Sachin Tendulkar, the newsmaker, often occupied the front page space
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Having played international cricket for as long as he did, Sachin Tendulkar shared newsprint space with nearly a quarter-century of news that shaped the world. In that span, Rajiv Gandhi was pulled up for rigging elections in Amethi, Viagra made billions, Atal Bihari Vajpayee attempted peace with Pakistan and Manmohan Singh attempted peace with Pakistan. Jonathan Selvaraj and Hormazd dig into The Indian Express archives to find out what else made news when Tendulkar made headlines.
Sachin pulls Imran, Wasim; EC Pulls up PM Rajiv Gandhi
November 24, 1989. He is only 16, going on 17. Sachin deals with a fired-up Pakistan attack in Faisalabad in his own inimitable style, scoring 36 unbeaten runs, while all around him apart from the original 'Wall' Manjrekar fall like barren trees in a cyclone. Bigger fish are falling into the Election Commission's net at the time. President R Venkatraman has just ordered a look into allegations of 'massive booth capturing' in Amethi, the constituency of PM Rajiv Gandhi. While Rajiv is pulled up for breaking the poll code, Sachin is pulling Imran, Wasim and Qadir to the fence.
Maiden hundred struck; Saddam invades Kuwait
At 17 years and 112 days, Tendulkar becomes the (then) second-youngest centurion in Test history, and his 119 not out against England at Old Trafford on August 14, 1990, helps India salvage a tough draw. The relief is palpable on the front page. Tendulkar saves India's bacon, reads the headline. On the same page, we learn that Iraq has completed a surprise invasion of Kuwait. The young lad isn't the only new thing promising a great deal. Also finding space in the sports pages is something TV viewers take for granted today - the stump camera.
That Perth Knock; Kapil's 400th Test wicket
February 4, 1992. Australia have been clearing the decks for a lightning-fast Perth pitch that could have tempted Dennis Lillee out of retirement. Coming in at 69 for two, Tendulkar departs with the total at 240, having scored 114 in an innings that leaves those present in no doubt that they have witnessed something special. At the WACA though, it is Kapil Dev who steals the headlines for becoming just the second bowler in Test cricket to make it past 400 wickets.
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