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    In pics: Sachin Tendulkar turns 40

    • Tendulkar's array of dazzling strokeplay earned him many fans the world over early into his career. (Getty Images)

    • At 17 years and 112 days, Tendulkar became the then second-youngest centurion in Test history. His unbeaten 119 not out against England at Old Trafford earned India a draw and remains among his most valuable knocks. (Getty Images)

    • Tendulkar's first World Cup was in 1992, where he batted in the middle overs and finished as India’s second-highest run-scorer with 283 at an average of 47.16. (Getty Images)

    • Tendulkar drew inspiration from the man he was compared to early in his career, fellow Mumbaikar Sunil Gavaskar. (Getty Images)

    • Tendulkar married his long-time girlfriend Anjali Mehta, a pediatrician by profession, on May 24, 1995, at the age of 22. (AFP)

    • In the mid-90s, after India opened up its economy, Tendulkar became the huge draw for advertisers and his face was an instant hit across India. (Getty Images)

    • Tendulkar saved his best for Australian attacks and reeled off many stirring innings in both Tests and ODIs against the strongest team in world cricket. (Getty Images)

    • From the late 90s to the mid-2000s Tendulkar was the definitive opener in ODI cricket, knocking back a series of records with his brilliant batting. (Getty Images)

    • Tendulkar was the leading run-scorer at the 2003 World Cup in South Africa, where India made the final only to lose to a superb Australian team. (Getty Images)

    • On December 10, 2005 Tendulkar became the highest centurion in Test cricket, overtaking Gavaskar’s tally of 34. (Getty Images)

    • Tendulkar's batting in the 2008 CB Series finals were massive in India clinching their first tri-series on Australian soil; his first ODI century in Australia set the tone for victory. (Getty Images)

    • On October 17, 2008 at Mohali, Tendulkar broke Brian Lara's record for most Test runs. (Getty Images)

    • Tendulkar became the first male player to score 200 in a single innings in ODI cricket on February 24, 2010. His brilliant innings needed just 147 balls. (Getty Images)

    • Tendulkar made his Test debut in Pakistan in 1989 along with two pillars of Indian cricket, Kapil Dev and Mohammad Azharuddin. (Getty Images)

    • Sachin Tendulkar's prodigious talent was identified at a young age and he marked his Ranji Trophy debut for Mumbai with a century. His Test debut would soon come calling. (Getty Images)

    • After five unsuccessful attempts, Tendulkar was finally able to hold the World Cup after India beat Sri Lanka on April 2, 2011 at Tendulkar’s home ground of the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. (Getty Images)

    • Tendulkar has also wowed audiences with his achievements for IPL franchise Mumbai Indians, a relationship that looks set to endured even after he retires from Test cricket. (AFP)