A Phenomena called – Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar

A Phenomena called – Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar

sachin tendulkar….My life, between 22 yards for 24 years, it is hard to believe that that wonderful journey has come to an end, but I would like to take this opportunity to thank people who have played an important role in my life….”, these were the first few words that the little master began his iconic speech on the last day of his cricketing career. With moist eyes and lump in his throat, Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar made the whole nation weep with him as he spoke, which has perhaps become one of the most poignant moments of his illustrated career.  16th November 2013 will always remain a significant day, as the man who carried the weight of Indian cricket for more than two decades, bids adieu to the sports he has loved, revered and played for the last 24 years. In the past, India has seen a resurgence of several greats in this filed, but none could match the stature and poise of this man. Perhaps something that not only makes him a successful cricketer, but also an immensely beautiful human being, at large. Sachin Tendulkar is essentially a complete man. His durability, temperament, honesty, simplicity and of course his consequential attitude makes him the lynchpin of one of the most formidable batting line-ups ever. Needless to say, this man has time and again proved that there is no alternative to hard work, perseverance and determination. As Mathew Hayden rightly said, “I have seen God, he bats at no. 4 for India.” sachin tendulkar full family pic of childhood Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar was born on the 24th April, 1973 to Ramesh and Rajni Tendulkar. At the age of 11, he found the ultimate love of his life “cricket” and devoted himself completely to it. It is said that his father Sri. Ramesh Tendulkar named his son “Sachin” after his favorite music director Sachin Dev Burman. Youngest of his four siblings, he could never complete his formal education and instead went on to train himself under renowned coach, Ramakanth Achrekar. Sachin is married to Anjali Tendulkar and is blessed with two wonderful kids – Sara and Arjun. Tendulkar-Kambli record 664-run partnership While still at school, he was involved in a mammoth 664 run partnership in a “Harris Shield” game with  friend and team mate Vinod Kambli, which still remains a challenge for the next gen cricketers. In 1989, Tendulkar made his international debut in a Test match in Karachi, Pakistan, on Nov 15, 1989. He was 16 then. Arguably, with of the most impressive debuts in the international arena, Sachin kept accelerating with every match he played. From then, this little master has never looked back and graced this game with his style, class and devotion. Sachin Tendulkar has created and broke his own record several times. Tendulkar holds the record for  a maximum number of appearances and is the highest run-getter and century maker in both versions of  the game. He was also the first man to score a double century in the 50-over format. Sachin Tendulkar was the first batsman to have been declared run out by a third umpire against South Africa in 1992.Eminent cricketer Ravi Shastri once said,”I have never seen such arrogance, such contempt for bowlers since Richards.” Here are some glorious moments of his Test and ODI career.

Highlights of Sachin’s International Test Career

  • Test Debut : India v Pakistan at Karachi, 1st Test, 1989/90.
  •  The third-youngest debutant (16 years 205 days) in test cricket.
  • 1988: Scores 100 not out in his first first-class match for Bombay against Gujarat in the Ranji Trophy becoming the youngest cricketer to score a century on his first-class debut, aged 15 years and 232 days.
  •  1989: Makes Test debut for India against Pakistan in Karachi at the age of 16.
  •  1990: Scores maiden Test century against England at Old Trafford.
  •  1992: At the age of 19 he becomes the first overseas-born player to represent Yorkshire.
  •  August: Takes on the India captaincy although suffers two relatively unsuccessful stints during a four-year period, winning only four Tests and 23 ODIs.
  •  1997: Named Wisden Cricketer of the Year.
  •  1998: Scores his first double century for Mumbai against Australia in the Brabourne Stadium.
  •  2000: Gives up the captaincy of India after the two-Test series with South Africa.
  •  2001: Given a suspended ban of one game in light of alleged ball tampering during a match against South Africa at St George’s Park, Port Elizabeth. The ban is later lifted by the International Cricket Council after an investigation.
  •  2005: Overtakes Sunil Gavaskar’s record of the highest number of Test centuries by claiming his 35th against Sri Lanka in Delhi.
  •  2006: Overtakes Kapil Dev claiming the record for the highest amount of Test appearances for India with 135.
  •  January 3- 2007: – Edges past Brian Lara’s world record of runs scored in Tests away from home with 5,751 runs.
  •  August 2008: Becomes just the third player in Test match history, and the first from India, to play 150 matches when he is selected in the third Test against Sri Lanka.
  •  October 17: Becomes the highest run scorer in Test cricket, passing Lara’s previous mark of 11,953, when he reaches 16 in the first innings of the second Test against Australia.
  • August 3: Becomes most capped player in Test history, making his 169th Test appearance in the third Test against Sri Lanka in Colombo to overtake former Australia captain Steve Waugh.
  •  December 19: Becomes first batsman to hit 50 Test centuries, achieving the feat against South Africa in Centurion.
  •  November: Becomes the first man to score 15,000 Test runs during Test series against West Indies.
  •  November 14 -2013: – Began his final Test match against the West Indies, scored 74 runs.
  • Retired from International Cricket on 16th Nov 2013.

