Game: Yorkshire v Hampshire, Britannic Assurance County Championship
Date: May 7-10, 1992
Stage of the season: Second game of 22
Yorkshire: SA Kellett, AA Metcalfe*, D Byas, SR Tendulkar, RJ Blakey w, AP Grayson, CS Pickles, P Carrick, PJ Hartley, D Gough, MA Robinson.
Hampshire: VP Terry, TC Middleton, DI Gower, RA Smith, KD James, JR Ayling, CA Connor, MD Marshall c, AN Aymes w, SD Udal, KJ Shine.
Toss: Hampshire won the toss and decided to field
Sachin Romesh Tendulkar, aged only 19 at the time, made history in becoming Yorkshire’s first ever overseas player, an injury replacement signing for Australian fast bowler Craig McDermott. And first impressions were encouraging after the club moved away from their policy of only Yorkshire-born players were to represent the county. Sachin had already played three Benson and Hedges Cup one-day games in his first week with the county, posting a top-score of 40, but this rain-affected clash with Hampshire marked his first-class bow. In Yorkshire’s opening day 250 all out, the teenager, who had previously scored a century on his first-class debut for Mumbai when only 15, hit a fine 86 against an attack including the great Malcolm Marshall. He batted alongside Richard Blakey (72), just one of a number of productive partnerships between the two throughout the summer. It was, therefore, quite ironic that approximately a year later, Tendulkar would score a century in the Test Match against England in Chennai when Blakey would debut. Unfortunately for Yorkshire, Kevan James hit a century for Hampshire in their first-innings 397-8 declared before rain prevented play on the final day.