On this day in 1989, two legends of the game made their test debut together
On this day in 1989, Pakistan and India played a historical game in Karachi, although the game was ended in a draw, but, the world saw two of the greatest test cricketers of all time, Sachin Tendulkar and Waqar Younis for the first time.
It was the first test of the four-match series and India chose to field first after the winning the toss. Pakistan had a solid batting performance with Imran Khan leading from the front with an unbeaten 109* and he was well supported by half centuries of Javed Miandad and Shoaib Mohammad. Pakistan scored 409 runs.
Waqar Younis, who had earlier made his ODI debut on October 14, 1989 against West Indies, had a forgettable outing with the bat in his first test as he became the victim of Manoj Prabhakar on the very first ball he faced.
When Pakistan came out to bowl, the young Wasim Akram shared the new ball with his younger partner, Waqar Younis. They were lethal together from the word go and no wonder they became Two W’s later in their career, probably the greatest bowling pair of cricketing history.
The left-arm pacer initiated the destruction of Indian batting by removing Navjot Singh Sidhu for nought and devastation was carried on by the debutante, Waqar Younis as he got rid of Sanjay Manjrekar.
Sachin Tendulkar, who was just 16 years old then, came out to bat at no 6 position, he managed to score 15 runs off 28 deliveries before the Waqar Younis cleaned him up. Sachin struck two boundaries in his short-lived debut inning. India could only manage 262 runs in reply of Pakistan’s 409.
Both the W’s took four wickets each in the first inning of the game. Debutante Waqar Younis hunted down Sanjay Manjrekar, Manoj Prabhakar, Sachin Tendulkar and Kapil Dev in the 18 overs that he bowled for 80 runs.
In the second inning of the test match, Waqar Younis bowled just two overs and remained wicketless. Whereas, Sachin Tendulkar did not get a chance to bat.
Waqar Younis had a glorious test career where he took 373 wickets in 87 wickets at an average of 23.56. His best bowling figures in an inning remained 7/76, whereas, his best match figures are 13/135. He took five-wicket haul 22 times in his career. He played his last test on January 2, 2003 against South Africa in Cape Town.
On the other hand, Sachin Tendulkar shattered almost all batting records. He became the first player to play 200 test matches. He scored 15,921 runs at an incredible average of 53.78. He struck 51 tons in his career and 68 half-centuries. He featured last test match against West Indies on November 14, 2013 in Mumbai.