Sachin Tendulkar

When we hear the name Sachin, the emotions of us Indians and the people of the world, love – inspiration – oxygen – enthusiasm – joy – courage wake up in our hearts. Then a spontaneous Dhoni-slogan came out of our mouths…..saaaaachin Sachin….saaaachin..sachin.

Sachin Tendulkar’s last match…..

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Sachin Sachin’s slogan in the Eden Gardens Kolkata, West Bengal 2019

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Sachin Tendulkar was born at Nirmal Nursing Home in Dadar, Bombay (Mumbai) on 24 April 1973 to a Rajapur Saraswat Brahmin Maharashtrian family. His full name is Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar. Sachin’s father, Ramesh Tendulkar, was a well-known Marathi novelist & poet and his mother, Rajni, worked in the insurance industry.

Sachin Tendulkar has three elder siblings: two half-brothers Nitin and Ajit, and a half-sister Savita. They were Ramesh’s children by his first wife, who died after the birth of her third child.

Sachin Tendulkar is an Indian former international cricketer who captained the Indian national team. He is regarded as one of the greatest batsmen in the history of cricket.

sachin tendulkar
sachin tendulkar

He is sometimes referred to as “The God of Cricket” in India. His other nicknames are Little Master and Master Blaster. After Sir Donald George Bradman and Sir Vivian Richards, Sachin is considered to be the greatest batsman in the history of Indian cricket.

Sachin is the highest run scorer in international cricket and is the only player to have scored one hundred international centuries. He is the first batsman to score a double century in One Day Internationals (ODIs), is the player to complete more than 30,000 runs in international cricket, and holds the record for most runs in both matches.

Test and ODI cricket. Sachin’s First Test Debut: 15 November 1989 against Pakistan; and his Last Test Match: 14 November 2013 against West Indies.

 

Sachin Tendulkar Overview

Height 5 ft 5 in
Role Batsman
Batting Style Right-Handed Bat
Bowling Style Right-arm leg break

The biopic on Sachin Tendulkar was made in 2017, Sachin: A Billion Dreams. It shows the journey of Sachin’s cricketing life.

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Sachin Tendulkar Early Life

Early Life: Even Tendulkar showed interest in tennis which was equal to cricket. He particularly idolized American player John McEnroe and imitated his hero by growing his hair long at the age of 7 or 8. During this time, Tendulkar also regularly wore tennis wristbands and headbands and carried a tennis racket with him as a token of his love for tennis.

Ajit Tendulkar, Sachin’s elder brother introduced Sachin to cricket in 1984. He introduced him to Ramakant Archrekar, a famous cricket coach and a club cricketer of repute, at Shivaji Park, In the first meeting, Sachin was not able to play his best game.

Ajit told Achrekar that he was feeling self-conscious due to the coach observing him, and was not displaying his natural game. Ajit requested the coach to give him another chance at playing, but watch while hiding behind a tree.

This time, Sachin, apparently unobserved, played much better and was accepted at Achrekar’s academy. Ajit Tendulkar also had the experience of playing cricket in Bombay’s Kanga Cricket League.

Achrekar was impressed by Tendulkar’s talent and advised him to transfer him to Sharadashram Vidyamandir (English) High School, a school in Dadar that had a dominant cricket team and produced many notable cricketers.

Earlier, Tendulkar studied at the Indian Education Society’s New English School, Bandra (East). He was also trained under the guidance of Achrekar at Shivaji Park in the mornings and evenings.

 

Moreover, besides school cricket, he also played club cricket, initially representing the John Bright Cricket Club in Bombay’s premier club cricket tournament, the Kanga Cricket League, and later playing for the Cricket Club of India (CCI) in 1987, at the age of At 14, he joined the MRF Pace Foundation in Madras (now Chennai) to train as a fast bowler, but Australian fast bowler Dennis Lillee, who took a world record 355 Test wickets, was unimpressed, advising Tendulkar to focus on his batting instead.

On 14 November 1987, the 14-year-old Tendulkar was selected to represent Bombay in the Ranji Trophy, India’s premier domestic First-class cricket tournament, for the 1987–88 season. However, Tendulkar finished the 1988–89 Ranji Trophy season as Bombay’s highest run-scorer. He scored 583 runs at an average of 67.77.

Ours, Tendulkar has been a part of 5 Ranji Trophy finals with Mumbai winning 4.

Sachin Tendulkar Career Life

Career Life: The Indian cricket team selectors did not waste time in selecting him and before anyone could have imagined Sachin Tendulkar was selected for the series against Pakistan only at the age of 16.

So, on 15 November 1989, Sachin Tendulkar made his international debut against Pakistan in Karachi. Pakistan cricket team was known for its bowling in those days when the combo of Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis was considered the most dangerous bowling pair. But Sachin tackled them nicely and even scored a few runs.

