Journey of Master Blaster – Sachin Tendulkar

Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar is a former cricketer and captain of Indian Team, widely regarded as one of the greatest batsmen of all time. He is the highest run scorer of all time in International cricket format.

Tendulkar is the only player to score over 30,000 runs in international cricket. He scored a total of 34,356 runs in 664 international cricket matches. He is also the only player to score one hundred international hundreds and the first player to score a double hundred in limited overs cricket.

“Don’t stop chasing your dream, because dreams do come true.” – Sachin Tendulkar

Let us admire his past life, childhood days, cricket journey, awards and recognition etc. through this article.

Background

Sachin Tendulkar was born on 24th April 1973, in Bombay, India. He belongs to a middle-class family. His father was a Marathi poet and novelist, while his mother worked for a life insurance company. He was the youngest among 4 siblings – (2 half-brothers Nitin and Ajit and a half-sister Savita). They were from his father’s first wife, who died. He was named after the famous Indian Music Director, Sachin Dev Burman.

Career

He received his first cricket bat when he was 11 years old, and his talent in the sport was immediately apparent. At the age of 14, he scored 326 out of a world-record stand of 664 along with Vinod Kambli in a school match. Sachin’s elder brother, Ajit who recognized his cricketing ability and introduced him to Ramakant Achrekars academy at Shivaji Park, Mumbai.

He was the highest run getter in the 1988-89 Ranji season scoring 583 runs at an average of 67. In the 1990-91 Ranji trophy final, he scored a 75 ball 96 run knock against Haryana, creating an opportunity to lift the cup.

His first double century of 204 not out was for Mumbai while playing against the visiting Australian team at the Brabourne Stadium in 1998. He is the only player to score a century on debut in all three domestic first-class tournaments (the Ranji, Irani, and Duleep Trophies). Another double century of 233 not out against Tamil Nadu in the semi-finals of the 2000 Ranji Trophy, which he regards as one of the best innings of his career.

He made his test debut against Pakistan as a 16 year old, and little did the world know that the curly-haired teenager would one day become one of the greatest legends of the game. He scored his first ODI century on 9th September 1994 against Australia in Sri Lanka at Colombo. He took 78 ODIs to score his first century.

Sachin was appointed as the captain of the Indian team succeeding Azharuddin in 1996. However, he was pretty unsuccessful as a captain. He had a poor record of win percentage of 16% and 31% as a captain in tests and ODIs respectively.

In 1993 to 2002 ten-year period, Sachin Tendulkar’s Test average of 62.30 was the best by a distance. In 2003 Cricket World Cup, Tendulkar made 673 runs in 11 matches helping India to reach the final. While Australia retained the trophy that they had won in 1999, Tendulkar won the Man of the Tournament award.

During the preparation for the World Cup 2007, Tendulkar’s attitude was criticised by Indian team coach Greg Chappell. On 7th April 2007, the Board of Control for Cricket in India issued a notice to Tendulkar asking for an explanation for his comments made to the media.

In the 2011 World Cup Victory, he became the highest run scorer with 482 runs at an average of 53.55 in the tournament and he could not stop his tears after this victory.

Tendulkar scored his 100th international hundred on 16th March 2012, at Mirpur against Bangladesh in the Asia Cup. Tendulkar became the first batsman in history to cross the 34,000 run aggregate in all formats of Cricket on 5th December, 2012. Sachin announced his retirement on 23rd December, 2012 from ODI Cricket. He also stated that he will not be playing in T20 Internationals.

Indian Premier League

Tendulkar was made the icon Captain and player for his home side, the Mumbai Indians in the inaugural IPL T20 competition 2018. He was signed for a sum of 1.12 Million more than the second-highest paid player in the team, Sanath Jayasuriya. In 2013, Sachin retired from IPL and from 2014, he was appointed as the Mumbai Indian Team’s Icon.

Personal life

Tendulkar met his life partner Anjali, at the Mumbai International airport when he was returning from his first International tour. In 1995, the couple got married after dating each other for five years. The couple has two children named Sara Tendulkar and Arjun Tendulkar. In 2012, Sachin was nominated for Rajya Sabha, the upper house of the Parliament of India.

International Record

Test Record: Matches Played – 200, Innings – 329, Runs – 15,921, Highest Score – 248*, Average – 53.8, Centuries – 51, Half Centuries – 68.

ODI Record: Matches Played – 463, Innings – 452, Runs – 18,426, Highest Score – 200*, Average – 44.8, Centuries – 49, Half Centuries – 96.

T20 Record: Matches Played – 1, Innings – 1, Runs – 10, Highest Score – 10, Average -12, Centuries – 0, Half Centuries – 0.

Awards & Achievements

  • In 1994, he was awarded with Arjuna Award, by the Government of India in recognition of his outstanding achievement.
  • In 1997, he was awarded with Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, India’s highest honour given for achievement in sports
  • Wisden Cricketer of the Year – 1997
  • In 1999, he was awarded with Padma Shri, India’s fourth highest civilian award
  • Maharashtra Bhushan Award, Maharashtra State’s highest Civilian Award – 2001
  • Player of the Tournament in the Cricket World Cup – 2003
  • In 2004, 2007, 2010, he was awarded with ICC World ODI XI.
  • In 2009, 2010, 2011, he was awarded with ICC World Test XI.
  • In 2008, he was awarded with Padma Vibhushan, India’s second highest civilian award– 2008
  • Cricketer of the Year in the ICC Award – 2010
  • Outstanding Achievement in Sport and the People’s Choice Award at The Asian Awards in London – 2010
  • BCCI Cricketer of the Year Award – 2011
  • Castrol Indian Cricketer of the Year Award – 2011
  • Wisden India Outstanding Achievement Award – 2012
  • Honorary Member of the Order of Australia by the Australian government – 2012
  • Indian Postal Service released a stamp of Tendulkar and he became the second Indian after Mother Teresa to have such stamp released in their lifetime – 2013
  • Bharat Ratna, India’s highest civilian award – 2017
  • First brand Ambassador of UNICEF for South Asia – 28th November, 2013.
  • Most Influential People in the World in Time 100 list

Retirement

His 24 year-long marvelous cricket career came to an end on 16th November, 2013 when he announced his retirement. Although he played his last ODI match in December 2012, he continued playing test cricket. He retired from the test cricket at his home ground, Wankhede Stadium, in Mumbai after playing his last 200th Test match against West Indies on 16th November 2013.

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