Of Sachin Tendulkar’s debut, Don Bradman’s 100th first class century
November 15 holds a special significance for legendary cricketers Sachin Tendulkar, Waqar Younis and Don Bradman. Read why.Updated: Nov 15, 2017 16:11 IST
Hindustan Times, Mumbai
The date November 15 carries a great significance in cricket history for reasons more than one. On this day, 28 years ago, arch rivals India and Pakistan were blessed with two champion cricketers in Sachin Tendulkar and Waqar Younis, who made their Test debuts.
And in 1947, on this date, touted the greatest batsman ever went on to register his 100th first-class century while playing for an Australian XI against the touring Indian cricket team.
The greatest batsman ever
Don Bradman never played in India; his only visit to the country was in the mid-1950s when he toured Calcutta (now Kolkata) with his wife. In fact, the only series that Bradman ever played against India was in 1947-48.
According to ESPNCricinfo, Bradman mentioned the series against India as one of the ‘most friendliest and enjoyable contests he was involved in’. Bradman scored a staggering 715 runs in five matches at an average of 178.75, with four centuries and one fifty.
In his career, Bradman scored 6,996 runs at a mind-boggling average of 99.94, with 29 centuries and 13 fifties in his 52 Tests for Australia. Overall, in first-class cricket, he played 234 matches scoring 28,067 runs at 95.14, with 117 centuries and 69 fifties.
Beginning of an era
Sachin Tendulkar’s Test debut in Pakistan at the tender age of 16 against a famed bowling attack is one of the most commonly told tales in Indian cricket circles. But still, 28 years since his first match, the country remains infatuated with what transpired.
Tendulkar went on to become one of the greatest batsmen ever seen, often drawing comparisons with Bradman. In fact, the Australian legend himself termed Tendulkar as the one ‘who plays like me’.
Tendulkar holds several records as a batsman as well as a player. He is the only cricketer ever to have played 200 Tests, only to have scored 100 international centuries (51 in Tests and 49 in ODIs), and has most runs in Tests (15,921) and ODIs (18,426).
In the Karachi Test of 1989, Pakistan saw the arrival of one of their legendary fast bowlers Waqar Younis, who went on to become their captain and then later coach. Credited for his masterly use of reverse swing, he finished with second most wickets (373) for Pakistan in Tests.
Waqar played 87 Tests and under his captaincy, Pakistan played 17 Tests and won 10.
First Published: Nov 15, 2017 15:05 IST