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This day in 1989, Sachin Tendulkar arrived to rule cricket

15 Novembre 2017

Sachin Tendulkar was just 16 years old when he walked in to bat in Karachi to replace Manoj Prabhakar.

Sachin Tendulkar became known to the worldwide cricketing fraternity on this day, November 15, in 1989, when a short, curly-haired boy from India made his Test debut against Pakistan in Karachi.

Sachin Tendulkar's Test debut in Pakistan at the tender age of 16 against a famed bowling attack is one of the most commonly told tales in Indian cricket circles. However, he didn't make much of an impact in that match 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.

Tendulkar made a mark in the second Test. He didn't looked like a teenager as he fended off the likes of Wasim Akram and Imran Khan and scored 172-ball 59. Between then and November 16, 2013, in Mumbai, the master blaster scored 15,921 Test runs at an average of 53.78, including a record 51 hundreds in unprecedented 200 Tests. The tenacity he showed at such a young age seemed to impress the selectors and he went on to become a mainstay in Mohammed Azharuddin's Indian team in the 1990's. Tendulkar went on to rule the game for the next 22 years earning a demigod status in the process.

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Tendulkar's 41 centuries in ODIs complete the magical number of 100 global centuries.

His career also had its fair share of lows. He broke records at will and is the only man in history to get to 100 global centuries.

Both India and Pakistan had two other players making their Test debuts in the same match - Sali Ankola and Shahid Saeed, respectively.

Twenty-one years later, in the 2013 Mumbai Test against West Indies, Tendulkar chose to bid the game a goodbye as a tear rolled down India's cheeks seeing one of its favourite son retiring from the game. Incidentally, for both the players it proved to be the only Test they played in their careers.

This day in 1989, Sachin Tendulkar arrived to rule cricket