Sachin Tendulkar: From an introvert teenage prodigy to a world conquering legend

Sachin Tendulkar is widely acknowledged as one of the greatest cricketers of all time, the most prolific run machine, the bonding that he shares with fans all over the globe is unmatched. He is the only batsman to have scored 100 International centuries.

The photograph on the left is when Tendulkar, as a 16 year-old, went to Pakistan head of his Test debut for India against Pakistan. Tendulkar still remains the youngest cricketer to have played for India.

The picture on the right is how the 42-year old Tendulkar looks like. He retains his boyish looks, just an addition of a few pounds, but the charm remains along with his dark curly hair, which has been his trademark over the years. The love for the sport remains intact and he is still fit enough to tackle the best. The shy teenager is now a Bharat Ratna recipient and one of the most inspirational figures in the world. Spending decades in glare of lenses, the introvert young guy has learned to live with fame and smiles more.

Tendulkar retired from the International cricket in November 2013, after a memorable 200th Test, at his home ground at the Wankhede Stadium against West Indies. In 2010, he created history by becoming the first double centurion in One-Day International cricket. The feat came against South Africa at Gwalior. Currently he is a mentor with Mumbai Indians (MI) and co-owns Indian Super League (ISL) football side Kerala Blasters, who ended up as runners-up in the first season.