November 15, 1989: Sachin Tendulkar began a magical journey 28 years ago

first_imgOn November 15, 1989, a 16-year-old boy was handed his maiden Test cap. That young and shy boy went on to become a legendary cricketer, breaking a plethora of records in international cricket.It was, however, a forgettable debut for the teenager but soon the world started recognising Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar, the man who went on to turn cricket into a religion in a country of over a billion people.Tendulkar made his Test debut against Pakistan in 1989 at the age of 16 years and 205 days and remains the youngest Indian to do so.Tendulkar was up against a one of the fiercest bowling attacks in the world which also included a young Waqar Younis. He was one of four debutants in the same match. Wasim Akram, Imran Khan and Abdul Qadir were the senior pros in the Pakistani bowling attack.Tendulkar faced 24 balls and scored 15 before he was cleaned up by Waqar with a brilliant inswinger but the young boy gave a glimpse of his genius. His debut was a sign of things to come.He soon realised he belonged to Test level when he hit his maiden fifty, scoring a gritty 59 off 172 valls in the first innings of the second Test. In the next match, Tendulkar came close to scoring another half-century but missed out on the feat after being clean bowled by Abdul Qadir for 41.#OnThisDay in 1989, India and Pakistan legends @sachin_rt and @waqyounis99 made their Test debuts in the same match in Karachi! ICC (@ICC) November 15, 2017#ThisDayThatYear Rewind the clock: Legendary batsman @sachin_rt made his debut in whites for India BCCI (@BCCI) November 15, 2017In the final Test of the series, Tendulkar was hit by a vicious bouncer from Waqar which left him with a bloodied nose. But even the chin music was not enough to shatter the youngster’s confidence and he fought his way to his second fifty of the tour, a knock in which he showed the composure of a seasoned professional. He scored 57 off 135 balls as the four-match Test series ended in a draw.Tendulkar played a record 200 Test matches for India in a career that lasted 24 years.Tendulkar, who wanted to be a fast bowler, hammered 51 Test hundreds and 49 centuries in one day internationals. He went to the MRF pace academy but Australian fast bowling great Dennis Lillee advised Tendulkar to focus on his batting. The rest is history.He finished his career as the leading run-getter in international cricket, with 34,357 runs across formats — 15,921 in 200 Tests, 18426 in 463 ODIs and 10 in 1 T20 international. He played his final match — his 200th Test — at his home ground in November 2013 at the Wankhede stadium when India hosted West Indies in a Test series.Tendulkar was the first male cricketer to smash a double hundred in ODIs when he struck 200 not out off 147 balls against South Africa in Gwalior on February 24, 2010.He made a record six World Cup appearances eventually ending up on the triumphant side in his last tournament, in 2011 at the Wankhede stadium when India defeated Sri Lanka in the final.Tendulkar also played in the Indian Premier League for Mumbai Indians. In 78 matches, he smashed 2334 runs including one century and 13 fifties.last_img read more