The God Of Cricket, Sachin Tendulkar today celebrates his 47th birthday. Born in 24th April 1973, Sachin became one of the greatest player to ever walk into the cricket field. Sachin inspired a complete generation, not only in India but his talent resonated across the globe. Sachin saw many highs as well as many lows in a career spanning for more than 24 years. The master, changed how Cricket was seen in India.
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After Sunil Gavaskar, no one ever thought that India will ever produce a quality batsman like him. But Sachin’s arrival marked a new beginning of Indian Cricket. Sachin Tendulkar made his test debut against Pakistan in 1989. A sixteen year old boy, with curly long hair faced the mighty Pakistani fast bowlers Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis, with this Sachin became the youngest player to step into the field for India.
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Sachin Tendulkar holds the record of scoring 100 international centuries. Sachin is the highest run scorer in both Test and ODI’s. Sachin is the only player to complete 30000 international runs, which is most by any Cricket in the world. Sachin is the first player to score a double century in ODI against South Africa in 2010. In 2010 Wisden Cricket Almanac named him the second greatest test batsman after Sir Don Bradman and second greatest ODI Batsman after Sir Viv Rischards.
Sachin Tendulkar received the Arjuna Award in 1994 for his outstanding contribution, and was also awarded with Rajeev Gandhi Khel Ratna award in 1997, Padma Shree in 1999 and Padma Vibhushan on 2008. In 2010 he was awarded with Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy for Cricketer of the year. But for Sachin, the biggest moment of his career was, when he won the 2011 World Cup under MS Dhoni’s Captaincy.
Sachin also faced lot of criticism, and was at his lowest point when India was out of World Cup 2007. At that moment, Sachin even thought of retiring from International Cricket but a phone call from batting legend Sir Viv Richards changed Sachin Tendulkar thoughts, and he went on to add many feathers in his cap in those 6 years.
Sachin retired from test cricket on 14th November, 2013 and BCCI gave a bidding farewell to India’s biggest sports icon. On the same day Sachin Tendulkar was recognised, for awarding him with Bharat Ratna. Sachin won Laureus Award for best sporting moment this year, for a moment in which Sachin was lifted by all his teammates carrying the Indian flag.
In all these years the master gave his fans many moments to cherish and made India and indians proud.