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Sachin Tendulkar      

Full name Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar

Born April 24, 1973, Bombay (now Mumbai), Maharashtra

Current age 47 years 112 days

Major teams India, Asia XI, Mumbai, Mumbai Indians, Yorkshire

Nickname Tendlya, Little Master

Playing role Top-order batsman

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm offbreak, Legbreak googly

Height 5 ft 5 in

Education Sharadashram Vidyamandir School

Relation Son - AS Tendulkar

Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar
    February 23-25, 1988
    A monster in the making
    Sachin Tendulkar, 14, and Vinod Kambli, 16 compile a 664-run unbroken partnership for Shardashram Vidyamandir against St Xavier's at Azad Maidan. Kambli makes 349 not out, Tendulkar 326 not out. It remains the highest partnership recorded in any form of cricket, until in November 2006 two schoolboys from Hyderabad - Manoj Kumar and Mohammad Shaibaz - overtake the record with an unbeaten 721-run partnership.
    December 11, 1988
    Truly first-class debut
    At 15, scores an unbeaten century against Gujarat at the Wankhede Stadium to become the youngest Indian to make a hundred on first-class debut. Was picked after Bombay captain Dilip Vengsarkar watched him negotiate Kapil Dev in the nets.
    December 14, 1989
    Bloody-minded to start with
    On the last day of the last Test of his first Test series, in Sialkot, gets hit on the nose by Waqar Younis - also in his first series. Falls down, gets up, and wipes away the gushing blood. Medical assistance is declined. Is eventually out for 57.
    August 14, 1990
    How young is too young?
    At 17 years and 112 days, becomes the then second-youngest centurion in Test history. His 119 not out against England at Old Trafford is a majestic rearguard action that enables India to hang on for a draw. It still remains among his most valuable Test innings.
    February 2-3, 1992
    Crazy diamond
    Sculpts a counter-attacking gem of 114, after India fall from 135 for 6 to 159 for 8, at the WACA, the bounciest cricket pitch in the world. It is his favourite Test innings.
    April, 1992
    Yorkshire opens up
    Becomes the first overseas signing for Yorkshire.
    November 27-28, 1992
    Thousand reasons to cheer
    At 19 years and 217 days, becomes the youngest player to reach 1000 Test runs, during his 111 out of India's 227 in Johannesburg.
    February 11-12, 1993
    Mad in Madras
    Scores his first Test century at home. Hits 24 fours and a six in his 165 against England, as India win by an innings and 22 runs.
    November 24, 1993
    Golden arm is unveiled
    With South Africa needing six runs to win off the last over of their Hero Cup semi-final against India, bowls a sensational over, giving them just three, and India victory.
    March 27, 1994
    Opens a can of worms
    Opens in an ODI for the first time - against New Zealand. Goes on to make 82 off 49 balls.
    October, 1995
    Commercial worth
    Signs a five-year contract worth Rs 31.5 crore with WorldTel, which makes him the richest cricketer in the world.
    February-March, 1996
    His World Cup
    With 523 runs at 87.16, is the highest scorer in the World Cup held in India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Scores two centuries and three half-centuries.
    August 8, 1996
    Captaincy, part I
    Is named captain of the Indian team, at age 23.
    January 2, 1998
    End of captaincy, part I
    Is sacked from the captaincy after a 15-month tenure during which India won three out of 17 Tests.
    February-March, 1998
    His finest series
    Gets his maiden first-class double-hundred and two hundreds and a fifty in three Tests against Australia. India win the home-series 2-1.
    April 22-24, 1998
    Desert Storm
    Scores two blazing, back-to-back hundreds against Australia at Sharjah to help India reach the final and then win it.
    January 30-31, 1999
    His greatest innings... almost
    Makes 136 chasing 271 in Chennai against Pakistan with an injured back. Gets out with 17 runs to get; India fall short by 13.
    July 28, 1999
    Captaincy, part II
    Is reappointed captain - without his consent - after India, under Mohammad Azharuddin, fail to reach the semifinals of the World Cup in England.
    March 20, 2001
    A thorn in Aussie flesh
    Scores a century in a famous decider of a famous series, against Australia. India win 2-1, denying Australia the "final frontier".
    March 31, 2001
    The road less traveled
    Becomes the first player to score 10,000 runs in one-day cricket in the course of his 139 against Australia in Indore.
    November 19, 2001
    Is cautioned and fined by match referee Mike Denness for trying to "change the condition of the ball" during the Port Elizabeth Test. The resulting outcry in India and the impasse between the Indian board and the ICC leads the latter to review the jurisdiction of match referees.
    December 21, 2001
    Caught out of his crease
    Is tied down by the over-the-stumps tactics of Ashley Giles in Bangalore, and is stumped for the first time in his Test career. It also highlights the start of his discomfort against left-arm spinners.
    August 22-23, 2002
    Move over, Sir Don
    Overtakes Don Bradman's tally of 29 Test centuries, misses double-century by seven at Headingley, but India win by an innings and 46 runs.
    February-March, 2003
    His World Cup, part II
    Scores 673 runs at 61.18 in the World Cup, taking India to within a win of the world crown. His 98 against Pakistan in an exceptionally anticipated match is one of the best knocks played by Indians at World Cups. Even though Australia are the champions, he is named the Man of the Series.
    August, 2003
    Privilege, what privilege?
