Sachin Tendulkar is nothing short of a legend in the world of cricket. The ace player had a glorious, 24-year-long career and is considered one of the greatest batsmen in the history of the game.
Here’s everything you need to know about Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar.
Name: Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar
Born: 24 April 1973
Place of Birth: Mumbai, Maharashtra
Father’s Name: Late Ramesh Tendulkar
Mother’s Name: Rajni Tendulkar
Siblings: Nitin Tendulkar, Ajit Tendulkar, Savita Tendulkar
Sachin’s father, Ramesh Tendulkar, was a Marathi novelist and poet. His mother, Rajni worked in the insurance industry. He has two half-brothers Nitin and Ajit and one half-sister Savita.
Sachin pursued his schooling from the Sharadashram Vidyamandir High School. In his formative years, Sachin attended the M.R.F. Pace Foundation where he was trained to become a fast bowler. However, Dennis Lillee, the fast bowler from Australia, suggested that he should concentrate on batting.
When Sachin was 14, he gained immense popularity after he scored 326 out of a world-record stand of 664 in a school match.
Marriage Date: 24 May 1995
Spouse Name: Anjali Tendulkar
Children: Sara and Arjun Tendulkar
Sachin met his wife Anjali at the Mumbai International Airport on his way back from his first international tour. For Sachin, it was love at first sight. A common friend introduced him to Anjali.
The two got married in 1995 after dating for 5 years. The couple is blessed with two children, daughter Sara and son Arjun.
A star is born
His abilities as a cricketer were first recognized by his brother Ajit. It was Ajit who first introduced the master blaster to cricket back in 1984.
The guidance of coach Ramakant Achrekar shaped Sachin’s career as a cricket player.
An unstoppable force
ODI Debut: 18 December 1989 vs. Pakistan
Test Debut: 15 November 1989 vs. Pakistan
Sachin’s cricket journey began when he made his debut in the Cricket Club of India at the age of 13. In 1988, Sachin scored a 100 (not out) in a first-class march between Mumbai and Gujarat. This was the start of his promising cricket career!
He became the youngest player to debut for India in Tests (at 16 years 205 days) and ODIs (at 16 years 238 days).
With a whopping 482 runs at an average of 53.55 in the tournament, Sachin became the highest scorer in India’s 2011 World Cup victory.
In 2012, he became the first batsman to cross 34,000 run aggregate in all cricket formats. It was also this year that he achieved his 100th-century milestone while playing against Bangladesh in the Asia Cup.
He played 657 matches in International cricket.
In December 2012, the God of Cricket announced his retirement from ODI Cricket.
During his career, Sachin played for several major cricket teams including the Indian Cricket Team, A.C.C. Asian XI, Mumbai Cricket team, Mumbai Indians and Yorkshire Cricket team.
The end of an era
Last ODI: 18 March 2012 vs. Pakistan
Last Test: 14 November 2013 vs. West Indies
In November 2013, Sachin decided to retire after playing his last test match against West Indies. He had a marvellous career of 24 years in which he broke several records and set new milestones. Take a look:
Awards and achievements
Sachin has received several awards and recognition for his contribution to the game of cricket.
He was inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame in 2019.
Honors and Awards
– Arjuna Award – 1994
– Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award – 1997
– Wisden “Cricketer of the Year” – 1997
– Padma Shri – 1999
– Maharashtra Bhushan Award – 2001
– “Player of the Tournament” in the Cricket World Cup – 2003
– I.C.C. World O. D. I. XI – 2004 and 2007
– “Rajiv Gandhi Award” in the sports category – 2005
– Padma Vibhushan – 2008
– “Cricketer of the Year” in the I.C.C. Award – 2010
– The Asian Awards for the “People’s Choice” as well as the “Exceptional Achievement in Sports” – 2010 in London
– “B.C.C.I. Cricketer of the Year” Award – 31 May 201
– The “Castrol Indian Cricketer of the Year” Award – 28 January 2011
– Wisden India Outstanding Achievement Award – 11 June 2012
– Honorary Member of the Order of Australia by the Australian government – 6 November 2012
– Bharat Ratna – 2013
– First brand Ambassador of UNICEF for South Asia – 28th November 2013
– “Most Influential People in the World” – Time 100 list