Sachin “The Little Master” Tendulkar, a true sporting icon has announced he is retiring from cricket. He has had a remarkable career. His great passion for cricket inspired many people to not only watch the sport but take it up as well. Tendulkar is a fantastic player and ambassador for Indian Cricket. On 10 October 2013, he announced that he will retire after playing his 200th test match, against the West Indies. Below are the many highlights he had during his career.
1988: He scores 100 not out in his first first-class match for Bombay at 15 years and 232 days old.
1989: He makes his Test and ODI debut for India against Pakistan at 16 years old.
1990: Scores maiden Test century against England at Old Trafford.
1992: At 19 years old he becomes the first foreign player to represent Yorkshire.
1996: Leading run scorer at World Cup played in India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka with a fantastic total of 523 runs.
1997: He is named Wisden Cricketer of the Year.
1998: Scores his first double century for Mumbai against Australia in the Brabourne Stadium.
2003: Named the Player of the Tournament at the 2003 Cricket World Cup and he scores an incredible 673 runs (the highest by any player in the tournament).
2005: Overtakes Sunil Gavaskar’s record of the highest number of Test centuries by claiming his 35th against Sri Lanka in Delhi.
2006: He overtakes Kapil Dev holding the record for the highest amount of Test appearances for India with 135.
2007: January 3 – he surpasses Brian Lara’s world record of runs scored in Tests away from home with a phenomenal 5,751 runs.
2007: June – He becomes the first ever player to score over 15,000 ODI runs during a match against South Africa in Belfast.
2008: October 17 – Becomes the highest run scorer in Test cricket, passing Lara’s previous 11,953, when he reaches 16 in the first innings of the second Test against Australia.
2010: February 24 – Scores the first double century in one-day international history, hitting an unbeaten 200 against South Africa.
2010: April – He was named player of IPL3 after finishing as the tournament’s top run-scorer.
2010: August 3 – He becomes the most capped player in Test history, when he makes his 169th Test appearance in the third Test against Sri Lanka in Colombo overtaking former Australia captain Steve Waugh.
2010: December 19 – Becomes first batsman to hit 50 Test centuries.
2011: November – Becomes the first man to score 15,000 Test runs during Test series against West Indies.
2012: March – Scores his 100th international century in an Asia Cup match against Bangladesh, the first player ever to do this.