Bangalore, Nov 6: When Sachin Tendulkar walks out to play the first Test against England on November 15 in Ahmedabad, the Master Blaster will, on that day, complete 23 years in international cricket.
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Tendulkar, with 190 Test caps, made his Test debut against Pakistan on November 15, 1989 in Karachi. And come this November 15, it would be the 22nd anniversary of this great batsman in international cricket.
Since that day in Pakistan, as a teenager, Tendulkar has smashed every possible record in the game. He is arguably the greatest batsman in the history of the game. The 39-year-old from Mumbai holds the records for most runs in Tests and One Day Internationals.
In recent times, Tendulkar has been under pressure. But he silenced his critics with a fine century for Mumbai in the Ranji Trophy against Railways.
As he gears up to complete yet another year at the top, Tendulkar, as he has said recently, would be assessing his future. According to him he has few more years of cricket.
Though this year has not been special for him by his own standards, he did set a record of 100 international centuries during the Asia Cup in March.
In terms of longevity, Tendulkar stands alone among the rest today. No cricketer has managed to stay on top for 23 years. Since his first game in 1989, Tendulkar has always been under pressure from his fans. Whenever he walks out to bat, expectations soar.
And when he enters the ground with a bat in his hand in Ahmedabad, he will be expected to score big. This time around, the focus and scrutiny will be more with him facing shortage of runs in Tests. His last century in a five-day game came in January 2011 against South Africa.
Tendulkar will be knowing that November 15 is a special day in his cricket career. He will be hoping to make it extra special at Sardar Patel Stadium if he walks out to bat.