The Sachin Tendulkar timeline

Milestones in India batting legend's 24-year cricket career.

Sachin Tendulkar considers India's World Cup win 2011 as the most cherished moment of his storied career. William West / AFP
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1973 Born April 24, Mumbai.

1988 Scores 100 not out in his first first-class match for Bombay against Gujarat in the Ranji Trophy becoming the youngest cricketer to score a century on his first-class debut, aged 15 years and 232 days.

1989 Makes Test debut for India against Pakistan in Karachi at the age of 16.

December Makes ODI debut against Pakistan but is dismissed by Waqar Younis without scoring a run.

1990 Scores maiden Test century against England at Old Trafford.

1992 At the age of 19 he becomes the first overseas-born player to represent Yorkshire.


September 9

Claims his first ODI century against Sri Lanka in Colombo after 79 one-day matches.

1996 Leading run scorer at World Cup played in India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka with a total of 523 runs.

August Takes on the India captaincy although suffers two relatively unsuccessful stints during a four-year period, winning only four Tests and 23 ODIs.

1997 Named Wisden Cricketer of the Year.

1998 Scores his first double century for Mumbai against Australia in the Brabourne Stadium.


November Involved in India's highest run-scoring ODI partnership with Rahul Dravid as the pair put on 339 against New Zealand. In the same match, he records the highest individual ODI score in Indian history with an unbeaten 186.

2000 Gives up the captaincy of India after the two-Test series with South Africa.

2001 Given a suspended ban of one game in light of alleged ball tampering during a match against South Africa at St George's Park, Port Elizabeth. The ban is later lifted by the International Cricket Council after an investigation.

2003 Named the Player of the Tournament at the 2003 Cricket World Cup and scores 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 Overtakes Kapil Dev claiming the record for the highest amount of Test appearances for India with 135.


January 3 Edges past Brian Lara's world record of runs scored in Tests away from home with 5,751 runs.

June Becomes the first player to score over 15,000 ODI runs during a match against South Africa in Belfast.


March Plays a record-breaking 417th ODI match against Australia.

August Becomes just the third player in Test match history, and the first from India, to play 150 matches when he is selected in the third Test against Sri Lanka.

June Nominated as the 'Icon Player' of IPL franchise Mumbai Indians, signing a deal worth US Dollars 1,121,250 per season.

October 17 Becomes the highest run scorer in Test cricket, passing Lara's previous mark of 11,953, when he reaches 16 in the first innings of the second Test against Australia.


February 24 Scores the first double century in one-day international history, hitting an unbeaten 200 against South Africa.

April Named player of IPL3 after finishing as the tournament's top run-scorer.

August 3 Becomes most capped player in Test history, making his 169th Test appearance in the third Test against Sri Lanka in Colombo to overtake former Australia captain Steve Waugh.

December 19 Becomes first batsman to hit 50 Test centuries, achieving the feat against South Africa in Centurion.


March Hits two tournament centuries as co-hosts India win the World Cup.

November Becomes the first man to score 15,000 Test runs during Test series against West Indies.


March Scores his 100th international century in an Asia Cup match against Bangladesh, the first player ever to do so.

December 23 Announces retirement from one-day international cricket.


October 10 Announces he will retire from Test cricket after playing in his 200th Test against the West Indies in November.