Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar, the name is unheard to nobody who knows anything about cricket. In fact, many revere as the God of Cricket in India. Widely regarded as the greatest of all-time by many, Sachin holds a mammoth number of records over his 24-year career in international cricket. Starting early with his rare talent and resilient determination, Sachin made a name in cricket from early on. Sachin remains the youngest player Indian cricket ever, debuting against Pakistan in 1989. Sachin has always acknowledged the significant role of constant and unselfish support from his family in his career. In his 24-year career, he has been through many ups and downs where the Sachin Tendulkar family always stood by his side.
From playing for the one rupee coin in Shivaji Park to becoming a global icon and the God of Cricket, Sachin’s story is known to everybody. Here is an inside look at God’s family and each member who played a role in not justs Little Master’s career but also helped contribute to the Indian history.
Sachin Tendulkar Parents
The Master Blaster was born on 24 April 1973 to Ramesh and Rajni Tendulkar in Dadar, Mumbai. His father Late Ramesh Tendulkar was a Marathi novelist and poet. His mother used to work at an insurance company and was the second wife of Ramesh Tendulkar. In fact, the name Sachin was picked from Ramesh’s favourite music composer, Sachin Dev Burman. Sachin had a deep connection with his father since childhood. Ramesh Tendulkar was also a professor at the Kirti College, Prabhadevi. It was his father’s vision and liberty in thought that allowed an 11-year old Sachin to change school just to follow his passion.
Sachin suffered a colossal blow while playing in the 1999 ICC Cricket World Cup in England when he learnt about his father’s fatal heart attack. He was deeply moved by his father’s demise but still came back for the nation to score an exhilarating 140 against Zimbabwe on his return. It was indeed one of the most emotional moments for the Indian Cricket when Sachin looked up to the sky with teary eyes after reaching the 3-figure mark.
Sachin’s mother, Rajni Tendulkar also had a profound influence in his cricketing career. She was a LIC Agent in the Foreign Department of Santacruz, Mumbai. Sachin learnt the importance of loyalty and hard work from his mother who worked all the way to her retirement even after Sachin made it to the top tier in the cricketing world also despite her persistent health issues in walking. She was also the one who convinced his youngest son to take probably the toughest decision in his life of leaving early for the nation after his father’s demise. Interestingly, Rajni never watched Sachin play live until his farewell game at Wankhede in 2013.
Sachin Tendulkar Wife: Anjali Tendulkar
Returning from his debut tour, Sachin saw Anjali at the Mumbai international airport for the first time. It was love at first glance for the 17-year old boy. Fortunately, he got to meet her with the help of a common friend and the duo started dating. The couple married on 24 May 1995 after dating for five long years. Anjali is a paediatrician and six years older than Sachin Tendulkar.
She is the daughter of industrialist Anand Mehta and Annabel Mehta. Sachin has always acknowledged Anjali’s sacrifices and credited her for her philanthropic work as she worked with her mother’s NGO. Anjali gave up her professional career in 1999 to take care of the two kids and home alone when Sachin was out stationed for international cricket. She has always been in the thicks and thins of Sachin’s career, supporting and understanding her husband’s needs and pressure on his shoulders.
Siblings of SRT
Sachin Tendulkar was the youngest of the 4 siblings. He has two elder brothers and one elder sister. Ajit, Nitin and Savita are half-sisters to Sachin as they were born to Ramesh’s first wife who died after giving birth to the third child. Sachin was a tennis enthusiast from a young age, idolising American Tennis superstar John McEnroe. It was his brother Ajit who noticed the booming cricket talent in his young brother. He took him to Shivaji Park to introduce him to cricket coach Ramakant Achrekar. Sachin couldn’t perform well after feeling self-conscious from the coach presence during the trials. Ajit requested sir to give him another chance while observing him secretly such that he is able to get free and show his talent. The trick worked and the rest is history.
Ramakant Acherekar died on 2 Jan 2019 as a Dronacharya Awardee for his service to the nation. In spite of being a brilliant batsman himself in Mumbai’s Kanga League, Ajit ensured his brother’s needs before his. Ajit was the sculptor of Sachin’s career.
Sachin Tendulkar Kids
Sachin and Anjali Tendulkar are blessed with a daughter and a son, Sara and Arjun. Sara Tendulkar was born on the 12th of October 1997, and Arjun Tendulkar was born on 24 September 1999. The elder one, Sara is a graduate in Medicine from University College London and a complete lookalike of her mother. There have been rumours of her acting debut in the recent past; however, Sachin has denied all such stories.
The younger one, Arjun Tendulkar, is an aspiring cricketer. But unlike Tendulkar, he is well above 6 ft and has all the reasons to become a bowler. Arjun is a left-arm pacer and batsman who has been bowling to international players in the nets at different venues in the world. He claimed a staggering 19 wickets in just 5 games for Mumbai Under-19 in the 2017-18 Cooch Behar Trophy. Arjun seems to have maturely accepted his fate of persistent limelight on him. The 19-year old has kept his composure and worked hard to make it to the U-19 Indian team. If he does make it to the Indian National Team, the pressure will rise even further with the expectations of a billion fans and legacy of one Sachin Tendulkar.