In this going era, almost everyone loves cricket and cricketers. If you are also from them, you just need to know the biography of the God of Cricket, Sachin Tendulkar. We can’t realize his achievements or records.
Although likely everyone, he has also faced some controversies in his life, and then he became the god of a cricketer. So, let’s know about Sachin Tendulkar and take inspiration from his biography.
I have never thought where I will go, or forced any targets on my self. — Sachin
Who Is Sachin Tendulkar?
Sachin Tendulkar is a former Indian international cricketer and was rated as the second greatest Test batsman ever, after Sir Don Bradman. He is regarded as one of the greatest batsmen of all time, often referred to as the GOD OF CRICKET.
He is the only cricketer to have scored 100 international centuries, also the first batsman to score a double century in ODI. Sachin has been honored with India’s highest civilian award, Bharat Ratna. Although, he has also been awarded Padma Bhushan, India’s second-highest civilian award.
Early Life of Sachin Tendulkar
Sachin Tendulkar was born on 24 April of 1973, in Bombay (now Mumba) into a middle-class Brahmin family. His late father, Ramesh Tendulkar, was a well-known Marathi novelist, professor, and poet. His mother, Rajni, worked in a life insurance company.
Sachin was named after his father’s favorite music director, Sachin Dev Burman. He was the younger one in his family, behind his two stepbrothers, Nitin and Ajit, and a stepsister, Savita. Ramesh’s first wife died after the birth of her third child.
At an age of 13, Sachin received his first bat and that created his interest in the cricket field. He has also displayed an interest in Tennis, idolizing John McEnroe.
Education of Sachin Tendulkar
Sachin joined Sharadashram Vidyamandir School, where he also began his cricketing career under the guidance of his coach, Ramakant Achrekar.
While at school, he scored 326 runs with an unbroken (broken in 2006) 664-run partnership, with his teammate Vinod Kambli. As his achievements grew, he became a popular figure among the Bombay schoolboys. After his High school education, he joined Kirti college, where his father was a professor.
Sachin Early Domestic Career
On 14 November 1987, Sachin was selected to represent Bombay in the Ranji Trophy. However, he was not selected for the final eleven. Though, he was often used as a substitute fielder in all matches.
A year later, he made his debut for Bombay against Gujarat and scored 100 not out. It makes him the youngest Indian to score a century in first-class cricket. Sachin finished the 1988-1989 Ranji Trophy season as the Bombay highest run-scorer. He scored 583 runs and was the eighth highest run-scorer overall.
He has also scored an unbeatable century in the Irani Trophy match against Delhi. Sachin’s first double century (204 not out) was for Mumbai while playing against the visiting Australian team in 1988. He made another double century in 2000 while playing the semi-final of the Ranji trophy against Tamil Nadu. He considered this inning as one of the best innings of his cricket career.
When Sachin was Selected for Yorkshire
In 1992, Sachin became the first overseas player to represent Yorkshire. Before it, no one from another country has played cricket for Yorkshire. Prior to Sachin joining the team. He was selected for Yorkshire as a replacement for the injured Australian fast bowler, Craig McDermott. Sachin played 16 first-class matches for the country and scored 1070 runs.
International Career of Sachin Tendulkar
Sachin made his international Test debut against Pakistan in 1989. However, he only scored 15 runs in his first match. In his fourth Test, he was declined medical assistance despite getting hit on the nose. Although, he continued his batting even as he gushed blood from his nose.
On 14 August of 1990, then 17 years old Sachin scored 119 runs against England. After it, he became the second-youngest player to score a test century.
Sachin further increased his reputation during the Australia tour, held before the 1992 world cup. He made an unbeatable score of 148 runs in the third Test match. Which makes him the younger cricketer to score a century in Australia. He then scored 114 runs on a fast bouncing pitch in the final Test. Merv Hughes, an Australian fast bowler commented to Allan Border that, this little prick’s going to get more runs than you, AB.
Rise of SachinAchievements
Sachin’s performance during 1994-1999 is considered his physical peak, from his early years. His first ODI century came on September 9 of 1994, against Australia. It took Sachin 78 ODIs to score his first century.
Sachin’s rise continued when he was the leading run-scorer in the 1996 world cup. He was the only player in the Indian team, who played well in the world cup semi-final against Sri Lanka. After finishing the world cup, Sachin was named captain of the Indian team.
When he was relieved of his responsibilities, the BCCI took him as the captain of the Indian team in 1996. The Indians showed a lot of hope and expectations for Sachin. However, the team could not perform well and loosed various matches.
He resigned from captaincy, after defeating Australia with 0-3 and South Africa with 0-2. Rahul Dravid resigned from his captaincy in 2007, then BCCI offered Sachin for the captaincy. He then refused their offer but recommended MS Dhoni for the captain of India. Sharad Pawar (BCCI president at that time) accepted Sachin’s want. He took Dhoni as the captain, who later achieved much success as captain.
Continue Success of Sachin Tendulkar
Sachin continued performing well in Test cricket in 2011 and 2002. He took three wickets as a part-time bowler, in the famous Kolkata Test against Australia in 2001. These three wickets moved the match from draw to win. Sachin took his 100th wickets in ODIs, taking the wicket of Steve Waugh in the final match.
