Today is God of Cricket- Sachin Tendulkar’s birthday. Sachin Tendulkar, the legend of cricket put his foot on earth on 24th April 1973. His full name is Sachin Ramesh Tendulakar. He is regarded as on of the greatest batsman of all time. He took up cricket at the age of eleven, made his Test debut on 15 November 1989 against Pakistan in Karachi at the age of sixteen, and went on to represent Mumbai domestically and India internationally for close to twenty-four years. He is the only player to have scored one hundred international centuries, the first batsman to score a double century in a One Day International, the holder of the record for the number of runs in both ODI and Test cricket, and the only player to complete more than 30,000 runs in international cricket.
Sachin received many awards in his life. The first award was Arjuna Award in 1994 for his outstanding sporting achievement.
Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award in 1997, India’s highest sporting honour, and the Padma Shri and Padma Vibhushan awards in 1999 and 2008, respectively, India’s fourth and second highest civilian awards.
After a few hours of his final match on 16 November 2013, the Prime Minister’s Office announced the decision to award him the Bharat Ratna, India’s highest civilian award.
He is the youngest recipient to date and the first ever sportsperson to receive the award. He also won the 2010 Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy for cricketer of the year at the ICC awards.
Coming to his personal life,Tendulkar married Anjali, a paediatrician and daughter of Gujarati industrialist Anand Mehta and British social worker Annabel Mehta. Sachin’s father-in-law, Anand Mehta, is a seven-time national bridge champion. Anjali is six years his senior. His wife Anjali said in an interview that she first met him at the Mumbai airport when he returned from his first tour of England in 1990, after scoring his maiden Test ton and when she was there to pick up her mother and Sachin was arriving with the Indian team. They had a courtship of five years and had got engaged in 1994 in New Zealand.They have two children, Sara and Arjun Arjun, a left handed batsman and left arm seamer, has recently been included in under-14 probables list of Mumbai Cricket Association for off-season training camp. In January 2013 he was selected in Mumbai under-14 team for the west zone league.In 2015, he became a net bowler for English batsmen, having been a net batsman for India back in 2011 as an 11-year-old.
Tendulkar accepted the Rajya Sabha nomination proposed by the President of India and became the first active sportsperson and cricketer to have been nominated.
Career as a Writer
He also launched his autobiography “Playing It My Way” published by Hachette India was released on 6 November 2014 and broke all records for an adult hardback across both fiction and non-fiction categories with 1,50,289 copies confirmed on order subscriptions. The book’s orders, on day one, already saw it pulling ahead of both pre-order and lifetime sales of the world’s top adult hardbacks Dan Brown’s Inferno, Walter Issacson’s Steve Jobs and JK Rowling’s Casual Vacancy. It was entered in Limca Book of Records for 2016.
Coming to his retirement, following poor performance in the 2012 series against England, Tendulkar announced his retirement from One Day Internationals on 23 December 2012, while noting that he will be available for Test cricket. In response to the news, former India captain Sourav Ganguly noted that Tendulkar could have played the up-coming series against Pakistan, while Anil Kumble said it would be “tough to see an Indian (ODI) team list without Tendulkar’s name in it”, and Javagal Srinath mentioned that Tendulkar “changed the way ODIs were played right from the time he opened in New Zealand in 1994”.In test he played last match on 16 November 2013 against Westindes in Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai he scored 74 runs , last time in international cricket his wicket is taken by Deonarine .
It's been an honour playing,learning,sharing d same dressing wid u.best human being I hv evr met.thnx sachin
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) November 16, 2013
Tendulkar has a great fan following and few days ago he was in the headlines for his fantastic singing skills which he showed to us many years later. With his excellent cricket skills, he is also a good singer.
Many people have also quoted about him. Lets have a look:
1. Sachin is cricket’s God – Barry Richards
2. I have seen God, he bats at no. 4 for India – Matthew Hayden
3. Nothing bad can happen to us if we’re on a plane in India with Sachin Tendulkar on it – Hashim Amla
4. This Genius can stop time in India! – Peter Roebuck
5. When he goes out to bat, people switch on their television sets and switch off their lives – BBC Sports
6. Commit all your crimes when Sachin is batting. They will go unnoticed because even the Lord is watching – From a fan at the SCG
7. He is the toughest batsmen I’ve bowled to. He shold live long and score lots of runs, but not against Pakistan – Wasim Akram
8. Sachin Tendulkar is, in my time, the best player without doubt – daylight second, Brian Lara third – Shane Warne
9. We did not lose to a team called India. We lost to a man called Sachin – Mark Taylor
10 There are 2 kind of batsmen in the world. One Sachin Tendulkar. Two all the others – Andy Flower
11 Sachin is a genius. I’m a mere mortal – Brian Lara
12 I am fortunate that I’ve to bowl at him only in the nets! – Anil Kumble
13 He is the toughest batsmen I’ve bowled to. He shold live long and score lots of runs, but not against Pakistan – Wasim Akram
14 Sachin Tendulkar has carried the burden of the nation for 21 years. It is time we carried him on our shoulders – Virat Kohli after India won the 2011 World Cup
15 He can play in any era and at any level. I would say he’s 99.5% perfect – Viv Richards
16 He can play that leg glance with a walking stick also – Waqar Younis
17 He has been in form longer than some of our guys have been alive – Daniel Vettori
18 Sachin Tendulkar, the Little Master, is so talented that wherever you’re from, you can’t help but admire him as he hits another century – UK Prime Minister David Cameron
19 The pressure on me is nothing compared to Sachin Tendulkar. Sachin, like God, must never fail. The crowd always expects him to succeed and it is too much pressure on him. But, he rarely disappoints them – Mark Waugh
20 India me aap Prime Minister ko ek baar katghare me khada kar sakte hain. Par Sachin Tendulkar par ungli nahi utha Sakte. – Navjot Singh Sidhu
21 I saw him playing on television and was struck by his technique, so I asked my wife to come look at him. Now I never saw myself play, but I felt that this player is playing with a style similar to mine, and she looked at him on Television and said yes, there is a similarity between the two…his compactness, technique, stroke production – it all seemed to gel! – Sir Donald Bradman
22 I’ll be going to bed having nightmares of Sachin just running down the wicket and belting me back over the head for six. He was unstoppable. I don’t think anyone, apart from Don Bradman, is in the same class as Sachin Tendulkar. He is just an amazing player – Shane Warne
23 I don’t know cricket..i don’t know how Sachin plays..But i still try to watch him playing…B’coz i want to know the reason why my country’s economy goes 0.5% down when he is batting.. – Barack Obama tweet about Sachin
24 Very sorry to disappoint you, guys. It was not for my girlfriend but for Sachin Tendulkar – Yuvraj Singh after India won the 2011 World Cup
Today on his birthday, many people have also tweeted on him wishing him on his birthday.
Sir Ravindra Jadeja tweets Happy birthday god of cricket
— Sir Ravindra Jadeja (@SirJadeja) April 24, 2017
Vivek Dahiya yeh hai mohabbatein fame tweets “Records can be Broken, but there can’t be Another God of Cricket”
— Vivek Dahiya (@vivekdahiya08) April 24, 2017
Boxer Vijendra Singh tweets “Happy birthday God of Cricket and Bharat Ratan”
— Vijender Singh (@boxervijender) April 24, 2017