Legendary Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar has always been regarded as one of the greatest batsmen of all times and it was November 15, 1989, when the legend made his international debut in Karachi in a Test match against Pakistan.
Tendulkar was just 16-years old when he walked in to bat in Karachi to replace Manoj Prabhakar. He didn’t play impactful innings on his debut and instead it was Pakistan’s debutant Waqar Younis who left a mark, picking the wickets of Tendulkar, Prabhakar, Sanjay Manjrekar and Kapil Dev in the first innings.
Sachin proved his worth in the second Test. He didn’t look like a rookie as he smashed the bowlers like Wasim Akram and Imran Khan all over the park and played innings of 59 off 172 balls. The determination he showed at teenage seemed to impress the selectors and he went on to become a mainstay in Mohammed Azharuddin’s Indian team in the 1990’s.
During that time, Tendulkar went into a bit of an overdrive. He amassed his first Test century at the age of 17 against Australia, saving India from an expected defeat in the process. By the age of 25, he had 16 Test centuries.
Tendulkar was at his contentious best in late 1990’s and early 2000’s and most of the times dismissing him cheaply means the job is half done for the opposition. His performances in India’s pursuit of the final of the 2003 ICC World Cup earned him the man of the tournament as well despite the fact that the men in blue failed to clinch the trophy.
Sachin’s career’s also sawed a lot of lows as well. A recurring tennis elbow had hampered his performances along with the increasing expectations that follow him every time he went on to bat meant that Tendulkar also has had to deal with recurred calls announcing his retirement throughout the latter stages of his career.
But the legend never gave up and hit top form once again in 2012. That was also the year when he scores his 100th international century and became the first ever to do so in international cricket.
Here is the glimpse of his debut international match: