A 17-year-old special talent made his Test debut against Pakistan in 1989. He let the world know his talent and character. Cricket could have been different without him. Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar was a great batsman and he was just on the verge of dominating the world.
On this day, Sachin Tendulkar scored his maiden Test hundred.
His first hundred didn’t come during India’s tour of Pakistan. He needed a great innings to make an outstanding impression in world cricket. 26 years ago a 17-year-old boy at Old Trafford Manchester opened the floodgate of scoring 100 hundred. He scored 51 hundred in his 200 matches Test career.
But the importance of first Test hundred is unforgettable. In ODIs, Sachin took 78 matches to score his first hundred, but in Test, it came only in the second series of his career. Sachin could score his first Test hundred during the New Zealand tour earlier in 1990.
But Sachin had to wait till the second match of the England tour in Manchester.
England batting first scored a colossal total of 519. In the first Test, India lost by a massive 247 runs, so India needed to produce a good result in their favour at Manchester. The star-studded Indian team under the captaincy of Mohammad Azharuddin fund themselves chasing a total of 407 runs for an improbable win.
In the second India’s top order collapsed at 127 for 5 and it became apparent that India can only draw the match.
Then the little master arrived, playing his second series outside the subcontinent, with his first ever Test hundred. He scored a brilliant unbeaten 119 with 17 boundaries.
The innings stamped the authority of Tendulkar in world cricket, he has become arguably the greatest batsman of all time.
Before this hundred he scored 93 against Pakistan and 88 against New Zealand in the run-up to the England series, but he still needed a hundred to let the world know about his batting caliber.
This hundred also helped Indian selectors to stop the argument about Tendulkar’s section in the senior team as at his age players play age group matches, but Tendulkar was special so never looked back after this hundred.