Sachin Tendulkar over the years
Sachin Tendulkar started playing competitive cricket as a kid and he is still going strong past the age of 40. Here’s a look back at all the important milestones in the maestro’s career since he was 11:
At 11: Plays his first Giles Shield match against Khoja Khan School at Azad Maidan, scoring 24.
At 12: Scores a century for his school in the U-17 Harris Shield.
At 13: Has a dream run in Giles Shield, scoring seven centuries, including a double-ton.
At 14: Is involved in a 664-run partnership with Vinod Kambli.
At 15: Scores a century on his first-class debut for Bombay against Gujarat.
At 16: Makes his Test and ODI debut against Pakistan.
At 17: Scores his maiden Test century – a match-saving 119 not-out against England at Manchester, in 1990.
At 18: At 18 years and 304 days becomes the youngest Indian to appear in a World Cup, in 1992.
At 19: Becomes Yorkshire’s first overseas signing and also becomes the youngest to reach 1,000 Test runs.
At 20: Scores his first Test century at home, against England at Chennai – 165, studded with 24 fours and a six.
At 21: Scores his first ODI century against Australia at Colombo – 110 off 130 balls.
At 22: Signs a five-year contract with World Tel for a whopping INR 300 million to become the highest paid player in the history of cricket.
At 23: Becomes the highest run-getter in a World Cup when he scored 523 runs from seven matches at an average of 87.17 with two centuries and three half-centuries and is soon named India captain too.
At 24: Achieves a rare feat of scoring 1,000 runs in calendar year in two forms of cricket – Tests and ODIs.
At 25: Scores back-to-back ODI centuries against Australia – including one on his birthday.
At 26: Scores his first Test double-century – 217 runs against New Zealand in New Zealand.
At 27: Becomes the first batsman to score 50 international hundreds with his unbeaten 201 against Zimbabwe at Nagpur.
At 28: Becomes the first player to aggregate 10,000 ODI career runs.
At 29: Surpasses Don Bradman's record of 29 centuries by scoring 193, against England at Headingley, in 2001.
At 30: Scores 673 runs in 11 matches in the ICC World Cup at 61.18 – most by any batsman in a single World Cup.
At 31: Equals Sunil Gavaskar's world record of 34 Test centuries with a career-best 248 not-out against Bangladesh at Dhaka, in 2004.
At 32: Scores his 35th Test century to go past Gavaskar’s world record of 34 tons.
At 33: Plays his only Twenty20 International and also becomes the oldest Indian to appear in Twenty20 internationals.
At 34: Crosses 15,000 runs in ODIs and 11,000 runs in Tests.
At 35: Surpasses Brian Lara to become the leading run-scorer in Test cricket, against Australia at Mohali.
At 36: Crosses the 17,000-run mark in ODIs during his 175-run knock against Australia at Hyderabad. Also becomes the first player to score a double-century in ODIs with a 200 not-out against South Africa at Gwalior.
At 37: Finally achieves his dream of being part of a World Cup-winning team when India beat Sri Lanka in the final on his home ground – the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.
At 38: Becomes the first player to score 100 international tons.
At 39: Equals Sunil Gavaskar’s Indian record of scoring most (81) centuries in first-class cricket.
At 40: Becomes the first subcontinent player to aggregate 50,000 runs in all recognised cricket – first-class, list A and Twenty20s.