Sachin Tendulkar : God of Cricket

Sachin Tendulkar
Sachin Tendulkar

Sachin Tendulkar, as we hear this name the only thing comes in our mind is a Cricketer who always gave more than 100% for Team India. We still miss those chants of “Sachin…….. Sachin…….” in the Stadium whenever he came to bat or bowl. He is regarded as the best batsman of all times in both One Day Internationals as well as Test Cricket.

Born on 24th April, 1973, Sachin Tendulkar took up cricket at the age of eleven. On 15th November 1989, Sachin made his Test debut against Pakistan in Karachi at the age of merely sixteen. He was the most gentleman Cricketer of his time. He played International Cricket (Both Test & One Day) for India for nearly 24 Years.

Sachin Tendulkar announced his retirement from International Cricket on 13th October, 2013 and retired on 16th November 2013 on his Home ground (Wankhede Stadium) after playing his 200th Test on 16th November 2013.

Some of the dates when Sachin achieved a feat are as follows:

  • February 23-25, 1988 when Sachin along with Vinod Kambli compiled an unbroken partnership of 664 runs for Shardashram Vidyamandir against St. Xavier’s at Azad Maidan. Sachin made 326 not out and Kambli made 349 not out.
Sachin Kambli 664
Sachin Kambli 664
  • December 14, 1989, on the loast day of the last Test at Sialkot scored his first Half Century (57).
  • August 14, 1990. At 17 years and 112 days, becomes the then second-youngest centurion in Test history. His 119 not out against England at Old Trafford is a majestic rearguard action that enables India to hang on for a draw. It still remains among his most valuable Test innings.
  • February 11-12, 1993. Scores his first Test century at home. Hits 24 fours and a six in his 165 against England, as India win by an innings and 22 runs.
  • November 24, 1993. With South Africa needing six runs to win off the last over of their Hero Cup semi-final against India, bowls a sensational over, giving them just three, and India victory.
  • March 27, 1994. Opens in an ODI for the first time – against New Zealand. Goes on to make 82 off 49 balls.
  • February-March, 1996. With 523 runs at 87.16, is the highest scorer in the World Cup held in India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Scores two centuries and three half-centuries.
  • August 8, 1996 to Jannuary 2, 1998. Became Captain for first time.
  • February-March, 1998. Gets his maiden first-class double-hundred and two hundreds and a fifty in three Tests against Australia. India win the home-series 2-1.
  • April 22-24, 1998. Scores two blazing, back-to-back hundreds against Australia at Sharjah to help India reach the final and then win it.
  • January 30-31, 1999. Makes 136 chasing 271 in Chennai against Pakistan with an injured back. Gets out with 17 runs to get; India fall short by 13. This is one of his greatest Test innings.
  • March 31, 2001. Sachin becomes first player to score 10,000 runs in one-day cricket in the course of his 139 against Australia in Indore.
  • February-March, 2003. Scores 673 runs at 61.18 in the World Cup, taking India to within a win of the world crown. His98 against Pakistan in an exceptionally anticipated match is one of the best knocks played by Indians at World Cups. He was named Man of the Series in that World Cup.
  • February 24, 2010. A stunning display in Gwalior makes Sachin the first male player to score 200 in a single innings in a one-day international. It comes off just 147 deliveries, powering India to 401 and a comfortable 153-run win against South Africa.
  • April 2, 2011. Team India won World Cup and Sachin Tendular was the part of the team. India beat Sri Lanka in the Finals by 6 wickets under the captaincy of Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
2011_Cricket_World_Cup_Champions
2011_Cricket_World_Cup_Champions
  • March 16, 2012. Tendulkar reaches the landmark that might never be equalled, scoring 114 in an Asia Cup match against Bangladesh in Mirpur. He became first player to make Century of centuries.
  • December 23, 2012. After playing 463 one-day internationals, Tendulkar announces his retirement from One Day Internationals.
  • November 16, 2013. An emotional India bids farewell to Tendulkar on his home ground at the Wankhede Stadium, as West Indies lose the Test in seven sessions. It’s Tendulkar’s 200th Test, and a 24-year-old romance comes to an end.

Tendulkar received the Arjuna Award in 1994 for his outstanding sporting achievement, the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award in 1997, India’s highest sporting honour, and the Padma Shri and Padma Vibhushan awards in 1999 and 2008, respectively, India’s fourth and second highest civilian awards.[11] After a few hours of his final match on 16 November 2013, the Prime Minister’s Office announced the decision to award him the Bharat Ratna, India’s highest civilian award.

Sachin Tendulkar’s Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC LA
Matches 200 463 310 551
Runs scored 15,921 18,426 25,396 21,999
Batting average 53.78 44.83 57.84 45.54
100s/50s 51/68 49/96 81/116 60/114
Top score 248* 200* 248* 200*
Balls bowled 4,240 8,054 7,605 10,230
Wickets 46 154 71 201
Bowling average 54.17 44.48 61.74 42.17
5 wickets in innings 0 2 0 2
10 wickets in match 0 n/a 0 n/a
Best bowling 3/10 5/32 3/10 5/32
Catches 115 140 186 175

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