On this day (November 16) in 1989 two great legends of cricket had made their debut in international cricket at the National Stadium, Karachi. One was the king of reverse swing while other was the God of batting. Their rivalry started from the very first match of their career.
16 Year old Sachin Tendulkar and 18-year-old Waqar Younis have made their debut in 1989 Karachi Test between two arch rival India and Pakistan. India captain Mohammad Azharuddin brought Sachin at the pitch holding his hand.
Sachin Tendulkar played some beautiful shots that drew appreciation from the commentator. But, Waqar had announced his arrival in world cricket from the first match of his career.
The match was drawn. But, two teenagers had announced their arrival in world cricket. Waqar has taken four wickets in the first innings, including the wicket of Sachin Tendulkar. Though, Tendulkar, before getting out off Waqar Younis drove two beautiful fours- one was through the long on boundary and another one was through the cover. Commentators were praising baby-faced Tendulkar’s technique. But, suddenly a lanky pacer released a toe crusher, right-handed batsman Tendulkar opted to on drive the ball, but he missed the line and the ball went across his bat and pad uprooted his stumps.
While Tendulkar’s 15 runs innings was a glimpse of showpiece batting career Waqar’s 4 wicket haul was an explanation of his famed bowling career.
Tendulkar took three years to blossom in the international arena while Waqar has become a nightmare to the batsmen from the beginning of his career. Tendulkar hit his first fifty during his debut series in Sialkot, but his first century came on August in 1992 in Manchester Test against England. And Sachin’s first ODI century came five years later against Australia in Colombo.
Watch the video of Sachin Tendulkar and Waqar Younis duel at Karachi National Stadium
Meanwhile, Waqar after the Test debut in November against India dismantled New Zealand and West Indies in two back to back home series. In Lahore and Faisalabad Test, he notched up two consecutive seven wickets haul. Faisalabad had become his favourite ground as after rattling New Zealand he took a fifer against West Indies at the same ground. In 16 Tests, he had registered 8 five wicket haul.
His first overseas tour in Australia did not go well. But, in 1992 on his second overseas tour he had taken the England by surprise at the Mecca of cricket the Lord’s. He rattled the English batting line to take a fifer. His partnership with Wasim Akram had just congealed. Pakistan had won the match by 2 wickets.
Back to Sachin Tendulkar. The batting maestro had changed the gear of his batting in 1994 New Zealand tour when he played a 49 ball 82 at Auckland against the host. He redefined the job of an opener. He also gave the world the a lesson of how Indian batsmen were going to play in the next decade. An aggressive batting filled with a flurry of stroke play.