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Sachin Tendulkar

Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar

Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar, former Indian cricketer and captain, widely regarded as one of the world’s greatest cricketers of all time. In India, Sachin is more than just a popular sportsperson; he is an instution in himself. Called the “God of Cricket” by his fans, Sachin has ruled the game for well over two decades.

Sachin Tendulkar has been the most prolific run maker of all time, and the biggest cricket icon the game has ever known. Renowned for his incredible batting skills, he is the first and foremost batsman of unparalleled ability, dedication and mind. There were no apparent weaknesses in Tendulkar’s game. He could score all around the wicket, could turn his technique to suit every condition, and made runs in all parts of the world in all conditions.

Sachin was born on 24 April 1973 in Mumbai, as the youngest of four siblings to Ramesh Tendulkar, a Marathi novelist and Rajni Tendulkar, who worked in the insurance industry. As a young child, Tendulkar was considered a bully and often picked up fights with new children in his school. His elder brother encouraged him to play cricket in order to divert his attention from fights.

Tendulkar made his Test debut against Pakistan in Karachi in November 1989, where he famously declined medical assistance despite getting hit in the face by Waqar Younis. Aged just sixteen, he continued to take part in international cricket matches during his late teens, rising up through the ranks of Indian cricket to become a star in his early twenties.

Some of his finest performance came against Australia, where his century as a 19-year-old on a lightning-fast pitch at the WACA is considered one of the best innings ever to have been played in Australia. Tendulkar further enhanced his reputation as a future great when asked to open the batting against New Zealand in an ODI in 1994, and he set the stadium on fire blasting 82 runs off just 49 balls. The very same year he made his first ODI century against Australia in Colombo.

Tendulkar’s rise continued when he was leading run scorer at the 1996 World Cup, scoring two centuries. Since then he has gone on to amass records by the dozens, a few of which are unlikely to be surpassed during his lifetime. In 1998, Australia was on tour to India and the series was hyped on the clash between Sachin Tendulkar, the world’s most dominating batsman and Shane Warne, the world’s leading spinner, both at the peak of their career. Sachin blasted Warne in the series and made two centuries in the three-test series.

Sachin had two brief stints as captain of Indian cricket team and both of them were not very successful. In 2000he became the first batsman to have score 50 international hundreds, in 2008 he passed Brain Lara as a leading test run-scorer. He has most number of run in the Test matches as well as One Day Internationals, and the most number of centuries in both forms as well.

Sachin was at his best in Cricket World Cup 2003, where he made 673 runs in 11 matches, helping India reach the final. He was given Man of the Tournament award for his incredible performance.

Again, Sachin was at his best in the 2011 World Cup during which he made 482 runs including two centuries. India faces Sri Lanka in the finals and won the match – it was the first World Cup victory for him.

Sachin Tendulkar is the first person to score double centuries in ODIs, the only player to score a 100 centuries, and the only one to have amassed 30,000 runs in all forms of international cricket. He has scored 15,921 runs and 51 centuries in Test cricket at an average of 53.78. While in ODIs, he has scored 18,426 runs at an average of 44.83 which includes 49 centuries.

Following poor performance in the 2012 series against England, Tendulkar announce his retirement from ODIs on 23 December 2012. And on November 16, 2013, Sachin retired from Test cricket after a memorable 200th Test, on his home ground against West Indies.

Sachin was awarded with Arjuna Award in 1994, by government of India in recognition of his outstanding achievement in sports. In the year 1997-98, Tendulkar was awarded with Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award – India’s highest honour given for achievement in sports. In 1997, he was named as the Wisden Cricketer of the Year.

Sachin Tendulkar was given Padma Vibhusan, India’s second highest civilian award by the government of India in the year 2008. In 2010, Sachin was named as Wisden Leading Cricketer in the World. He was named Honorary Member of the Order of Australia, given by the Australian government in 2012. In 2014, Bharat Ratna – India’s highest civilian award was given to Sachin Tendulkar for his outstanding service towards sports and Indian cricket.

Tendulkar has been the single biggest factor behind the explosion of popularity that cricket enjoys in India which led the Indian Board becoming the richest and most powerful in world. Take his focus and attitude to heart and you can find your own success, whether it’s on the batting crease, in a business environment, or even in the Arts.