A timeline of Sachin Tendulkar's major achievements in a career spanning over two decades so far.
1989: A 16-year-old Tendulkar makes his Test debut against Pakistan under Kris Srikkanth and scores two half-centuries in six innings.
1990: Tendulkar notches up his maiden Test century (119 not out) against England at Old Trafford.
1993: Scores his first Test century (165) in India at Chennai during the home series against England.
1994: Scores his first ODI hundred in his 79th match during the Singer Cup against Australia at Colombo.
1996: Piles up 523 runs, including two centuries, in the World Cup hosted by India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Takes over the captaincy from Mohammad Azharuddin the same year after India's tour of England and leads India to victory over Australia in the one-off Test at Delhi which was followed by a Test series win over South Africa at home. India also win the Titan Cup by beating Australia and South Africa under his captaincy.
1997: Leads India to a 4-1 victory over Pakistan at Toronto in the second edition of the Sahara Cup. Also wins the Wisden cricketer of the year award.
1998: Scores an unbeaten 155 against Australia during the third Test at Chennai and helps India to a massive 179-run victory.
2001: Becomes the first batsman in the history of ODI cricket to score 10,000 runs. Completes his 100 wickets in ODIs.
2002: Equals Sir Donald Bradman's record of 29 Test Centuries by scoring 117 vs West Indies at Port-of-Spain. In his 99th Test appearance, surpasses Bradman's record of 29 centuries scoring 193, against England at Headingly, Leeds.
2003: Makes 673 runs in 11 matches in the ICC World Cup - most by any batsman in a single World Cup and wins the player of the tournament award.
2004: Equals Sunil Gavaskar's world record 34 Test centuries. Becomes only the third player in history, after Gary Kirsten and Steve Waugh, to score centuries against all Test playing nations. Also becomes the first player in ODI history to win 50 Man of the Match awards.
2005: Completes 10,000 runs in Test cricket in his 122nd match.
2006: Sets a new world record by completing 14,000 one-day runs. Scores his 40th ODI century at Kuala Lumpur against the West Indies during a tri-series competition also including Australia.
2007: Plays his 400th one-day international.
2008: During the CB series involving Australia, India and Sri Lanka, Tendulkar becomes the first batsman to go past 16,000 runs in ODIs. Surpassing Brian Lara's tally of 11953 runs to become the highest run-scorer in Test cricket.
2009: Becomes the first batsman to aggregate 17,000 ODI runs during his innings of 175 against Australia at Hyderabad.
2010: Becomes the first batsman to score an ODI double-century before becoming the most capped player in Test cricket, surpassing Steve Waugh's tally of 168 Tests.
2011: Becomes the most capped player in ODIs with the World Cup opening game against Bangladesh, surpassing Sanath Jayasuriya's tally of 444 matches.
2011: Plays a big role in India's World Cup triumph. He was the highest run-getter for India with 482 runs.
2012: Scores his 100th international century in the Asia Cup match against Bangladesh. He scored 114.