The Sachin Tendulkar effect on Indian cricket

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Since Sachin Tendulkar made his Test debut in 1989, India have seen 87 newcomers to the five-day game in the span of 23 years. While most of them have finished their careers, Tendulkar continues his illustrious journey at the top.

Tendulkar was 187th player to don Indian Test cap. He made his debut against Pakistan in Karachi in 1989. Tendulkar's Mumbai team-mate and fast bowler Salil Ankola too made his entry to Test cricket in same match, by becoming the 186th cricketer.

The Tendulkar effect on Indian cricket

India's last Test debutant was paceman R Vinay Kumar, who won the No. 274 Test cap against Australia earlier this year.

From November 15, 1989 (Tendulkar debut date) to date, India have played 209 Tests, of which Tendulkar has appeared in 192 (missed 17). India won 72 of those and lost 59. 78 ended in draw. Of the 72 wins, Tendulkar was a part of 66.

If you look back, most of the 87 who came after Tendulkar have retired and some, though playing first-class cricket, are not in India reckoning.

Former India captain Anil Kumble, writing in "The Week" magazine, felt about 60% of those cricketers have quit the game.

"Sachin was the 187th Indian to play Test cricket. The last debutant for India was R. Vinay Kumar, No. 274. If I am right, nearly 60% of the 87 players who made their Test debut for India after Sachin have already retired from the game," Kumble wrote.

It speaks volumes of Tendulkar's longevity at the highest level. No other cricketer has managed to stay at the international arena for such a long period. One more interesting feature of Tendulkar's career is that he was never dropped by the selection committee, based on form.

During his 23 years, he has been rested or missed matches for India due to fitness issues. He is the country's "undroppable" cricketer and continues to be one even as pressure mounts on his career in recent times.

The 39-year-old must have played with more than 50 different Indian players in his time. Ricky Ponting, who is playing his final Test for Australia in Perth, has so far played with 82 different team-mates in his 17-year career.

Tendulkar has had a huge impact on Indian cricket. The way he has played over the years for the country, he certainly deserves lot more respect, as former cricketers are saying.

So, let the "R" word decision remain with the Master Blaster.

List of India Test players, who made their debut after Sachin Tendulkar (with Test cap numbers)

188 Vivek Razdan

189 Venkatapathy Raju

190 Atul Wassan

191 Gursharan Singh

192 Anil Kumble

193 Javagal Srinath

194 Subroto Banerjee

195 Pravin Amre

196 Ajay Jadeja

197 Rajesh Chauhan

198 Vinod Kambli

199 Vijay Yadav

200 NR Mongia

201 Aashish Kapoor

202 Sunil Joshi

203 Paras Mhambrey

204 Venkatesh Prasad

205 Vikram Rathour

206 Sourav Ganguly

207 Rahul Dravid

208 David Johnson

209 VVS Laxman

210 Dodda Ganesh

211 Abey Kuruvilla

212 Nilesh Kulkarni

213 Debashish Mohanty

214 Harvinder Singh

215 Harbhajan Singh

216 Ajit Agarkar

217 Robin Singh (Tamil Nadu)

218 Robin Singh (Delhi)

219 S Ramesh

220 Ashish Nehra

221 Devang Gandhi

222 MSK Prasad

223 R Vijay Bharadwaj

224 Hrishikesh Kanitkar

225 Wasim Jaffer

226 Murali Kartik

227 Nikhil Chopra

228 Mohammad Kaif

229 SS Das

230 Saba Karim

231 Zaheer Khan

232 Vijay Dahiya

233 Sarandeep Singh

234 Rahul Sanghvi

235 Sairaj Bahutule

236 Sameer Dighe

237 Hemang Badani

238 Deep Dasgupta

239 Virender Sehwag

240 Sanjay Bangar

241 Iqal Siddiqui

242 Tinu Yohannan

243 Ajay Ratra

244 Parthiv Patel

245 L Balaji

246 Aakash Chopra

247 Yuvraj Singh

248 Irfan Pathan

249 Gautam Gambhir

250 Dinesh Karthik

251 MS Dhoni

252 RP Singh

253 S Sreesanth

254 Piyush Chawla

255 Munaf Patel

256 VRV Singh

257 Ramesh Powar

258 Ishant Sharma

259 Amit Mishra

260 Murali Vijay

261 Pragyan Ojha

262 Subramaniam Badrinath

263 Wriddhiman Saha

264 Abhimanyu Mithun

265 Suresh Raina

266 Cheteshwar Pujara

267 Jaydev Unadkat

268 Virat Kohli

269 Praveen Kumar

270 Abhinav Mukund

271 R Ashwin

272 Umesh Yadav

273 Varun Aaron

274 R Vinay Kumar

Number of Tests India played since Tendulkar's debut (November 15, 1989) till date

Total Tests: 209 (Tendulkar has played in 192)

Won: 72

Lost: 59

Draw: 78


Story first published:  Saturday, December 1, 2012, 13:28 [IST]

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