Who is known as the “Master Blaster” of India?
A question that I was asked in school when I was probably in class 5.
All I remember is every student in class shouted the name “Sachin Tendulkar”. Isn’t it amazing?
That everyone in the country or I must rather say the world knows this name.
But have you ever thought, how did a kid from Mumbai reach everyone’s heart?
So here is the story of our all-time favorite cricketer, greatest batsman, and inspiration to thousands of eyes – Sachin Tendulkar.
Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar was born in a Marathi family on 24th April 1973. His father Mr. Ramesh Tendulkar was a well-liked Marathi novelist and his mother Mrs. Rajni Tendulkar was working in the insurance industry.
Sachin’s childhood stories reveal that as a young kid he always used to pick up fights with his fellow mates. He was initiated into tennis but later his brother Ajit introduced him to a famous cricket coach Ramakant Achrekar in the year 1984.
To be selected in Achrekar’s academy, Sachin’s game has to be observed and accepted by the coach. However, Sachin played unexpectedly bad in the first game. His brother convinced the coach that Sachin is conscious about the game and asked for another chance.
This time Sachin was impeccable!
Achrekar was so much impressed with Sachin’s talent that he not only selected him in his academy but also advised him to shift his schooling to a school at Dadar named Sharadashram Vidyamandir High School.
The school had a dominant cricket team and produced many notable cricketers. Sachin started his regular cricket training with the guidance of Achrekar at Shivaji Park every day.
There are a series of incidents that occurred during training sessions but Sachin mostly talks about one of the unforgettable events stating that Achrekar used to keep a coin at the top of the stamp and announce that whoever will hit on the stamp will win the coin.
He also tells Sachin that if no one won this coin it will be all yours. For Sachin, those 13 coins are equal to the other prizes and trophies that he won in his cricket career. At school, he developed fame among other students and was featured in the school team in Matunga Gujarati Seva Mandal shield.
Sachin would practice for hours and hours on the ends of the net. He also started playing for two cricket clubs the Kanga League and for the Cricket club for India.
Domestic Cricket Career
With all his practices and participation Sachin got his domestic debut at the age of 14 years when he was selected for Ranji Trophy to represent Bombay for the 1987-88 season. However, he was not selected for the final eleven in any of the matches and used to play as a substitute fielder.
After one year in December 1988, Sachin played for Bombay against Gujrat and became the youngest player to score a century. After that match, he was directly selected by the then Bombay captain Dilip Vengsarkar to play for Duleep Trophies.
And an unstoppable journey started. Tendulkar became Bombay’s highest run-scorer in Ranji Trophy 1988-89. He made another century in the Irani Trophy match in the 1989-90 season.
He was selected twice for the young Indian cricket team to tour England. Sachin also scored a double century, he made a score of 204 while playing in Brabourne Stadium in 1998.
By the age of only 19 years, Sachin had played 16 first-class matches and already had scored 1070 runs and became the first overseas player to represent Yorkshire.
International cricket career
India’s tour to Pakistan was Sachin’s debut to an International cricket career in the year 1989. He was only 16 years of age becoming the youngest player to debut for India.
The series was followed by a tour to New Zealand where he scored 117 runs.
On the very next tour which was a summer tour to England in the year 1990, he became the second-youngest cricketer to score 119 runs at old Trafford. The reputation was further magnified in the year 1991-92 when Sachin during the tour to Australia became the youngest batsman to score a century in Australia.
Every year he strengthened his game in a glorifying manner, soon he became a personality who can globally underline the name of Indian cricket with golden words. He is an example of consistency and determination. A cricketer who became the nation’s favorite at a young age had to play for 78 ODI to mark his first ODI century.
Finally, the day came when Sachin scored his first ODI century, it was 9 September 1994 against Australia in Sri Lanka.
In the same year, he won the Arjuna Award for his achievements in Cricket. The rise of his game and career, however, continued to glow since the day he started playing. In the 1996 world cup, Sachin scored two centuries.
In the year 1997, he was selected to be one of the five cricketers to win the tag of Wisden Cricketer of the year and also won India’s highest sporting honor Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award. Another remarkable game that highlighted Sachin more happened in an Australian tour to India, it was early 1998.
And Sachin scored three consecutive centuries, the focus was on the game of the world’s most dominating batsman and leading spinner. Yes, I am talking about Sachin and Shane Warne when they both were at the peak of their career.
In this match too Sachin made an unbeaten 204 runs and Australia lost within 3 days.
There are hundreds of such matches where Sachin was flawless.
As a sequel of all those matches, he received a tag of “The greatest Sportsman of the country” by zee news, time magazine also named him as one of the Asian Heroes in the year 2006.
All his hard work made him achiever of many Indian and International triumphs like ICC cricketer of the year in the year 2010, Sports icon of the year by NDTV India, and one of the world’s 100 most influential person by time magazine. He was also honored with a tag of “Wisden Leading cricketer in the world” and “Winden India Outstanding Achievement award” in the year 2012.
In the same year, he was made an honorary member of the Order of Australia, given by the Australian government.
Ups and downs in career
Success comes with a cause and this was a time when Sachin Tendulkar had to overcome these causes. He performed well in Test matches in the years 2001 and 2002. But a declining phase of his career started in the year 2002 when he had an unprecedented sequence scoring 0,0,8 and 0 in the consecutive four innings.
However, this phase did not sustain for long, our favorite cricketer was back being a master blaster and made 673 runs in 11 matches helping India to reach the finals in the 2003 cricket world cup.
Then many more years marked many more victories to his career.
Love and marriage
An event that we skipped to talk about is about a rarely heard love story of Sachin and Anjali. They like keeping it personal and do not talk about their love life more often in social media.
All we know about their story is, it was “love at first sight”, they met in an airport and had a thing towards each other, maybe the thing that we term as “Love”. They got to know each other personally at a mutual friend’s place.
Finally, our love birds got tied together on 24 May 1995 and their 24 years of togetherness is something we all adore.
Sachin Tendulkar announced his retirement in the year 2012 from ODI and from all the other cricket matches on 10 October 2013. In the year 2014, he became the ambassador of the ICC cricket world cup 2015 event.
Yes, he retired from cricket but all his memories are still as fresh as they were in 19’s for all of us!
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