The Impeccable Journey Of Master Blaster

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Beneath the helmet, under that curly hair, inside the cranium, there is something we don't know, something beyond scientific measure. Something that allows him to soar, to roam a territory of sport that, forget us, even those who are gifted enough to play alongside him cannot even fathom. When he goes out to bat, people switch on their TV sets and switch off their lives.

Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar (born 24 April 1973), often referred to as The Little Master or The Master Blaster, is an Indian cricketer widely regarded as the greatest batsmen in the history of cricket. His batting is based on the purest principles: perfect balance, economy of movement, precision in stroke-making, and anticipation.

Sachin Tendulkar is undoubtedly India's most famous cricketer and arguably the greatest cricket player of the current generation. He made his debut at the age of 16 (in 1989) and will play his last match on 14 Nov 2013.

Cricket is a religion in India, and Sachin is the god. While critics believe his best years are past him (which is only natural in a 21-year career), he continues to own almost every batting record in the sport. He also possesses an impeccable track record for his behavior off the field, which is refreshing in this era of professional sport.

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  • Representing John Bright Cricket Club in Bombay's premier club cricket tournament, the Kanga League, and later went on to play for the Cricket Club of India.

  • Scored a century in every innings he played in in 1988.
  • Was involved in an unbroken 664-run partnership in a Lord Harris Shield inter-school game against Anjuman-E-Islam High School in 1988 with his friend & team mate Vinod Kambli. Tendulkar scored 326 (not out) in this innings and over a thousand runs in the tournament. (Record partnership in any form of cricket until 2006).

    • Represented Mumbai, Maharashtra, India in the Ranji Trophy at the tender age of 14 (1987) but was not selected in Playing XI for any match.
    • Made his debut at 15 years and 232 days against Gujarat
      and scored 100 not out (youngest Indian to score a debut century) - Ranji Trophy.

    • Also scored centuries in his debut in Deodhar and Dileep trophies.

    • First overseas player to play for Yorkshire at the age of 19.

      International Career:

      Made his Test debut against Pakistan in Karachi in November 1989 aged just 16 years and 223 days.

    • Scored his first ODI century on 9 September 1994 against Australia in Sri Lanka at Colombo. It had taken him 79 ODIs to score a century.

    Batting Statistics:

    Look at the number of matches played by the guy. Look at the 100 centuries scored by him. Look at the number of catches that prove that apart from being the best batsman in the world, he is also an excellent fielder. Clap

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    1. Highest run-getter in test matches (15,837 as on 3 May 2013).

    2. Highest run-getter in ODIs (18,426).

    3. 15,310 of his runs came while opening the innings with the aid of 45 centuries and 75 fifties in 340 innings- most by an opener.

    4. Most number of centuries in Test matches - 51.

    5. Most number of centuries in ODIs - 49.

    6. Most number of man of the match awards (62) in the ODIs.

    7. Most number of man of the series awards (17) in ODIs.

    8. Best average for man of the matches in ODIs.

    9. First cricketer to reach 10,000-11,000-12,000-13,000-14,000-15,000-16,000-17,000-18,000 runs in the ODIs.

    10. Only player ever to cross the 14,000-15,000-16,000-17,000 and 18,000 run marks in ODIs.

    11. He is the highest run scorer in World Cups (2,278 at an average of 56.95)
    12. Most number of the man of the match awards in World cups.

    13. Most number of runs in the 1996 World cup - 523 runs at an average of 87.16.

    14. Most number of runs in the 2003 World cup - 673 runs in 2003 Cricket World Cup, highest by any player in a single Cricket World Cup.

    15. Most number of Fifties in ODIs - 96.

    16. Highest number of 50+ scores in ODI's - 145 (49 Centuries and 96 Fifties).

    17. First player to have scored over 100 innings of 50+ runs in ODIs.

    18. Appeared in most number of tests - 193.

    19. Appeared in most number of ODIs - 463.

    20. First player to score 200 runs in an ODI.

    21. Tendulkar top-scored for India on 129 occasions - most such occasions for any player in ODIs.

    22. He was the first players to complete the all-round treble of 10000 runs, 100 wickets and 100 catches in ODIs.

    23. Is the only player to have made three scores of 175 or more in ODIs.

    24. Is the only player with five scores of 150 or more in ODIs.

    25. Holds the record for scoring 1,000 ODI runs in a calendar year on most occasions. He did so seven times - 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2003 and 2007.