    Draws flak for a duty waiver on the Ferrari 360 Modena, which is gifted to him by the Fiat group on his passing Bradman's mark of 29 Test centuries. Finally offers to pay the $245,000 duty, which is covered for by Fiat.
    January2-4, 2004
    Economy over style
    Scores a century without a cover-drive, goes on to get an unbeaten 241 in Sydney, and rates it the best among his centuries. Australia manage to hold on for a draw, and the series ends 1-1.
    March 28-29, 2004
    Robbed of a double?
    Scores an unbeaten 194 in Sehwag's Multan Test. Later says he was surprised the Indian team declared with him so close to the double-century.
    August, 2004
    Cost of playing catches up
    Tennis elbow surfaces, during the Videocon Cup in Holland. Misses the Champions Trophy in England, and then the first two home Tests against Australia.
    March 16, 2005
    Ten thousand, twice over
    Becomes the fifth man to score 10,000 Test runs in course of his 52 against Pakistan in Kolkata. India win the match by 195 runs.
    May, 2005
    Tennis elbow refuses to go away
    Goes for the surgery for the tennis elbow, misses a triangular in Sri Lanka, a tour to Zimbabwe, and the Super Series in Australia.
    October 25, 2005
    Back, and how
    Makes a roaring return to international cricket, with a 93 off 96 balls against Sri Lanka in Nagpur, in India's 350 for 6.
    December 10, 2005
    Sunny days
    In scoring 109 against Sri Lanka in Delhi, becomes the highest centurion in Test cricket, overtaking Sunil Gavaskar's 34.
    March 19, 2006
    Home crowd turns hostile
    Struggles for 1 run in 33 minutes against England in Mumbai, and after he is dismissed, he is booed off the ground by his home crowd.
    March, 2006
    Tryst with the knife
    Goes to England for surgery on his right shoulder. Misses the one-dayers against England and the tour to West Indies.
    September 14, 2006
    Back and how, part II
    Makes a stunning comeback, with 141 off 148 balls against West Indies in a DLF Cup ODI in Kuala Lumpur. India lose the match by D/L method.
    May, 2007
    Unwanted rest
    Is "rested" for the first time in his career, for the three-ODI series in Bangladesh. Scores two centuries in the two following Tests.
    August, 2007
    Finally, a win outside subcontinent
    With 228 runs at 38.00, makes a significant contribution to his first Test-series win outside the subcontinent, as India beat England 1-0 to win the Pataudi Trophy.
    January 4, 2008
    Sachin Cricket Ground
    At an SCG full of worshippers, scores a sublime unbeaten 154, his first century in more than two years and 19 Tests, against opposition other than Bangladesh.
    March 2, 2008
    Sachin Cricket Ground, Part II
    Scores his first ODI century in Australia, in first of the CB Series final. The innings is the foundation India build their first tri-series in Australia on.
    October 17, 2008
    Scaling the summit
    At 2.31pm on a hot Mohali Friday, Tendulkar steers debutant Peter Siddle towards the third-man boundary for three runs to break Brian Lara's record for most Test runs.
    November 5, 2009
    Solo again
    Crosses 17,000 ODI runs during his 175 off 141 balls in a run-chase of 351 against Australia in Hyderabad. It is a chanceless innings that ends 19 runs short of the target, but India choke after his wicket and lose.
    February 24, 2010
    The 200 barrier falls
    A stunning display in Gwalior makes Tendulkar the first male player to score 200 in a single innings in a one-day international. It comes off just 147 deliveries, powering India to 401 and a comfortable 153-run win against South Africa.
    October 2010
    Awards and rankings
    Tendulkar wins his first ICC award, the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy, by being named the Cricketer of the Year during the 2010 ICC Award ceremony in Bangalore. A week later he reclaims top spot in the ICC Test rankings for batsmen for the first time since 2002. He is also named in ESPNcricinfo's all-time Test World XI, the only presently active player to make the team.
    December 19, 2010
    A half-century of Test centuries
    With India battling to save a Test, Tendulkar bats serenely against a difficult South African attack in Centurion to become the first man to score 50 Test hundreds.
    Feb 19 - Apr 2, 2011
    World Cup glory, at last
    After five unsuccessful attempts, Tendulkar finally gets his hands on the World Cup trophy as India win the tournament in style. He contributes handsomely to the win, scoring hundreds against England and South Africa, 85 in the semi-final against Pakistan, and is the second-highest run-getter in the tournament with 482 at an average of 53.55. During the course the tournament, he also becomes the first batsman to score 2000 runs and six centuries in World Cup matches.
    March 16, 2012
    Century of centuries
    Finally, 34 innings and more than a year after scoring his 99th international hundred, Tendulkar reaches the landmark that might never be equalled, scoring 114 in an Asia Cup match against Bangladesh in Mirpur.
    December 23, 2012
    Goodbye to ODIs
    After playing 463 one-day internationals, Tendulkar announces his retirement from the format, just before the squad is announced for the home series against Pakistan. Tendulkar finishes with 18,426 ODI runs and 49 hundreds, well clear of any other batsman.
    October 10, 2013
    Goodbye to Tests
    Having played 198 Tests, Tendulkar announces his retirement from his only active international format. With two Tests coming up against West Indies, he says his 200th Test will be his last.
    November 16, 2013
    The last day
    An emotional India bids farewell to Tendulkar on his home ground at the Wankhede Stadium, as West Indies lose the Test in seven sessions. It's Tendulkar's 200th Test, and a 24-year-old romance comes to an end.