Sachin Tendulkar Biography: The God of Cricket Igniting Million Dreams

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Sachinnnnnn… Sachinnnnn… is the chant that has reverberated the most in stadiums across India as well as the world.

There are sports champions, then there are sporting legends, and then finally, there is God! Cricket is a religion in India, and Sachin Tendulkar is the God. Very few cricketers, for that matter even sportsmen, have captured the imagination of the entire world the way Tendulkar has. He needs no introduction, but his life story sure needs to be cherished.

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About Athlete
Full Name
Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar
Age
45
Sport Category
Cricket
Date of Birth
24th April 1973
Hometown
Mumbai, Maharashtra
Height
165 cm
Coach
Late Ramakant Achrekar
Parent
Ramesh and Rajni Tendulkar
ODI Debut
18 December 1989 vs. Pakistan
Test Debut
15 November 1989 vs. Pakistan

Sachin Tendulkar Family Background

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Tendulkar was born and brought up in Dadar, Mumbai. He comes from a renowned Saraswat Brahmin family. His father, Ramesh Tendulkar, was a Marathi poet and novelist. His mother, Rajni, worked in the insurance industry. Tendulkar has two half-brothers Nitin and Ajit, and one half-sister Savita.

Sachin was extremely naughty as a child. Introduction to cricket helped him channel all his energy in a constructive way. Even before he was a teenager, his father gave him permission to chase his dreams and work extremely hard. Tendulkar followed this message all his life, even though he lost his father in 1999.

Sachin Tendulkar Cricket Journey: How it all began

Sachin and Ajit Tendulkar

Source: Deccan Chronicle

Tendulkar’s cricketing story started in Shivaji Park, Dadar. He was introduced to Ramakant Achrekar’s academy by his brother Ajit. However, Tendulkar became conscious during the trials and couldn’t get selected. Then, Ajit requested Achrekar Sir to hide behind a tree and watch him play. Without the pressure of being observed, Tendulkar gave a stunning performance and was immediately selected in the academy.

Sachin Tendulkar’s cricketing career was shaped by the efforts and guidance of his coach Ramakant Achrekar. The Dronacharya award-winning guru passed away on January 2, 2019, in Mumbai. Tendulkar spoke to the Times of India about his coach.

“Like many of his students, I learnt my ABCD of cricket under Sir’s guidance. His contribution to my life cannot be captured in words. He built the foundation that I stand on.”

Sachin Tendulkar Personal Life

Tendulkar family

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Sachin met his better half, Anjali, at the Mumbai International airport when he was returning from his first international tour. It was love at first sight for Sachin. Fortunately, he was introduced by a common friend to Anjali, who was practising medicine. Anjali knew nothing about sports then!

After dating for five years, the couple got married in 1995. They are blessed with a daughter, Sara and a son, Arjun. Arjun Tendulkar is turning out to be an extremely talented budding cricketer.

Sachin Tendulkar Net Worth

Considering Tendulkar’s illustrious career and multiple endorsements, it isn’t surprising that his net worth around 168 Million Dollars (Rs 980 Crore) and his annual income is estimated to be around 11 Million Dollars (Rs 68 Crores). In the year 2013, he was listed as number 51 in Forbes list “The World’s Highest-Paid Athletes.” Tendulkar made $9 million in the year 2016 through endorsements and investments.

Tendulkar has endorsed brands such as Coca-Cola, BMW India, and Adidas. He is also a co-owner of Bengaluru Blasters in Premier Badminton League and Kerala Blasters in ISL. Tendulkar also owns ten luxury cars that coast around 15 crore and properties worth 520 crores. Tendulkar is also a partner at two restaurant chains, Tendulkar’s and Sachin’s.

Journey

team india

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Right from his school days, Tendulkar became a popular name in the cricketing world. His prodigal talent was visible to all. He led his school team to many victories. He also played for Cricket Club of India.

Tendulkar began his Ranji Trophy career on November 14, 1987. Unfortunately, he was just a substitute then. He made his actual debut in December 1988, the next season. He made 100 not out in his very first match. The glimpse of his extremely bright future was visible to everyone as he finished the season with 583 runs at an average of 67.77, becoming the highest run scorer for Bombay. Tendulkar has scored centuries in all his three domestic tournament debuts- Ranji, Irani, and Duleep Trophies.

In the year 1989, Tendulkar made his Test and ODI debut against Pakistan. In doing so, he became the youngest player to debut for India in both formats. Steadily, he became a dependable fixture in the team and rose through ranks. Tendulkar was the leading run scorer at the 1996 World Cup. He was the Man of the Tournament at the 2003 World Cup as well.

One of the best players in the history of the game, Sachin Tendulkar never found much success as a captain. Hence, he decided to stay away from captaincy. He had some ups and downs in his performances throughout his long career. However, he always bounced back stronger.

Sachin Tendulkar 2011 World Cup

The 2011 World Cup victory was the crowning jewel in Tendulkar’s career. It was a long-cherished dream and Tendulkar couldn’t hold back his tears after the win. He was India’s highest run scorer with 482 runs at an average of 53.55 in the tournament.

world cup trophy

Source: BCCI

Sachin Tendulkar Cricket Technique 

Tendulkar is considered as a wholesome batsman. His superior balance and poise has always stood out. A perfect straight drive was unsurprisingly his favourite shot. Tendulkar has always preferred hard, bouncy pitches. However, he could easily adapt his game to include varied shots. Sachin Tendulkar can also bowl medium pace, leg spin, and off spin.

