 clear of the second-placed Jayasuriya in the match awards and three ahead in the series awards.

Rahman's contribution is immense: Sachin

Batting ace Sachin Tendulkar is extremely elated by India's showing at the Oscars.

"It is a brilliant achievement. For the entire nation, it is a very proud moment," Tendulkar said this morning.

The master blaster, who had had a word with A R Rahman a couple of days ago, was confident that the musical genius will walk away with the honours.

"Rahman's contribution to music has been immense and this award is only a mere reflection of what he has been able to contribute to music and to India.

"I had spoken to him not only about this, but about other albums as well. He has always been able to produce something special in every album," Tendulkar said.

Rahman won two Oscars - for the best original score and the best song.

Sachin the Rahman of Cricket... Rahman the sachin of music...