The 16-year -old Sachin Tendulkar’s extraordinary talent was recognised after he bravely faced the bouncers of Waqar Younis in his debut series against Pakistan. But, statistically, he marked himself to be the future of Indian cricket after he scored his maiden century against England in Manchester on 14th August 1990.
Sachin Tendulkar’s ton was the match-saving knock for India which kept them alive in the series after they lost the first Test against England. He amassed 119* runs off 225 balls, on the fifth day of the second Test, guiding the match to draw. He was also adjudged with Man of the Match. It also became a special knock for Indians because the next day was India’s Independence Day when the country got freedom from Britisher’s rule.
While Talking to PTI, Sachin Tendulkar recalled the majestic century and said that he learned the art of saving the Test match from that series.
“I scored that 100 on August 14 and the next day was our Independence Day, so it was special. The headline was different and that hundred at least kept the series alive till next Test at the Oval,” Tendulkar told PTI on the eve of the 30th anniversary of his first ton.
“The art of saving a Test match was a new experience for me,” Tendulkar said.
Sachin Tendulkar was hit on the head before the maiden ton:
Further, Sachin reminisced his debut series where he scored half-century which was also a match-saving knock after India had early fall of wickets. Young Sachin’s nose was bleeding but he continued to play, sidelining his pain.
“In Sialkot where I got hit and scored 57, we saved that Test match, too, from 38 for 4. Waqar’s bouncer and playing through pain defined me. After those kinds of hits, you are either stronger or you are nowhere to be seen.”
In that England Test, Sachin Tendulkar was also hit on the back of the head by one of the fastest pacers in the world back then, Devon Malcolm. But he had refused to meet the Physio though he was in unbearable pain.
“Devon and Waqar, during that phase, were easily the two quickest bowlers in the world bowling at 90 mph.
“Yes, I didn’t call the physio as I didn’t want to show them that I am in pain. My pain threshold was fairly high. It is okay to get hit. So what. You don’t show your pain to the bowler,” the legend said.
Sachin credited his childhood Mumbai coach Ramakant Acherkar for preparing him for all the testing times.
“I was used to getting hit on my body from my days in Shivaji Park as Acherkar sir would make us play on that and it would have enormous wear and tear,” he added.
The ‘God of Indian cricket’ Sachin Tendulkar is the highest ODI and Test scorer. He has snared 15921 runs in 200 Test matches while over 18,000 runs in ODIs. The master-blaster holds the record of most international centuries i.e, 100.