Two decades of Tendulkar

The Times of India recently took a look at Sachin Tendulkar’s cricket career:

1989: Made Irani Trophy debut for Rest of India against Delhi, scoring 39 & 103 not out to become the youngest (16 yrs, 197 days) to score a Irani ton.

1990: Became the youngest Indian and the second-youngest in world to notch up a hundred in Test cricket during his unbeaten 119 against England.

1991: Scored 159 & 8 in Duleep Trophy, becoming the first to muster hundreds on debut in Ranji, Irani and Duleep Trophies.

1992: Became first player to be dismissed by television replays.

1993: Became the first player to send his first over of the match as the last and deciding over, in the semis of the Hero Cup against South Africa. Conceded 3 runs as India won by 2 runs!

1994: Scored his maiden ODI hundred in his 79th match, against Australia at Colombo.

1995: Notched up 12 centuries in international cricket before turning 22, a unique record.

1996: Became youngest Indian ODI captain at 23 years & 126 days.

1997: Named among five Wisden cricketers of the year.

1998: Amassed 1894 ODI runs with the help of 9 centuries and 7 fifties at 65.31 and a strike rate of 102.15, a world record for most runs and most centuries in a calendar year.

1999: Scored 186 not out against New Zealand, then the highest ever by an Indian in ODIs.

2000: Became highest run-getter in ODIs, eclipsing the previous best of 9378 runs by Mohd Azharuddin.

2001: Becomes first player to plunder 10,000 ODI runs.

2002: Reached 8000 runs in the fastest time in terms of innings (154), surpassing the record of Garfield Sobers (157 innings).

2003: Scored 673 runs in the 2003 World Cup. It remains the highest aggregate by any player in a World Cup till date.

2004: Became first player to reach 13,000 One-day runs.

2005: Became highest century-maker in Test cricket with his 35th ton against Sri Lanka.

2006: Reached 14,000 runs in his 359th ODI.

2007: Crossed the 1000-run mark in ODIs in a calendar year for the seventh time, the most by any player.

2008: Became highest run-getter in Test cricket, surpassing Brian Lara’s record of 11,953 runs.

2009: Became first and only player to cross 17,000 runs in ODIs. 

2010: Two major milestones in ODIs and Tests. At Gwalior in February, became the first and only player to hit a ODI double century. On Sunday, he hit his 50th Test ton at Centurion.

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