Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar might have announced his retirement after 24 years of international cricket. But he still remains India's very own Master.
Here are a century of facts about the only man to score a century of centuries in international cricket!
1 - Sachin's father, Ramesh Tendulkar, was a professor of Marathi language and literature in Mumbai, and also a Marathi poet.
2 - Ramesh Tendulkar named his son after his favourite music director, Sachin Dev Burman.
3 - Sachin attended Sharadashram Vidyamandir where he was coached by the legendary Ramakant Achrekar whose other wards included Balwinder Sandhu, Vinod Kambli, Ajit Agarkar, Praveen Amre, Paras Mhambrey, Chandrakant Pandit and Sameer Dighe.
4 - Achrekar took his pupils through their paces at Shivaji Park in Dadar. Sachin revealed that a 'late cut' (slap) from Achrekar for skipping a match changed his life by making him practise harder and put in more hours into his game.
5 - During his school days Sachin visited the MRF Pace Foundation in Chennai to train as a fast bowler. It did not take long for Dennis Lillee to advise him that he would be better off focusing on his batting.
6 - At the age of 14, Sachin was a ball boy for the match between India and Zimbabwe at the Wankhede Stadium during the 1987 World Cup.
7 - Sachin fielded for Pakistan as a substitute in an exhibition match between Pakistan XI and Cricket Club of India Golden Jubilee XI at the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai in 1987-88.
8 - In the semi-finals of the Harris Shield in 1988, Sachin was involved in an unbroken 664-run partnership with friend and team mate Vinod Kambli against St Xavier's High School at Azad Maidan. Sachin made 326 not out while Kambli made 349 not out.
9 - Sachin went on to make another triple hundred - 346* - in the final. He averaged over a thousand runs in the tournament that year!
10- On 11 December 1988, aged 15 years and 232 days, Sachin scored 100 not out for Bombay against Gujarat, making him the youngest Indian to score a century on first-class debut. He is the only player to score centuries on debut in the Ranji Trophy, Duleep Trophy and Irani Trophy.
Text: Sify Sports Desk