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This day in 1989: Sachin Tendulkar makes Test debut for India

Sachin Tendulkar made his Test debut for India at the age of 16 against Pakistan in Karachi.

Written by: Subhasish Dutta, New Delhi [ Updated: November 15, 2017 16:45 IST ]
Image Source : GETTY IMAGES Sachin Tendulkar during his Test debut.

28 years ago on this day in 1989, a 16-year-old shy little boy from Bombay walked on to Karachi's National Stadium to his play his first Test. In the years that followed, the little boy became the "Little Master" and amassed almost 16,000 Test runs  at an average of 53.78 and a record 51 hundreds in a record 200 Test matches, breaking practically almost all the batting records and attaining a god-like status.


In his first Test, Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar walked out to bat at No. 6 with India at a precarious situation at 41/4, replying to Pakistan's first innings total of 409 all out. 

Tendulkar struck two boundaries before his stay was cut short by none other than Waqar Younis - also making his Test debut - at a score of 15. Tendukar's 32-run stand with Mohammad Azharuddin helped India to apply the brakes on the fall of wickets.

India were bundled out for 262 in the first innings with Wasim Akram and Wagar picking up four wickets each. Kapil Dev and Kiran More scored half centuries while Ravi Shastri made 45.

In the second innings, Pakistan declared at 305/5, giving India a huge task to save the game. However, Sanjay Manjrekar played one of the best knocks of his career and scored a brilliant 113 and along with Navjot Sidhu, who made 85, helped India salvage a draw. 

Kapil, who was playing his 100th Test, was awarded the Man of the Match. He became the first fast bowler to reach the milestone and also crossed the 350-wicket mark during the game. 

Meanwhile, Tendulkar didn't get a chance to bat again in the match. He, however, got a chance to bowl an over in which he gave away 10 runs.

Apart from Tendulkar, Salil Ankola also made his Test debut for India. Meanwhile, Shahid Saeed too debuted for Pakistan with Waqar. However, for both Ankola and Saeed, that proved to be their only Test match.

Tendulkar retired from Test cricket in 2013 and is considered the most complete batsman of all time. 

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