New Delhi: Today is the day when a 16-year-old middle-class boy from Mumbai, brushed up in the city’s “maidaan” cricket culture, entered into the International cricket and proved himself as the most fertile batsman with his astonishing performance.
Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar debuted his Test cricket career on November 15, 1989, against Pakistan in Karachi, where he was dismissed for a humble 15 runs while in the second inning he missed the chance to bat — owing to a draw.
In the second test at Faisalabad, the legend scored 59 against the ‘Men in Green’, which elevated his name in the world cricket.
He was the second batsman after SV Manjrekar — who scored 76 against Pakistan in that match — to cross the 50-run mark. The remaining nine players had not scored beyond 36 runs.
In 1990, Sachin startled the world by grabbing the “man of the match” title in a test series against England held at Manchester.
Four years later, Master Blaster received the Arjuna Award for his outstanding sporting achievement. He also went on to be honoured with Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award in 1997, and the Padma Shri award in 1999.
In just 11 years of his cricketing career, Tendulkar became the first batsman to complete 10,000 ODI runs in 259 innings.
In 2010, Time magazine included Sachin in its annual Time 100 list as one of the “Most Influential People in the World”.
Sachin is the only player in the international arena to score one hundred centuries and also the only player to complete more than 30,000 runs.
On November 16, 2013, the Legend retired from all forms of cricket after playing his 200th Test match against the West Indies in Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium.
The iconic cricketer played 664 international cricket matches in total, scoring 34,357 runs.
In India, Sachin is considered as “The God of Cricket”. However, the cricketer humbly turns down the particular praise down by stating that he makes mistakes but the God doesn’t.