Sachin Tendulkar: On this day: Sachin Tendulkar made his international debut against Pakistan in Karachi

NEW DELHI: On November 15, 1989, a 16-year-old prodigy named Sachin Tendulkar made his international debut against Pakistan in Karachi, setting in motion a cricketing odyssey that spanned an unparalleled 24-year career. Facing a formidable Pakistan bowling attack featuring legends like Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis, Sachin was dismissed for 15 runs, but little did the cricketing world know that this marked the beginning of a legendary journey.
Regarded as “The God of Cricket,” Tendulkar is hailed as one of the greatest batters to have graced the sport. His retirement in 2013 during India’s series against West Indies marked the end of a glittering career, during which he became the highest run-scorer in international cricket.
Accumulating 34,357 runs in 664 international appearances with an average of 48.52, Sachin holds the record for the most runs in international cricket. His astonishing 100 international centuries and 164 half-centuries are unparalleled, making him the only player to achieve a century of centuries.
Sachin’s impact extends to both Test and ODI formats, where he boasts the highest run tally with 15,921 runs in Tests and 18,426 runs in ODIs. He was the first player to achieve an ODI double hundred and played 200 Test matches, solidifying his status as a cricketing icon.
Beyond his batting prowess, Sachin contributed with the ball, taking 201 international wickets as a part-time spin bowler. His 664 international appearances make him the most-capped player in the history of the game. Notably, Sachin played a pivotal role in India’s triumph in the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup.
In the IPL arena, Sachin donned the Mumbai Indians jersey for six seasons from 2008 to 2013. He amassed 2334 runs in 78 matches with an average of 34.84. Sachin’s standout performance came in IPL 2010, where he scored 618 runs at an average of 47.53 and a strike rate of 132.61, earning him the prestigious ‘Orange Cap.’
Sachin’s legacy transcends statistics, leaving an indelible mark on the sport and inspiring cricket enthusiasts worldwide.
(With inputs from ANI)


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