Sachin Tendulkar is the only batsman to have 50 Test hundreds. But the first one is always special.
As far as India are concerned, his 119 not out saved them from a heavy defeat.
On a cold day in Manchester in 1990, England set 408 to win and they were left tottering at 183/6.
Sachin was just 17, but he assumed the air of an experienced player and guided India towards safety. In the process he went past three-figures for the first time.and it was an occasion to savour.
The young man was the toast of the team. It was also the start of the a new era for Indian cricket and this was the coming of age of a boy who would become a man.