However, Sachin has achieved much success, but he sometimes also looked in a decline phase. Once he scored 0,0,8 and 0 in his four innings, those were the saddest innings of his career. However, he then came back into his form in the 5th inning, scoring 41 and 86. Despite this, India lost that series.
Sachin performed a big role in the 2013 world cup, helping India to reach the final. He made 673 runs in 11 matches. However, India lost the final match of the 2003 world cup. On 10 December 2005, Sachin scored his 35th century, against Sri Lanka. Later, he scored his 39th ODI hundred on February 6, 2000, against Pakistan.
On 25 November 2007, he broke the record of 11,953 runs of Allan Border in a Test match. Sachin passed 30,000 runs in all forms of international cricket on 20 November 2001. Then, he became the first batsman to cross 34,000 runs aggregate in all formats.
Two years later, he became the first batsman to score 100 international centuries. Sachin’s progress in these two years was unstoppable. He was later voted as the Best ODI batsman of 2009 by ESPNcrickinfo.
Sachin in 2011 World Cup
Sachin was India’s highest run-scorer with 482 runs, including two centuries. Only Tillakaratne Dilshan of Sri Lanka scored more runs in that world cup. On 2 April 2011, India defeated Sri Lanka by 6 wickets in the final match. However, Sachin could not perform well in the final match.
He only scored 18 runs in 14 balls, including two fours. Shortly after winning the match, Sachin said, Winning the world cup is the proudest moment of my life… I couldn’t control my tears of joy.
The 100th Century of Sachin Tendulkar
Sachin made an unbeatable record, making his 100th century on 16 March 2012, against Bangladesh. Certainly, he realized, this was his first century against Bangladesh, which made his 100th one. He is the only cricketer in history, to achieve this milestone.
After a day, Sachin said, everyone was talking about his 100th century, but no one was talked about his 99th century. And this became mentally tough for me. Despite his 100th century, India lost that match, by 5 wickets.
Sachin Tendulkar In IPL
Sachin was not only well in ODI and Test. Despite this, he has also shown good performance in his IPL career. Mumbai Indians contracted him for US$ 1,121,250 in 2008 IPL.
In 2010 IPL, his team, Mumbai Indians, reached the final match. Where he scored 618 runs in 14 innings, owning the orange cap of that year. In the 2011 IPL, he scored his maiden Twenty20 hundred. He scored 100 runs not-out in just 66 balls.
He retired from IPL in 2013, after winning the final match against CSK. Sachin scored a total of 2,334 runs in his 78 IPL matches. He was later, taken as the Coach of the Mumbai Indian team.
Big Achievements of Sachin Tendulkar
There are a huge number of Sachin Tendulkar’s achievements in his biography. Those achievements are almost impossible to break. However, Virat Kohli is very close to breakdown his few records, but not all. Here are all the major achievements of Sachin Tendulkar which makes his biography more inspirational.
- Leading run-scorer in Test, 15,921 runs, as well as in ODI with 18,426 runs.
- The only player to score more than 30,000 runs in all forms of international cricket.
- He is the first sportsperson to be awarded by the group of the Indian Air Force.
- Most centuries in ODI, with 49 centuries as well as in Test, with 51 Centuries.
- The first sportsperson who has nominated in Rajya Sabha.
- His double century was the first in 41 years of ODIs.
- The first Indian to score 50,000 runs in all forms of domestic and international cricket.
- Highest centuries after combining Test and ODI, with 100 centuries.
- The only player to play 200 Test matches and 436 ODI matches.
- Highest run-scorer in a single calendar of year in ODI, with 1894 runs.
Sachin Tendulkar National Awards
- Arjuna Award, from the government for his good achievements -1994
- Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, India’s highest sport honor -1997-1998
- Padma Shri, India’s fourth-highest civilian award – 1999
- Maharashtra Bhushan Award, Maharashtra highest civilian Award -2001
- Padma Vibhushan, India’s second-highest civilian Award – 2008
- Bharat Ratna, India’s highest civilian award – 2014
Retirement of Sachin Tendulkar
Sachin announced his retirement from the ODI format on 23 December 2012. He later proclaimed his retirement from IPL, after winning the 2013 final match against CSK. He retired from T20 cricket in 2013, after playing championship league Twenty20. At the last, he announced his retirement from all forms of cricket on 10 October 2013.
Various events and programs were held to mark his retirement. The Indian today has also organized an event, salaam Sachin conclave. Many cricketers, politicians, and Bollywood stars came to that event and spoken about Sachin.
Sachin Marriage Life
Sachin met Anjali Mehta, a former Paediatrician, in 1990. They dated for the next 5 years and after. Later, Sachin married Anjali on 24 May 1995. They have two children including a son, Arjun, and a daughter, Sara. Arjun has received a lot of attention in cricket, following in his father’s footsteps.
The Bottom Line
At last, we will like to say to you that everyone who wants to become a world star, needs to pass through difficult phases. Likely, Sachin Tendulkar has also passed, which makes his biography inspirational. We need to phase the difficulties of our life, instead of changing our goals. It makes us strong and powerful.