Sachin Tendulkar

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Sachin Tendulkar


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Name: Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar
Nick Name: The Master Blaster, The Little Champion, The Bombay Bomber
DOB: 24-04-1973
Test Debut: Pakistan at Karachi, 1st Test, 1989/90
ODI Debut: Pakistan at Gujranwala, 2nd ODI, 1989/90
Batting Style: Right Hand Bat
Bowling Style: Right Arm Off Break, Leg Break, Right Arm Medium, Leg Break Googly

Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar (born 24 April 1973) is an Indian cricketer. He holds several batting records, including the most Test centuries and the most one-day international centuries, and was rated in 2002 by Wisden as the second greatest Test batsman ever, after Sir Don Bradman. Tendulkar is the first player to score fifty centuries in all international cricket combined, he now has 93 centuries in international cricket. On 17 October 2008, when he surpassed Brian Lara's record for the most runs scored in Test Cricket, he also became the first batsman to score 12,000 runs in that form of the game, having also been the third batsman and first Indian to pass 11,000 runs in Test cricket. He was also the first player to score 10,000 runs in one-day internationals, and also the first player to cross every subsequent 1000-run mark that has been crossed in ODI cricket history and 200 runs in a one-day international match. In the fourth Test of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy against Australia, Tendulkar surpassed Australia's Allan Border to become the player to cross the 50-run mark the most number of times in Test cricket history, and also the second ever player to score 10 Test centuries against Australia, after only Sir Jack Hobbs of England more than 70 years previously. Tendulkar passed 30,000 runs in international cricket on 20 November 2009, and has been honoured with the Padma Vibhushan award, India's second highest civilian award, and the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award, India's highest sporting honour.

Early days

Born in Mumbai (then Bombay) into a middle-class family, Sachin Tendulkar was named after his familyís favourite music director Sachin Dev Burman. He went to Sharadashram Vidyamandir School where he started his cricketing career under coach Ramakant Achrekar. While at school, he was involved in a mammoth 664 run partnership in a Harris Shield game with friend and team mate Vinod Kambli. In 1988/1989, he scored 100 not-out in his first first-class match, for Bombay against Gujarat. At 15 years and 232 days he was the youngest to score a century on debut.

International career

Sachin played his first international match against Pakistan in Karachi in 1989, facing the likes of Wasim Akram, Imran Khan, Abdul Qadir, and Waqar Younis. He made just 15 runs, being bowled by Waqar Younis, who also made his debut in that match. It was an inauspicious start, but Tendulkar followed it up with his maiden Test fifty a few days later at Faisalabad. His One-day International (ODI) debut on December 18 was equally disappointing, where he was dismissed without scoring a run, again by Waqar Younis. The series was followed by a non-descript tour of New Zealand in which he fell for 88 in a Test match, John Wright, who would later coach India, pouching the catch that prevented Tendulkar from becoming the youngest centurion in Test cricket. The long anticipated maiden Test century came in Englandís tour in 1990 but the other scores were not remarkable. Tendulkar truly came into his own in the 1991-1992 tour of Australia that included a brilliant century on the fast and bouncy track at Perth. He has been Man of the Match 11 times in Test matches and Man of the Series twice, both times in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy against Australia.

  • His first ODI century came on September 9, 1994 against Australia in Sri Lanka at Colombo. It had taken Tendulkar 79 ODIs to score a century.

  • Sachin Tendulkar is the only player to score a century while making his Ranji Trophy, Duleep Trophy and Irani Trophy debut.

  • Wisden named Tendulkar one of the Cricketers of the Year in 1997, the first calendar year in which he scored 1,000 Test runs. He repeated the feat in 1999, 2001, and 2002.

  • Tendulkar also holds the record for scoring 1,000 ODI runs in a calendar year. He has done it six times - 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000 and 2003. In 1998 he made 1,894 ODI runs, still the record for ODI runs by any batsman in any given calendar year.

  • While not a regular bowler, Tendulkar has 37 wickets in 132 tests.

Highlights of Tendulkarís Test career include:

  • Rated as the second best batsman of all time (next to Don Bradman) by Wisden

  • Highest number of Test centuries (35), overtaking Sunil Gavaskarís record (34) on 10 December 2005 vs Sri Lanka in Delhi.

  • Played in the highest number of Cricket Grounds - he has played Test Cricket on 52 different grounds, ahead of Azharuddin (48), Kapil Dev (47), Inzamam-ul-Haq (46) and Wasim Akram (45).

  • He is the fastest to score 10,000 runs in Test cricket history. He holds this record along with Brian Lara. Both of them achieved this feat in 195 innings.

  • 4th highest tally of runs in Test cricket (10,323)

  • Career Average 55.79 - Has the highest average among those who have scored over 10,000 Test runs

  • Second Indian to make over 10,000 runs in Test matches.

  • Has 37 Test wickets (14 Dec 2005)

  • Second fastest player to reach 9000 runs (Brian Lara made 9000 in 177 innings, Sachin in 179.)

Highlights of Tendulkarís ODI career include:

  • Played more matches than any other cricketer

  • Most Man of the Match (50) awards

  • Appeared on the most grounds (89 different grounds)

  • Most runs (14,146 as of 15th February, 2006)

  • Most centuries (39)

  • Most centuries vs. Australia, South Africa, New Zealand, Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe.

  • First cricketer to cross 10,000-run mark in ODIs

  • Only cricketer to cross 14,000-run mark in ODIs

  • Only player to have over 100 innings of 50+ runs as of February, 2006

  • Over 100 wickets (141 as of 15th February, 2006)

  • Highest batting average among batsmen with over 10,000 ODI runs (as of March 17, 2006)

  • Highest individual score among Indian batsmen (186* against New Zealand at Hyderabad in 1999)

  • Holds the record for scoring 1,000 ODI runs in a calendar year. He has done it six times - 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000 and 2003.

  • In 1998 he made 1,894 ODI runs, still the record for ODI runs by any batsman in any given calendar year.

  • In 1998 he hit 9 ODI