Sachin Tendulkar first made a name for himself overseas before playing his first game on Indian soil. The venue was Sector 16 cricket stadium in Chandigarh on November 23, 1990, and the opponents Sri Lanka.
Tendulkar, then 17, had impressed everyone with the bat by scoring two fifties against Pakistan in Faisalabad and Sialkot, 88 against New Zealand in Napier and 119 versus England at Manchester.
Back then, Chandigarh was sparsely populated but surprisingly the Sector 16 stadium was packed to witness the new sensation in Indian cricket. In his teens then, no one had imagined that this diminutive looking school-boy will go on to become a legend of the game.
In that debut match in India, Tendulkar made just 11 and fans cheered for him despite there being players like Kapil Dev, Manoj Prabhakar, Navjot Singh Sidhu and Ravi Shastri playing.
Since then, Tendulkar has been able to achieve every other records home and abroad. And on Nov 16, having played 200 Tests, the master batsman bowed out of the game with most batting records in his name and having earnestly served the country for 24 years.