A 16-year-old boy was able to face the most formidable bowlers of the time which opened the door for him to be selected for future cricket matches and represent the Indian national team. Sachin Tendulkar mentioned in his autobiography that the series against Pakistan was memorable for him as he had the opportunity to model and learn from the likes of Kapil Dev and Sunil Gavaskar.

 

Personal Life of Sachin Tendulkar

Personal Life of Sachin Tendulkar: On 24 May 1995, Sachin Tendulkar married Anjali Mehta, a pediatrician, and Gujarati origin. He first met Anjali in 1990. They have a daughter named Sara Tendulkar and a son named Arjun Tendulkar.

The Rise Of Master Blaster (Sachin Tendulkar

The Rise Of Master Blaster (Sachin Tendulkar): Sachin’s rise through the ranks is one of the most memorable and historic milestones. Seen in the years 1994-1999, Sachin Tendulkar was in his twenties and at the peak of his performance. He opened the batting against New Zealand in 1994 and scored 84 off just 49 balls, then he scored his maiden ODI century against Australia.

It took him 78 ODIs to score his maiden century but it was worth the wait. During the 1996 World Cup, Sachin went on to become the leading run-scorer in the tournament and also scored two centuries in that tournament.
Sachin played a great inning against Pakistan in Sharjah after the World Cup tournament. Tendulkar scored another century and also shared the highest partnership for the second wicket with Navjot Singh Sidhu. Then India won the match against Pakistan.

Sachin Tendulkar was again tested when India toured Australia in the year 1998. Tendulkar had scored three consecutive centuries before the Australian tournament; Shane Warne, the leg spinner had dismantled top-class batsmen before the tournament.

Tendulkar went on and scored an unbeaten 204 in the first Test and also broke the bowling of Shane Warne who gave Tendulkar 111 runs. Australia lost the match to India in three days and it was all because of the exceptional batting shown by the twenty-year-old. Bad luck continued for Australia as Tendulkar departed and scored two consecutive centuries. And, then Sachin Tendulkar’s twin strikes are known as ‘Desert Storm‘ as they allowed Tendulkar to show his dominance to the world.

Next, Sachin Tendulkar’s performance in the ICC 1998 quarter-final at Dhaka paved the way for India’s entry into the semi-finals where he scored 141 runs and also took four Australian wickets. In March 1999, the inaugural Asian Test Championship was held between India, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka where Tendulkar went on to score his 19th international Test century during the second Test.

 

Sachin again showed his class in a Test against Pakistan in Chepauk in 1999, where he scored 136 in the fourth innings and ensured that India got off to a good start. Despite all his efforts, India lost the match to Pakistan by 12 runs. During the 1999 Cricket World Cup, Sachin suffered a tragic loss as his father Professor Ramesh Tendulkar passed away. Sachin returned to India to attend his father’s last rites due to which he missed the match against Zimbabwe. However, Sachin returned to the World Cup and scored another century against Kenya. India went ahead and won the match showing Sachin’s character for the country, he was determined to help the country win matches and progress the country.

The 2003 Cricket World Cup saw Tendulkar score 673 runs in 11 matches, helping India reach the final. When Australia retained the trophy they had won in 1999, Tendulkar was awarded the Man of the Tournament award.

Sachin Tendulkar Captaincy

Tendulkar’s two tenures as captain of the Indian cricket team were not very successful, but when Tendulkar took over as captain in 1996, there were high hopes and expectations. However, by 1997 the team was performing poorly. To Azharuddin “Na Jitega! Chhote Ki Nasib Mein Jit Na Hai!” was credited with saying, which translates to: “He won’t win! It’s not for the little ones!”.

Tendulkar, replacing Azharuddin in his second term, led India on the tour of Australia, where the visitors were beaten 3–0 by the new world champions. Tendulkar, however, won Player of the Series as well as Player of the Match in one game.

During the Indian team’s 2007 tour of England, the desire of Rahul Dravid to resign from the captaincy became known. Then BCCI President Sharad Pawar offered the captaincy to Tendulkar, who instead recommended Mahendra Singh Dhoni to take over the reins. Pawar later revealed this conversation, crediting Tendulkar for first forwarding the name of Dhoni, who since achieved much success as captain.

 

The Opener Sachin Tendulkar

The Opener: The whole scenario changed when Sachin was allowed to open the innings against New Zealand in 1992 and he made it count. After that match, he was the opening batsman of the Indian cricket team. Sachin Tendulkar was very good at the beginning of the innings which helped the Indian team to start the match well. Sachin scored the biggest run in ODI cricket by opening the batting for India. India got an opening in the form of Sachin Tendulkar who was very good at scoring and helped set the pace for India.

While India started well with Sachin’s opening. His opening always put the opposition under pressure as they had no answer to the world-class batting that Sachin displayed in every match. One thing that makes Sachin great is his ability to score runs against very good bowling units. He was consistent in scoring centuries against teams like Australia, New Zealand, and England. He still owns the highest run against mighty Australia. From the 1990s to the 2000s, Australian cricket teams were considered invisible. Playing against Australia is considered a nightmare for many batsmen but for Sachin it was like scoring runs for another team. He was able to tackle the toughest bowling unit and win.

