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Sachin Tendulkar, Vinod Kambli and the story of 'Lucky 24'

DECCAN CHRONICLE.
Published Feb 24, 2018, 7:57 pm IST
Updated Feb 24, 2018, 8:12 pm IST
The tweet by Tendulkar's fan handle Sachinist.com took us down the memory lane, when the master Blaster created records.
In his 200th Test here, Sachin created history by becoming the first Indian cricketer to play as many matches in the longest format. (Photo: PTI)
 In his 200th Test here, Sachin created history by becoming the first Indian cricketer to play as many matches in the longest format. (Photo: PTI)

Mumbai: In a country where cricket is a religion, master blaster Sachin Tendulkar is the god, and millions of people still worship the god, who served Indian cricket for 24 years. He was the backbone of Indian team during 90’s. It was him that brought fans together and shared his journey.

It was a career which spanned exactly 24 years, right from making his debut against Pakistan on November 15, 1989 until his innings of 74 against the Caribbean at his home ground, which helped in India sealing the two-match Test series 2-0.

 

In his 200th Test at Wankhede, Sachin created history by becoming the first Indian cricketer to play as many matches in the longest format. During his farewell the whole country and fans inside the stadium got emotional, when the little master delivered his final speech

"Friends please settle down, I'll get more emotional. It's hard to believe my wonderful journey is coming to an end, my life between 22 yards for 24 years has come to an end,". It indeed was a 'Farewell to Remember' when Tendulkar played his 200th and final Test match at his homeground Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.  .

 

The number 24 holds special significance in life of this legendary cricketer. A tweet by his fan's handle --Sachinist.com. on Saturday, took the social down the memory lane

The tweet read," 24 has always been God's lucky number. He was born on 24. 30 years back this day, He stitched together 664 with @vinodkambli349 . 8 years back this day, He scored the DIVINE 200. Thanks @sachin_rt ,for all the incredible memories."

The master blaster when he came across replied by saying," Didn't realise it until now but the 24th is a lucky date for me. Those memories will forever be etched in my heart."

The date 24h has a huge importance attached to it.  Sachin was born on 24th April 1973, he scored the first double hundred in One-day international back in 2010. He scored an unbeaten 200 in 147 balls. Sachin broke Saeed Anwar and Charles Coventry's record of 194 runs, which they held jointly in the 50-over cricket. Sachin's record was broken by teammate Virender Sehwag in 2011 against the West Indies. Team India opener Rohit Sharma also joins the list as he became the first player to score three double hundreds.

 

It was in February 24, 1988, that  Sachin and his childhood friend Vinod Kambli wrote their names in the record books, when both the batsmen went onto to stitch 664-run partnership in school cricket. They created the record for Shardashram Vidyamandir while playing  against St Xavier's High School, Fort, in the Harris Shield semi-final played at Sassanian ground at Azad Maidan.

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