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They said he is too old for the ODIs. And he answered them in the way he knows best, going for the big hits and setting new records both for himself and the team.
Today, as the Master Blaster turns a year older, let us look back at the career of someone who has come to represent cricket to many people of this generation.
Sachin Tendulkar has come a long way from that fresh-faced boy who debuted at the age of 16 in Karachi, against the Pakistanis?
But, Sachin was perfect. He had it in him. And as the years went by, his movements spoke economy, he had perfect balance,
and precision in stroke making. He now is the highest run scorer in both Test matches and ODIs, and also the batsman with
the most centuries in either form of the game.
Sachin's tour of England in 1990 saw him score his first Test century at Old Trafford. Tendulkar further enhanced his development into
a world-class batsman during the 1991–1992 tour of Australia that included an unbeaten 148 in Sydney. The great Shane Warne too made
his debut in the match, where opposing bowler Merv Hughes told his captain Allan Border, "This little guy's going to get more runs than you, AB."
Merv Hughes statement became a reality. 2008 was special for Sachin. He hit his first century in Australia to propel India to six-wicket win
against the World Champions in the first of the three-match final of the Common Wealth Bank tri-series. Tendulkar,
with his 117 not out off 120 balls, surpassed his previous best in Australia and extended his world record feat of most hundreds (42) in ODIs.
Sachin Tendulkar surpassed Brian Lara's record for the most runs scored in Test Cricket in October 2008 by amassing more than 12,000 Test runs.
He also holds the record for the first player to score 10,000 runs in one-day internationals. 'If it comes along the way, I will cherish it.
But to me records are a number game. Winning matches for India is more important,' says Sachin.
And win he did. His solid knock brought him the much awaited ton in New Zealand and for the team, a series win against the Kiwis.
Such was the elegance of this 'Little Master' that Sir Richard Hadlee said that he rated Tendulkar even higher than Don Bradman,
considering Sachin's staggering success in both the long and short formats of the game. "Nobody has ever said like that before. I am happy and satisfied,"
an elated Tendulkar said. "This comes as a pleasant surprise and it comes from a personality whose credentials cannot be questioned. I am happy
that I played with him on my first tour to New Zealand in 1989," he added.
Recognition came from other quarters too. Madame Tussauds came out with a wax replica of this legend.
The replica was flown into India and was unveiled by none other than Sachin himself. "It is a great honour to be there at the Tussauds.
I know I am the first sportsperson of the country to be there. I think it is an appreciation and a reflection of my contribution to Indian cricket,"
he said after unveiling the statue.
Let us go back in time and see what makes Sachin special. Sachin was asked to open against the Kiwis in Auckland
where he went on to make 82 runs off just 49 balls. But he could not complete the ton. The wait was long, a bit too long
till he did it in 2009. Tendulkar became one of India's key openers. The batsman, the country looked up to give it a solid start.
This was the beginning of a period at the top of the batting world, culminating in the Australian tour of India in early 1998,
with Tendulkar scoring three consecutive centuries.
His stroke play was so legendary that bowlers used to cherish taking his wickets. Glen McGrath, Warne,
there was never a great bowler who Tendulkar had not sent high across the boundary ropes.
And during the 1996 World Cup Sachin was the leading run scorer. He single handedly took the team forward.
When he lost his wicket, the batting lineup crumbled like a house of cards. If there is one thing this player wants,
Sachin has been quoted as saying it is to win the World Cup for the country
In 1995, Sachin Tendulkar married Anjali (born 10 November 1967), the pediatrician daughter of Gujarati industrialist,
Anand Mehta. They have two children, Sara (born 12 October 1997), and Arjun (born 24 September 1999).
Tendulkar's two tenures as captain of the Indian cricket team were not very successful. When Tendulkar took over as Captain in 1996,
it was with huge hopes and expectations. However, by 1997 the team was performing poorly. Azharuddin was credited with saying
"Nahin jeetega! Chote ki naseeb main jeet nahin hai!", which translates into: "He won't win! It's not in the small one's destiny".
It was in 1999 that Sachin suffered a chronic back-pain. And it was just the beginning. He started missing matches,
after suffering injuries, especially of his elbow, leading to talks of his retirement. He himself has rubbished any such talk of his quitting the game.
Tendulkar, succeeding Azharuddin as captain for his second term, then led India on a tour of Australia, where the visitors were comprehensively beaten 3-0 by the newly-crowned world champions.
Tendulkar, however, was at his usual best and won the player of the tournament award as well as player of the match in one of the games. After another Test series defeat, this time
by a 0-2 margin at home against South Africa, Tendulkar resigned, and Sourav Ganguly took over as captain in 2000.
Tendulkar remains an integral part of the Indian team's strategic processes.
He's often found discussing with the captain and involved in building strategies.
Tendulkar made 673 runs in 11 matches in the 2003 Cricket World Cup, helping India reach the final.
While Australia retained the trophy that they had won in 1999, Tendulkar was given the Man of the Tournament award.
On 10 December 2005, at Feroz Shah Kotla, he scored record-breaking 35th Test century, against the Sri Lankans.
On 6 February 2006, Tendulkar scored his 39th ODI hundred, in a match against Pakistan. He followed with a run-a-ball
42 in the second ODI against Pakistan on February 11, 2006, and then a 95 in hostile, seaming conditions on 13 February 2006
in Lahore, which set up an Indian victory.
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Wednesday, April 29, 2009
[FAO] SACHIN TENDULKAR: Career Flashback
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