Sachin Tendulkar’s best innings

Sachin Tendulkar became the first batsman to score a double century in Day Internationals. In 2010, Sachin Tendulkar scored 200 off just 147 balls against South Africa at Gwalior. This inning is remembered by many cricketers, as it showed the world the caliber of Sachin Tendulkar.

Sachin Tendulkar’s second most memorable innings was his knock against Pakistan in Rawalpindi where he scored 141 off just 135 balls. Although Pakistan won the match, Sachin Tendulkar was declared Man of the Match.

Before Sachin was recognized by the world for his talent, Sachin Tendulkar played a school cricket tournament match where he shared a partnership of 664 runs with Vinod Kambli. Sachin was just 16 years old when he played that match and it is considered the turning point in Sachin Tendulkar’s life.

 

100th International Century Sachin Tendulkar

100th International Century: Sachin Tendulkar scored his 100th international hundred on 16 March 2012, at Mirpur against Bangladesh in the Asia Cup. Thus, Sachin Tendulkar is the first and only batsman to score 100 international centuries. He was the first batsman to excel in all three formats of the game. He ended his career as the highest run scorer in Test cricket history.

2011 Cricket World Cup Memorable Moment

2011 Cricket World Cup Memorable Moment: As we know, Bangladesh, India, and Sri Lanka hosted the 2011 World Cup from February to April. With 482 runs at an average of 53.55, including two centuries, Tendulkar was India’s highest run-scorer in the tournament; Only Sri Lanka’s Tillakaratne Dilshan scored more runs in the 2011 tournament and was named in the ICC’s “Team of the Tournament”. India defeated Sri Lanka in the final. Immediately after the win, Sachin Tendulkar commented that “Winning the World Cup is the proudest moment of my life. … I couldn’t control my tears of joy.

Sachin and Indian Premier League

Sachin and Indian Premier League: Tendulkar was made the ‘icon’ player and captain of his home team Mumbai Indians in the inaugural Indian Premier League T20 competition in 2008. As an icon player, he was signed for US$1,121,250, 15% more than the second-highest. Sanath Jayasuriya is the salaried player of the team.

In the 2010 edition of the IPL, Mumbai Indians reached the final of the tournament. Tendulkar scored 618 runs in 14 innings during the tournament, breaking Shaun Marsh’s record for most runs in an IPL season. He was named the player of the tournament for his performance during the season. He also won the Best Batsman and Best Captain awards at the 2010 IPL Awards. Sachin scored 500 runs in IPL in two different seasons as captain.

Sachin Tendulkar captained Mumbai Indians in 4 league matches of the second edition of the league. He scored 68 in the first match and 48 against Guyana. But Mumbai Indians failed to qualify for the semifinals after losing the initial two matches. Tendulkar scored 135 runs.

In the 2011 IPL, against Kochi Tuskers Kerala, Tendulkar scored his maiden Twenty20 hundred. He scored 100 not out of 66 balls. In 2013, Sachin retired from the Indian Premier League and in 2014 he was appointed as the Mumbai Indians ‘Team Icon’. His last match for the team was the final of the 2013 Champions League, where he scored 14 runs in an Indians victory. In his 78 matches in the IPL, Tendulkar scored a total of 2,334 runs.

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Sachin Tendulkar’s Retirement

Sachin Tendulkar’s Retirement: On 10 October 2013, Sachin Tendulkar announced his retirement from all forms of cricket after a two-test match against the West Indies in November. The BCCI had arranged two farewell matches to be played at Kolkata and Mumbai. He scored 74 runs in his last test innings against West Indies and fell short of 79 runs to complete 16,000 runs in test cricket. The Cricket Association of Bengal and the Mumbai Cricket Association organized functions to mark his retirement from the game. Various national and international personalities from cricket, politics, Bollywood, and other fields spoke about Sachin Tendulkar at the day-long Salam Sachin Conclave organized by India Today.

Sachin Tendulkar’s Awards:

  • 1994 : Arjuna Award recipient for achievements in Cricket.
  • 1997/98:India’s highest sporting honour- Rajib Gandhi Khel Ratna.
  • 1999: Padma Shri-India’s fourth highest civilian award.
  • 2008: Padma Vhibhusan– India’s second highest civilian award.
  • 1997:  Tendulkar was one of the five cricketers selected as Wisden Cricketer of the Year. 
  • 2010: ICC Cricketer of the Year– Highest award in the ICC listings
  • 2014: Bharat Ratna-India’s highest civilian award.

Sachin Tendulkar has won many awards in his cricket career and received many awards from the media. Sachin Tendulkar was the perfect vehicle of heroism in the new India and one of the shapers of the cricketing world. He inspired future cricketers like Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni to build their careers in cricket and has also inspired the current generation of Indian cricketers

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