Although the match ultimately concluded in a draw, the spotlight belonged to Sachin. Having embarked on his international journey as a 16-year-old prodigy in 1989, this century marked a significant stride forward in his path toward becoming the revered ‘God of Cricket’ in the years to come. The innings showcased his immense potential and foreshadowed the extraordinary career that would unfold.
On this occasion, the BCCI secretary Jay Shah took to X, formerly known as Twitter, to reminisce about Sachin’s arrival on the world stage.
“#OnThisDay in 1990, a 17-year-old @sachin_rt announced himself on the world stage by scoring his first international hundred in a match-saving effort against England in the 4th innings of a Test match! It marked the beginning of an era that would redefine the sport,” tweeted Shah.
Since then till his retirement in 2013, Sachin represented India in 200 Tests, the most by any player. He scored 15,921 runs at an average of 53.78, with 51 centuries and 68 half-centuries to his name, with the best score of 248*.
He also played 463 ODIs, scoring 18,426 runs at an average of 44.83 and a strike rate of 86.23. He scored 49 centuries and 96 fifties in the format, with the best score of 200*. He is the first-ever player to score an ODI double hundred.
He is the highest run-scorer ever across both formats.
Tendulkar also scored 10 runs in one T20I he played.
In 664 matches, he scored 34,357 runs at an average of 48.52 and a strike rate of over 67, with 100 centuries and 164 fifties. He is the leading run-scorer in international cricket history. He is also the only player to have scored 100 centuries in international cricket.
(With ANI Inputs)