Sachin Tendulkar on Sportstar Cover: 1989 to 2000

The first decade of the Master Blaster's dominance in the world of cricket.

Sachin Tendulkar appears on the cover of Sportstar magazine for the first time, a month after his international debut. Photo: Sportstar
Tendulkar features alongside Chess Grandmaster Viswanathan Anand and upcoming Tennis sensation Leander Paes. The Cover Story was "Starring roles on the world stage — V. Anand, Leander Paes and Sachin Tendulkar corner the spotlight with stirring deeds." Photo: Sportstar
Four days before his 18th birthday, in 1991, Tendulkar once again appeared on the Sportstar cover. Photo: Sportstar
Ahead of the 1992 World Cup, which was the first of Tendulkar's six World Cup appearances. Photo: Sportstar
In an interview to Sportstar, Tendulkar spoke at length about his batting and how his technique had not changed since his debut. He also spoke freely about his failures in the one-dayers, and how they may have been caused by his confusion about what to do since he invariably found himself walking in to bat in the slog overs. Photo: Sportstar
There was a tribute to the aggressive player Tendulkar had become in one-day cricket. R. Mohan wrote: "It is a testimony to his talent that Tendulkar has succeeded more often than he has failed in the cavalier style he has deliberately chosen. He views the task as if he has been put in charge of the light brigade and he must ride his charger out to the front, taking every risk within the book, and some without. But do the kamikaze kids have a choice? They must do or die." Photo: Sportstar
The cover story started, "He goes around with a snapshot of his fiancée in his cricket kit bag." The edition came out just days before Tendulkar got married. It also stated, "The Sportstar award for the Indian 'Sportsperson of the Year - 1994' is an honour which is Sachin Tendulkar's for the totality of his contribution to four cups and series triumps the nation enjoyed in limited-overs cricket, not to forget another unbeaten-in-a-series year for the team." Photo: Sportstar
Titled 'A Genius In Every Sense', shortly after his ninth Test century at Edgabaston against England — the famous and surreal innings of 122. Photo: Sportstar
After India's Titan Cup victory in 1996 — Tendulkar scored 320 runs from six innings to become the leading run-scorer in the series. He had a batting average of 53.33. Photo: Sportstar
After Tendulkar's Desert Storm and the 1997-98 Coca-Cola Cup victory, Vijay Lokapally wrote, "Sachin Tendulkar makes batting look so ridiculously easy. With a mere wave of the bat, he can send the ball sizzling along the grass, the timing and the placement being perfect." Photo: Sportstar
Closing in on a decade of international cricket, Tendulkar spoke to Sportstar about not being able to take a walk on the road; or go shopping; or spend the evening at Chaupaty enjoying bhel-puri. Photo: Sportstar