Full name: Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar
Date of Birth: April 24th, 1973
Place of Birth: Mumbai, Maharashtra
Major Playing Role: Top-order batsman
Played for the teams: India, Asia XI, Mumbai, Mumbai Indians, Yorkshire
Batting style: Right-hand bat
Bowling style: Right-arm offbreak, Legbreak googly
ODI debut: Pakistan v India – Gujranwala, Dec 18, 1989
T20I debut: South Africa v India – Johannesburg, Dec 1, 2006
First-class debut: No info, but in year 1988/89
Test debut: Pakistan v India – Karachi, Nov 15-20, 1989
Twenty20 debut: South Africa v India – Johannesburg, Dec 1, 2006
About Sachin Tendulkar:
Often regarded as the GOD of Cricket, Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar is the Master Blaster, the most respected player in the world of cricket. He is the Legend of Cricket, after one of the biggest names in the world Sir Donald Bradman. He is a kind of player after seeing whom, Sir Donald Bradman said to his wife that Sachin reminded him of himself in the past. Sachin is the highest run scorers in the International Cricket, and the player with the highest centuries in both the main formats of the game, ODI and Test matches. He has a class which no other player can have, and he is a master of all the strokes.
There was a time when two names used to top the batsmen list, Sir Donald Bradman and Sir Vivian Richards. Sachin reached a level where he was compared with both, the former in tests and latter in ODIs. He was even given the 2nd best Test Batsman, after Sir Donald Bradman, by Wisden in 2002. In the ODIs, he was called the 2nd best batsman after Sir Vivian Richards. Being in the International cricket since more than 20 years, he still represents the true class in modern cricket. He has a talent to pick any odd delivery and play it well. Front foot, back foot, late cut, pull and off cut shots all played with timing and rarely he fails to guide the ball.
He is one of the top record holders in both test and ODI formats of the game, and is a mind gifted with perfect coolness and a perfectness while batting against any bowler from any nation. He has had one of the best times against the world champions then, Australia. They dominated the entire world in the both the Cricket formats, but Sachin was still unbeatable and Aussies too had to struggle in pulling him out of the batting pitch. When India was touring Australia in 2006-07, Shane Warne called Sachin as the greatest player he has ever played with. Of course, Tendulkar didn’t have a good time as a captain where he not just had took an extra burden on his shoulders, but also had a loss in his batting form. Soon after that, when Ganguly and Dhoni followed with the Indian Captaincy, Sachin always was one of the best batsmen for India and the team relied on him many a times, not just because of his batting skills but as a motivation to the younger players being one of the most experienced and prolific senior players in the team.
Not only on the cricket field, but he is felicitated by many awards for his being a national pride. He was honored with the Padma Vibhushan award, India’s second highest civilian award, and the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award, which is the highest level award in the sports field in India. Sachin Tendulkar played for India in 5 world cup tournaments, from the late 90′s to the 2011 and there is no one who can stop him from playing the next world cup when India would be defending the title. He has the record that no other batsman in International cricket has. He hit 200 runs in an ODI innings, against South Africa in Gwalior on February 25th, 2010. Being the youngest Indian cricketer to join International cricket, he got out for a duck in the debut ODI, but since then he has learned from the mistakes and brought himself to a level where many would just dream to reach.
India and the players were heads down when the players were caught in the match fixing scandal, but Sachin Tendulkar as always was free from everything, as he never had a mind of cheat and always had a strong mind of concentration in the game. He and Bradman were compared for their consistency on the field, but their career started quite opposite to each other. Bradman had an excellent start while Sachin had to struggle in the beginning. In the 2007 world cup, when India was out of the tournament, Sachin could not hold his tears and his dream of being a part of World cup winning team was not fulfilled. But he didn’t let himself down, and maintained the standards to be a part of the 2011 Indian team which won the World Cup.
A few records under Sachin’s name -
- First batsman to score a double century in ODIs
- First batsman to reach a 10000 milestone in ODI cricket
- 50+ Test fifties – No one else has this count yet
- First batsman to hit 90+ International centuries, 99 currently
- Highest total career scores in both the formats of the cricket – Tests and ODIs
- Highest number of Man of the Match and Man of the Series awards
- Most fifties in ODI cricket
- Most runs in World cup matches, most fifties and most centuries in World cups
- Youngest Indian to make an international cricket debut
There are many other records along with the above ones, individual and in partnership with others. Rahul Dravid and Sourav Ganguly too share many records with Sachin, and not just the record holding, but Sachin has even got many awards from the Cricketing organizations.