Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar, known as SRT, is the greatest ever complete cricketer who had entered inside the oval-shaped yard. Being an extraordinary and gifted individual, during his nearly two-and-half decades-long career, Sachin surpassed and created many memorable records, which seem to be unbreakable. Started his international cricket career for India at the age sixteen Sachin became the youngest ever cricketer to debut for India at that time. Sachin got his Test Cap for India on 15th November 1989 against Pakistan and in that Pakistan tour of India, The Mumbaikar made his ODI debut as well on 18th December.
But, before that Sachin’s name was echoing in the Domestic cricket of India as the Wonder Boy. Maintaining his reputation, young Sachin became the greatest sporting Icon for India as well as for Cricketing Universe. Arguably, he was the single most reason for BCCI to become the Cricketing Superpower. Kicking his cricket career off at the young age, Sachin shared the Indian dressing room with many legends and was also the one-fourth of the Iconic Fabulous Four beside Rahul Dravid, Sourav Ganguly, and VVS Laxman who ruled the Cricket World in their own way.
Born on 24th April 1973 in Middle-Class family of Mumbai, Sachin denied every block roads to realize his dream to play for India. In his Twenty-Four years of International Career, he earned many names like Little Master, Master Blaster, and Record Machine. Despite his five-feet five-inch frame, SRT ruled every part of the Cricketing World like his own yard and the Little Genius from India received many accolades for his heroic effort against the mightiest & fiercest bowler.
As time passed in its own way, Sachin Become the God of Cricket and the father figure for many past, present and future cricketers. The Great Tendulkar retired his cricket gears after playing his last Test against West India on 14th November 2013, however, he drew the conclusion to his limited-over cricket career on 18th March 2012 and coincidentally his last ODI match was against Pakistan. Making the way for new talents, Sachin played only one T20I for India before felt to bid adieu.
Despite his denial to play the shortest version of this game for India, Sachin marked his presence significantly in the IPL, as playing for the Mumbai Indians Franchise, Sachin became oldest ever Indian Player and Captain who registered a hundred in the history of Indian Premier League. In 2013 season, Sachin announced his retirement from IPL as well and since then he is playing the role of a Mentor for MI.
Like a true gentleman of the Gentlemen’s game, Sachin always maintained his clean image and left his legacy which will be echoing through the ages. Known for his trademark shot – Straight Drive, Sachin was one of the fiercest and successful Openers of the ODI version in his time when first Fifteen Over fielding rule used to exist. He is reckoned as the Greatest Ever Complete Cricketer on the basis of his batting and bowling tally. Sachin amassed 200 International Wickets combing Test and ODI. And talking about ODI, Sachin once used to be known as The Man With The Golden Arm. He has two five-wicket halls what even Great Shane Warne failed to do so. And inside the oval-shaped grass field, Sachin had the safest hands too.
Late Great Aussie Legend Sir Donald Bradman praised Sachin many occasion and stated him the Best of all time. Sachin Played Six World Cups for India which is a remarkable individual record and till date, he is the only one to do so. In 2011, he was the part of ODI World Cup winning team of India, led by MS Dhoni.
Young or Old or even Oldest, whenever Sachin had walked in the middle with the Bat, he showed that to realize one’s dream, one needs to be passionate about that sport. Nothing is bigger than dedication and love. The God amongst human did the unthinkable and unimaginable miracle in 2010. Sachin was the first cricketer in the World who made double hundred in ODI. And he is the one and the only man who has 100th International Hundred after his name. The Superman from India is the only cricketer who played 200 Test Matches.
As the Cricket God reached one more step closer to his first half-century of life, we are celebrating the remarkable career of The Great Tendulkar in his 46 Birthday.
Here are some Great Feats of Tendulkar in International Cricket:
- Most International Matches – 664
- Most International Innings – 782
- Most International Runs – 34,357
- Most Balls Faced – 50,816
- Most 100s – 100
- Most 150 Scores – 25
- Most 50s – 164
- Most 4s – 4076
- Most Test Matches – 200
- Most Test Innings – 329
- Most Test Runs – 15,921
- Most Test Hundred – 51
- Most ODIs – 463
- Most ODI innings – 452
- Most ODI Runs – 18,426
- Most ODI Hundred – 49
- Longest ODI Carrer – 22 Years 91 Days
- Most MOM Award – 76
- Most MOS Award – 20
- Most 100s in a Calendar Year – 12
- Most MOM in a Calendar Year – 13
- Most MOS in a Calendar Year – 4
- Only Cricketer to hit Centuries in 50 different Stadiums around the World
- Only Cricketer to play in 90 Different venues
- Holds the record of playing with 989 different international cricketers
- Only Cricketer to Play 500 International matches without T20I
- Only Cricketer to smash double hundred in a calendar year both Test and ODI
- First and Youngest Indian to become Number 1 Test and ODI Player at the same time (November 1998 – at the age of 25 years 6 Months)
- First Cricketer to hit 2000+ international Runs in 3 consecutive calendar years (1996, 1997, 1998)