Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar – Indian cricket is incomplete without that one person who has devoted his heart and soul to this game. Yes, we’re talking about the Master Blaster, the God of cricket, Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar. An iconic figure and a role model for every sports person and every Indian alike, this man is the reason why most of us gave an eye to this sport.
- Born on April 24, 1973, in Mumbai, Maharashtra, Sachin Tendulkar knew what he wanted to be since childhood. At the age of 11, he decided to make cricket his life. It was his brother who supported him and stood beside him through thick and thin.
- For the record breaker and record maker, we should say, life has never been a bed of roses but he stood strong facing all the odds. On 14 November 1987, Tendulkar was selected to represent Mumbai in Ranji Trophy for the 1987-88 season but couldn’t make it to the final eleven and was often used as a substitute fielder.
- But a year later, on 11 December 1988, 15-year-old Tendulkar made his debut for Bombay against Gujarat scoring 100 not out, thereby etching his name as the youngest Indian to score a century as a debutant in the first-class cricket.
- On November 15, 1989, 16-year-old Tendulkar made his test debut against Pakistan in Karachi. There was no looking back since then.
- In 1994, Sachin was awarded the Arjuna Award for his impeccable sporting success. Later in 1997, he received the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award, Padma Shri in 1999 and Padma Vibhushan in 2008. On 16th November 2013, when the legend played his final match, there was an announcement to honor him with Bharat Ratna. Sachin is the youngest recipient and the first ever sportsperson to receive the award.
- In December 2012, Tendulkar announced his retirement from ODIs. Then, in October 2013 he retired from Twenty20 cricket and he retired from all forms of cricket on 16 November 2013 after playing his 200th Test match, against the West Indies in Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium.
- In 2013, Sachin became the second Indian after Mother Teresa to have his stamp by the Indian Postal Service.
- Sachin Tendulkar’s autobiography, Playing It My Way, released on 6 November 2014 was listed in the 2016 Limca Book of Records for breaking the record of adult hardback pre-publication orders, with 1,50,289 copies.
“Cricket is my religion and Sachin is my God” is a common phrase used by his fans. Matthew Hayden had once said “I have seen God. He bats at no. 4 in India in Tests.” But to this the incredibly humble person that he has always been, Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar had said, “I am not God of cricket. I make mistakes, God doesn’t.”