On November 15, 1989, a shy 16-year-old Sachin Tendulkar made his Test debut for India against arch-rivals Pakistan at the National Stadium in Karachi.

It was to be the start of one of the most remarkable cricketing careers in history. It was an elegant on-drive to the boundary, with which “The Little Master” scored his first runs in international cricket.

He would go on to master the shot like nearly every cricketing shot in the years to come. That one stroke though, would have been special. For, Tendulkar was just a teenager. He was thrown in the deep end after a spate of impressive performances in local and domestic cricket. He made his debut as the youngest ever cricketer to play Test cricket.

Tendulkar came in to bat at No. 6 with India tottering at 41/4 in reply to Pakistan’s 409 in the first innings. He faced 24 balls and scored 15 runs that included two boundaries, the first of which brought up his first runs in international cricket.

Interestingly, the batting maestro’s first runs came while facing Waqar Younis, who too was making his debut in the game and would go on to become a legend in his own right.


The age gap between the two was just two years. Younis, who was the older of the two, made the difference quite evident through the course of the game. He had Tendulkar on the back foot for most of his stint on the field and was the one to send him back to the pavilion.

However, Tendulkar’s short stay in the middle proved crucial for India. He rallied with the lower order helping India earn a draw.

Tendulkar would also roll his arm in the game. It was not the brightest of starts though. He bowled just one over and gave away 10 runs.

Tendulkar went on to play 199 more Tests after that Test and amassed 15921 runs in 24-year-long career. He called an end to his career with an average of just over 51, remarkable by any standard. His 51 centuries and 68 half tons, went a long way in establishing India as a feared entity in the overall cricketing sphere.

Waqar Younis looked back with fondness over the his and Tendulkar’s debut on Tuesday. Tendulkar acknowledged the same, adding his own reminiscences about the landmark day.

India Test skipper Virat Kohli also chimed in to commemorate the anniversary adding the hashtag #27YearsOfSachin. Tendulkar was quick to acknowledge the tweet, giving his own blessings to the skipper for the ongoing series against England.