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.
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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