On 15th November 1989, a 16-year-old boy made his Test debut for India, against Pakistan and the rest is history. He was the boy whom we now know as the God of Cricket, Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar. It was in 1984, that Sachin’s elder brother Ajit introduced him to Cricket, apparently to curb his mischievous attitude and bullying tendencies. From being a bully as a child to becoming the greatest player in the world, there’s been so much said and written about Sachin Tendulkar. Today, on his 42nd Birthday, the Royale pays tribute to this Living Legend by re-living 15 most memorable moments of the Master Blaster’s career.
From A Boy To God – The Journey Of Tendulkar’s CareerApril 24, 2015 1079 0 0
1. THE CHILDHOOD
2. TENDULKAR-KAMBLI PARTNERSHIP | Feb 24th 1988
This was his first moment of glory!!! A 664-run record partnership with his childhood buddy Vinod Kambli, playing for Shardashram Vidya Mandir in Harris Shield.
3. DEBUT MATCH | 15th November 1989 vs PAKISTAN
Aged mere 16 years and 205 days, Sachin Tendulkar made his debut against one of the deadliest bowling attacks in the world.
4. MAIDEN TEST MATCH CENTURY | 14th August 1990 VS ENGLAND
Wisden described this innings as “a disciplined display of immense maturity.”
5. FIRST ODI CENTURY | 9th September 1994 VS Australia
It took 79 ODIs for him to get his maiden ODI century!!! How ironical for a man who holds the record for the most centuries in International Cricket!!!
6. TITAN CUP WIN AS CAPTAIN | NOVEMBER 1996
A 22-year-old Sachin took-over the reign of Captainship from the veteran Azharuddin and India went on to win the Titan Cup, a triangular tournament, which features the Mighty Aussies and the Powerful Proteas.
7. SHARJAH CUP | 1998
Goosebumps already!!! Nostalgia for the 90’s generation!!! This is indubitably one of the most memorable ODI innings by an Indian batsman. He single-handedly dismantled the Australian bowling attack. We all remember the fate of Michael Kasprowicz and Damien Fleming, don’t we ;). It was his 25th Birthday, and what a gift he gave himself and to the millions of Indian cricket fans.
8. WHEN TWO GODS MET | 27th August 1998
Sir Donald Bradman once said that it felt as if he was looking at a ‘mirror-image’ when he saw Tendulkar play. The 90th Birthday of the greatest batsman in the World was etched in Cricket history as these legends came together.
9. CENTURY AGAINST KENYA | 23rd May 1999
This century deserves a special mention as it was scored on the backdrop of the demise of his father. Tendulkar later expressed in his biography, “Though I managed to score a hundred in the match against Kenya, which remains one of my most cherished centuries, one I dedicated to my father my mind was not always on the game.”
10. SACHIN TENDULKAR VS SHOAIB AKHTAR | WORLD CUP 2003
The cracking sound of the ball hitting Sachin’s bat as he sent the ball sailing over the Point boundary for a SIX still reverberates in our ears. We could still replay it in our minds and never get bored about it.
11. HIGHEST TEST SCORE VS Bangladesh | 248* | 12th December 2004
12. FIRST MAN TO SCORE 200 | 24TH Feb 2010
With all the batting records he holds, it was only a matter of time he achieved this feat.
13. WORLD CUP VICTORY | 2011
The man with so many milestones in his career was eluded from this coveted trophy in 5 attempts. We all know what happened in 2011!!!
14. FOR THAT ONE LAST TIME |16TH NOVEMBER 2013
They say, ‘All Good Things Come To An End,’ and on this fateful day, the God Bid Adieu to Cricket.
15. Bharat Ratna Award |2014
Hours after he played his final test match it was declared that Tendulkar will receive a Bharat Ratna, India’s Highest Civilian Award.