Highlights of Tendulkar’s ODI career

  • ODI Debut : India v Pakistan at Gujranwala, 2nd ODI, 1989/90.
  • Sachin Tendulkar was the first batsman to appear in 400 innings in ODI cricket. He has been out there  452 times till now.
  • On his debut, Sachin Tendulkar was the second youngest debutant in ODI cricket history.
  • Sachin Tendulkar has scored 18,426 runs in 452 innings, the highest by any player. It is said that this particular record will remain unbroken for a very long time.
  • Sachin was the first batsman in World Cricket to reach the 200 runs mark in one innings in an ODI match. Only Virendra Sehwag (India) has been able to repeat the feat.
  • Sachin Tendulkar was the first player to reach the 10,000, 11,000, 12,000, 13,000, 14,000, 15,000, 16,000, 17,000 and 18,000 runs mark in ODI history.
  • Sachin has the highest number of centuries in ODI cricket, a total of 49.
  •  The second-youngest debutant in ODI cricket.
  • December: Makes ODI debut against Pakistan but is dismissed by Waqar Younis without scoring a run.
  • September 9-1994: – Claims his first ODI century against Sri Lanka in Colombo after 79 one- day matches.
  • 1996: Leading run scorer at World Cup played in India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka with a total of 523 runs.
  • 1998 : Most ODI runs in a calendar year: 1,894 ODI runs.
  • 1998: Most Centuries in a calendar year: 9 ODI centuries.
  • November 1999: – Involved in India’s highest run-scoring ODI partnership with Rahul.
  • Dravid as the pair put on 339 against New Zealand. In the same match, he records the highest individual ODI score in Indian history with an unbeaten 186.
  • 2003: Named the Player of the Tournament at the 2003 Cricket World Cup and scores 673 runs, the highest by any player in the tournament.
  • June: Becomes the first player to score over 15,000 ODI runs during a match against South Africa in Belfast.
  • March 2008: – Plays a record-breaking 417th ODI match against Australia.
  • June 2009: Nominated as the ‘Icon Player’ of IPL franchise Mumbai Indians, signing a deal worth US Dollars 1,121,250 per season.
  •  February 24- 2010 : Scores the first double century in one-day international history, hitting an unbeaten 200 against South Africa.
  •  March 2012: – Scores his 100th international century in an Asia Cup match against Bangladesh, the first player ever to do so.
  • April: Named player of IPL3 after finishing as the tournament’s top run-scorer.
  •  March 2011: March – Hits two tournament centuries as co-hosts India win the World Cup.

Over the years, a lot have been said about this phenomenal sportsman. What is that one thing that makes Sachin what he is today? Experts feel that it is not one but the confluence of physical strength, alertness, technique, wisdom, humility, patience, and vision that makes him a genius. Often people refer to him as God of Cricket, and why not, Tendulkar has in his own way changed the dynamics of this game, which now in a certain way has become synonyms to his existence. Asked what drives him the most, Sachin flatly replies, “It’s the challenge that drives me.” sachin-tendulkar-v-v-s-laxman-rahul-dravid-anil-kumble- Sachin Tendulkar in his career has been bestowed with numerous awards. The tallest of all being “Bharat Ratna”. On 15th and 16th of November 2013, The “Times Magazine” announced him as the “Person of the Moment”. The final cricketing moments of this legend swept the whole world, what many believe is perhaps the first of its kind. However, the most revered award according to Sachin, are the words of Sir Don Bradman where he says, “I saw him playing on television and was struck by his technique, so I asked my wife to come look at him. Now I never saw myself play, but I feel that this player is playing much the same as I used to play, and she looked at him on Television and said yes, there is a similarity between the two… his compactness, technique, stroke production… it all seemed to gel.”

A sneak peak into some of his significant Award

  • 2013: Bharat Ratna from Government of India.
  • Wisden Leading Cricketer in the World 1997, 2010, 2012
  • ICC World ODI XI: 2004, 2007, 2010
  •  ICC World Test XI: 2009, 2010, 2011
  • 2010: ICC Cricketer of the year – Highest award in the ICC listings
  • 2008: Padma Vibhushan – India’s second highest civilian award.
  • 1999: Padma Shri – India’s fourth highest civilian award.
  • 1997/98: India’s highest sporting honour – Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna.
  • 1997: Tendulkar was one of the five cricketers selected as Wisden Cricketer of the Year.
  • 1994: Sandeepreddy Award Recipient for achievements in cricket.

Media awards

        • In August 2003, he was voted as the “Greatest Sportsman” of the country in the sport personalities category in the Best of India poll conducted by Zee News.        • In November 2006, Time magazine named him as one of the Asian Heroes.        • In December 2006, he was named “Sportsperson of the Year”        • In June 2009, Time magazine included his Test Debut in “Top 10 Sporting Moments”.        • In 2010, he was voted as one of the world’s 100 most influential people in “The 2010 TIME 100″ poll conducted by Time magazine.        • The current India Poised campaign run by The Times of India has nominated him as the Face of New India next to the likes of Amartya Sen and Mahatma Gandhi among others.        • In February 2010, he was declared “Sports Icon of the Year for 21 years” by NDTV at the NDTV Indian of the Year Awards. Sachin Tendulkar’s camaraderie with his team-mates is something that makes him special in more ways than one. His teams mates are always in a complete awe of him. On his retirement, Virat Kohli says, “Tendulkar has carried the burden of the nation for 21 years. It is time we carried him on our shoulders.” His friends like Saurav Ganguli, Rahul Dravid, VVS Laxman and Anil Kumble strongly feel that Sachin has been the backbone and strength of the Indian team. He leads by example and believes in the strength and potential of each and every member of the team. The current captain MS Dhoni sums ups, “With Sachin Paaji, a part of me will be gone too.” Sachin, dravid,laxman,ganguly Sachin Tendulkar is a notch higher than any cricketer in every sense. His cricketing stats speak for the legend. But, the adulation he has received in the last 15 days is certainly also for the beautiful person he is. He epitomizes endurance and consistency on one hand, on the other his immaculate strength of character is commendable. Cricket will no longer be the same without him. While some believe his records will never be broken, we at “Randomly New”  feel, there just can never be another Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar. He was and will always remain the quintessential part of Indian psyche, and keep inspiring and motivating generations and generations to come. Thanks you SRT for all the entertainment for the past two decades and wish you the very best in life! We leave you with his farewell speech, and probably the best ever !!