Sachin Tendulkar was the youngest men’s cricketer to make his debut in international cricket but made giant strides. Spin legend Shane Warne recalled encountering Shane Warne for the first time when he was 21 years old during a tour to Australia in 1991-92. It was during the third match of the series at the Sydney Cricket Ground that Warne bowled to Tendulkar for the first time.
Recalling his first encounter, Warne said that Tendulkar looked like a 21 year old, but everyone realised he was pretty special with the way he was smacking the deliveries. The spin legend also added that he showed his class and it could be said how good player he is with the kind of elegance he showed on the pitch.
“When I first saw Sachin Tendulkar in the first Test, he was 21. But looked about 10. I thought this guy was pretty special. He’s smacking us all over the park and he’s 10 years of age. You can tell when players come out and it’s the time they’ve got. That’s the class about them. You can tell that about good players… the time, elegance… it all looks easy,” Warne said during commentary on Sky Sports during the second Test between England and Pakistan.
Sachin Tendulkar was short but he would bully the ‘tallest’ bowlers of the era. It was the Sachin Tendulkar-era. He was a nightmare many bowlers would often refer as difficult to dislodge. At his numbers justify his status. The 47-year-old continues to be the leading run-scorer in in international cricket with 34, 357 runs — 15,921 in Tests, 18426 in ODIs and 10 from a solitary T20I.
In 2010, against South Africa he came first international cricketer to smash a double hundred. Only if the century of centuries in international cricket was not enough – it was in March, 2012 that he achieved his feat, a record that will need to some taking to be surpassed.
In 2011, he finally achieved his biggest dream of lifting the World Cup, after making appearances in the marquee tournament for a record sixth time.