Bangalore, Dec 24: Sachin Tendulkar's One Day International journey commenced in Gujranwala and ended in Dhaka with Pakistan being the common factor in both places.
Tendulkar's first and last ODI opponents were Pakistan. On December 18, 1989, he played his first game and the 463rd and his final too was against the arch rivals, on March 18, 2012.
We all know that Tendulkar has broken most records in the 50-over game. However, it is interesting to know that his 23-year journey that began in 1989 and ended in 2012, lasted not just 463 ODIs but 2,670!
You would be wondering how we arrived at this staggering number 2,670. It is the number of ODIs played by all teams in that period as long as Tendulkar was an active ODI player.
When Tendulkar won his first India ODI cap on December 18, 1989, that match was number 593rd ODI in the history of the game. Tendulkar's final ODI in Dhaka during Asia Cup was ODI number 3,263.
From 593 to 3,263, Tendulkar was around. Of the 2,670 ODIs contested all over the world, Tendulkar's 463 will amount to 17.34 per cent.
Tendulkar was India's 74th ODI player and the latest to make debut for the country was Rahul Sharma, as 193rd. Since Tendulkar's first game India saw 119 new players.
The way Tendulkar played ODIs, there might not be another cricketer for a long time to surpass his achievements.