A video of Sachin Tendulkar speaking before the 2011 World Cup. The master blaster gets candid and talks about his journey at the highest level.

 

A shy, diminutive 16-year-old cricketer with curly locks made his Test debut for India in Karachi on Nov 15, 1989. It was a momentous year in world history with communist states fast withering away in Eastern Europe. But cricket experts had little doubt that the hugely talented Tendulkar's arrival in the big ticket league was an equally defining moment for the game.

 

Twenty-two years and 122 days later, the 5' 5'' genius has almost all batting records under his belt. With 15,470 runs in 188 Test matches and 18,374 in 462 ODIs, Tendulkar holds the record for the maximum number of appearances and being the highest run-getter and century maker in both forms. He has turned out for India in six World Cups at a stretch, playing a big role in the title win in 2011 and the runners-up finish in 2003.

 

To cap it all, the Mumbaikar Friday became the first man in 135 years of international cricket to complete a century of hundreds – 51 in Tests and 49 in ODIs. In fact, the epoch-making three figure knock came against Bangladesh in Dhaka's Mirpur a day after the 135th anniversary of the first ever Test match featuring England and Australia.

 

In a revelation that even the “god of cricket” has his human frailties, it took Tendulkar 370 days to get over an agonising century-less period after the 99th international hundred he got March 12 facing South Africa in Nagpur during the World Cup. It was, however, shorter than the 510 days he took to get to his second Test hundred after scoring his maiden three-figure knock, a match saving one, against England at Old Trafford August 14, 1990.