Sachin Tendulkar's last test trip to Pakistan was when he made his debut in 1989 and now 15 years later he is all set to return to the same venue as a batsman on the verge of becoming both the highest run getter in test history and the player with most test hundreds. He is also one half of the line used most often to describe India-Pakistan cricket contests, Sachin Vs Shoaib. However Tendulkar's most painful memory in test cricket has been against Pakistan. It was the innings of a lifetime but 136 was not enough to give India a win over Pakistan in the Chennai test in 1999. Tendulkar was man of the match but did not come for the ceremony not because of his back injury but because he was reportedly crying. But Tendulkar has changed since then at least with regard to his batting.
Discipline was seen in Sachin's career best score of 241 in the Sydney Test against Australia. More than 80 per cent of his runs came on the on side but that was also a sign of his greatness. Tendulkar said he had deliberately left all balls outside off stump and that theory got him out of his year- long slump in tests. However, talent plus tenacity from Tendulkar could well mean danger for Pakistan. Sachin's statistics are enough to scare any opposition bowler, an average of almost 45 in one dayers and more than a 100 scores of more than 50 from 328 games means he hardly ever fails in this version. In test matches his average is now close to 58 and 32 tons means he is two short of equaling Sunil Gavaskar's record of most test hundreds. He made 136 in Chennai but Tendulkar only averaged 30 in the 3 tests Vs Pakistan in 1999. A delivery from Akhtar got him a duck in Kolkata and though it ruined his average, it signaled the beginning of a great rivalry in cricket, one that the game desperately needs.