New Delhi, Nov 15 : On this day, Sachin Tendulkar made his India Test debut in 1989 against Pakistan in Karachi.
The start of a wonderful journey for all cricket fans who got a glimpse of a shy 16-year-old boy from Mumbai. Tendulkar who is famously known as ‘Master Blaster’ embarked upon a career of a lifetime and when as called time on his illustrious career that lasted 24 years.
It was just the beginning of a journey that would last 24 years and amass 200 Test matches with 15,921 runs coming in it. To add to his record breaking god-like status, he would score 51 centuries and 68 half centuries.
When this inexperienced youngster appeared to bat at number six, India was in a precarious position at 41/4 in reply to Pakistan’s first innings total of 409. Tendulkar scored 15 from 24 balls with two boundaries before being bowled by another debutant – and another future legend – Waqar Younis.
His stay in the middle was brief and had no opportunity to bat in the second innings with the contest ending in a draw. But his 32 run partnership with Mohammed Azharuddin proved valuable to deter the Pakistan attack and slow down the fall of wickets.
Besides his limited time with the bat, he also had a go with the ball but his only over in the match went for ten runs.
The match also saw milestone moment for India captain Kapil Dev who played his 100th Test match and Pakistan’s batting maestro Javed Miandad passed the same milestone during the series. (IE inputs)