It was 29 years ago that a 16-year-old boy walked out to take guard for India against a dominant Pakistan for the first time. He faced 24 balls and scored 15 runs and never looked comfortable against the swinging deliveries from a Waqar Younis in his prime. But he stuck it out there and went onto play for the country for 24 years. It was on 15th November that the boy who grabbed headlines for his prowess in Sheffield Shield was playing for the country. Tendulkar, to date, gets reminded of the day and also feels nostalgic about it. He recently took to Twitter to share about how he feels honoured to have played for the nation. His post read, “This day, every year, brings back so many memories of the day I 1st represented India. It was an honour to play for the country and be able to represent India for 24 years.
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He not only became the first man on the planet to score a double century in ODI cricket. He scored 200* off 147 balls against South Africa in Gwalior on February 24, 2010. He signed off as the leading run-getter and century maker in both Tests and ODIs.
He amassed 15,921 runs in 200 Tests, 18426 in 463 ODIs and 10 in 1 T20 international. He played his final match — his 200th Test — at his home ground in November 2013 at the Wankhede stadium when India hosted West Indies in a Test series.
He made a record six World Cup appearances eventually ending up on the triumphant side in his last tournament, in 2011 at the Wankhede stadium when India defeated Sri Lanka in the final.
Tendulkar also played in the Indian Premier League for Mumbai Indians. In 78 matches, he smashed 2334 runs including one century and 13 fifties.