Top, from left: Arshad Ayub, Kapil Dev, Kiran More, Krishnamachari Srikkanth, Maninder Singh, Manoj Prabhakar, Mohammad Azharuddin Bottom, from left: Navjot Sidhu, Raman Lamba (art: Rajasekharan Parameswaran), Ravi Shastri, Sanjay Manjrekar, Vivek Razdan @ Getty Images, WV Raman (courtesy: Raman's Facebook page), Salil Ankola (courtesy: Ankola's Facebook page)
Top, from left: Arshad Ayub, Kapil Dev, Kiran More, Krishnamachari Srikkanth, Maninder Singh, Manoj Prabhakar, Mohammad Azharuddin
Bottom, from left: Navjot Sidhu, Raman Lamba (art: Rajasekharan Parameswaran), Ravi Shastri, Sanjay Manjrekar, Vivek Razdan @ Getty Images, WV Raman (courtesy: Raman’s Facebook page), Salil Ankola (courtesy: Ankola’s Facebook page)

Sachin Tendulkar made his debut in Pakistan in 1989-90. Abhishek Mukherjee looks at what his 14 teammates from that tour went on to do in their subsequent years.

Numbers and facts updated till November 15, 2013

If you were a regular reader of Sportstar in the late 1980s, you probably still remember that picture of Sachin Tendulkar, Salil Ankola, and Vivek Razdan — the three would-be debutants — ready to go on the Pakistan tour along with 12 other men. Dilip Vengsarkar was pulled out of the tour, but it was still a formidable unit that came back from the tour undefeated in the Test series.

What did these men go on to do in future? Let us have a look. The names are in alphabetical order.

1. Arshad Ayub

A portly off-break bowler, Arshad Ayub’s Test career ended with the Pakistan tour when he conceded 300 runs and did not pick a wicket. He played ODIs for another season before being dropped for good.

Ayub later became the manager of the Indian team for the tour of Bangladesh in 2010. He has been running the Arshad Ayub Cricket Academy in Hyderabad since 1998 and is currently the President of Hyderabad Cricket Association.

2. Kapil Dev

Kapil Dev was the first bowler to reach 200 wickets in ODIs, and went on to overhaul Richard Hadlee’s Test tally of 431 Test wickets. His illustrious career, that involved leading India to a World Cup victory in1983, ended with the double of 5,000 runs and 400 wickets in Tests — the only cricketer till date do so.

Kapil became the coach of the Indian team in 1999-00; was named the Wisden Indian Cricketer of the Century in 2002; was appointed as the Chairman of National Cricket Academy (NCA) in 2006; and was the driving force behind ICL, which led to him being sacked from NCA.

Kapil also owns the Kapil’s Eleven chain of restaurants in Chandigarh and Patna and the Kaptain’s Retreat Hotel in Chandigarh. He also formed Dev Musco Lightning (P) Ltd, is a stakeholder in Zicom Electronics, and is the founder-cum-Chairman of an NGO called KHUSHII that runs three schools in Delhi for underprivileged children.

Kapil was the only Asian founder of Laureus Foundation in 2000 (the only other cricketers in the 40-member panel were Ian Botham and Viv Richards). He has also played cameo roles in several movies and has had several stints as a television commentator.

3. Kiran More

More played international cricket till the 1992-93 season before being replaced by Baroda teammate Nayan Mongia. Arguably the best wicketkeeper of his era, More had earned a name for swift stumpings, excellent agility, and the ability to get under the skin of opposition batsmen.

After retirement More helped set up the Kiran More-Alembic Cricket Academy; he was also a wicketkeeping coach for the ICC Development Programme and worked in Bangladesh, Kenya, and Uganda. He was Chairman of Selectors for the national side during the turbulent phase from 2003 to 2006.

He was later appointed the Executive Director of ICL. He currently runs the Kiran More International Cricket Academy in Vadodara.

4. Krishnamachari Srikkanth

Srikkanth, the captain of the Indian side on the tour to Pakistan, was axed after the series, causing a lot of controversy. He still played on, but it was evident that the reflex around which his batting centred was on the wane. Srikkanth announced his retirement in 1993.

