21 - On the day of the Holi festival in 1994, Sachin was told to open the batting against New Zealand at Auckland. It was a career-defining moment. He went on to make a colourful 82 runs off 49 balls.
22 - He scored his first ODI century in September 1994 against Australia in Sri Lanka at Colombo. It had taken him 79 ODIs to reach three figures and open the flood gates.
23 - In 1995, Sachin married Anjali, a paediatrician and daughter of Gujarati industrialist Anand Mehta and British social worker Annabel Mehta.
24 - He was chosen as one of the five Wisden Cricketers of the Year in 1997
25 - After losing the Chennai Test to India in 1997, Australian captain Mark Taylor said, "We did not lose to a team called India. We lost to a man called Sachin."
26 - He was the first cricketer to win the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna - for the year 1997-98. MS Dhoni would emulate him by winning the award ten years later.
27 - During the Australian tour of India in 1998, Matthew Hayden said "I have seen God. He bats at no. 4 in India in Tests."
28 - 1998 was truly Sachin's annus mirabilis. He scored the most ODI runs by any batsman in a calendar year - 1,894 - and for good measure the most ODI centuries by any batsman in a calendar year - 9. In 34 ODIs during the year he had a strike rate of over 100 - 102.15 to be precise.
29 - The successive centuries in Sharjah in 1998 when he tore apart an Aussie attack that included a demoralised Shane Warne are part of Indian cricket folklore. Warne was so shell-shocked that he admitted he would go to bed with nightmares of Sachin hitting him for a six. Warne belatedly claimed in an interview in 2011 that he was misquoted.
30 - Sachin's fastest international century came off just 71 balls in an ODI against Zimbabwe at Sharjah in 1998. He finished on an unbeaten 124 which included 12 fours and 6 sixes. India won the game by 10 wickets with fellow opener Sourav Ganguly remaining unbeaten on 63.