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My first India cap most cherished moment: Tendulkar

cricket Updated: Nov 14, 2009 00:37 IST

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Just a couple of days away from completing 20 years in international cricket, Sachin Tendulkar on Friday said his first India cap in a Test series against Pakistan in 1989 was the most cherished moment in his illustrious career.

"20 years is a long time and I have many special moments and it would be difficult to count them. But the first one
(Test), the first day walking out in the playing XI in Pakistan probably was the greatest moment," Tendulkar, who made his international debut in a Test match against Pakistan in Karachi on November 15, 1989, said.

"It was a long journey and what I did after that was a reflection of my contribution to the game in the country.

Playing for the country was my childhood dream and I have fulfilled my dream. I am fortunate to have played for my
country for so many years," he added.

Asked what changes have occurred in the game in the 20 years of his career, Tendulkar picked the advent of Twenty20, television assistance for umpiring decisions and batting innovations as the major changes that have taken place.

"From 1989, the game has changed a lot from the introduction of third umpire and Hot Spot system to the
introduction of Twenty20 and so many things", he said.

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