    26. Tendulkar has scored over 1,000 ODI runs against all major Cricketing nations.

    27. Has played ODIs with 866 players (teammates and opponents) - most for any player in ODI history.

    28. He has most scores in 90s: 18 (including one not out innings).

    29. He was involved in 99 century partnerships - most by any player.

    30. Tendulkar was the first batsman to score over 3,000 runs against an opponent (3,077 runs against Australia).Since then he has also done this against Sri Lanka (3,113 runs).

    31. Tendulkar was the fastest to reach 10,000 runs taking 259 innings and has the highest batting average among batsmen with over 10,000 ODI runs.

    32. Tendulkar is the only Indian to score a century on ODI captaincy debut (110 v Sri Lanka at Colombo RPS on 28 August 1996).

    33. Tendulkar was the first Indian player to score a century and capture four wickets in the same ODI (v Australia at Dhaka on 28 October 1998).

    34. 11.27% of all the runs and 24.50% of all the hundreds scored by all Indian batsmen have come from Tendulkar's bat.

    35. His nine centuries against Australia are the most by any player against a particular country. He occupies the second place too, with eight centuries against Sri Lanka.

    36. Sachin Tendulkar with Sourav Ganguly holds the world record for the maximum number of runs scored by the opening partnership in ODIs. They put together 6,609 runs in 136 matches that include 21 century partnerships and 23 fifty run partnerships. The 21 century partnerships for the opening pair is also a world record.

    37. Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid hold the world record for the highest partnership in ODIs when they scored 331 runs for the second wicket against New Zealand in 1999-00 at the Hyderabad.

    38. Only the second player (after Javed Miandad) to appear in SIX World Cups - from 1992 to 2011.

    39. Most ODI runs in a calendar year: 1,894 ODI runs in 1998.

    40. Most Centuries in a calendar year: 9 ODI centuries in 1998.

    41. Longest career span : 22 years 91 days.

    42. Between April 1990 and April 1998 Tendulkar played 185 consecutive matches - a World record.

    43. He is the only player to be in top 10 ICC Batsmen ranking for 10 years in Tests.

    44. He was the first cricketer to receive the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, India's highest sporting honor only to be followed by Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

    45. In 2002, Wisden rated him as the second greatest Test batsman after Sir Donald Bradman.

    46. In 2003, Wisden rated Tendulkar as the No. 1 in all time Greatest ODI players.
    47. He was involved in unbroken664-run partnership in a Harris Shield game in 1988 with friend and team mate Vinod Kambli.

    48. Tendulkar is the only player to score a century in all three of his Ranji Trophy, Duleep Trophy and Irani Trophy debuts.

    49. In 1992, at the age of 19, Tendulkar became the first overseas born player to represent Yorkshire.

    50. Tendulkar has been granted the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, Arjuna Award, Padma Shri and Padma Vibhushan by Indian government. He is the only Indian cricketer to get all of them.

    51. Tendulkar has scored over 1000 runs in a calendar year in ODIs 7 times.

    52. Tendulkar has scored 1894 runs in calendar year in ODIs most by any batsman.

    53. He has the least percentage of the man of the matches awards won when team loses a match in ODIs. Out of his 62-man of the match awards only 5 times India has lost.

    54. Tendulkar most number man of match awards (12) against Australia.

    55. In August 2003, Sachin Tendulkar was voted as the "Greatest Sportsman" of the country in the sport personalities category in the Best of India poll conducted by Zee News.

    56. In November 2006, Time magazine named Tendulkar as one of the Asian Heroes.

    57. The current India Poised campaign run by The Times of India has nominated him as the Face of New India next to the likes of Amartya Sen and Mahatma Gandhi among others.

    58. Tendulkar was the first batsman to score over 50 centuries in international cricket.

    59. Tendulkar was the first batsman to score over 75 centuries in international cricket.

    60. Has the most overall runs in cricket, (ODIs+Tests+Twenty20s), as of December 2012 he had accumulated almost 34,074 runs overall.

    61. Sachin Tendulkar with Sourav Ganguly hold the world record for the maximum number of runs scored by the opening partnership. They have put together 6,271 runs in 128 matches

    62. The 22 century partnerships for opening pair with Sourav Ganguly is a world record.
    63. Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid hold the world record for the highest partnership in ODI matches when they scored 331 runs against New Zealand in 1999.

