If you’re born in the 90s you would know how Sachin Tendulkar changed the landscape of cricket in India. Tendulkar not only became the greatest ever to play but somewhere he also became greater than the game itself. As the little Master turns 47, we celebrate his glorious career on his birthday once again.
In 1989, Tendulkar after making tons of runs and records, he made his international debut at the age of 16 against Pakistan. Out came the short-height boy against the audacious bowling unit of Pakistan and the rest is history. Only after one year making his debut he registered his first Test century at the age of 17 years against England at Old Trafford. After that, the little Master never looked back and continued his route towards greatness. He went on to conquer Australia and scored two centuries in his very first tour Down under in 1992. The world knew back then that this Indian superstar will go on and shatter many batting records.
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The biggest attribute of Tendulkar’s batting was his composure and faultless technique which allowed him to score runs everywhere in the world. He at a very young age showed that he has the ability to score against the best in tough conditions and is a player on whom the team can rely upon. After playing in the middle order in ODIs for many years Sachin then became the opener of the side. This again proved his versatility as a player and he went on to break every batting record in ODI cricket. Sachin as an opener has scored a mind-boggling 15,310 runs at an average of 48.30 with 45 centuries.
During the course of his heroic career time and time again he electrified cricket stadium all around the world with his batting. The fans would eagerly wait to see their hero bat and if he got out they will not follow the game anymore. Such was his stature that even the greatest of them all Sir Don Bradman once said, “He is playing like I used to play.” He is without a shadow of a doubt the most complete player the world cricket has ever seen. The statistics justify this statement as he has scored the most international runs and centuries in the history of the game.
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The genius in his Test career played 200 Tests and scored 15,921 runs and 18,426 runs in ODIs. He respectively scored 51 Test and 49 ODI tons and is the only batsman to score 100 international hundreds. Tendulkar displayed his class during the six World Cups he played in his career. He is the highest run-getter in World Cup history with 2278 at an average of 56.95 and most tons in the mega event with six and his life came to full circle when India lifted the World Cup in 2011 in Mumbai after a gap of 28 long years.
Virat Kohli summed it up perfectly during 2011 World Cup presentation when he said, “He’s carried the burden of our nation for 24 years it’s time we carried him on our shoulders.” There is no denying he has played a significant role in improving the level of cricket in India and the world. He has proved that miracles do not happen overnight one should be prepared the same things over and over again and never be satisfied.
Happy Birthday Sachin Tendulkar. Thank you for being a hero of 1.3 billion Indians.