The Indian Cricket has offered many talented players to the game, but the era when Sachin Tendulkar played is marked by his name. He is known as one of the best batsmen in the history of cricket and is ideally known by the name of Master Blaster. 24th April is the birthday of the master blaster of the world of Cricket- Sachin Tendulkar. All of us have heard or participated in the chant Sachiiiiiiin, Sachin! lets take a look at the player’s extraordinary journey and saga of brilliant achievement.
Biography of Sachin Tendulkar
Born on 24th April 1973, Sachin started his cricket journey as early as at the age of 11. Soon, in the year 1989, he played his debut match against Pakistan, when he was sixteen years old.
Sachin started playing cricket under the influence of his brother Ajit. He played under the supervision of the coach Ramakant Achrekar who saw potential in him from the very start of his game. Soon, his popularity in cricket started growing as he took part in school crickets as well as cricket tournaments of the premium clubs.
It is said that his coach used to inspire him by offering Re 1 coin to the bowlers who could dismiss Sachin. On the other hand, if Sachin played the whole session, the coach would give the coin to him. Even today, Sachin has 13 such coins with him and he mentions them to be the most prized possession of his entire career.
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The Career Glimpse
Sachin’s career in cricket started when he was selected for Ranji Trophy in the session 1987 – 1988. But here he was not in the final eleven players but was selected as a substitute. The chance of playing with his idol Sunil Gavaskar missed out as Gavaskar retired in the very year of 1987.
Soon, Sachin was selected by Dilip Vengsarkar and Sachin thanked him by scoring a century in the tournaments Duleep Trophy and Deodhar Trophy.
Sachin also scored the highest in his team for the Ranji Trophy of 1988 – 1989. He showed his century even in the Irani Trophy. He was soon selected for the England tour under the banner of Star Cricket Clubs in the year 1988 and 1989 consecutively.
The Master Blaster increased his level and hit his first double century in 1998 at the Brabourne Stadium against Australia. But he considers that his double century against the team of Tamil Nadu during the Ranji Trophy of the year 2000 is the best innings of his entire career.
He played for six world cups between the years 1992 and 2011. It was in the year 2011 when finally the country came up with the second World Cup Trophy after the first being in the year 1983 under the captaincy of Kapil Dev.
The right-handed batsman made his ODI debut in the year 1989 at Jinnah Stadium against Pakistan. Coincidently, he played his last ODI match also against Pakistan in the year 2012 but this time at Shere Bangla National Stadium.
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He played his only T20 match against South Africa in the year 2006. He was also a part of the IPL matches since the year 2008 and used to play for the team Mumbai Indians. Currently, he is positioned as the mentor for the team Mumbai Indians.
With the highest number of scores to his name and incredible gameplay, the shining persona retired from the game of cricket, breaking the hearts of many fans, in the year 2013.
Sachin Tendulkar became the captain of the Indian team in the year 1996.
He has a good many prestigious awards and recognitions to his name such as:
- Anjuna Award in 1994
- Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna in 1997
- Padma Shree in 1999
- Padma Vibhushan in 2008
- Bharat Ratna in 2013
- Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy in 2010
- In 2012, he was nominated to be a member in the Rajya Sabha
- He was honored as ‘Member of the Order of Australia’ in 2012
- In 2010, Time magazine declared him to be in the top 100 list of the ‘Most Influential People in the World’
- Also, he is honored by the Indian Air Force with the rank of Group captain.
The 5 feet 5-inch player came as a miracle in a small box and the world witnessed his spark. It is simply unforgettable how the whole stadium used to cover up with the chanting of his name when he came up for a match. The legend was born to shine and also to make his country proud across the world. The records set by him are a landmark for cricket and some of the most coveted Indian cricketers of current time such as Virat Kohli take him as an idol.
In a nutshell, the veteran has been ruling over the hearts of not only the Indian masses but also many of the people across the world. It is not just his cricket career that has made him a popular figure but also the humble nature that has offered him a place where he is right now.
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Inspirational Quotes― Sachin Tendulkar
“If Destiny throws a stone at you, don’t let it become a millstone. Make it into a milestone.”
“Don’t stop chasing your dreams, because dreams do come true.”
“The key to handling pressure situations like these is to keep yourself steady, follow your instincts and think clearly.”
“A champion team needs only a small window of opportunity to stage a fightback, something I had learnt over the years.”
“Chase your dreams but make sure you don’t find shortcuts.”
“At least with me, the match starts much, much earlier than the actual match.”