Kolkata, Nov 15: Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar on Tuesday completed 22 years in international cricket, Sachin who is still awaiting his 100th ton for the last eight months.
It was way back in November 15, 1989 that a young 16-year old Tendulkar made his debut playing along side cricketing greats like Kapil Dev under the captaincy of Kris Srikkanth in Karachi Test against Pakistan. Sachin never looked back who made his ODI debut in the same tour at Gujranwala.
Tendulkar is now placed ninth in the list of players with the longest careers in Test cricket. English all-rounder holds the record for the longest career of 30 years 315 days from June 1, 1899 to April 12, 1930.
Englishmen Dennis Brown Close and Frank Wooley occupy the second and third place respectively. Close played Test cricket for 26 years 356 days, while Wooley's career spanned 25 years 13 days.
Others ahead of Tendulkar are George Headley (West Indies), John Traicos (South Africa and Zimbabwe), Jack Hobbs (England), Geroge Gunn (England) and Syd Gregory (England).
Tendulkar holds the record for maximum number of appearances and holds the record for most runs scored in both Test cricket and ODIs with 15,086 in Tests from 183 Test matches and 18,111 in 453 ODIs. He also holds the record of most number of hundreds - 51 in Tests and 48 in ODIs.
With so many records under his belt, Sachin Tendulkar has millions of fans not only in India but around the world. At 38 , Tendulkar is a true legend of the game.
On his part, Tendulkar has always steered clear of controversies on and off the field and played the gentleman's game in its true spirit.
Fans and supporters are eager to witness Tendulkar achieving another milestone of 100 hundreds in his career. Not able to score to score a century in over eight months have created lot of debates and discussions. After day one of the ongoing Test at Eden, West Indies head coach Ottis Gibbs commented that the pressure of expectations from his huge Indians fans seem to be affecting Tendulkar.
Having scored his last Test century against South Africa, Sachin has failed to score a century in over 12 innings, the highest being 91 at Oval during India's disastrous English tour in summer.
However, he did manage to score two centuries during the ICC World Cup 2011, 120 against England at Bangalore and 111 facing South Africa in Nagpur.
When Tendulkar started his ODI career, he took almost five years to get his maiden hundred that came in 1994 against Australia in Colombo. Then even Sunil Gavaskar commented that once he gets his first one, there will be no stopping him.
The batting maestro is unstoppable even after two decades in cricket, and everyone hopes the most important ton comes very soon.