On this day in 1994 a stiff neck to the Indian opening batsman Navjot Singh Sidhu forced the team management to consider, a boyish Sachin Tendulkar's request of opening the batting for India in a One-Day International (ODI) against New Zealand at Eden Park in Auckland.
After Indian fast bowler Kapil Dev, Salil Ankola and Javagal Srinath blew away the top-order and restricted the Kiwis to a paltry 142. Tendulkar flourished in his new role at the top of the order in Indian team.
Tendulkar smashed New Zealand's fast bowlers, repeatedly hitting them over the in- field, en-route a bludgeoning 82 off 49 as India chased down the target at a canter-.
The visitors think-tank took stock of Tendulkar's batting capabilities at the top of the order and then moved him permanently up the order, a role which Tendulkar went on to become, arguably the format's finest batsman.