    64. Sachin Tendulkar has been involved in six 200 run partnerships in ODI matches - a record that he shares with Sourav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid

    65. Most ODI Centuries in a calendar year: 9 centuries in 1998.

    66. Only player to have over 100 innings of 50+ runs (49 Centuries and 96 Fifties)(as of 7 March 2012)

    67. The only player ever to cross the 14,000, 15,000, 16,000, 17,000, 18,000 run marks IN ODI.

    68. Second highest individual score among Indian batsmen (200* against South Africa at Gwalior in 2011).

    69. The score of 200* is the second highest score recorded in ODI matches.

    70. Tendulkar has scored over 1000 ODI runs against all major Cricketing nations.

    71. Sachin was the fastest to reach 10,000 runs taking 259 innings and has the highest batting average among batsmen with over 10,000 ODI runs

    72. Most number of Stadium Appearances: 90 different Grounds.

    73. Consecutive ODI Appearances: 185.

    74. On his debut, Sachin Tendulkar was the second youngest debutant in the world.

    75. When Tendulkar scored his maiden century in 1990, he was the second youngest to score a century.

    76. Tendulkar's record of five test centuries before he turned 20 is a current world record.

    77. Tendulkar holds the current record (217 against NZ in 1999/00 Season) for the highest score in Test cricket by an Indian when captaining the side.

    78. Tendulkar has scored centuries against all test playing nations. He was the third batman to achieve the distinction after Steve Waugh and Gary Kirsten.

    79. He holds record for the second most number of seasons with over 1000 runs in world in a calendar year.

    80. On 3 January 2007 Sachin Tendulkar (5751) edged past Brian Lara's (5736) world record of runs scored in Tests away from home.

    81. Tendulkar and Brian Lara are the fastest to score 10,000 runs in Test cricket history. Both of them achieved this in 195 innings.

    82. Second Indian after Sunil Gavaskar to make over 10,000 runs in Test matches.

    83. Became the first Indian to surpass the 11,000 Test run mark and the third overall.

    84. First to score 30,000 international runs.

    85. Tendulkar's 34,273 runs in international cricket include 18,426 runs in ODIs, 15,837 Tests runs and 10 runs in the lone Twenty20 that he has played.

    86. On 10 December 2005, Tendulkar made his 35th century in Tests at Delhi against Sri Lanka . He surpassed Sunil Gavaskar's record of 34 centuries to become the man with the most number of hundreds in Test cricket.

    87. Tendulkar is the only player who has 150 wickets and more than 15,000 runs in ODIs.

    88. Tendulkar is the first batsman in history to score 100 centuries in international cricket.

    89. Holds the record for amassing most runs in a winning cause 11157 (average 56.63), including 33 centuries, in 234 matches.

    90. Also has the highest average in a winning cause 56.63 which is the highest among the batsmen with 7000 runs or more in a winning cause.

    91. He has scored most runs in boundaries (fours) in ODI cricket 2016*4= 8064.

    92. He has scored 195 sixes in ODI cricket(Not most but in top 10).

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    Official awards

    Media awards

    • In August 2003, he was voted as the "Greatest Sportsman" of the country in the sport
      personalities category in the Best of India poll conducted by Zee News.

    • In November 2006, Time magazine named him as one of the Asian Heroes.

    • In December 2006, he was named "Sports person of the Year"
    • In June 2009, Time magazine included his Test Debut in "Top 10 Sporting Moments".

    • In 2010, he was voted as one of the world's 100 most influential people in "The 2010 TIME 100" poll conducted by Time magazine.

    • The current India Poised campaign run by The Times of India has nominated him as the Face of New India next to the likes of Amartya Sen and Mahatma Gandhi among others.

    • In February 2010,he was declared "Sports Icon of the Year for 21 years" by NDTV at the NDTV Indian of the Year Awards.

