Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar is a former Indian cricketer and captain, widely regarded as one of the greatest batsmen of all time. Sachin was born at Nirmal nursing home at Dadar, Bombay on 24th April 1973 in a Maharashtrian family. His father, Ramesh Tendulkar was a well-known Marathi novelist and his mother, Rajni, was employed at an insurance industry. His father named Sachin’s name after his favorite music director Sachin dev Burman.
Introduction to cricket and selection in Indian Cricket Team
Ajit, Sachin's elder brother introduced him to cricket in 1984. He introduced young Sachin to Ramakant Achrekar, a famous cricket coach and a club cricketer of repute at Shivaji Park Dadar. Achrekar was impressed with Tendulkar's talent and advised him to shift his schooling to Sharadashram Vidyamandir high school, a school at Dadar which had a dominant cricket team and had produced many notable cricketers. Prior to this school, Tendulkar had attended the Indian Educations Society’s New English School in Bandra (East)
Raj Singh Dungarpur is credited for the selection of Tendulkar for the Indian tour of Pakistan in late 1989 and that too after just one first class season.
Sachin Tendulkar scored his first ODI century on 9th September 1994 against Australia in Srilanka at Colombo. It took him 79 ODIs to score his first century but after that he never stopped. At the end of the career he scored 49 ODI and 51 test centuries.
Awards and Recognition
He received Arjuna Award in 1994 for his outstanding sporting achievement, Rajiv Khel ratna award in 1997. Padma Shri and Padma Vibhushan awards in 1999 and 2008 respectively. After few hours of his final match on 16th Nov 2013, PMO announced the decision to award him the Bharat Ratna, India's highest civilian gallantry award. He is the youngest recipient to date and the first ever sportsperson to receive the award.
He is the first person without an aviation background to be awarded the honorary rank of group captain by the Indian Air Force. In 2012 he was nominated to the Rajya Sabha, the upper house of the parliament of India. He was also named as an honorary member of the order of Australia.
Batting Career Summary
Bowling Career Summary
Test debut vs Pakistan at National Stadium, Nov 15, 1989
Last Test vs West Indies at Wankhede Stadium, Nov 14, 2013
ODI debut vs Pakistan at Jinnah Stadium, Dec 18, 1989
Last ODI vs Pakistan at Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mar 18, 2012
T20 debut vs South Africa at The Wanderers Stadium, Dec 01, 2006
Last T20 vs South Africa at The Wanderers Stadium, Dec 01, 2006
IPL debut vs Chennai Super Kings at Wankhede Stadium, May 14, 2008
Last IPL vs Sunrisers Hyderabad at Wankhede Stadium, May 13, 2013
First Test Century vs England at Old Trafford, Manchester, Aug 09, 1990
Last Test Century (51st century) vs South Africa at Newlands Cricket Ground, Cape Town, Jan 02, 2011
First ODI Century vs Australia at R. Premadasa Stadium, Colombo, Sep 09, 1994
Last ODI Century (49th century) vs Bangladesh at Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur, Mar 16, 2012
In Dec 2012, Tendulkar announced his retirement from ODI and subsequently announced his retirement from all forms of cricket, retiring on 16th Nov 2013 after playing his 200th and final test match against West Indies in Mumbai's Wankhede Stadium. He played 664 International cricket matched in total scoring 34,357 runs.
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