December 11, 1988: 15-year-old Sachin Tendulkar scores his 1st first-class hundred

first_imgWhen Sachin Tendulkar scored his maiden first-class hundred on this day 29 years ago, not many would have bet their money on him scoring a staggering 100 international hundreds.But the child protege did the unthinkable during the course of the next 24 years. Breaking into the team at the tender age of 16, Tendulkar went on to become the highest run-scorer in both Tests and one-day internationals, smashing one record after another along the way.The journey however, started with the hundred that he scored against Gujarat in a Ranji Trophy game at the Wankhede Stadium in the 1988-89 season.It was late in the first session on the second day when a 15-year-old Tendulkar came out to bat after Lalchand Rajput was run out on 99. An innings of pure class and grit followed ensued.Tendulkar smashed his hundred off 129 balls with 12 boundaries and became the youngest batsman to reach triple figures on Ranji debut. His unbeaten 100 along with Alan Sippy’s 127 and Rajput’s contribution saw Mumbai declare at 394 for 6 with a first innings lead of 254 runs.Pradeep Kasliwal and Anup Sabnis then ran through Gujarat’s batting lineup picking up four and three wickets respectively as the visitors got bowled out for 306, which meant that the hosts needed to chase down just 53 runs in the final 7 overs of the match but they fell short by just 10 runs.Today in 1988: Sachin Tendulkar @ 15yrs-231days registered his maiden century of his fc career, an unbeaten 100 for Mumbai at the Wankhede Stadium. 25 years later he added 80 more fc centuries to his career tally.#RanjiTrophy pic.twitter.com/P42EJqHZpUadvertisement- Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) December 11, 2017The match ended in a draw but a star was born. Tendulkar went on to slam 80 more first-class tons in the next 25 years scoring 25,396 in 310 matches at an average of 57.84 with 116 half-centuries to his name.The Master Blaster earned the reputation of one of the greatest batsmen the game of cricket has ever seen with the legendary Don Bradman seeing himself in the little wonder from Mumbai.On December 10, 2005, Tendulkar went past Sunil Gavaskar’s record of 34 Test hundreds after he scored 109 against Sri Lanka at the Feroz Shah Kotla stadium in New Delhi. Gavaskar had achieved the feat against the same opponent at Kanpur in 1986 when he smashed 176.Tendulkar played a record 200 Test matches for India in a career that lasted 24 years.Tendulkar, who wanted to be a fast bowler, hammered 51 Test hundreds and 49 centuries in one day internationals. He went to the MRF pace academy but Australian fast bowling great Dennis Lillee advised Tendulkar to focus on his batting. The rest is history.He finished his career as the leading run-getter in international cricket, with 34,357 runs across formats — 15,921 in 200 Tests, 18,426 in 463 ODIs and 10 in 1 T20 international. He played his final match — his 200th Test — at his home ground in November 2013 at the Wankhede when India hosted West Indies in a Test series.Tendulkar was the first male cricketer to smash a double hundred in ODIs when he scored 200 not out off 147 balls against South Africa in Gwalior on February 24, 2010.He made a record six World Cup appearances eventually ending up on the triumphant side in his last tournament, in 2011 at the Wankhede stadium when India defeated Sri Lanka in the final.last_img read more