Sachin Tendulkar

Sachin Tendulkar

Early Life

Sachin Tendulkar was born in April 24,1973. He was the world’s best batsman and former Indian captain.He was right handed batsman and off break part timer. His nickname was “Bombay Bomber” and “little  master” in the field. Being a Mumbai boy, his father was a novelist and had four children in total.He was a shy boy and used to be afraid of playing cricket in his early young days. His coach had to find him hiding somewhere and then brought him back to practice. He slowly practices a lot and perfected his batting skills.Then he joined Cricket Club of India and started playing superbly till the end of his career.

Tendulkar held the most records in one day and test cricket than any other batsman. He is currently ranked as the best batsman of world cricket ever along with Sir Don Bradman and Brian Lara.

Early International Career

He played his first test against Pakistan in 1989.He made only 15 runs and was bowled by Waqar Younis. He was the first player to play a test match for India at the age of 16.In the world cup 1992,he gave India a good start and also beat Pakistan in their important match. He remained at his peak game throughout the 90s and played superbly against Newzealand in 1994. He was a set batsman and leading opener for India till the time of 1996 world cup. Therefore he made the highest runs in that world cup.He stood against Sirilanka in the Semi Finals but could not win the game for India.

After the world cup he played superbly against Pakistan in the Sharjah Cup.He gave India great start to make 300 runs for first time.time. Kapil Dev had retired by that time but Tendulkar supported his new captain Muhammad Azhar Ud Din so well. In 1998 tour of Australia, he faced Shane Warne who was the biggest threat in the leg spin department worldwide. He became talk of the town in Australia and developed friendly relationships with Australians like Michael Bevan, Steve Waugh, Tom Moody and Tony Greig. Commentators and spectators constantly cheered Tendulkar who made this game very entertaining. Pakistani bowler Shoaib Akhtar also wrote about Sachin as the best talent in the world. He brought victory to India against Pakistan again in the Chepauk test match in 1999 by scoring 136 runs in the first innings.

Captaincy and Later Years

He captained India several times. He was not very successful as captain for the first two times. Azhar Ud Din said in his comment that ” the little man would never win as it is his fate to be defeated”.But Tendulkar proved Azhar Ud Din wrong by beating Australia 3 nill and also became the player of the series. In 2000, the new captain took charge was Sourav Ganguli. Tendulkar remained in active discussions with him always and gave him useful advice in the ground. Tendulkar was acknowledged by Rahul Dravid who said “Sachin polished Irfan Pathan into a real international player”.Tendulkar served as the vice captain to Rahul Dravid during England tour 2007.

In 2003 world cup, Tendulkar gave brilliant performance by scoring 673 runs in 11 matches.India reached the final but lost to Australia.Australia. Sachin was the man of the tournament. Then in 2004 test series against Australia, Sachin scored 241 not out in Sydney in the last test.

He scored 194 against Pakistan in the test match later on when India declared the innings. Tendulkar was unable to complete his 200 runs due to that unfortunately. In 2005 test series against Siri lanka, Tendulkar scored his 35th test century. He also made his 39th ODI hundred in 2006 against Pakistan. He has injury problems after world cup 2003 and also went through a lot of operations before BCCI confirmed his fitness for further playing.

Tendulkar played in the 2007 world cup.He had a controversy with Greg Chappel due to his media comment during the world cup and BCCI asked him to explain his attitude later on. He was pushed low down the batting order in the world cup, he did not perform well in that order and even developed a threat of retirement as suggested by the Ian Chappel of Australia. Later on he scored his 38th test century against Australia in Sydney SCG in 2008 and proved commentators wrong who talked about his retirement. His overall 2007-2008 performance were brilliant because he got out between 90 and 100 numerous times.2008 Border-Gavaskar trophy was also a great series for Tendulkar when he was the leading run scorer again for 493 runs in 4 tests. In February 2008 he completed 16,000 runs in ODIs in the tri-nation series in Australia.He only needed 177 runs in 2008 series against Siri Lanka to beat the Brian Lara’s record in test cricket but he failed in all innings and was out of team due to injury.

In 2009 Pakistan series was cancelled due to security issues in Pakistan but played well against ODI series of Sirilanka and also made 106 runs in the test innings against South Africa in 2010. Tendulkar made 200 against South Africa in the ODI series to break the previous 1997 record of Pakistani Saeed Anwar of 197 runs.


In 2011 world cup,Tendulkar was again the best run scorer for India. Kapil Dev and Ian Chappel criticized Tendulkar for being a problem for the team because he was trying hard to complete hsi combined 100 test and ODI centuries. He was finally able to achieve that goal and became the only player in the world in 2012 against Bangladesh in Asia Cup. He later on performed poorly against England series and was finally  able to achieve that goal and became the only player in the world in 2012 against Bangladesh in Asia Cup. He later on performed poorly against England series and was finally able to retire from ODIs in December 2012.

Legends like Sunil Gavaskar and Anil Kumble said Indian ODI team will never be the same without Tendulkar as he was the best batsman India could ever have.




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