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    • In an over I can bowl six different balls. But then Sachin looks at me with a sort of gentle arrogance down the pitch as if to say 'Can you bowl me another one?'
    • For cricket, Sachin is Maradona and Pele put together. Cricket will be a poorer sport when he quits the game. He is the first name that comes to mind the moment you ask who is the greatest.
    • Sachin Tendulkar has often reminded me of a veteran army colonel who has many medals on his chest to show how he has conquered bowlers all over the world.
    • I was bowling to Sachin and he hit me for two fours in a row. One from point and the other in between point and gully. That was the last two balls of the over and the over after that we took a wicket and during the group meeting I told Jonty (Rhodes) to be alert and I know a way to pin Sachin. And I delivered the first ball of my next over and it was a fuller length delevery outside offstump. And I shouted catch. To my astonishment the ball was hit to the cover boundary. Such was the brilliance of Sachin. His reflex time is the best I have ever seen. It's like 1/20th of a sec. To get his wicket better not prepare. Atleast you won't regret if he hits you for boundaries.
    • His shot selection is superb, he just lines you up and can make you look very silly. Everything is right in his technique and judgement. There isn't a fault there. He is also a lovely guy, and over the years I've enjoyed some interesting chats with him... Sachin is in a different class to Lara as a professional cricketer. He is a model cricketer, and despite the intolerable pressures he faces back home, he remains a really nice guy... Sachin is also the best batsman in the world, pulling away from Brain Lara every year...
      We'd heard all about him modelling himself on Sunil Gavaskar, and he had the same neatness, the same time to spare, the same calmness - and a very heavy bat.
    • "During our team meetings, we often speak about the importance of the first 12 balls to Tendulkar. If you get him then you can thank your stars, otherwise it could mean that tough times lie ahead."
    • When you bowl at him you are not just trying to get him out, you are trying to impress him. "I want him to walk off thinking 'that Flintoff, he's all right isn't he? I feel privileged to have played against him.
    • To Sachin, the man we all want to be.
    • There are two kinds of batsmen in the world. One, Sachin Tendulkar. Two, all the others.
    • I am very privileged to have played with him and seen most of the runs that he has scored. I am also extremely happy to have shared the same dressing room... He is a very reserved person and generally keeps to himself. He is very determined, committed and doesn't show too many emotions. He just goes about doing his job.
    • I am fortunate that I've to bowl at him only in the nets.
    • I can be hundred per cent sure that Sachin will not play for a minute longer when he is not enjoying himself. He is still so eager to go out there and play. He will play as long as he feels he can play.
      • Anjali Tendulkar, Sachin's wife [17]
    • First and foremost, Tendulkar is an entertainer and that for me is as important factor as any fact or figure. Too often boring players have been pushed forward as great by figures alone. For sheer entertainment, he will keep cricket alive.
    • Beneath the helmet, under that unruly curly hair, inside the cranium, there is something we don't know, something beyond scientific measure. Something that allows him to soar, to roam a territory of sport that, forget us, even those who are gifted enough to play alongside him cannot even fathom. When he goes out to bat, people switch on their television sets and switch off their lives.
    • The thing I admire most about this man is his poise. The way he moves, elegantly without ever looking out of place in any condition or company, suggests his pedigree. I remember he had once come to New Delhi in the 1990s to collect his Arjuna Award (India's highest award to its top sportspersons) and he asked me if I would attend the function. He is a very sensitive human being...
      Sometimes you feel he really hasn't felt the kind of competition in the world his talent deserves. I would have loved to see him perform against top quality cricketers of the previous generation. It would really have brought out the best in him.
    • You might pitch a ball on the off stump and think you have bowled a good ball and he walks across and hits it for two behind mid wicket. His bat looks so heavy but he just waves it around like it's a toothpick.
    • You know genius when you see it, and let me tell you, Sachin is pure genius.
    • The only batsman I would love to see by paying for the tickets and sitting in the stand just to watch him is none other than Sachin Tendulkar.
    • Tendulkar is to cricket what Michael Jordan is to basketball and Muhammad Ali to boxing.
    • He is a tremendous cricketer. He is young and has got a lot of ability. He's got his own style. He has got the temperament for big cricket and I hope that he goes from strength to strength.
    • For Sachin the balance is there. He is quick to complete his shot. He covers the crease much better than mere mortals.
    • I actually feel very embarrassed because I rejected him as a fast bowler. I think I did him and the game of cricket a favour.
      • Dennis Lillee advised Tendulkar to focus on his batting, instead of bowling, when he came to the MRF Pace Academy in 1987. [31]
    • If I'm to bowl to Sachin, I will bowl with my helmet on. He hits the ball so hard.
    • No Michael, as long as you walk off with your pride that's all you can do.
    • I saw him (Sachin) playing on television and was struck by his technique, so I asked my wife to come look at him. Now I never saw myself play, but I feel that this player is playing much the same as I used to play, and she looked at him on television and said yes, there is a similarity between the two...his compactness, technique, stroke production... it all seemed to gel.
    • In the early years, especially around the mid 90s, I had this feeling you could play around on his ego and get him out. He believed he could attack bowlers at any time and anyone who could bowl maidens to him stood a good chance. Things are of course different now.
    • He is cricket's greatest role model and continues to provide a great example for young aspiring cricketers on how to conduct oneself throughout one's career.
    • Technically, you can't fault Sachin. Seam or spin, fast or slow nothing is a problem.
    • The joy he brings to the millions of his countrymen, the grace with which he handles all the adulation and the expectations and his innate humility - all make for a one-in-a-billion individual.
    • I'll always remember Sachin as a quality cricketer, one of the best of all time.
    • Tendulkar is the best in the world at the moment. Why I've always liked him is that batsmen tend to be negative at times and I think batting is not about not getting out - it is to play positively. I think you got to take it to the bowlers and Sachin is one such player. When you do so, you change the game, you change bowlers because they suddenly start bowling badly because they are under pressure.
    • I'd like to see him go out one day and bat with a stump. I tell you he'd do OK... I just get the feeling because of his mental strength that Sachin will be definitely the best player of his era and probably the best 2-3 of all time.
    • He is a perfectly balanced batsman and knows perfectly well when to attack and when to play defensive cricket.He has developed the ability to treat bowlers all over the world with contempt and can destroy any attack with utmost ease.
    • I am one of those fortune people who have seen Bradman and Tendulkar bat in my lifetime and in my opinion Tendulkar is the best batsman I have seen in my life.
    • For every ball Sachin has two shots in his mind. And he gets out when he plays the third one.
    • I had to remind Gary Kristen often that he was in the covers to field against Sachin not to applaud him.
    • Nothing bad can happen to us if we're on a plane in India with Sachin Tendulkar on it.
    • Whenever I see Sachin play I am reminded of the Graeme Pollock quote of Cricket being a 'see the ball, hit the ball game.' He hits the ball as if it's there to be hit.
    • It did dawn on me at the end of the series that he was something special.
    • I know that the new ball is due, but I am saving it for that "Chotu" (Sachin) who is coming next.
      • Imran Khan (captain) of Pakistan to Javed Miandad (vice captain) in Sachin's debut test series (1989).
        • "Chotu" is a subcontinental term for the one who is lean and short. [50]
    • He loves India. He has named his child India. His biggest player is actually Tendulkar. Right now I'm hoping Tendulkar does not hit a catch to him because he will probably drop it to watch him bat.
    • "He loves cricket and with his hardwork, focus and commitment he has truly become a outstanding ambassador for the sport at a time when commercialism is so rampant."
    • I never coached Sachin Tendulkar, I gave him gentle advice when he asked for it.
    • "The way he has taken on the role of India's greatest sporting ambassador... He has, among other things, inspired a generation and more to play cricket."
    • "He continues to give more than 100 per cent and his schoolboy-like enthusiasm for the game is something I envy and admire. For the team he is the best available coaching manual."

