|Tendulkar with wife Anjali|
Ajit Kumar Seth (Current post: Cabinet Secretary, 1974 batch IAS)
In 1989, 38-year-old Seth was the district collector of Lucknow. By then, he was a deputy secretary and had also served as the first secretary in the Permanent Mission of India to the United Nations in Geneva.
Tendulkar Moment: Getting picked up for the top bureaucrat’s post in 2011.
S Jaishankar (Current post: India’s ambassador to China, 1977 batch IFS)
He was 34-year-old then, and was serving in Sri Lanka as a political officer and adviser to the Indian Peacekeeping Force. He is now the Indian ambassador to US designate.
Tendulkar Moment: When he was chosen as India’s ambassador to China four years ago.
SR Rao (Current Post: Commerce Secretary, 1978 batch IAS)
Rao was then a 35-year-old bureaucrat on a deputation to the department of atomic energy. But Rao became the man of the match only in mid-1990s when he became the municipal commissioner in Surat and did an outstanding job to bring back life to the plague-hit city of Gujarat.
Tendulkar Moment: Was conferred civilian award, Padma Shri in 1998, a rare honour for a serving bureaucrat.
Bimal Julka (Current Post: Commerce Secretary, 1979 batch IAS)
Julka was 34-year-old and had a 10-year innings in bureaucracy when Tendulkar made his Test debut. In November 1989, Julka was a deputy secretary in the department of industry under the commerce ministry.
Tendulkar Moment: His working closely with Pranab Mukherjee, now President of India.
Amitabh Kant (Current Post: CEO of DMICDC, 1980 batch IAS)
Then a 33-year-old bureaucrat, Kant was deputy secretary in the Union ministry of commerce in November 1989. Kant’s greatest innings, as joint secretary in Union tourism ministry, were yet to come then.
Tendulkar Moment: Creation of the taglines, Incredible India & God’s Own Country.