Mumbai: Sachin Tendulkar, despite being 40 years old, still has the boyish look. Most of his teammates address him as bhai (brother).
On the eve of his farewell Test, it would be interesting to conduct a study on how old his teammates were when Tendulkar made his Test debut against Pakistan in Karachi, 24 years ago, on November 15, 1989.
Tendulkar’s skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni was only eight years old then. Dhoni lauding Tendulkar’s longevity said: “I had dreamt of meeting him when I was young but never thought I will be playing with him for ten years.”
Virat Kohli who is shaping into a prolific scorer was only one year old. Rohit Sharma, another heavy scorer and from Tendulkar’s city was only two years old.
Ajinkya Rahane was also only one year old then but opener Murali Vijay was five years old. Amit Mishra is the oldest and was seven years old on Tendulkar’s debut date. Ten days after Tendulkar’s debut Mishra celebrated his eighth birthday.
Shikhar Dhawan was only four years old and the youngest of all is Cheteshwar Pujara. He was just nine months old. Pacer Umesh Yadav was two years old but spinners Pragyan Ojha and Ravichandran Ashwin were three years old then. Mohammad Shami and Bhuvneshwar Kumar were not born when Tendulkar made his debut.
Hence for all of them they will not have their guiding star and big brother in the matches to come after the Wankhede Test match.