Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Sachin Tendulkar: 20 years of memories

20 years after we saw him being bloodied by Waqar Younis, we have him nearly pulling off one of the biggest heists ever, with a 175 that almost took India to their highest ever run chase. Life, it seems, has come full circle for Sachin Tendulkar.


Sachin Tendulkar makes his Test debut against Pakistan in Karachi, becoming the youngest Indian debutant, at the age of 16 years and 205 days. His first introduction to the game was quite painful, being hit in the face by a vicious Waqar Younis bouncer


Becomes the youngest player to score a Test century at the age of 17 years and 112 days, making a 119 against England at Manchester, as he helps take India to a draw after scoring 68 in the first innings


Hits a brilliant 148 in Sydney, becoming the youngest cricketer to score a hundred on Australian soil. Duly celebrates with an innings for the ages, following up with an audacious 114 on the notoriously quick Perth pitch, prompting Merv Hughes to turn soothsayer, predicting rather rudely that Tendulkar would break Allan Border's runs record.


Becomes the youngest player to complete 1,000 Test runs at the age of 19, during India's tour of South Africa. Is chosen to be the first overseas-born player to represent Yorkshire, and racks up 1,070 runs in 16 matches


Scores his first Test century in India, with 165 against England at Madras, tearing apart the English attack with 24 fours and a six.

Continues to add to the growing aura about him, with a legendary last over against South Africa in the Hero Cup semi-final. With the Protea's needing 6 runs off the last over, he concedes only 3 runs, taking India to victory.


Starts a new chapter in Indian cricket history, opening the innings for the first time, against New Zealand in Auckland. Hammers 82 off 49 balls and there is no looking back. Finally scores his first ODI century in his 73rd match, against Australia in Colombo, leading India to a win by 31 runs.

Receives the Arjuna award for services to cricket.


Signs a record sports management deal with Worldtel worth INR. 30 crore over five years


Is the leading run scorer at the World Cup, topping the averages with 87.16, with two centuries, taking India to the semi finals

Is appointed as captain of the Indian cricket team at the age of 23 years


Is named the Wisden Cricketer of the year and receives the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, India's highest sporting honour.


The start of a year that solidifies him as a genuine great in the game. Begins with two centuries and a fifty in three matches against the touring Australians, leading India to a 2-1 series victory at home

Unleashes two of his best ODI innings, 143 and 128 against Australia at Sharjah, taking India to victory in the Coca-Cola Cup. The 143 innings enters Tendulkar folklore as 'Desert Storm', due to the freak sandstorm that interrupted play and galvanized Tendulkar to reach a revised Duckworth/Lewis target.

Becomes the fifth player to score 7,000 ODI runs

Meets Sir Donald Bradman, who endorses him as the best batsman in the world


Makes his highest ODI score to date, 186 not out against New Zealand in Hyderabad, also the highest ODI score by an Indian

Passes 5,000 Test runs during the first test of the Asian Test Championship

Plays one of the greatest Test innings, in an agonizing 12 run loss to Pakistan, scoring 136 before an injured back takes its toll, and he is dismissed, leaving the tail exposed to Saqlain Mushtaq and Wasim Akram

Is reappointed Indian captain

Scores his first Test double century against Zimbabwe


Scores 25th ODI century and passes 9,000 runs in ODI's


Becomes the first batsman in the history of limited overs cricket to score more than 10,000 runs

Equals Don Bradman's record of 29 Test centuries when he scores 117 against the West Indies at Port of Spain, Trinidad


Becomes the youngest player ever to play in 100 tests on the 5th of September


Set the 2003 World Cup alight with 673 runs, winning the Player of the Tournament award. Takes India to the finals, but the stand out innings is an effervescent 93 against Pakistan, where he destroys Shoaib Akthar in an intense duel with the world's fastest bowler

In the same match, becomes the first player to score 12,000 runs, till date, no other player had more than 10,000 runs


Hits an unbeaten 241 against Australia in Sydney, his highest first class score till date. Is involved in a mammoth 353 run partnership that snuffs out Australia's challenge and ensures a series draw for India

Equals Sunil Gavaskar's record of 34 Test tons with 248 not out against Bangladesh.

The first signs of mortality begin to creep in, with a tennis elbow problem hampering him throughout the year, causing him to miss the Champions Trophy and the first two Tests of the home series against Australia


Completes 13,000 ODI runs

Is out for a large chunk of the year following surgery to correct his tennis elbow problem, returns with 93 off 96 balls against Sri Lanka

By the end of the year, he claims Gavaskar's record for himself with 109 against Sri Lanka at Feroz Shah Kotla, New Delhi, cementing his place in immortality

Becomes the third player in history to score centuries against all Test playing nations

Becomes the fifth batsman in history to score more than 10,000 runs in Test cricket

Equals Wasim Akram's record for all time ODI appearances in his 356th match


Time Magazine names him one of their 'Asian Heroes'

Scores his 39th ODI hundred against Pakistan

Takes the record for most Tests by an Indian with his 132nd, at his home ground of Mumbai

Has surgery on his shoulder and returns with 141 off 148 balls against West Indies taking him 18 ODI hundreds above his nearest competitors, Sourav Ganguly and Sanath Jayasuriya


Scores a 76 ball century against West Indies to take his total to 41

Becomes the first batsman to have scored 1,000 runs in a calendar year on seven separate occasions

Sets an unwanted record, being dismissed seven times during the year, on scores between 90 and 100, including being out on 99 three times


Receives the Padma Vibhushan, India's second highest civilian award

Scores his first ODI century in Australia and scores three more Test centuries against them through the year

Over takes Brian Lara to become the highest run scorer in Test cricket with 12,307 runs

Makes an emotional 103 not out against England to lead India to win, barely two weeks after the devastating Mumbai terrorist attacks, dedicating it to the victims


Has scored three ODI centuries this season, along with a Test century in New Zealand, to lead India to an elusive Test series victory there. This includes a stunning 175 against Australia to nearly pull off a mammoth 350 run chase

On the 12th of November completed 20 years in International Cricket, with his Test record standing at 12,773 runs from 159 matches at an average of 54.58 and an ODI record of 17,178 runs from 436 matches at an average of 44.50

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