Sachin Tendulkar: The God of Cricket
Sachin Tendulkar, born on 24th April, 1973 was one of the greatest batsmen that ever graced this beautiful game of cricket. He is also known as the “God” of cricket because of his prolific career and unlimited achievements. Aasheer Pandya looks back at the journey of how a simple Mumbai boy became the God of cricket.
Sachin Tendulkar entered the stage of International cricket at a naive age of 16 years and had to face the mighty Pakistanis in his first Test match. Who knew that this 16 year old kid would go on to become the greatest cricketer ever.
At the age of 16, he played some mind boggling knocks against the likes of Pakistan and New Zealand. Everyone saw the hunger of this kid to achieve something. Finally, in August 1990, the first big moment of Tendulkar arrived as he scored his first Test century in the 4th innings against England at Old Trafford and saved the Test match for India. But, it was just a start of this magical cricketer and his magical career.
Sachin Tendulkar was one player who had rage in his blood and confidence in his eyes since his debut days. Though, it was not at all an easy path for him as it takes a butt-load of hardwork to achieve something at this tender age. He started becoming successful in Test cricket but it was not the same in One Days. He got out on duck against Pakistan in his debut match. What is more fascinating is that the man who scored 49 centuries in One Day cricket did not score a single century in first five years of ODI cricket. He was a good player of white ball cricket but it is always the journey of becoming great that is the most difficult one. He used to bat at No.6, 7 but he got a chance to open against New Zealand in 1994 and legends need only one chance to prove themselves. He smashed the Nz bowling line up and scored a quick fire 84 off just 57 balls to give a massive start to team India. This was the turning point of Tendulkar’s career as he never batted at No.6 again and always opened the innings for India.
Every innings he played had a sense of style, panache, and nonchalance. It was his sweat bearing hardwork that made him reach the heights that he achieved in International cricket. It is always said that a cricketer’s mindset is his most important asset and nobody could ever sense the mindset of little master as he was always calm and composed under any situation. He had to face huge amount of difficulties in his career too such as his captaincy debacle, passing away of his father during the 1999 World Cup and the biggest one being his “Tennis Elbow” injury in 2007. It was his mindset that kept him going under such high pressure situations where most cricketers might fail to come out of.
Sachin had a 24 year long career which was full of ups and downs but he never gave up his dreams. Each step in his career, be it the mind-boggling innings at Sharjah against Australia, his comeback century against Kenya in the 1999 World Cup after his father’s demise or his brilliant half century against Pakistan in 2003 World Cup, every milestone was making him closer of becoming the god of cricket. Sachin Tendulkar achieved that heights in cricket which majority of other cricketer only dreams of achieving.
The level of love he gathered for himself was unimaginable. The biggest example is that people would switch off the TV set if he would get out early in the innings. But, what really made him the God of cricket was his grounded and non-arrogant nature which is a rare feat for a star of such stature.
Finally, in 2013, he bid a goodbye to cricket as he played his 200th and final test match for India at his home ground- Wankhede, Mumbai. Every cricket fan cried a final goodbye that day as the God left his heaven with tears in his eye.
It is needless to say that, it is nearly impossible to achieve or even get close to Sachin Tendulkar’s achievements. The man gave his everything to cricket and later, cricket gave him everything. Very few of us know that Sachin used to be a fast bowler but then he decided to become a batsman and that changed his career forever. He defined the qualities of a great batsman- class, hardwork, panache, nonchalance and what not. He had every shot in his book, leave alone every shots, he even invented his own shot known as the Upper Cut when he thrashed Akhtar for the first time in the 2003 World Cup.
Sachin Tendulkar was and will be a Giant of World cricket and his record speaks for itself. These are some of the most unimaginable Records of Tendulkar
- Sachin Tendulkar has the highest number of runs in both ODIs (18426) and tests (15921) and also the highest run scorer in international cricket with 34347 international runs.
- He holds the record for the most number of centuries in both Test (51) and ODI (49) Cricket and is the sole man on the planet to have 100 international centuries by his name.
- Sachin Tendulkar has played with and against 989 players in international Cricket which includes 141 Indian Cricketers and 848 opponents.
- He holds the record for most number of Man of the Match awards in international Cricket with 76 Man Of the Match awards (14 in Tests, 62 IN ODIs).
- He has been India’s top scorer in 129 innings in ODIs. No other player in the world has achieved it for any country.
- Sachin Tendulkar has scored the most number of ODI runs in a calendar year with 1894 runs. He has scored over 1000 runs in a calendar year in ODIs 8 times.
- He holds the record for the most number of boundaries hit by a player in ODIs with 2211 boundaries.
- He was the first person to score a double hundred in ODIs.
- He is the only player in international Cricket to have 5 international test centuries in his name before the age of 20.
- A Unique Bowling record- He is the only cricketer in the world to defend 6 or less than 6 runs in the last over (ODIs) for two times in International cricket.