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A Tribute to SACHIN – God of Cricket

Updated on November 20, 2013

As a poster at Sydney Cricket Ground once said, 'Commit all your crimes when Sachin is batting. You won't be noticed, because even the Lord is watching.' Today (14/11/2013) our country India says goodbye to one of its favourite sportsmen, Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar. We cherish with the sweet memories of run making machine Sachin. Indeed he is a legend in Cricket world.

Australia’s Donald Bradman, cricket’s best batsman, retired in 1948 (at age 39), with 6,996 Test runs, including 29 centuries, in 52 matches. Tendulkar, 40, who has an extraordinary 24-year career (Fifth player in the world), scored more runs and centuries than anyone else in either Test or one-day cricket, retires from Cricket Test. New York Times compared Tendulkar's retirement from cricket to the death of Mahatma Gandhi. He was a Professor of Batting and the most productive cricketer of all time. Be it upper cut, straight drive, lofted drive, inside-out shot, the scoop, hook and pull, paddle sweep or over cover, Sachin was the Master (Blaster) of all strokes.

Look at Sachin. He doesn't seem to have changed much between 1989 and 2013. He still display strongly and openly the same sense of soft-spoken integrity-in a quarter-century at the top of the game. He is a role model for anyone who aspires to be good at their job. Tendulkar is cricket's greatest ever superstar. He will be irreplaceable for every cricket fan. I watched cricket match only when Sachin played. He was sole responsible for the victory of Indian Team quite a number of times. Sachin is the only Indian Batsman played in six World Cup Matches. He contributed a lot as the best player (leading run-getter, 482 runs) in Indian Team to win 2011 World Cup. The ‘Little Master’ leaves behind records that will not only be tough to beat, but may never be broken. “Some of Tendulkar’s achievements like 200 Tests and 100 international centuries will be hard to beat”, says Kapil Dev.

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In test match, Sachin scored 15,921 runs in 200 matches (329 innings) with an average 53.78 runs. He scored 51 Hundreds, a maximum of 248 not out and took 46 wickets. In one-day cricket match, he scored 18,426 runs (compared to number 2 Ricky Ponting [retired] it is more than 4,722 runs) in 463 matches with an average 44.83 runs. He scored 49 Hundreds, a maximum of 200 not out and took 154 wickets. Indeed he scored 100 Hundreds in international cricket. What a record!

Tendulkar was on the winning side in each of his LAST matches in different formats of Cricket. In his last test match, India beat West Indies by innings and 126 runs at Mumbai on 16th November, 2013. In his last ODI, India beat Pakistan by 6 wickets at Dhaka on 18th March, 2012. In his only T20 match, India beat South Africa by 6 wickets at Johannesburg on 1st December 2006. How is it?

Sachin faced first ball in Tests from Pakistan’s pace bowler Waqar Younis, who was also making his debut. Sachin started his cricket carrier on 15th November 1989 and played his last innings on 15th November 2013. Tendulkar made 74 runs off 118 balls with the help of 12 fours in his last Test Match at Wankhede stadium, Mumbai. Narsingh Deonarine has his name etched in history as he dismisses the retiring maestro. Sachin attempted a late cut and was out caught by Darren Sammy at first slip.

From his childhood, he lives for cricket alone. Sachin Tendulkar was a ball boy in the 1987 World Cup, two years later, he went on to make his Test debut. Sachin’s Son Arjun Tendulkar is the MCA ball boy today.

Sachin became the youngest man to post a hundred (119 not out vs England at Manchester in August 1990) for India at the age of 17 years.

In 1992, Sachin Tendulkar became the first player in history to be given out by a third umpire.

Tendulkar is one of the greatest sportsmen and holds almost every batting record in cricket He scored over 15,000 Test runs, 18,000-plus one-day international runs, 51 Test centuries and 100 international centuries.

Tendulkar played in just one Twenty20 international match. His first Test century came in 1990 when he faced England at Old Trafford. Tendulkar scored 169 in South Africa against the best bowling team South Africa.

He scored 241 not out against Australia who were at the peak of their powers around the 2004 summer.

Sri Lanka’s bowler Muttiah Muralitharan attributes Tendulkar’s success to a perfect technique, rock-solid temperament and astonishing mental strength.

Sachin received the Arjuna Award in 1994, the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award in 1997, the Padma Shri award in 1999 and Padma Vibhushan award in 2008. In September 2010, Sachin was conferred Indian Air Force’s honorary rank of Group Captain. Tendulkar with no aviation background is the first sportsperson to be conferred this honour. In 2012, Sachin was made a member of Rajya Sabha, the upper house of the Parliament of India. In a rare gesture, Indian Government announces India’s highest civilian honour Bharat Ratna to Sachin. He is the youngest and the first sportsman to receive this award.

As Sachin walks into the sunset, voice choked, eyes moist, he leaves India in tears. As MS Dhoni says, thank you so much Sachin. You were a Gift from the Heavens. You were India’s Pride and Joy. There won’t be another one like you. We all will miss you. And the memories will linger.

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      Sagayaraj 4 years ago

      Tendulkar..................His jersey no. is 10.

      In 2011, his age 37 = 3+7 = 10.

      Height 5 ft 5 in =5+5 = 10.

      WC winning date 2/4/2011 = 2+4+2+0+1+1=10.

      Strike rate in WC = 91 = 9+1 = 10.

      When India won their first world cup, Sachin age was 10.

      Now India won the 10th World Cup with 10 balls left.

      Look at that, the number 10 plays an important role in the world cup.

      Simply says the world cup is for "10-dulkar"