The Journey of Sachin "GOD" Tendulkar from Age 11-40

Sachin Tendulkar's impending retirement from Test cricket evoked unreserved admiration for the batting icon from the Australian media which described him the "deity of cricket" and one of the history's two greatest batsmen along with Don Bradman.

With the headline 'Tendulkar departs as a deity of cricket', 'Sydney Morning Herald' said that the Indian batsman combined brilliance with incredible longevity and none of his contemporaries commanded god-like status like he did.


- At 11: Sachin Tendulkar played his first Giles Shield match against Khoja Khan School at Azad Maidan, scoring 24
- At 12: Sachin Tendulkar scored a century for his school in the U-17 Harris Shield
- At 13: Sachin Tendulkar had a dream run in Giles Shield, scoring seven centuries, including a double ton
- At 14: Sachin Tendulkar was involved in a record-breaking 664-run partnership with Vinod Kambli
- At 15: Sachin Tendulkar scored a century on his first-class debut for Mumbai against Gujarat
- At 16: Sachin Tendulkar made his Test and ODI debut against Pakistan
- At 17: Sachin Tendulkar scored his maiden Test century - a match saving 119 not out against England at Manchester in 1990
- At 18: Sachin Tendulkar became the youngest Indian to appear in a world cup (1992)
- At 19: Sachin Tendulkar became Yorkshire’s first overseas signing and also the youngest to reach 1,000 Test runs
- At 20: Sachin scored his first Test century at home, against England at Chennai - 165 studded with 24 fours and a six
- At 21: Sachin Tendulkar scored his first ODI century against Australia at Colombo – 110 off 130 balls
- At 22: Sachin signed a five-year contract for 300 million INR to become the most paid player in the history of cricket
- At 23: Sachin Tendulkar became highest run-getter in a world cup with 523 runs from 7 matches at an avg of 87.17
- At 24: Sachin Tendulkar achieved a rare feat of scoring 1,000 runs in calendar year in both – Tests and ODIs
- At 25: Sachin Tendulkar scored back to back ODI centuries against Australia in Sharjah - one on his birthday
- At 26: Sachin Tendulkar scored his first Test double century - 217 runs against New Zealand
- At 27: Sachin Tendulkar became the first batsman to score 50 international hundreds with his 201* against Zimbabwe
- At 28: Sachin Tendulkar became the first player to aggregate 10,000 ODI career runs
- At 29: Sachin Tendulkar surpassed Bradman's record of 29 Test centuries by scoring 193, vs. England at Headingley (2001)
- At 30: Sachin Tendulkar scored 673 runs in 11 matches in world cup at 61.18 – most by any batsman in a single WC
- At 31: Sachin Tendulkar equalled Gavaskar's record 34 Test centuries with a career best 248* vs. Bangladesh at Dhaka
- At 32: Sachin Tendulkar scored his 35th Test century to go past Gavaskar’s world record tally of 34 centuries
- At 33: Sachin Tendulkar played his only T20 International and also became the oldest Indian to appear in T20Is
- At 34: Sachin Tendulkar crossed 15,000 runs in ODIs and 11,000 runs in Tests
- At 35: Sachin Tendulkar surpassed Brian Lara to become the leading run-scorer in Test cricket
- At 36: Sachin Tendulkar crossed 17,000-run mark in ODIs and also became the 1st player to score a double-century in ODIs
- At 37: Sachin Tendulkar achieved his dream of being part of a World Cup-winning team in Mumbai
- At 38: Sachin Tendulkar became the first player to score 100 international hundreds
- At 39: Sachin Tendulkar matched Sunil Gavaskar’s Indian record of scoring most (81) centuries in first-class cricket
- At 40: Sachin Tendulkar became the first sub-continent player to aggregate 50,000 runs in all recognised cricket

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