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 was 16-year-old boy when he walked in to bat in Karachi to replace Manoj Prabhakar.
Twenty-eight years ago on November 15, 1989, Tendulkar made his India debut in a Test against archrivals Pakistan in Karachi. 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. He didn't looked like a teenager as he fended off the likes of Wasim Akram and Imran Khan and scored 172-ball 59. He then went on to impress the selectors and went on to become a mainstay in Mohammed Azharuddin's Team India in 1990.
Tendulkar went on to become one of the greatest batsmen ever seen, often drawing comparisons with Bradman. He scored his first Test century at the age of 17 against Australia, saving India from imminent defeat in the process. Bradman scored a staggering 715 runs in five matches at an average of 178.75, with four centuries and one fifty. He is the only cricketer ever to have played 200 Tests, only to have scored 100 global centuries (51 in Tests and 49 in ODIs), and has most runs in Tests (15,921) and ODIs (18,426). He broke records at will and is the only man in history to get to 100 worldwide centuries.
It will be an injustice to not mention Sachin the bowler, who could virtually bowl anything from seam-up medium pace to a googly, and it shows in his 46 wickets in Tests and 154 in ODIs, which included the best of 5/32. A recurring tennis elbow had hampered his performances. However, for both Ankola and Saeed, that proved to be their only Test match.
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.