Indian cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar created record on Friday as he completed his 100 international centuries. On this occasion, CricketCountry takes a look at the 100 special moments of the Little Master’s life.
1. October 17, 1987:
Sachin Tendulkar, just 14, gets his first feel of the international arena as one of the ball boys in the 11th match of the 1987 World Cup at Mumbai.
2. November 14, 1987:
Is named alongside Sunil Gavaskar in the Bombay (as Mumbai was called then) Ranji Trophy probables.
3. December 1987:
Makes it into Bombay Ranji Trophy squad.
4. February 23-25, 1988:
Scores 326 not out in a marathon 664-run partnership with Vinod Kambli for Shardhashram Vidyamandir in their Harris Shield Inter-Schools Championship against St. Xavier’s. It was a world record for any wicket in any grade of cricket for a long time.
Amasses a total of 1025 runs at an average of 102.5 in the Harris Shield.
Scores back to back triple-hundreds in the semi-final and final of the Harris Shield – one of them a triple enroute to the 664-run partnership with Kambli.
7. 1988: Gets a taste of top-level cricket while fielding as a substitute for Pakistan in a practice game at Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai.
8. December 10-12, 1988:
Makes his first-class debut while playing for Bombay against Gujarat in the Ranji Trophy and scores an unbeaten 100 in the first innings.
9. November, 1989:
Sunil Gavaskar presents him with a pair of ultra-light pads after he scored an unbeaten 103 against Delhi in the Irani Trophy – an innings which won him a place in the Indian team for the tour of Pakistan.
10. November 7, 1989:
Scores a hundred on Irani Trophy debut while playing for Rest of India versus Delhi.
11. November 15, 1989:
At 16, Tendulkar makes his Test debut versus Pakistan at Karachi.
12. November 24, 1989:
Scores his first international fifty in only his second Test. His knock of 59 came against Pakistan at Faisalabad.
13. December 14, 1989:
Gets hit on the nose by Waqar Younis but continues batting against the ferocious Pakistan pace attack that also included Imran Khan and Wasim Akram. He scores a brave 57 despite the painful blow.
14. December 16, 1989:
In an unofficial game against Pakistan at Peshawar, Tendulkar hits ace leg-spinner Abdul Qadir for four sixes in an over. Qadir conceded 28 runs in that over. Tendulkar remained unbeaten on 53 off 18 balls.
15. February 12, 1990:
Falls agonisingly short of his first Test hundred. Is out for 88 against New Zealand at Napier. John Wright, later to become coach of Team India, takes the catch to dismiss Tendulkar.
16. August 14, 1990:
Scores his first Test hundred. The unbeaten 119 in the fourth innings helped save the Test – an effort that won him the man of the match award.
17. December 5, 1990:
Gets his first One-Day International (ODI) man of the match award. His all-round effort of 53 and two for 39 helps India beat Sri Lanka by six wickets at Pune.
18. January 12, 1991:
Scores 159 on Duleep Trophy debut for West Zone to become the first batsman to score hundreds on Ranji Trophy, Irani Trophy and Duleep Trophy debuts.
19. December 6, 1991:
Helps India secure a tie when he picks up the last West Indian wicket with the scores level. India had earlier managed a meager 126.
20. January 5, 1992:
The honeymoon with Sydney begins as he scores his first Test hundred in Australia. En route to 148, he becomes the youngest player to score a Test hundred Down Under.
21. February 3, 1992:
On supposedly the world’s fastest pitch at Perth, Tendulkar scores a brilliant 114 against the formidable Australians.
22. April 1992:
Is signed by Yorkshire County Cricket Club – the first overseas-born to represent that county. Plays his first game for them on April 30, 1992 versus Kent.
23. November 27, 1992:
Not yet 20, he reaches 1000 Test runs during his knock of 111 against South Africa at Johannesburg.
24. February 12, 1993:
Scores his first Test hundred on home soil. Chennai witnesses 165 off Tendulkar’s bat which helps India to an innings victory over England.
25. July 1993:
Is named vice-captain to Mohammad Azharuddin for India’s tour to Sri Lanka.
26. November 24, 1993:
In a tight Hero Cup semi-final between India and South Africa at Kolkata, Tendulkar bowls the crucial last over to seal a victory. South Africa needed six off the last over but could score only three.
27. March 27, 1994:
Opens the batting for the first time in ODIs and scores a blistering 82 of 49 balls. This knock starts Tendulkar’s enduring relationship with the opening spot in one-dayers.
28. September 9, 1994:
Scores his first ODI hundred in his 79th game. His knock of 110 comes against Australia at Colombo.
Is awarded the Arjuna Award.
30. May 24, 1995:
Marries Anjali Tendulkar.
31. October 1995:
Signs Rs.30 crore contract with WorldTel, a sports management company.
32. February-March 1996:
Becomes the highest run-scorer in the World Cup. Amasses 523 runs at an average of 87.16 stroking two centuries along the way.
Is named Widen Cricketer of the Year along with Mushtaq Ahmed, Saeed Anwar, Sanath Jayasuriya and Phil Simmons.
