Sachin Tendulkar scored his first hundred on August 14, 1990, against England. (Getty Images)
- Sachin Tendulkar is the only cricketer with 100 international hundreds
- Tendulkar hit the 1st of his 100 international hundreds on Aug 14, 1990
- Tendulkar retired with 51 hundreds in Test cricket and 49 in ODIs
Exactly 29 years ago on August 14, a 17-year-old Sachin Tendulkar hit the first of his 100 international hundreds to begin a journey that would break records, make memories and make a legend.
On August 14, 1990 Sachin Tendulkar led a massive rescue act for India with an unbeaten 119 against England in Manchester to help India save the 2nd of a 3-Test series. Chasing 408, India had slipped to 109 for 4 when Dilp Vengsarkar fell to Chris Lewis.
Soon after Mohammad Azharuddin, the then India captain, departed before Kapil Dev exited to leave India tottering at 183 for 6.
England were sensing victory but Sachin Tendulkar had other plans.
With Manoj Prabhakar for company, Tendulkar forged an unbroken 160-run stand for the 7th wicket and led India to safety.
The world watched in awe as a 17-year-old took on the might of Devon Malcolm, Angus Fraser, Eddie Hemmings and Chris Lewis.
It wan an innings for the ages. Since Tendulkar's debut in 1989, whispers had grown into murmumers. After that knock in Manchester, loud roars would accompany the young boy who would one day grow up to become a run-scoring machine.
Sachin Tendulkar's 119 not out was followed by a fine 68 in the first innings. Cricket's new rockstar had arrives and an entire generation would now want to bat like him, look like him and get his famous curls.
Over the next 23 years, Sachin Tendulkar would go on to score another 99 international hundreds.
It was a phenomenal phase.
Sachin Tendulkar would score hundreds all around the world and against all kinds of bowling attacks. He took on the best of his generation - Wasim Akram, Shane Warne, Curtly Ambrose, Allan Donald and more often than not came up on top.
After 51 hundreds in 200 Tests and 49 hundreds in 463 ODIs, Sachin Tendulkar retired from the game he made richer and more loveable on November 16, 2013.