The history of cricket has seen some of the most talented, capable, and divine players. Players who have not only made the country proud but the whole world. Their talent and capabilities have brought nations together. Their abilities made sure that their names will always be remembered and mentioned, whenever cricket is the topic of discussion. One such name is Sachin Tendulkar. Sachin became India’s youngest test cricketer at the age of 11 and changed the face of Indian cricket. He came to be popularly known as the God of cricket and we are going to see why exactly did that happen.
One major thing about Sachin is his breathtaking shot selection and crisp timing. Sachin has scored 100 centuries altogether, 34357 runs with 164 half-centuries. The career stats of the player are just stupendous, impossible for any average person. Further, numbers are not the only concern as with such an impressive career, anyone could develop a certain amount of arrogance. But this isn’t the case with Tendulkar. He never let his achievements take his feet off the ground.
Even before Sachin became a professional, he had set a record by scoring 664 runs in partnership with Vinod Kambli, in an inter-school cricket match in Mumbai and it was back in 1992 when he became the youngest cricketer to score 1000 runs in test cricket.
He retired from all forms of cricket in 2013, but despite this, is still a living legend and mentor to countless cricket enthusiasts and students. Mothers, all over the country consider him as their own son. In the late 1990s, when Sachin was in his prime age, a group of fans in the Indian crowd came up with posters that read “if cricket is our religion, then Sachin is our God.” This is the kind of reverence people have for Sachin, not just across the country, but across the world.
“I don’t know cricket; I don’t know how Sachin plays. But I still try to watch him playing because I want to know why my country’s economy goes down 0.5% when he’s batting.” – Barack Obama (former US President. So this is the sort of Impact Sachin had on the crowd.
Sachin Tendulkar’s talent and efforts paved the way for numerous awards. Though awards are quite common in any sports field, Sachin Tendulkar was awarded the Bharat Ratna Award, which is among the most prestigious awards in the country. He had also been nominated to the upper house of the parliament in 2012. He became so popular that Sachin Tendulkar’s bat was once auctioned at Rs. 42 lakhs.
Sachin Tendulkar’s last match at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai marked his retirement from international cricket, in 2013. It was a journey that began from his debut against Pakistan to his innings of 74 against the Caribbean, at his home ground.
Sachin Tendulkar’s biography can’t be expressed merely in few words or in a 3-hour film. His 24 years of evergreen, legendary career will be cherished and remembered and will always remain an inspiration for several generations to come.