India Played 38 Won 11 Lost 8 Drew 19.
Notably beat England and New Zealand at home and Sri Lanka away. Lost away series in Australia, New Zealand, England and South Africa. Drew with West Indies at home and Pakistan away.
Tendulkar’s early days coincided with the Indian team becoming a lion at home and lamb abroad. In a few years, he became India’s most important batsman, along with Azharuddin. This is what he achieved (compared to what Azharuddin did in the same period), using both conventional figures and IMPACT numbers.
All IMPACT numbers on a scale of 0 to 5.
Batting IMPACT – The average impact his batting had on matches he played in, on a scale of 0 to 5.
SDs – Series-defining performances. The most important legacy of a cricketer, or at least, what should be.
Failure% - The percentage in this period the player could not achieve an IMPACT of even 1 in the matches he played.
Tendulkar’s performance suggests the commencement of a significant career. An obdurate consistency was his hallmark – his failure rate significantly lower than the other Indian batting star of that era. However, contrary to popular assumption, he was not a world-beater yet – there were no series-defining performances yet. And none of his performances made it on a list of the 5 highest impact Indian batting performances of that period.
TOP 5 HIGHEST IMPACT BATTING PERFORMANCES OF THIS PERIOD
1. M Azharuddin – 182 v England, Calcutta 1993 – Batting IMPACT 5.33 (Series momentum-changing performance)
2. A Jadeja - 59 & 73 v New Zealand, Bangalore 1995 – Batting IMPACT 4.30
(Series defining performance)
3. RJ Shastri – 206 v Australia, Sydney 1992 – Batting IMPACT 8.38
4. V Kambli – 224 v England, Bombay 1993 – Batting IMPACT 6.92
5. SV Manjrekar – 51 & 66 v West Indies, Bombay 1994 – Batting IMPACT 6.55
Only two series-defining performances, and one of them against a relatively weaker side in home conditions. Tendulkar narrowly misses the list – his 1990 effort in England of 68 and 119 not out which saved a Test (his ninth) comes in at no. 6 here with an IMPACT of 6.15.