Sachin Tendulkar Retirement

On November 16, 2013, Sachin Tendulkar’s 24 year-long and illustrious cricketing career came to an end. He played his last ODI match in December 2012 and Twenty20 match in October 2013. His 200th test match against West Indies on 16th November 2013 was his adieu to the cricketing world as a player.

Greatest Ever

Sachin Tendulkar is without a shred of doubt one of the greatest batsmen in the world. Even, Sir Donald Bradman, considered as the greatest batsman of all time, believed that there was a resemblance in his and Tendulkar’s batting styles.

Sachin Tendulkar Records

The list of records Tendulkar holds is perhaps almost unending! Right from his debut as the youngest player at the age of 16, Tendulkar has continued breaking records and setting new ones. We are listing out some here.

ODI Records – Sachin Tendulkar Centuries

  • Highest number of centuries (49) and fifties (96)
  • Most centuries in a calendar year (9 in 1998)
  • Most fours scored in the career (2016 times)
  • Most stadium appearances (90 grounds)
  • First person to score a double century
  • Most 150+ scores
  • Most Man of the Match awards (62)
  • Most Man of the Series awards (15)

Test Records

  • Highest number of centuries (51)
  • Leading run scorer (11,953)
  • Joint-fastest cricketer to reach 10,000 runs in Test cricket with Brian Lara
  • 1000+ Test runs in a calendar years (6 times – 1997, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2008, 2010)
  • Only player in the world to have scored 5 Test centuries before turning 20

Interesting Facts about Sachin Tendulkar: Movie, NGO, Member of Parliament, etc

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  • At the 1987 World Cup, Tendulkar served as the ball boy. India was playing against England then.
  • Sachin Tendulkar is actively involved in philanthropic activities. He sponsors underprivileged children through the NGO Apnalaya. He operates this NGO along with his mother-in-law.
  • Tendulkar’s autobiography “Playing It My Way” broke all records to become an instant bestseller. There are several books on his inspiring life. A film, Sachin: A Billion Dreams was also released. It was directed by James Erskine.
  • In April 2012, Sachin Tendulkar became a Rajya Sabha member after being nominated by the President. He donated the salary and allowances he earned as a Rajya Sabha MP in six years to the Prime Minister’s Relief Fund.
  • Sachin Tendulkar was a devout disciple of guru Sathya Sai Baba of Puttaparthi. He cancelled his birthday celebrations after his guru’s death.

Sachin Tendulkar has inspired millions. Very few sportsperson have had an impact of such magnitude on the masses. His bond with the game is such that whenever we talk about cricket, the first name that comes to the mind is Sachin Tendulkar.

We have some amazing cricketers in the current Indian National team. Many more talented batsmen will come. Perhaps, the records will be broken, but no one can ever take Sachin’s place in the hearts of Indians.

Awards

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  • Arjuna Award – 1994
  • Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award – 1997
  • Padma Shri – 1999
  • Maharashtra Bhushan Award – 2001
  • Padma Vibhushan – 2008
  • Bharat Ratna – 2013
  • “Most Influential People in the World” – Time 100 List

Achievements

Batting and fielding averages

MatInnsNORunsHSAveBFSR100504s6sCtSt
Tests2003293315921248*53.785168691150
ODIs4634524118426200*44.832136786.23499620161951400
T20Is110101010.001283.33002010
First-class3104905125396248*57.84811161860
List A5515385521999200*45.54601141750
T20s9696112797100*32.902310121.0811635938280

 

Bowling averages

MatInnsBallsRunsWktsBBIBBMAveEconSR4w5w10
Tests20014542402492463/103/1454.173.5292.1000
ODIs463270805468501545/325/3244.485.1052.2420
T20Is11151211/121/1212.004.8015.0000
First-class31076054384713/1061.743.45107.100
List A5511023084782015/325/3242.174.9750.8420
T20s9689312321/121/1261.507.9346.5000

Source: espncricinfo.com

What Legends said about Sachin Tendulkar

Barack Obama“I don’t know about cricket but still I watch cricket to see Sachin play.Not b’coz I love his play its b’coz I want to know the reason why my country’s production goes down by 5 percent when he’s in batting.”

Donald Bradman: “I saw him playing on the television and I was very, very struck by his technique. I asked my wife to come and have a look at him. Because I said, I never saw myself play, but I feel that this feller is playing much the same as I used to play… It was just his compactness, his stroke production, his technique, it all seemed to gel as far as I was concerned.”

Shane Warne: “Sachin Tendulkar is, in my time, the best player without a doubt – daylight second, Brian Lara third.”

Viv Richards: “He has been a genius when it comes to ability, a Trojan when it comes to work ethic and manic when it comes to his focus.”

Rahul Dravid: What he has done is set a benchmark for future generations which, probably, would be almost impossible for anyone to emulate.”

Brian Lara: “Sachin is a genius. I’m a mere mortal. When I speak about cricket, I will speak about Tendulkar. Just like you mention Mohammad Ali when you mention boxing and Michael Jordan when it comes to basketball.”

Anil Kumble: “I am fortunate that I’ve to bowl at him only in the nets.”

Mahendra Singh Dhoni: “His schoolboy-like enthusiasm for the game is something I envy and admire. For the team, he is the best available coaching manual.”

Andy Flower: “There is two kind of batsmen in the world. One, Sachin Tendulkar. Two, all the others.”

Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan: “I would like to thank you from the bottom of my heart for allowing us to breathe the same air as you do.”

Matthew Hayden: “I have seen God. He bats at number four for India.”

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