November 24 is very special for the great batsman Sachin Tendulkar. 33 years ago, on this day in 1989, Sachin Tendulkar scored the first half-century of his cricket career. Sachin played this half-century innings against the Pakistani team in the Faisalabad Test match. Sachin faced a total of 172 balls in this innings of 59 runs and hit a total of four fours.
Sachin had scored this half-century at the age of 16 years and 214 days. With this, Sachin became the youngest batsman to score a Test half-century. This record of Sachin still stands today. If seen, this innings of Sachin came at a time when India was struggling because at one time in the first innings of that Test, the Indian team lost 4 wickets for 38 runs.
Had a great partnership with Manjrekar
But after this, there was a 143-run partnership for the fifth wicket between Sachin Tendulkar and Sanjay Manjrekar, due to which India was able to reach the score of 288 runs in the first innings. Talking about the match, that Test match ended in a draw. Sachin made his debut through the first Test match of the series at Karachi ground just before the Faisalabad Test match. After Faisalabad, Tendulkar came close to another half-century in the Lahore Test match as well, but was bowled by Abdul Qadir after scoring 41 runs.
Waqar Yunus was surprised
Waqar Younis was also surprised by the way Sachin Tendulkar batted in the debut Test series. Waqar said in a Wisden podcast ‘The Greatest Rivalry’, ‘The first Test was in Karachi and I got him (Sachin) out early. I think he must have scored 15 runs. He played two good ons and straight drives during his short innings. In that series, he managed to score a half-century (57) on the green top wicket of Sialkot (the last Test of the series). During this innings, he got a ball on his nose in the beginning itself. The 16-year-old boy… had turned pale after the injury, but was very determined.
Waqar further said, ‘I remember Sidhu was batting with him. Both took five-seven minutes to get ready again and got ready again. Sachin completed Fifty. At first glance, he didn’t give me the impression that he was going to become the great Sachin Tendulkar. What he did in the years that followed is amazing. On the field as well as off the field. At that time I did not know that he would be such a big name in cricket. But he got the price of his hard work.