Tendulkar is an Indian cricketer, widely considered to be one of the greatest batsmen of all time.
He currently holds the records for the most cumulative runs in One-Day Internationals, and the most number of centuries scored in both One-day Internationals and Test cricket.
Tendulkar made his international debut against Pakistan in 1989 at the age of sixteen, becoming India's youngest Test player.
His all-time achievements are:
* Most runs (over 16,684) and centuries (43) in one-day internationals
* Only person to have scored over 11,000 ODI runs and over 25 ODI centuries as of April 28, 2005
* Highest ODI batting average among Indian batsmen and among all batsmen who have scored over 7,500 ODI runs (as of April 3, 2005)
* Most number of Man of the Matches in one-day internationals
* Only player to have over 100 innings of 50+ runs in ODIs as of April 2005
* Most number of Runs in World Cup Cricket History
* First cricketer to cross 10,000-run mark in ODIs
* Broke Sunil Gavaskar's record of 34 test centuries
* Among those who have played over 100 test matches, he is the only one with a batting average above 55.
* Only second Indian to cross 10,000 runs in Test matches.
* He has the most centuries in ODI cricket against Australia, South Africa, New Zealand, Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe.
* He is the fastest to score 10,000 runs in test cricket history. He holds this record along with Brian Lara. Both of them achieved this feat in 195 innings.
* To go with this he has 41 hundreds in Test cricket at an average of 55. An average above 50 distinguishes a batsman as an all time great.
* Highest individual score in ODIs among Indian batsmen (186* against New Zealand at Hyderabad in 1999)