Legendary Indian batsman and Bharat Ratna Sachin Tendulkar turns 44 on April 24, 2015. The right-handed batsman, who has been known for grabbing a number of records, making a name for himself as the “Master Blaster”. Regarded as one of the greatest batsmen of all-time, Sachin changed the face of cricket. The Master Blaster was born to a well-known Marathi novelist Ramesh Tendulkar and Rajni who worked in the insurance industry. Being a huge fan of legendary music director, Sachin Dev Burman, father Ramesh named his youngest son after him. Sachin was the youngest kid in his family, with two elder brothers, Ajit and Nitin and sister Savita.
Considered as the ‘God of Cricket’, Tendulkar played as a youngster with his brother, Ajit, for Sahitya Sahawas society’s cricket team at Bandra East. His elder brother Ajit is credited by Sachin for playing a pivotal role in his life as he introduced him to cricket in 1984. Sachin was introduced to Ramakant Achrekar, a famous coach of his time. After being shifted to Sharadashram Vidyamandir (English) High School, a school that was more dominant for cricket on his coach’s advise, Sachin became a good household name during his training days and school cricket.
The right-handed batsman was soon drafted in the Bombay Ranji team for the 1987-88 season but he just managed to play as a substitute fielder and was never selected in the playing XI in that particular season. However, at an age of 15 years and 232 days, the young boy made a cut in Mumbai playing XI for the first time in a Ranji game against Gujarat on 11 December 1988 and stamped authority on the biggest stage of domestic cricket. Tendulkar was unbeaten on 100 in this game and etched his name after becoming the youngest cricketer to score a first-class hundred on debut. In late 1989, Sachin was selected for the Indian tour of Pakistan, where he started off slow, but turned into one of the best innings ever seen.
Tendulkar further enhanced his reputation as a future great during the 1991–92 tour of Australia held just before the 1992 Cricket World Cup. The match included an unbeaten 148 in the third Test at Sydney, making him the youngest batsman to score a century in Australia. His rise continued when Sachin was the leading run scorer at the 1996 World Cup, scoring two centuries.
The captaincy period of the master blaster was rather tough. Being the most brutal player with the bat didn’t make Sachin’s two captaincy stints to be equally successful as his batting. Tendulkar played an important role in carrying India to the final of 2003 World Cup where they lost to Australia in the final.
The God of Cricket scored his 100th international century against Bangladesh in Mirpur in 2012 and ended up scoring 15921 runs in 200 Tests while 18426 runs in ODIs. Sachin retired from ODIs in 2012 while bid an adieu to Test cricket in 2013 after playing 200 Test matches. The cricketer’s last series came against West Indies where he scored 74 in his farewell Test innings.
Sachin Tendulkar is the only player to have scored one hundred international centuries, the first batsman to score a double century in a ODI, the holder of the record for the most number of runs in both Test and ODI, and the only player to complete over 30,000 runs in the international cricket. The legendary cricketer has been awarded Arjuna Award(1994), Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna (1997-98), Padma Shri (1999), Padma Vibhushan (2008), Bharat Ratna (2014) while Wisden Cricketer of the Year (1997), Wisden Leading Cricketer in the World (2010), BCCI Cricketer of the Year award (2011).
Sachin Tendulkar’s wife Anjali is a doctor. They have two kids- son Arjun Tendulkar and daughter Sara Tendulkar. He has been a part of the Mumbai Indians franchise in the IPL, first as a player and then as a mentor and has also scored a hundred in 2011 edition. Sachin also released his autobiography “Playing It My Way”. The legend also acted in a movie, “Sachin: A Billion Dreams”, which is based on his own life. The 2017 Indian docudrama-biographical film hit the screens on 26 May 2017.