The date was November 15, the year 1989 and the venue was Karachi. A timid and shy boy of just 16 walked down the steps for the first time as India were fielding against arch-rivals Pakistan. That youngster was called Sachin Tendulkar from Mumbai and 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 came on to bat at number six, India were 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 contest saw four debuts with two apiece from both sides. Besides Tendulkar and Younis, Salil Ankola and Shahid Saeed debuted for India and Pakistan respectively but that proved to be their sole representation in the longest format of the game.
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.
Virat Kohli, India’s present Test skipper, and someone who has openly expressed his fandom of ‘The Little Master’ took to Twitter to celebrate and express his joy of this memorable day.
He wrote, “The years can’t be numbered. @sachin_rt paaji is forever the cricket legend 😇 #27YearsOfSachin.”
— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) 15 November 2016
Incidentally, Tendulkar’s final Test against West Indies in his home ground of Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai also came around the same time with the contest beginning on November 14.