It was on the same day, 14 years ago, when Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar became the first batsman in the history of cricket to get 15,000 ODI runs. The Master Blaster achieved this against South Africa at Belfast in the second ODI of the three-match series. Chasing the target of 227, Tendulkar opened the batting for India and played a knock of 93 runs from 106 balls with 13 fours and two sixes to go past the 15,000 run mark in 50-over cricket.
The right-handed batsman was dismissed in the 32nd over of the innings, but India managed to win the match by six wickets. In the end, all-rounder Yuvraj Singh and wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Karthik guided India to victory.
Tendulkar had made his debut in Test cricket on November 15, 1989. In the same year on December 18, he played his first ODI match. The legendary cricketer has the most number of runs in the Red ball format of the game, scoring 15,921 runs. Along the way, the Master Blaster has scored 51 Test centuries, which is still the most by any player.
Along with his test cricket achievements, Tendulkar’s records are no different in ODI cricket as Master Blaster atop the list of most runs in this format as well. He has accumulated 18,426 runs in ODI which includes 49 tons. Tendulkar represented the country in six World Cups during his career with the contribution of 24 years in Indian cricket. He was part of the 2011 World Cup-winning squad.