Sachin Tendulkar- The God of Cricket
When we talk about cricket- we talk about Tendulkar. Sachin’s name directly or indirectly has become the synonym for cricket, maybe that’s why he is referred to as The God of Cricket. Tendulkar it’s not a name anymore but a complete story in itself. Failed in matrix, today he is recognized as one of the greatest batsman in the history of cricket. An iconic cricketer and inspiration for all has achieved life milestones in the hardest way possible. His undying will to do something today made Sachin- SACHIN! A name that’s doesn’t need any introduction has several stories hidden beneath his name. No doubt he has emerged as the best cricketer the world has ever seen. Be it his struggle with poverty or struggling for career to becoming national Cricket team captain- wherever you trace, you’ll only smell inspiration. Sachin is indeed a one stop destination to all your confusions- how? Well you’ll know it in this article.
A story worth million dollar script!
Tendulkar was born at Nirmal Nursing Home in Dadar, Bombay on 24 April 1973 in Maharashtra. His father Ramesh Tendulkar was a Marathi poet and his mother worked in an insurance company. During his childhood, Sachin was considered as a bully and picks up several fights when in school. Sachin idolizes John McEnroe, a tennis player and thus enjoy playing tennis at that time. His half-brother Ajit introduced Sachin to cricket and took him to Ramakant Achrekar, a famous cricket coach and a club cricketer of repute, at Shivaji Park, Dadar. When Sachin played in front of Achrekar, he didn’t performed well, to which Ajit told the coach that Sachin was self-conscious as Achrekar watching him. Sachin was given another opportunity but this time Achrekar hid behind the trees and secretively watched him play. Much to his surprise, Sachin played extremely well and thus was selected in the academy. Achrekar was impressed with Tendulkar’s talent and asked him to shift his schooling to Sharadashram Vidyamandir High School, a school at Dadar which had a dominant cricket team and had produced many notable cricketers. During this time he was training under Archekar at the Shivaji Park in the morning and evening. He use to practice for hours under Archekar guidance. Meanwhile, Sachin was recognized by the school and society who were talking about the young talent already and were looking forward to him join the national team one day. In 1987, at the age of 14, he attended the MRF Pace Foundation in Madras to train as a fast bowler but was not able to impress Dennis Lillee. Sachin served as a ball boy in the 1987 Cricket World Cup when India played against England in the semifinal in Bombay. During this time Sachin gained a century each time he played. Tendulkar was selected to represent Bombay in the Ranji Trophy for the 1987–88 season in 1987. However, he was not selected for the final eleven in any of the matches, and was often used as a substitute fielder. In 1988, Sachin played his debut for Bombay against Gujarat and scored 100 not out in that match, making him the youngest Indian to score a century on debut in first-class cricket. In 1999, he introduced himself to international cricket in a match against Pakistan at the age of only sixteen years. He was severely hit on the face during the game but refused to take up any medical help. And since then there was no looking back for him. He is the only player to have scored one hundred international centuries, the first batsman to score a double century in an ODI, the holder of the record for the most runs in both Test and ODI, and the only player to complete more than 30,000 runs in international cricket. Though he rise through the ranks during his performance through the years 1994–1999 coincided with his physical peak. In 2001, Sachin Tendulkar became the first batsman to complete 10,000 ODI runs in his 259 innings and many more awaited him! His performance back to back made him known as the little master of the cricket world. When Sachin was appointed as the captain of national team, the team didn’t performed well for the tenure of first two years. He resigned from the position in 2000. In 2007, when Dravid showed his desire to resign as a captain, Sachin suggested the name of Dhoni to lead the team. His decision was later appreciated. Tendulkar was a part of the Indian team that won the 2011 World Cup, his first win in six World Cup appearances for India. India won 2011 Cricket World Cup, amassing 482 runs at an average of 53.55 including two centuries where Tendulkar was India’s leading run scorer of the tournament. Tendulkar scored his 100th international hundred on 16 March 2012, at Mirpur against Bangladesh in the Asia Cup thus making him the first person in history to achieve this record.
Sachin was married to Anjali Mehta on 24 may 1995. She was a paediatrician from Gujrati origin. Today he is a father of two- a daughter named Sara and a son named Arjun whose skills in cricket is receiving attention by the Tendulkar fans. Nevertheless Sachin Legacy would continue even after his departure.