When Sachin Tendulkar Became The Youngest Indian To Score 150 In Tests
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The legendary Sachin Tendulkar had the most challenging initiation to Test cricket. The childhood prodigy, who made his debut at the age of just 16 in Karachi during India's 1989 tour of Pakistan, played only overseas in the longest version for first four years of his career.
Even though he made his debut as a kid, it wasn't until Tendulkar was well over his 19th birthday did the 'Master Blaster' and most prolific century maker earned a chance to embrace the home turf and play a Test match for India in familial condition. That opportunity knocked on his doorstep via England's 1993 tour of the subcontinent for three Tests.
During the second Test of the series played in Chennai, Tendulkar recorded not just his maiden home century but also became the youngest Indian player in the history of Test cricket to reach the 150-run mark. It was on February 12, 31 years back, that the maestro produced this special feat, reaching the milestone at the age of 19 years and 294 days.
When Tendulkar Became Youngest Indian To Get 150 In Tests
The tremendous knock came on the best part of Day 1 of the Chennai Test, where batting first India rallied on the shoulders of experienced opener Navjot Singh Sidhu and teenage prodigy Tendulkar to post an imposing first-innings total of 560/6 declared.
While Sidhu hammered 106 opening the innings, Tendulkar overshadowed his veteran teammate's century with a majestic 165 off 296 deliveries, including 24 fours and a solitary maximum.
The innings featured some of Tendulkar's trademark strokes and enthralled the fans who came in large numbers at the historic MA Chidambaram Stadium while helping India clinch a comprehensive innings victory over the tourists.
The knock would've been etched in Tendulkar's memory and heart as it was the first time he raised his bat in salutations following a hundred in home conditions. It also began a love affair with Chepauk that stayed intact until the legend left the stage in November 2013. He averaged 88.18 in Chennai over 10 Tests with five centuries.