Post-retirement, Srikkanth became a coach of India A; worked as a commentator and television expert; was named the Ambassador of Chennai Super Kings; was the Chief Selector for the national team from 2008 to 2012; and is currently the Ambassador of Sunrisers Hyderabad.

5. Maninder Singh

Maninder’s career was already on the decline, and he lost his place to Venkatapathy Raju over the years. He made one final comeback against Zimbabwe in 1993-94 following which his international career was over for good. A rank tail-ender, he continued to move up the batting order with consistent performances towards the end of his First-Class career.

Maninder earned reputation as an outspoken commentator after his retirement and coached Delhi. He was caught carrying cocaine in 2007 and later confessed that he had been taking drugs for over a — decade. Later that year he was admitted to the hospital with injuries in both hands — but his wife denied the suspicions of an attempted suicide raised by the television channels.

6. Manoj Prabhakar

Prabhakar, one of India’s earliest reverse-swing bowlers (he had probably picked it up from that tour), also turned out to be a handy opening batsman, scoring three international hundreds. His international career came to an end in the 1996 World Cup following a battering from Sanath Jayasuriya.

Prabhakar had alleged Mohammad Azharuddin of match-fixing but was himself charged. He ended up being banned from international cricket in 1999 (he was already out of contention, though). He joined BJP and contested for the Lok Sabha Elections in 2004, but lost.

He later worked as a bowling coach for Delhi and the head coach for Rajasthan. He later became the coach of Delhi but was sacked in 2011 for speaking out in public against the management. He currently heads Naturence Cosmetics.

7. Mohammad Azharuddin

Azharuddin succeeded Srikkanth as the captain of India and went on to secure both the records for the highest runs and most catches in ODIs. He led India in three World Cups, and had an excellent record as a captain at home — though it wasn’t quite the same overseas.

In 1999, Azharuddin was charged with match-fixing scandal; on admission he was handed out a lifetime ban from cricket by the BCCI. When the ban was lifted in 2006 and he was felicitated with the other captains, ICC stepped in with the claim that BCCI did not have a say in this. The ban was lifted — albeit too late — in 2012. He finished with 99 Tests and a highest score of 199.

He joined INC and won from the Moradabad Constituency to the Lok Sabha. He became a Member of Parliament in 2009.

8. Navjot Sidhu

A man known to bat in only two gears — the first and the fifth — Sidhu was a master of spin and had a reputation for massive sixes against them. Though he left midway during the 1996 tour of England he came back later and played till 1999. Towards the end of his career his fielding improved to an amazing extent, earning him the name ‘Jonty Singh’.

Sidhu became a commentator in 2001 and earned a reputation for his non-trivial one-liners which are referred to as Sidhuisms. He was sacked from ESPN-Star for swearing, but came back in 2012 as a Hindi commentator. Meanwhile he earned a name as a cricket analyst on various news channels.

He was elected to Lok Sabha from Amritsar for BJP in 2004. He later resigned after being convicted in 2006 of homicide in a 1988 incident; on appeal, the Supreme Court of India suspended the statement and he is an incumbent Member of Parliament following his triumph in the re-election in 2007.

Sidhu became a judge in The Great Indian Laughter Challenge, and quit Bigg Boss 6 to join a BJP campaign in Gujarat. He currently features in Comedy Nights with Kapil (named after stand-up comedian Kapil Sharma). He has acted in the Punjabi movie Mera Pind (2008) and is the President of World Jat Aryan Foundation.

9. Raman Lamba

It is often said that Raman Lamba’s finger injury had shaped Indian cricket in the 1990s. He pulled out of the first Test at Karachi, allowing Azharuddin to come back; the Hyderabadi never looked back and went on to lead India almost throughout the 1990s through various ups and downs.

Lamba later played for Ireland and married a local girl [Kim]. He started playing club cricket in Bangladesh since 1991 and was affectionately called Don of Dhaka. In February 1998, he was fielding at forward short-leg without a helmet for Abahani Krira Chakra against Mohammedan Sporting Club when he was hit on the forehead by Mehrab Hossain off Saifullah Khan and the ball flew to wicketkeeper Khaled Mashud.

The injury did not seem serious at that point of time but on admission to Post Graduate Hospital, Dhaka that he had suffered an internal haemorrhage and went into a coma. A neurosurgeon was flown in from Delhi but he could not make it on time. He passed away on February 23. In his memory Vijay Lokapally wrote in The Hindu: “He always dressed young, thought young and played young. Alas, he died young.”

