PUNE (India) - Had India's legendary batsman Sachin Tendulkar born one month earlier than on April 24 in 1973, or had he scored his first Test hundred earlier in 1990, he would have created the world record of scoring his very first Test hundred at the youngest age. "Of the six individual centuries scored in this fascinating contest (England vs India at Old Trafford, Manchester in 1990), none was more outstanding than Tendulkar, which rescued India on the final afternoon. At 17 years and 112 days, he was only 30 days older than Mushtaq Mohammad was when, against India at Delhi in 1960-61, he became the youngest player to score a Test hundred," Wisden Almanack, the Bible of cricket has recorded. "I had heard about Sachin's age when he registered his very first of the 50 Test tons," Mushtaq Mohammad, the former Pakistan skipper who is now settled in England, said. I would not have regretted if my record might be broken by Sachin," he added. "The way he is playing now, I would have loved to gift away my record to him. He deserved this record more than me." The record stood for over 40 years until it was bettered by Mohammad Ashraful. "I am proud of Sachin Tendulkar. He is the icon of world cricket. He should not retire from the game and go on playing for ever and ever," Mushtaq concluded.BIPIN DANI