28 years ago on this day in 1989, a 16-year-old shy little boy from Bombay walked on to Karachi's National Stadium to his play his first Test.
Sachin Tendulkar became known to the global cricketing fraternity on this day, November 15, in 1989, when a short, curly-haired boy from India made his Test debut against Pakistan in Karachi.
Apart from Tendulkar, Salil Ankola also made his Test debut for India.
Another debutant, Pakistan's Waqar Younis, sent Tendulkar back to the pavilion for 15 runs. He didn't look like a teenager as he fended off the likes of Wasim Akram and Imran Khan and scored a patient, 172-ball 59. In the years that followed, the little boy became the "Little Master" and amassed nearly 16,000 Test runs at an average of 53.78 and a record 51 hundreds in a record 200 Test matches, breaking practically nearly all the batting records and attaining a god-like status. He then went on to impress the selectors and went on to become a mainstay in Mohammed Azharuddin's Team India in 1990.
Tendulkar retired from Test cricket in 2013 and is considered the most complete batsman of all time. He scored his first Test century at the age of 17 against Australia, saving India from imminent defeat in the process. That was also the year when he broke the 200-run barrier in ODIs, becoming the first ever to to do so in limited overs cricket.
It will be an injustice to not mention Sachin the bowler, who could virtually bowl anything from seam-up medium pace to a googly, and it shows in his 46 wickets in Tests and 154 in ODIs, which included the best of 5/32. He broke records at will and is the only man in history to get to 100 worldwide centuries. The match in 1989 was played in Karachi To know that both of these fantastic players did their debut in Pakistan is heart warming. That, coupled with the extraordinary expectations that follow him every time he went on to bat meant that Tendulkar also has had to to deal with repeated calls announcing his retirement throughout the latter stages of his career. Incidentally, for both the players it proved to be the only Test they played in their careers.