Mark the date in your calendar- August 14, 1990, it was on this day, the 17-year-old batsman Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar recorded his first-ever international hundred playing against England in a Test match at Old Trafford.
Tendulkar was just 17-years and 112 days old when he became the third-youngest batsman to score a Test century.
It took, Tendulkar eight Test matches to fetch up his first 100-run plus score in international cricket, he came out to bat after India had lost 5 wickets and smashed the English bowlers all around the park and scored 119 from 189 balls. He struck 17 boundaries during his innings and helped India draw the Test match on the final day. The knock also earned Tendulkar his first Player of the Match award.
England won the toss in the second match of the three-match series and elected to bat first.
Batting first, the hosts put up a sum of 519 in their first innings as captain Graham Gooch (116), Mike Atherton (131) and Robin Smith (121*) scored centuries.
In response, India was knocked out for 432 even with skipper Mohammad Azharuddin scoring 179 runs. Sanjay Manjrekar hoarded 93 runs while Sachin Tendulkar scored 68 runs.
Leading by 87-run, England started their second innings at 320/4d and set a board of 408 against India to win the game.
Mike Atherton played a knock 74-run while Allan Lamb smashed a century (109). Robin Smith and Jack Russell persisted undefeated on 61* and 16* respectively.
Chasing 408, India had a depraved twitch as they lost their openers Navjot Sidhu (0) and Ravi Shastri (12) reasonably.
Sanjay Manjrekar and Dilip Vengsarkar directed the side and sewed a 74-run partnership for the third wicket. At the score of 109, Manjrekar (50) and Vengsarkar (32) deceased at hasty succession.
Sachin Tendulkar came in to bat at number 6, along with skipper Mohammad Azharuddin and kept the scoreboard moving, building a brief partnership of 18-run for the fifth wicket. The skipper was sent back to the pavilion after scoring 11 runs.
Kapil Dev joined Tendulkar in the middle and stitched a 56-run partnership for the sixth wicket. Dev departed after scoring 26 runs. Tendulkar and Manoj Prabhakar played cautiously and remained unbeaten on 119* and 26*, at the end of the fifth day, and successfully drawn the match.
The duo amassed 160-run undefeated stand, in the meantime, Tendulkar also attained the feat of scoring his first century across formats.
The Maharashtra-born player had a memorable career in the game, making several records. The 46-year-old made his debut in Test cricket on November 15, 1989. In the same year on December 18, he played his first ODI match.
The legendary cricketer has the greatest number of runs in the longest format of the game, gathering 15,921 runs. Along the way, Tendulkar scored 51 Test centuries, maximum by any player. Things are no different in ODI cricket as Tendulkar on the list of most runs in this format as well. He has accumulated 18,426 runs in ODI which includes 49 centuries.
In a career spanning over 24 years, Tendulkar represented the country in six World Cups. He was the part of the 2011 World Cup-winning team.
He retired from the 50-over format in 2012. He scored his hundredth century in his second last match. The master blaster last featured in Test against West Indies at home in November 2013, which was his 200th match.
Since his retirement, Tendulkar has made appearances at ICC events as an ambassador of various tournaments including the 2015 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup and the 2017 ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup.
Tendulkar has been associated with popular Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Mumbai Indians as the mentor.