Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar is a former cricketer and captain of the Indian team. The world famous cricketer had set many records in his career and is considered one of the greatest batsmen of all times. He is the cricketer with most centuries scored among all the cricketers and he is the only one to score more than 30,000 runs in the game.
Sachin was born on 24th April 1973 to a Marathi novelist, Mr. Ramesh Tendulkar, and an insurance professional Mrs. Rajni Tendulkar; he was nicknamed as Tendlya and Little Master. He did his schooling from the Sharadashram Vidyamandir High School. While in school, Sachin attended the M.R.F. Pace Foundation so as to train himself to be a fast bowler. However, as per the suggestion of Dennis Lillee, the fast bowler from Australia, he concentrated on batting. As a child, he used to practice for a long stretch of time. At the age of 14 years, he served in the Cricket World Cup of 1987 as a ball boy in the Wankhede Stadium.
Tendulkar is married to Anjali Mehta, who is a pediatrician by profession and is the daughter of Mr. Anand Mehta, an industrialist from the state of Gujarat. The couple has two children named Sara and Arjun. Sachin, by nature, is a religious person. He is known to be socially responsible by sponsoring 200 deprived children per year through an N. G. O. of Mumbai called Apnalaya that is associated with Mrs. Annabel Mehta, his mother-in-law, who is also a social worker. In 2012, Sachin was nominated for Rajya Sabha, the upper house of the Parliament of India.
The cricket career of Tendulkar began during his school days under the coaching and guidance of his mentor Mr. Ramakant Achrekar. However, the career of the world famous cricketer began at the age of 13 years, when he made cricket debut in the Cricket Club of India. The date of 11th December 1988 is marked as the date when 100 not out was scored by him in a first-class cricket match between Mumbai and Gujarat. Starting from there, Sachin played innumerable cricket matches at national as well as international level.
On 5th December 2012, Tendulkar became the first batsman in history to cross the 34,000 run aggregate in all formats of Cricket. He had played a total of 657 matches in international cricket. His much-awaited 100th-century milestone was achieved on 16th March 2012 against Bangladesh in the Asia Cup. On 23rd December 2012, Sachin announced his retirement from ODI Cricket. He also stated that he will not be playing in T20 Internationals.
Following are some of the major cricket teams that he played for:
• Indian Cricket Team
• A. C. C. Asian XI
• Mumbai cricket teams
• Mumbai Indians
• Yorkshire cricket team
Awards and Recognitions
Let us have a quick look at some of the best awards and appreciations, which this well known Indian cricketer is being honored within his entire cricket career:
• Sachin Tendulkar became the first brand ambassador of UNICEF for South Asia on 28th November 2013.
• Wisden India Outstanding Achievement Award, 11th June 2012.
• Honorary Member of the Order of Australia by the Australian government on 6th November 2012.
• “Cricketer of the Year” in the I.C.C. The award, 2010.
• The Asian Awards for the “Peoples Choice” as well as the “Exceptional Achievement in Sports” in the month of October 2010 in London.
• The “B.C.C.I. Cricketer of the Year” Award on 31st May of 2011.
• The “Castrol Indian Cricketer of the Year” Award on 28th January in the year 2011.
• Padma Vibhushan, India’s second highest civilian award, 2008
• I. C. C. World O. D. I. XI in 2004 and 2007.
• “Rajiv Gandhi Award” in the sports category in 2005.
• “Player of the Tournament” in the Cricket World Cup of 2003.
• Maharashtra Bhushan Award, Maharashtra State’s highest Civilian Award in 2001
• Padma Shri, India’s fourth highest civilian award, 1999.
• Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, India’s highest honor given for achievement in sports, 1997-1998.
• Wisden “Cricketer of the Year” in 1997.
• The “Arjuna Award” for his “Outstanding Sports’ Achievement” in 1994.
1 “And that is the reason why this victory is great because different players have made contributions to the win.”
2 “Beating Pakistan is always special because they are a tough team and we have a bit if a history regarding Pakistan.”
3 “I feel when somebody has been playing cricket for a long time, he creates a separate identity for himself.”
4 “When there is time to think about cricket, I think but when there is time to be with family, I try to do justice to that aspect of my life as well.”
5 “Wasim and Waqar were amazing bowlers. I would put them right up there with the best in the world.”
6 “From the spinners, Anil and I have been together for a long time and I respect him a lot.”
7 “Every individual has his own style, his own way of presenting himself on and off the field.”
8 “My point of view is that when I am playing cricket I cannot think that this game is less or more important.”
9 “But eventually it is a game of cricket.”
10 “I just want to continue the way I am going.”