Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar, the great Indian cricket player needs no introduction to the fans of cricket. He has a god like image in India and treated as a super hero. Even the neighboring Pakistan, Srilanka and Bangladesh are full with thousands of fanatic followers of Sachin Tendulkar. Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar was born on 24th April, 1973 in the city of Mumbai. His father, Sri Ramesh Tendulkar was a Marathi writer. Sachin has an elder brother, Ajit and another two siblings, brother Nitin and sister Savitai . Ajit Tendulkar has a great roll in Sachin’s being a great cricketer. He supported and guided his young brother to his mission. Sachin’s school Sharadashram Vidyamandir played an important role for his life as a cricketer. This school had a great games teacher Sri Ramakanta Achrekar, the coach and mentor of Sachin. He was trained vigorously by Achrekar who did not falter to recognize the talent of the boy. While playing for his school team Tendulkar got the attention of the Mumbai cricket world as a future possible star. In 1988, at the age of 15 he got the attention of all India sports media by making an unbeaten partnership of 644 runs with his friend Vinod Kambli which was a world record. In 1988 at the age of 15 he played for the Mumbai Ranji Trophy Team. In his debut match against Gujarat he scored a century and thus made a record of scoring the first class debut century at the youngest age. Sachin played his first test match against Pakistan in Karachi in 1989 at the age of 16. Tendulkar scored his first test century against England in 1990 at Old Trafford. The innings was highly praised because it was played in a very tough condition. Tendulkar was getting success in subsequent matches. But he became famous as a hard hitter batsmen who was good for a quick 40-50 runs. It was rare to get a longer innings from him at the earlier stage After playing 79 matches he scored his first ODI century against New Zealand ! In the 1996 world cup he was the top run scorer.
Tendulkar is the first batsmen in the game of cricket to score 100 international centuries. On 16th March, 2012 at Mirpur, against Bangladesh. 51 of these centuries are scored in Test matches and 49 in ODI.
Sachin is considered as one of the all-time greats in the history of cricket. He is a class player and is in the same ranks with Sir Don Bradman and Vivian Richards. Tendulkar is great because years after years he is taking the pressure of being the best batsmen of the team and performing accordingly. He have been performing in all versions of the game Test, One Day and T20. He can play every kind of shots effortlessly. He can play fast bowling and spin bowling equally well. He has been tried to improve his batting skills with time. He got numerous awards in his career. Some of the important are listed below:
1) Padma Vibhushan, 2nd highest civilian award of India, 2008
2) Padma Shri
3) Maharashtra Bhushan, the highest civilian award by the govt. of Maharashtra
Sachin Tendulkar has as outstanding career record as a batsmen. He has done what no one could not. Till date he has played 188 tests in which he has scored 15,470 runs! He has 51 test hundreds, the highest number of centuries ever made by any cricketer in international cricket. He played 462 ODI matches in which he has scored 18,374 runs. He has 49 ODI centuries.
BY Akshay R Sawant
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