11 - Sachin played his first Test match against Pakistan in Karachi in 1989 aged just 16 - he is the fifth youngest player in Test history. He made 15 runs before being bowled by Waqar Younis, who also made his debut in that match. In all, he scored 215 runs at an average of 35.83 in the Test series.
12 - In the final Test in Sialkot, he was hit on the nose by a Waqar bouncer, but declined medical assistance and continued to bat even as blood gushed from the wound
13 - In an exhibition game in Peshawar during that tour, Sachin made 53 runs off 18 balls, including an over in which he scored 28 runs off Abdul Qadir, hitting him for 6,4,0,6,6,6
14 - Sachin was dismissed without scoring a run in the first two One Day Internationals he played - the first in Pakistan and the second in New Zealand.
15 - When he was 14, former Indian batsman Sunil Gavaskar gave him a pair of his own ultra light pads. "It was the greatest source of encouragement for me," Tendulkar later said. When he became the second youngest cricketer - at 17 years and 107 days - to score a Test century with an unbeaten 119 against England at Old Trafford in 1990, he was wearing Gavaskar's pads.
16 - When Sachin made his legendary 114 in Perth in the 1991-92 series, Merv Hughes had the foresight to tell Allan Border, "This little prick's going to get more runs than you, AB."
17 - Sachin played a solitary season of county cricket in 1992 when he became Yorkshire's first ever overseas player. In 16 first class matches for the county, he made 1070 runs at an average of 46.52 with one century. He's also played club cricket in England for Lashings.
18 - Sachin holds the record for the most Test centuries as a teenager - five.
19 - Sachin was the first batsman to be given out by the third umpire after being run out by Jonty Rhodes in a Test against South Africa at Durban during the 1992-93 series.
20 - In the 1993 Hero Cup final, South Africa needed just six runs from the final over of the match. Sachin was handed the ball by skipper Mohd Azharuddin and conceded just three runs as India romped home.