34. October 1997:
Daughter Sara is born.
35. January 18, 1998:
Freshly relieved from captaincy, Tendulkar is named Man of the series in the Silver Jubilee Independence Cup at Dhaka. India won the best of three finals 2-1.
36. March 9, 1998:
Scores a whirlwind 155 not out at Chennai against Australia. Shane Warne bears the brunt of his aggressive batting.
37. April 1, 1998:
Gets his first five-wicket haul in ODIs versus Australia at Kochi. Chasing 310, Australia seemed to be on course to victory at 203 for three in the 32nd over. Tendulkar gets into the act and rattles the batsmen and leads India to victory with his spell of 5 for 32.
38. April 22, 1998:
In a crunch game of the Coca-Cola Cup tri series, Tendulkar unleashes his fury on the Australians to plunder a brilliant 143. The match is interrupted by sand storms, but Tendulkar was at his dominant best. India didn’t win the game, but managed to eliminate New Zealand and qualify for the final.
39. April 24, 1998:
On his 25th birthday, Sharjah was treated to another brilliant display of batting as Tendulkar’s 134 helps Indiaoverhaul Australia’s 272 and clinch the Coca- Cola Cup.
40. July 7, 1998:
Scores 128 and is involved in a huge 252-run opening stand in the final of the Singer-Akai Nidahas Trophy. Indiawin by six runs and Tendulkar is named man of the match. Reaches 7,000 ODI runs in the process.
41. July 18, 1998:
Captains Rest of the World XI to victory over Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) in the Princess of Wales Memorial match. Scores 125.
42. August 27, 1998:
Meets the legendary Donald Bradman at the latter’s 90th birthday.
43. August 29, 1998:
Is awarded the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award.
44. September 26, 1998:
Scores his 18th ODI hundred and breaks Desmond Haynes’ record of 17 tons. His knock of 127 scripts an easy win over Zimbabwe at Bulawayo.
45. November 13, 1998:
Hits an attacking 124 not out as India wins another tri-series in Sharjah. Zimbabwe’s score of 196 was easily overhauled as Tendulkar took to their bowling.
46. January 31, 1999:
Scores a brilliant 136 not out against arch-rivals Pakistan at Chennai. A back injury troubled him throughout, but he single-handedly kept India’s hopes alive. He fell when India were a few runs away from the total and the result was heartbreak.
47. March 23, 1999:
Is awarded Padma Shri.
48. May 23, 1999:
An emotional Tendulkar scores a hundred against Kenya in the World Cup days after his father’s demise.
49. July 28, 1999:
Captaincy is thrust on him for the second time after a disappointing World Cup campaign.
50. September 23, 1999:
Son Arjun is born.
51. October 30, 1999:
Gets his first double hundred (217) in Test cricket – at Ahmedabad against New Zealand.
52. April 12-14, 2000:
Scores a brilliant 233 not out to help Mumbai beat Tamil Nadu in the Ranji Trophy semi-final. Tendulkar rates it as one of his finest moments in the Ranji Trophy.
53. October 15, 2000:
Beats former team-mate Mohammad Azharuddin’s record of 9,378 ODI career runs during his knock of 69 against New Zealand at Nairobi.
54. March 31, 2001:
Becomes the first man to score 10,000 ODI runs. The milestone comes during his knock of 139 against Australia at Indore.
55. April 24, 2001:
Is awarded the Maharashtra Bhushan, the highest civilian award in the state of Maharashtra.
56. May 2001:
Signs a new five-year deal with WorldTel worth Rs.80 crore.
57. July 2002:
Is presented a Ferrari 360 Moderna by Michael Schumacher at Silverstone for equaling Don Bradman’s 29 Test hundreds.
58. August 23, 2002:
Moves past Bradman’s 29 Test hundreds while scoring 193 versus England at Headingley.
59. September 5, 2002:
Becomes the youngest player to play 100 Tests when India play England at The Oval.
60. October 2002:
Steps into the hospitality business in partnership with Sanjay Narang when Tendulkar’s restaurant begins. (Sport’s café’s named Sachin’s start in Mumbai in October 2004 and in Bangalore in March 2006).
61. February 12, 2003:
As India kick-start their World Cup campaign, Tendulkar becomes the highest run-getter in World Cups when he overtakes Javed Miandad’s tally of 1083 runs during a game against Netherlands.
62. March 1, 2003:
India maintain their unbeaten record against Pakistan in World Cups as Tendulkar smashes 98 off 75 balls in the high pressure game. His uppercut off Shoaib Akhtar would be remembered for time immemorial.
63. February-March 2003:
Is the highest run-scorer in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2003 as India reach the final, only to lose to Australia. His effort of 673 runs at 61.18 gets the Man-of-the-series award.
64. January 2-4, 2004:
Under immense pressure from critics after an indifferent period of form, he scores his first double hundred in Australia. A calculated 241 not out sees him take India to a mammoth 705 in the first innings.
