Sachin Tendulkar at the age of 14.
16-year-old Sachin Tendulkar during his Test debut in the first Test match against Pakistan at Karachi in November 1989.
MY BAGS ARE PACKED, IÃ¢ÂÂM READY TO GO: Sorting out his kitbag in the late 1980's
Sachin Tendulkar and Vinod Kamble when they put on a world-record partnership of 664 runs during an inter-school game in 1988
Sachin Tendulkar (left) and his childhood mate Atul Ranade.
Our son: Sachin Tendulkar lies on the laps of his parents Ramesh and Rajni at their Sahitya Sahawas home in Bandra east in the late 1980s
Sachin cutting a cake for one of his birthdays back in the day..
SLEEPING TIGER: Tendulkar takes a nap inside the dressing room while Kiwi great Richard Hadlee (right) paid a surprise visit during one of IndiaÃ¢ÂÂs tours to New Zealand
Sweet spot: TendulkarÃ¢ÂÂs father Ramesh checks out his sonÃ¢ÂÂs bat as mother Rajni looks on at their residence
With Ravi Shastri and Dilip Vengsarkar
With the legendary Sir Don Bradman
Bowling during the 1992 World Cup in New Zealand.
(From left to right) Former Indian skipper Mohammed Azharuddin with Ajay Sharma and Sachin Tendulkar in 1993.
Sachin signing autographs for his fans
Sachin and Anjali Tendulkar during their wedding
Ramakant Achrekar with his wards, Sachin Tendulkar & Vinod Kambli
...And then some table tennis that followed.
Sachin Tendulkar with Ajay Jadeja (L) and Sunil Joshi (C)
Sachin Tendulkar with Mohammad Azharuddin in 1999.
With Rahul Dravid
Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly
Ganguly and Tendulkar
With former South Africa captain late Hansie Cronje
With Ajay Jadeja during a flight
With spinner Anil Kumble
Sachin Tendulkar is congratulated by Manoj Prabhakar after the young star scored his maiden Test hundred against England in the Old Trafford Test of 1990. (Pic/ Getty Images)
(From left to Right): Indian cricketers Ajay Jadeja, Paras Mhammbrey, Rohan Gavaskar and Sachin Tendulkar
With his opening partner and good friend Virender Sehwag
Maestro teaching a little bit of cricket to F1 legend Michael Schumacher
with Sir Vivian Richards
Sachin Tendulkar and Shane Warne were peculiarly known for their epic battles of bat versus ball.
My turn, now? All set to blast away. Pic/MiD DAY Archives
Sachin and Anjali Tendulkar along with Bollywood actress Sonali Bendre
Sachin Tendulkar with Nita Ambani, co-owner of Mumbai Indians IPL franchise
Sachin Tendulkar (r) and his look-alike
Sachin Tendulkar with Mary Serrao, a devoted fan, at Mehboob Studio. Four years ago on April 24th , Sachin and Mary celebrated their 36th and 86th birthdays respectively. Her wish was to meet him before she passes away. On May 27, Mary's dream was fulfilled when MiD DAY introduced her to her hero - Sachin Tendulkar!
with legendary singer Asha Bhosle
ANY PITCH WILL DO: Tendulkar surely canÃ¢ÂÂt get enough of cricket as he plays a few tennis-ball games in the Sahitya Sahawas society compound
(L-R) Tendulkar with Sunil Gavaskar, Gundappa Vishwanath and Amitabh Bachchan