The Master Blaster – Sachin Tendulkar

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Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar (born April 24, 1973) is a former Indian international cricketer who led the Indian national team. He is recognised as one of the best batsman in cricket history. Tendulkar began playing cricket at the age of eleven, made his Test debut against Pakistan in Karachi on November 15, 1989, at the age of sixteen, and went on to represent Mumbai locally and India internationally for over twenty-four years.The 14-year-old Tendulkar was chosen on November 14 to play for Bombay in the highest domestic First-class cricket competition in India, the Ranji Trophy, for the 1987–88 season. Tendulkar became the youngest Indian to achieve a century on debut in first-class cricket when he made his Bombay debut against Gujarat at Wankhede stadium a year later. He struck 100 not out in the game. When the Indian squad arrived at the Wankhede Stadium to face the visiting New Zealand team, Dilip Vengsarkar, the then-captain of Bombay, saw him handily defeating Kapil Dev, India’s finest fast bowler at the time, in the cricket practise nets.

Tendulkar was part of the Indian side that won the 2011 Cricket World Cup, his first triumph in six World Cup appearances for India. Wisden named him the second-greatest Test batter of all time and the second-greatest ODI batsman of all time in 2002, halfway through his career.Tendulkar won the Arjuna Award in 1994 for his extraordinary athletic accomplishments, the Khel Ratna Award in 1997, India’s highest sports honour, and the Padma Shri and Padma Vibhushan awards, two of India’s highest civilian honours, in 1999 and 2008, respectively. In November 2013, a few hours after his final game ended, the Prime Minister’s Office made the decision to bestow him with the Bharat Ratna, India’s highest civilian honour. Tendulkar and Viv Richards were the only post-World War II batsmen to be included in the squad, which was created in 2013 to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack.

By Subhechcha Ganguly

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