On this day in 1989, the cricketing world witnessed the dawn of a legendary career as Sachin Tendulkar, the Master Blaster, made his international debut. Fast forward 24 years to 2013, and it was on the same day at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium that Tendulkar bid farewell to the sport, marking the end of an era.
Tendulkar commenced his remarkable journey with a 24-ball 15 in Karachi, facing the formidable Pakistan bowling attack of Wasim Akram, Imran Khan, and debutant Waqar Younis. At just 16 years and 205 days old, he became the youngest Indian to play international cricket. Despite being dismissed by Waqar in his debut inning, Tendulkar’s illustrious career was destined for greatness.
His international cricket legacy includes a staggering 34,357 runs in 664 matches, concluding as the highest run-scorer. In Test cricket, he participated in a record-breaking 200 matches, accumulating 15,291 runs and boasting 51 centuries and 68 half-centuries with an impressive average of 53.78. In the one-day format, Tendulkar amassed 18,426 runs in 463 matches, featuring 49 centuries and 96 half-centuries, maintaining an average of 44.83.
Sachin Tendulkar’s unwavering commitment comes to an end
Tendulkar’s final international appearance took place at Wankhede Stadium against the West Indies in 2013. In a Test match where India chose to bowl after winning the toss, Pragyan Ojha’s five-wicket haul restricted the West Indies to 182 runs. The highlight of the match unfolded in the second inning when openers Shikhar Dhawan and Murali Vijay set the stage with a 77-run partnership. Vijay’s dismissal marked the entrance of Tendulkar for his farewell innings.
Partnering with Cheteshwar Pujara, Tendulkar contributed to a memorable 144-run partnership, India’s best of the game. While on the brink of a fairytale century, he fell to Narsingh Deonarine on 74 of 118 balls. Despite Tendulkar’s departure, India dominated, securing victory by an innings and 126 runs. This match not only marked the end of an era but also showcased the enduring impact of a cricketer who transcended boundaries and left an indelible mark on the sport.