Monday, October 26, 2009 , Posted by D S Gurung at 4:12 PM


Sachin Tendulkar born as Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar on April 24th, 1973 in Mumbai is an amazing Indian cricketer, the history of the game has ever seen. The cricket’s Bible, Wisden, in 2002 rankings rated him as the second greatest Test batsman after Sir Donald Bradman.

Encouraged by his elder brother Ajit, Sachin Tendulkar began playing cricket at an early age. He attended Sharadashram Vidyamandir and there he learnt the basics and nuances in cricket under the able guidance of his coach and mentor Ramakant Achrekar and eventually matured into a fine batsman.

While playing in a Harris Shield game at school, Sachin demonstrated his batting prowess and scored over 320 and was involved in a record partnership of 664 along with his teammate and good friend Vinod Kambli. He soon found his way into international cricket making his debut in both forms of the game against Pakistan in November-December of 1989 and thus became the youngest debutant at 16 years 6 months and 25 days.

Since then Sachin Tendulkar has become a phenomenon in the world of cricket. He scored 37 Test centuries and broke the record of Sunny’s 34 Test Hundreds that stood unbroken since 1987. His score of 673 in 2003 World Cup is the highest by any player in World Cup matches.

The batting prodigy accumulated more than 11000 Test runs at an average of 55 runs per Test and more than 15900 ODI runs at an average of 44.13. As a bowler, Sachin scalped 42 Test wickets in test cricket and 154 wickets in One-day games. On several occasions he bowled India to victory literally snatching wins away from the opponents.
Sachin Tendulkar won 14 ‘Man of the Series’ and 54 ‘Man of the Match’ awards in One-day games, while he won 4 ‘Man of the Series’ and 10 ‘Man of the Match’ awards in Tests. His other awards and honors include “Arjuna Award” in 1994; “Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna” award in 1997/98; and “Padma Shri” award in 1999; all initiated by the Government of India.

Sachin Tendulkar married his long time friend, Anjali Mehta {born February 13th, 1971}, a paediatrician in 1995 and together they have a daughter, Sara Tendulkar {born October 12th, 1997} and a son Arjun {born September 23rd, 2000}.

After years of marathon cricket that spanned 18 long years, the indefatigable thirty four-year-old Sachin Tendulkar feels there’s a lot of cricket left in him untapped and is still active like an ever enthusiast debutant.

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