Sunday, August 14, 2022
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Sachin Tendulkar birthday special

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Today is birthday of Master blaster Sachin Tendulkar. He retired in 2013 but is still regarded as greatest batsman in history of cricket. He is called god of cricket. Especially in India, where cricket is a religion and Sachin is regarded as its god.

Sachin Tendulkar took up cricket at the age of eleven. He made his Test debut on 15 November 1989 against Pakistan in Karachi at the age of sixteen. He then went on to represent India internationally for almost 24 years.

Sachin Tendulkar holds some exclusive records. He is the only player to have scored 100 international centuries. He was the first batsman to score a double century in ODIs. He is the holder of the record for the most number of runs in both Test and ODI and is the only player to complete more than 30,000 runs in international cricket.

He played 329 innings in 200 tests and scored 15921 runs with his highest being 248. His batting average when he retired was 53.79 and strike rate was 54.08. He scored 68 half centuries, 51 centuries and 6 double centuries in test cricket. In ODIs, he played 463 matches and scored 18426 runs. His strike when he got retired was 86.24 and average was 44.83. He scored 96 half-centuries and 49 centuries in ODIs.

2003 Cricket World Cup

Sachin Tendulkar made 673 runs in 11 matches in the 2003 Cricket World Cup and single handily led team India in finals. Sachin could not perform in finals and India lost the 2003 world cup. However, Tendulkar was awarded Man of the Tournament in 2003 world cup.

2011 Cricket World Cup

Tendulkar was India’s leading run-scorer in 2011 Cricket World Cup. He was the second highest run-scorer in that tournament. He scored 482 runs with an average of 53.55 and scored two centuries also. India defeated Sri Lanka in the final and won the ICC cricket world cup 2011. India won this World Cup after a long gap of 28 years. India won their last world cup back in 1983 under captaincy of Kapil Dev. Sachin was holding the world cup trophy first time. It was his happiest and proudest moment of his life. He could not control his tears while holding the world cup trophy.

Awards

After his retirement, Government of India awarded him Bharat Ratna, India’s highest civilian award. He was first ever sportsperson to receive the award and the only sportsperson to revive this award till now. He has earlier got Arjuna Award, Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award, Padma Shri and Padma Vibhushan awards also. Time magazine included Sachin in its annual Time 100 list as one of the “Most Influential People in the World”.

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