Sachin Tendulkar has inscribed his name in record book with some noteworthy and coveted landmarks during his illustrious and distinguished career. We innumerate here his prestigious milestones - one per year which he has accomplished during each calendar year from 1989 to 2010 (22 records in all with both years inclusive).
1989: Playing for Rest of India against Delhi during the Irani Trophy at Mumbai on November 3-7, Tendulkar aged 16 years & 193 days on debut, scored 39 & 103 not out. In the process he became the youngest to score ton in Irani Trophy at the tender age of 16 years & 197 days.
Tendulkar's half-century of Test centuries
1990: During his magnificent innings of 119 not out against England at Manchester in the month of August, he became the youngest Indian and then the second youngest in the world to notch up a hundred in test cricket. His age at that time was 17 years and 107 days!
1991: Playing for West Zone against East Zone during the Duleep Trophy match at Guwahati on January 11-15, Tendulkar scored 159 & 8. He became the first player to muster hundred on debut in each of the three premier domestic championships, namely Ranji Trophy, Irani Trophy and Duleep Trophy.
1992: During the Test match against South Africa at Durban in the month of November, he became the first player in the history of international cricket, to be dismissed by television replays. He was adjudged run out by TV umpire Karl Liebenberg.
1993: During the nail-biting semi-final match against South Africa at Kolkata during the Hero Cup, he became the first player to send his first over of the match as the last and deciding over of the game when visitors were needed just six runs. He conceded only three runs as India clinched the issue by two runs!
1994: Ironically, his maiden ODI hundred out of his world record tally of 45 centuries came in his 79th match - a power packed knock of 110 in 130 deliveries against Australia at Colombo in the month of September. Incidentally, early that year he played his first ever innings as an opener - a blazing knock of 82 in just 49 balls with 15 fours & 2 sixes against New Zealand at Auckland. It marked the beginning of his sensational career.
1995: With his hundred against Sri Lanka in Sharjah ODI on April 9, he notched up a dozen centuries in international cricket before becoming 22 years of age, a unique record. The break-up of his tons is: eight in Tests and four in ODIs.
1996: Leading against Sri Lanka at Colombo on August 28, he became the youngest Indian captain in the ODIs at the age of 23 years & 126 days. He left behind Kapil Dev's record of leading the Indian ODI side at the age of 23 years & 249 days. He still holds this record.
Tendulkar becomes first batsman to score 50th Test century
1997: He was named among Five Wisden Cricketers of the Year. This was in recognition of his superb hundreds - 122 at Birmingham and 177 at Nottingham during India's Test tour of England in the previous year.
1998: The year has been special for the master batsman. He amassed 1894 runs in the one-day internationals with the help of 9 centuries and 7 fifties at an average of 65.31 and strike rate of 102.15. It contained two world records for the most runs and most centuries in a calendar year. Also with his 18th ton while playing against Zimbabwe at Bulawayo, he surpassed Desmond Haynes' old record to become the highest century maker in the ODIs.
1999: His superb innings of 186 not out against New Zealand at Hyderabad in the month of November is the highest ever score in an innings by an Indian in ODIs and now the sixth highest by any player in the world.
2000: During the ICC Knockout Trophy in Nairobi, he became the highest run-getter in the history of one-day internationals. He eclipsed the previous best of 9378 runs by the former Indian captain Mohammad Azharuddin.
2001: After a memorable Test series versus Australia, he became the first player in the annals of one-day cricket to plunder 10000 career runs. And he accomplished the coveted feat while scoring his 28th hundred at Indore in the month of March. He did it in his 266th ODI game.
2002: During the Test match against West Indies at Kingston in the month of May, he reached the coveted figure of 8000 runs in the fastest time in terms of innings - 154, and in the process he surpassed the previous best of 157 innings by Garfield Sobers.
Wish Sachin Tendulkar
2003: He has the distinction of scoring 673 runs with the help of a single century and six fifties during the 2003 World Cup in Africa. It remains the highest aggregate by any player in a World Cup competition till date.
2004: Playing against Pakistan at Rawalpindi in the month of March, he became the first player to reach 13000 one-day runs and that too in the fastest time of 321 innings. And he celebrated it with his 37th ODI hundred - 141 in just 135 balls! This was also India's first three-figure innings in Pakistan in ODI.
2005: On the same ground in Delhi where he equaled Sunil Gavaskar's tally of 125 test appearances and on the same ground where Gavsakar equaled Don Bradman's record 29 hundreds, Tendulkar became the highest century maker in test cricket. His innings of 109 against Sri Lanka in the month of December, was his world record 35th hundred.
2006: Playing in his 359th ODI match, he reached 14000 runs to hitherto become the only player to cross that mark. And he did it with yet another hundred, his 39th in all, while appearing against Pakistan at Peshawar in the month of February.
2007: He capped a phenomenal outing in the one day internationals by crossing the thousand runs mark in a calendar year on seventh occasion which remains the most by any player. His earlier feats were registered in 1994, 1996-98, 2000, 2003. Just for the record, Ricky Ponting & Sourav Ganguly have done it six times each.
2008: During the test match against Australia at Mohali in the month of October, he became the highest run-getter in the history of test cricket. He surpassed Brian Lara's previous record of 11953 runs.
2009: During his monumental innings of 175 against Australia at Hyderabad on November 5, he became the first and only player to cross 17000 run-aggregate in the ODIs. At the end of the series against Australia, he has now an imposing tally of 29961 combined runs in all Tests, ODIs and T20 matches. He needs just another 39 runs to post 30000 runs - yet another feat of staggering dimension indeed.
2010: Two major milestones which he accomplished - one each in ODI and Test - with his skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni at the non-striker's end and against South Africa. At Gwalior he became the first and only player to muster double century in ODI and now ten months later, he completed half-century of Test centuries at Centurion.