The Living Legend : Sachin Tendulkar

The Living Legend : Sachin Tendulkar

Sachin Tendulkar is one of the most successful cricketers of all time. Hes definitely the most successful player of India(if not the world) and was always an inspiration for all Indian cricket fans. Breaking numerous records and even setting new ones by himself, no one will die wondering why Sachin Tendulkar is widely believed to be the greatest batsman in the history of this game.

Born in Mumbai in the year 1973, Tendulkar had always wanted to play cricket for his national team. He started his cricketing journey at his high school ( Sharadashram Vidyamandir ) under the guidance of his long time mentor and coach, Ramakant Achrekar. At that age Tendulkar wanted to be a pace bowler but legendary Australian fast bowler Denise Lillie, who saw Tendulkar in action while he attended the MRF pace foundation, was not impressed and told Sachin to concentrate more on his batting. As disappointed as he might have been to hear that, he should be very grateful to Lillie having accomplished so much as a batsmen in his illustrious career.

sachin tendulkar battingIn the year 1988, at 15 years of age, Tendulkar started his domestic career, playing for Mumbai against Gujarat and immediately catching the eye of many people with a century on his debut game. And it was all uphill from there as he started to score runs constantly and was elected to captain Mumbai after the impressive way he handled Kapil Dev in net sessions. Then in the year 1992, Tendulkar (aged 19) was asked to play for Yorkshire making him the first overseas player to play for Yorkshire.

Sachin’s international career started just one year after his domestic debut when he was selected for a tour of Pakistan in 1989. But his international debut was not quite as impressive as his domestic debut as he got out for 15 runs to a fast delivery from legendary pace bowler, Waqar Younis. At the end of the test series he had scored 215 runs at an average of 35.83 and was dismissed for a duck in the only ODI he played. A decent start to his international career but it was in the year 1994 when he really started to live up to his potential. Being asked to open the batting for India against New Zealand, Tendulkar made an impressive 82 runs off 49 balls and then scored his first ODI century later that year when he played against Australia. Then in the 1996 world cup Sachin really came into his own, becoming the highest run getter in the tournament even though India were knocked out by Sri Lanka in the semi-finals.

In the late 90s the first thing that came to mind when you thought of Indian cricket is Sachin Tendulkar. By then he had already made a great impression on all followers of cricket, scoring consistently in all formats of the games for over a decade even when everyone else in his team failed to make any runs. Having already achieved a batting record that most batsmen couldn’t even dream of, Tendulkar’s hunger for glory was still very much.

From the years 2002 to 2007 Tendulkar’s batting didn’t seem anything like what the viewers had witnessed over the past decade. After a dismal 2007 world cup many people thought Sachin would be forced to retire. But his fortunes took a swift left turn in the 2007 series against Bangladesh where he scored very heavily and was named the man of the series. And after that Tendulkar started playing the way all of India knew he could, smashing countless world records including the highest individual score in an ODI when he scored 200 unbeaten runs against South Africa also becoming the first batsmen to score 200 runs in an ODI.

Highlights of his 200 not out innings


In the recently concluded 2011 World Cup, Sachin scored 482 runs with an average of 53.55 as he helped India lift the World Cup trophy. And now having scored almost 15,000 runs in Test Cricket and over 18,000 runs in ODIs he is definitely the most successful batsman of all time and is widely believed to be the best batsman in the history of the game. After entertaining us with two decades of breath taking batting, Sachin Tendulkar, the living legend, has built a legacy for Indian cricket that will likely withstand the test of time. The beloved batsmen will be retiring soon but his efforts with the bat has earned him a place at the top of the world records and will take a lot for anyone else in the future to match the efforts of this great batsman.



The making of the legend

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