10. Ravi Shastri
Hailed by many as potentially the most talented Indian captain, Ravi Shastri’s career came to a premature end in 1992 at an age of 30 due to a persistent knee injury. Even then, he remains the only Indian other than Kapil Dev to have reached the 2,000 run-100 wicket double in both formats of the sport.

Shastri has served as a commentator for ESPN-Star Sports and now commentates for BCCI in every international match played in India. He also served for a brief period as an interim coach of the national side after Greg Chappell’s sudden retirement in 2007. He has also served as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador.

11. Salil Ankola

Ankola’s only Test was the one in which Tendulkar had made his debut. His international career extended till early 1997 without much impact, and despite being a part of several touring squads he did not get to play a lot of matches.

He later shifted career and acted in Kurukshetra (2000), Pitaah (2002), Chura Liyaa Hai Tumne (2003), Silence Please… The Dressing Room (2004), and Riwayat (2012). He also acted in the television soaps Sshh… Koi Hai and Savitri.

12. Sanjay Manjrekar

Manjrekar had emerged as the greatest find of the Pakistan tour, scoring 569 runs at 94.83. He played on till the 1996-97 careers but ended after the emergence of Rahul Dravid, Sourav Ganguly, and VVS Laxman in the same year.

A talented singer, Manjrekar released an album called Rest Day in the mid-1990s (which also involved a solo sung by Vinod Kambli). He works as a successful commentator and a popular cricket columnist these days.

13. Vivek Razdan

Razdan was a fast bowler for St Columba’s School in Delhi, opening bowler with Bollywood star Rahul Dev; the school wicketkeeper was a somewhat bigger star in the form of Shahrukh Khan.

Picked after just two First-Class matches, Razdan never played a Test after the tour. All his five career wickets came in a five-wicket haul during the Sialkot Test. He tried to make a comeback, improving his batting in the process, but eventually retired from First-Class cricket at 25.

He currently works as a commentator for the Star Sports network and coaches in Delhi.

14. WV Raman

A champion of domestic cricket, Raman later became the first Indian to score an ODI hundred outside Asia against a Test-playing country. He played till 1996-97 and was dropped for good for the same reason as Manjrekar’s.

Raman went on to coach Tamil Nadu and Bengal as well as the Indian Under-19 side. Once considered as the coach of Kolkata Knight Riders, he is now the assistant coach of Kings XI Punjab. He is also a popular columnist.

Tests ODIs
M R 100s Wkts 5WI 10WM Ct/St M R 100 W 5WI Ct/St
Arshad Ayub 13 257 41 3 2 32 116 31 1 5
Kapil Dev 131 5,248 8 434 23 2 64 225 3,783 1 253 1 71
Kiran More 49 1,285 110/20 94 563 63/27
K Srikkanth 43 2,062 2 40 146 4,091 4 25 2 42
Maninder Singh 35 99 88 3 2 9 59 49 66 18
Manoj Prabhakar 39 1,600 1 96 3 20 130 1,858 2 157 2 27
Md Azharuddin 99 6,215 22 105 334 9,378 7 12 156
Navjot Sidhu 51 3,202 9 9 136 4,413 6 20
Raman Lamba 4 102 5 32 783 1 1 10
Ravi Shastri 80 3,830 11 151 2 36 150 3,108 4 129 1 40
Salil Ankola 1 6 2 20 34 13 2
Sanjay Manjrekar 37 2,043 4 25/1 74 1,994 1 1 23
Vivek Razdan 2 6 5 1 3 23 1 4
WV Raman 11 448 2 6 27 617 1 2 2

(Abhishek Mukherjee is a cricket historian and Senior Cricket Writer at CricketCountry. He generally looks upon life as a journey involving two components – cricket and literature – though not as disjoint elements. A passionate follower of the history of the sport with an insatiable appetite for trivia and anecdotes, he has also a steady love affair with the incredible assortment of numbers that cricket has to offer. He also thinks he can bowl decent leg-breaks in street cricket, and blogs at http://ovshake.blogspot.in. He can be followed on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/ovshake42)