SACHIN TENDULKAR: THE GREATEST BATSMAN OF ALL TIME

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NITISH DEY : Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar is the name in all over the world that requires no description at all. Though the whole world recognized him as one of the best cricketer in the world but in Mumbai his name is praised like the religion.

He was born at Nirmal Nursing Home in Dadar, Bombay on 24th April, 1973 to a Maharashtrian Rajapur Saraswat Brahmin family. His father Ramesh Tendulkar was a well-known Marathi novelist and poet and his mother, Rajni, worked in the insurance industry. His father put his name on his favourite music director, Sachin Dev Burman. He was the highest run scorer at the international cricket.

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He took the cricket bat at the age of eleven and made his test debut on 15th November 1989 against Pakistan in Karachi at the age of sixteen. He represented Mumbai domestically and India internationally for close to twenty-four years. He was the only player to score one hundred international centuries and the first batsman to score a double century in a one day international. He was the holder of the record for the most number of runs in both Test and ODI. He was the only player to complete more than 30000 runs in the international cricket. He was regarded as little master or master blaster. He was referred as the god of cricket by Indian Cricket followers.

He become the first batsman to complete 10000 ODI runs in 259 innings. In 2002, he was ranked by Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack as the second greatest test batsman of all time behind Don Bradman, and the second greatest ODI batsman of all time, behind Viv Richards in the middle of his carrer. In the later part of his carrer, he was part of the world cup winning team in 2011 world cup. He had previously named ‘Player of the Tournament’ at the 2003 edition of the tournament, held in South Africa. In 2013, he was the only Indian cricketer included in all-time Test World XI named to mark the 150th anniversary of Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack.

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He 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. He also got Bharat Ratna, India’s highest civilian award in the year 2013 and he was the youngest recipient till date and the first ever sportsperson to receive the award. He also won the 2010 Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy for cricketer of the year at the ICC awards. He was also nominated to the Rajya Sabha, the upper house of parliament of India. He was also the first person to be awarded the honorary rank of group captain by Indian Air Force without any aviation ground. In the year 2012, he was named an honorary member of the order of Australia.

In the year 2010,he was included by the Time magazine in its annual Time 100 list as one of the “Most Influential People in the World”. In December 2012, Tendulkar announced his retirement from ODIs. He retired from Twenty20 cricket in October 2013 and subsequently retired from all forms of cricket on 16 November 2013 after playing his 200th Test match, against the West Indies in Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium. Tendulkar played 664 international cricket matches in total, scoring 34,357 runs.

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