Tendulkar: From schoolboy cricketer to India's heart-throb

The Master Blaster took a stroll down memory lane with #ThrowbackThursday. We help jog his memories further. Photo: Tendulkar/Instagram
At Mumbai's Azad Maidan, 15-year-old Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar, playing for Shardashram Vidyamandir, made heads turn with an unbeaten 326 against St Xavier's. From schoolboy cricketer to heart-throb of a nation, the journey had just begun. Photo: The Hindu Archives
As an Under-17 cricketer, Tendulkar bagged many laurels. Schooled in Mumbai's fabled batting nursery, the teenage sensation won the inaugural SPORTSTAR trophy for the junior boys from the then National selector Raj Singh Dungarpur. Photo: The Hindu Archives
The fresh-faced youngster was already brushing shoulders with the luminaries of the game. Here, Tendulkar can be seen interacting with Australia pace legend Dennis Lillee at the MRF Pace Foundation in Madras. Photo: The Hindu Photo Library
Tendulkar's first foray into the Indian side was his Test debut against Pakistan on November 15, 1989 at National Stadium, Karachi. He would go on to play a staggering 200 Tests before hanging up his boots. Photo: Getty Images
At 17 years and 112 days, Tendulkar became the second-youngest centurion in Test history - a 119 not out against England at Old Trafford being his first of the 51 that he would eventually rack up. Photo: Allsport