In 1989, India and Pakistan, unlike modern times, locked horns in a Test series and fans across both countries were excited to witness the great rivalry.
Apart from the stalwarts, two youngsters made their debuts. One for India, the other for Pakistan.
For India, Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar, a 16-year-old, earned his first Test cap. At the other end, a young 18-year-old pacer, Waqar Younis, made his first Test match appearance.
It may be a coincidence that both these players got their first Test cap in the same match but how they went from that point onward, was historic, to say the least.
Tendulkar would come back to score a much-valued 59 in the second Test match to prove a point. Eventually, it was the Test series in 1989 which set the foundations for both Waqar Younis and Sachin Tendulkar.
In Tests alone, Sachin Tendulkar completed 200 matches scoring 15,921 runs at an average of 53.8.
Both legends of the game, who also became World Champions with their countries, started by contesting against each other at a raw age and then matured into the finest players in the game of cricket.
But that was only after Sachin struggled against the Sultan of Swing when India toured Pakistan in 1997. Waqar dismissed Sachin in absolutely brilliant fashion in Karachi.
#OnThisDay in 1989, Sachin Tendulkar and Waqar Younis made their international debuts as teenagers.— ICC (@ICC) November 15, 2019
The rest, as they say, is history 🙌 pic.twitter.com/o419M8n0cA
30 years later, it still gives me goosebumps to admire the genius of both Waqar and Sachin, which took them to new heights in International cricket and made them immortals for their sets of fans.