65. December 11, 2004:
Equals Sunil Gavaskar’s record of 34 Test centuries during his knock of 248 not out against Bangladesh at Dhaka.
66. March 4, 2005:
Meets legendary guitarist Mark Knopfler who gifts him an autographed guitar.
67. March 16, 2005:
Reaches 10,000 runs in Test cricket during his knock of 52 against Pakistan at Kolkata.
68. April 2, 2005:
Bags his second five wicket haul in ODIs. His spell of five for 50 against Pakistan at Kochi helps India seal a comprehensive win.
69. December 10, 2005:
The milestone finally arrives as he scores he becomes the highest century maker in Test cricket. His 35th hundred comes against Sri Lanka at Delhi.
70. May 3, 2006:
Signs Rs.180 crore deal with Saatchi and Saatchi, a talent management firm.
71. February 2007:
Signs a joint venture with Future Group and Manipal Group to launch fitness products named ‘S Drive and Sach’.
72. March 2007:
Virgin comics intend to start a super-hero comic series with Tendulkar as the lead.
73. March 2-4, 2008:
Scores 117 and 91 in the two Commonwealth Bank series finals against Australia. India wins the best of three finals 2-0.
74. May 5, 2008:
Receives the Padma Vibhushan Award.
75. October 17, 2008:
Surpasses Brian Lara’s tally of 11,953 Test runs to become the highest run-scorer in Test cricket. Also becomes the first player to cross 12,000 Test runs during his knock of 88 against Australia at Mohali.
76. December 15, 2008:
No heartbreaks at Chennai this time as he scores an unbeaten 103 to help India chase a huge 387 against England.
77. April 2009:
Becomes the first Indian sportsman to have his statue at the famous Madame Tussads in London.
78. June 2009:
Tendulkar Opus is launched. The most expensive book ever on cricket weighs 37 kgs, 852 pages and costs 49,000 pounds. Only ten copies of the book would be printed.
79. February 24, 2010:
At 36, Tendulkar scales the peak as he scores the first double century in ODIs.
80. March-April 2010:
Reaches a new high as his consistent performances takes Mumbai Indians to the final of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2010. He scores 618 runs at an average of 47.53 which wins him the man of the tournament. He is also named Best Batsman and Best Captain at the IPL Awards.
81. June 2010:
Wimbledon organisers invite him to watch the tournament from the Royal Box.
82. August 3, 2010:
Becomes the most-capped Test cricketer when he features in his 169th Test match, at Colombo versus Sri Lanka.
83. September 3, 2010:
Is honoured with the rank of Honorary Group Captain for the Indian Air Force. Becomes the first person from non-aviation background to be conferred the rank.
84. October 5, 2010:
Becomes the first batsman to score 1000 runs in Test cricket in a calendar year on six occasions during his knock of 38 against Australia at Mohali.
85. October 6, 2010:
Wins the ICC Player of the Year Award (Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy) and the People’s Choice Award at the ICC Awards in Bangalore.
86. October 9-13, 2010:
Scores a brilliant 214 and 53 not out against Australia at Bangalore to help India clinch the two match series 2-0. Score 403 runs at an average of 134.33 in the two match series and gets awarded the man of the series.
87. October 2010:
Wins two awards at the British Asian Awards. Wins the Lebara People’s Choice Award and the award for the Outstanding Achievement in Sport.
88. December 19, 2010:
Scores his 50th Test century – against South Africa at Centurion.
89. Janurary 5, 2011:
Is named in ICC’s Greatest ODI Team of all time along with compatriots Kapil Dev and Virender Sehwag.
90. February 19, 2011:
Playing in his sixth World Cup, becomes the highest-capped player in ODIs when India take on Bangladesh in the tournament opener at Mirpur. Surpasses Sanath Jayasuriya’s record of 444 matches.
91. March 9, 2011:
Scores his 2000th run in World Cup in the match against Netherlands at Delhi.
92. April 2, 2011:
It has been a cherished dream of the nation to see the World Cup in the hands of Tendulkar and it was fulfilled on his home turf at Mumbai when India beat Sri Lanka. The emotional Tendulkar was lifted on shoulders by his team-mates and given a victory lap. He played a huge role in the win as he was India’s leading run-getter in the tournament with 482 runs.
93. April, 2011:
Is named by Wisden as the Leading Cricketer in the World for the year 2010.
94. April 2011:
Gets one million followers on Twitter, the highest for an Indian sportsman.
95. April 15, 2011:
A new milestone is achieved as he scores his maiden T20 hundred. His knock of 100 of 66 balls comes in a losing cause against Kochi Tuskers Kerala at Wankhede Stadium.
96. June 25, 2011:
Meets Roger Federer at Wimbledon.
97. September 28, 2011:
Moves into his luxurious new house at Bandra.
98. October 30, 2011:
Waves the chequered flag at the inaugural Indian Grand Prix at the Buddh International Circuit in Greater Noida.
99. November 8, 2011:
Scores his 15,000th Test run in the first Test against West Indies at Delhi.
100. March 16, 2012:
Scores the much-awaited 100th international hundred.
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