Sachin Tendulkar has been the face of Indian cricket for most part of his career. It is his great innings that had made him the 'god of cricket'. Sachin Tendulkar announced his retirement from IPL and Twenty20 cricket shortly after Mumbai Indians beat Chennai Super Kings by 23 runs at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on May 26, 2013 to win the Pepsi 2013 Indian Premier League.
Early Life of Sachin Tendulkar
Sachin Tendulkar was born on 24th April 1973 in Mumbai. Ramesh Tendulkar, his father, was a Marathi novelist. Sachin Tendulkar has an elder brother, Ajit and two other siblings, Nitin (brother) and Savita (sister). Sachin attended Sharadashram Vidyamandir where he began his cricketing career under the guidance of Ramakant Achrekar. He attended the MRF Pace Foundation to train as a fast bowler. However, Australian fast bowler, Dennis Lillee suggested Sachin to concentrate on his batting instead of bowling.
Early Career of Sachin Tendulkar
Sachin Tendulkar started playing for domestic cricket at the age of 15 in the year 1988. He had a century against Gujarat and this made him the youngest Indian to score a century in his debut match. He finished the season as Mumbai's highest run-scorer. It was Ramakant Achrekar who motivated and helped him to hone his skills in cricket.
Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar played his first international test match against Pakistan in Karachi in 1989 at the age of sixteen. Tendulkar played his first international test match against Pakistan in Karachi in 1989 at the age of sixteen. On his tour to England he became the second youngest cricketer to score a Test century at Old Trafford. Sachin Tendulkar further enhanced his development during the Australian tour between1991-1992 which included an unbeaten 148 in Sydney and a century on a fast, bouncing pitch at Perth.
Tendulkar's performance improved with each match and he made records consecutively. He scored his first one day international century in the year 1994 against Australia in Sri Lanka at Colombo. It had taken him 79 one day internationals to score a century. Tendulkar's career graph rose when he became the leading run scorer at the 1996 Cricket World Cup, scoring two centuries. Tendulkar took over as the captain succeeding Mohammad Azharuddin as captain for the second time, and led India on a tour of Australia where India faced a crushing defeat. Tendulkar did serve as a captain for the Indian team in the year 1996. When he took over as the captain there were huge hopes and expectations.
Style of Playing of Sachin Tendulkar
Sachin Tendulkar is a right-handed batsman. His batting is completely balanced and poised. He does not prefer slow and low wickets which are typical in India, and has scored many centuries on the hard and bouncy pitches abroad. He is known for his extraordinary punch style of hitting the ball over square. He is also known for his perfect straight drive. Sir Donald Bradman considered Tendulkar to have a batting style similar to his. While he is not a standard bowler he is able to bowl at medium pace, leg spin, and off spin with ease. He can often be a useful partnership breaker.
Awards of Sachin Tendulkar
At a time when most of his contemporaries have retired or contemplating one, Tendulkar remains indispensable from the national cricket team. Recognizing his contribution to sports Tendulkar has been granted the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award, Arjuna Award, Padma Shri Award and Padma Vibhushan by the Government of India. On 4th February Sachin Tendulkar was conferred with the Bharat Ratna, India's highest civilian award, by President Pranab Mukherjee in a glittering ceremony in the Durbar Hall of the Rashtrapati Bhavan. On 10 October 2013, Sachin Tendulkar announced that he would retire from the two-Test series against West Indies in November. Later BCCI confirmed that the two matches will be played at Kolkata and Mumbai, making the farewell happen at his home ground on request of Sachin Tendulkar.
Cricket Statistics of Sachin Tendulkar
The following cricket statistics are as follows:
Batting and Fielding Averages
Personal Life of Sachin Tendulkar
Sachin Tendulkar is married to Anjali Mehta, a paediatrician by profession. The marriage took place in 1995. The couple is blessed with two kids, Sara and Arjun.
Achievements of Sachin Tendulkar