Sachin Tendulkar made his place in the Indian cricket team for the 1989 Pakistan tour, only after one domestic season. Back then, Sachin was just a 16-year-old and his selection came as a huge surprise for many. The Pakistan team he was up against had fast-bowlers like Wasim Akram, Imran Khan and Waqar Younis. Abdul Qadir was Pakistan’s leading spinner. Sachin made his debut on November 15, 1989, at National Stadium, Karachi. He walked into bat when India was struggling at 41/4 and was out after facing just 24 balls.
According to a report by Jansatta.com, a lot of Pakistani fans made fun of Sachin back then. They called him a kid and even asked Sachin to go home and have milk. But, the youngster had different ideas. On this tour, India was scheduled to play a One-day match against Pakistan. However, when this game was called off due to rain, the authorities decided to play a 20-over exhibition match instead.
Batting first, Pakistan had put up 157 runs on board. At one stage, India was struggling. Walked in Sachin Tendulkar. He smashed Mushtaq Ahmed for two sixes in one over. When Abdul Qadir who was the senior spinner in the side saw this, he went to Sachin and said ‘why are you hitting kids, try and hit me’.
The next over from Qadir read: 6, 0, 4, 6, 6, 6. It announced Tendulkar to the world. Qadir too showed a great example of sportsmanship and clapped to praise Sachin.
Watch the epic over here:
“The game was being played in the festive spirit. I had just bowled a maiden to Krishnamachari Srikkanth and I went to Sachin, who was the non-striker, and told him that when I bowled him the next over he shouldn’t treat me as Abdul Qadir, but just as any other bowler from his galli or school, and go for his shots, as that would be good for his future. He was just a young boy then and I wanted to give him confidence,” Qadir had said years after the incident in an interview with ESPNcricinfo.