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God of Cricket!

It is said that ‘Game is always bigger than the player!’. But maybe it doesn't hold true for our master blaster, Sachin Tendulkar. His talent and achievements over more than two decades made him a giant of a player. Today, even years after quitting the game he remains India’s favourite son.

Beginnings:


His cricketing story started in Shivaji Park, Dadar. His brother Ajit introduced him to Ramakant Achrekar’s academy. However, Sachin became conscious during the trials and didn’t get selected. Then, Ajit requested Achrekar Sir to hide behind a tree and watch him play. Without the pressure of being observed, he gave a stunning performance and was immediately selected in the academy.


The journey:


Right from his school days, Sachin was a popular name in the cricketing world. He played for Cricket Club of India. His prodigal talent was visible to all. He has led his school team to many victories. 


His Ranji Trophy career began on November 14, 1987, as a substitute. His actual debut was in the next season. He made 100 not out in his very first match. The glimpse of his extremely bright future was visible to everyone as he finished the season with 583 runs, becoming the highest run scorer for Bombay. He scored centuries in all his three domestic tournament debuts- Ranji, Irani, and Duleep Trophies. 


In the year 1989, Tendulkar made his Test and ODI debut against Pakistan. This made him the youngest player to debut for India in both formats. Steadily, he became a dependable fixture in the team and rose through the ranks. Tendulkar was the leading run scorer at the 1996 World Cup. He was the Man of the Tournament at the 2003 World Cup as well.


He is one of the most wholesome batsmen. His superior balance and poise have always stood out. Though he preferred hard, bouncy pitches, he could easily adapt his game to include varied shots. He also took the ball at times. He could bowl medium pace, leg spin, and off spin.


One of the best players in the history of the game, Sachin Tendulkar never found much success as a captain. Hence, he decided to stay away from captaincy. Like any player, Sachin too had his share of ups and downs throughout his long career. However, he bounced back stronger each time!


In November 2013, Sachin Tendulkar’s 24 year-long and illustrious cricketing career came to an end. He played his last ODI match in December 2012 and Twenty20 match in October 2013. His 200th test match against West Indies in November 2013 was his adieu to the cricketing world as a player! The Legend he is!


The list of records Tendulkar holds is perhaps almost never ending! Right from his debut as the youngest player at the age of 16, Tendulkar has continued breaking records and setting new ones. The first person to score a double century, the only player in the world to have scored 5 Test centuries before turning 20 are just a few interesting ones!


He is a recipient of prestigious awards like Arjuna award, Khel Ratna, Padma Shri, Padma Vibushan, Bharat Ratna to name a few.


Sachin Tendulkar is without a shred of doubt one of the greatest batsmen in the world. He has inspired millions. Very few sports people have had an impact of such magnitude on the masses. This is evident from the fact that whenever we talk about cricket, the first name that comes to the mind is Sachin Tendulkar. We have some amazing cricketers in the current Indian National team. Many more talented people yet to come. Sachin’s records might be broken! But no one can ever take his place in the hearts of Indians!