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    • We did not lose to a team called India... we lost to a man called Sachin.
    • Irrespective of the score, whenever Sachin Tendulkar comes to bat he is under pressure. The pressure comes from all those people who look up to him, who pray that he gets a century, who cheer like India has already won when he comes in to bat, and who silently troop out of the stands once he gets out. When a visiting team comes to India, they know whom the Indians look up to. While they love watching India play, there is no doubt that Tendulkar is the player they love watching most. There is a buzz when he comes in to bat and if he fails, the crowd goes quiet for the rest of the game.
    • The pressure on me is nothing compared to Sachin Tendulkar. Sachin, like God, must never fail. The crowd always expects him to succeed and it is too much pressure on him. But, he rarely disappoints them.
    • "Sachin was so focused. He never looked like getting out. He was batting with single-minded devotion. It was truly remarkable. It was a lesson."
    • Sachin Tendulkar is a god in India, a phenomenal player. His life seems to be a stillness in a frantic world and I admire his mental strength. He is a phenomenal player. When Tendulkar goes out to bat, it is beyond chaos - it is a frantic appeal by a nation to one man. Tendulkar seems like a spiritually rich individual, a solid human being; quite reserved and thoughtful to speak to. The people of India see him as a god, Stephen Waugh is almost a god here, but Sachin is a god and people believe good luck shines in his hand.
      • Matthew Hayden [59]
        • Hayden quoted a Paul Kelly song about Sir Donald Bradman: "He was more than just a batsman, He was something like a tide."
    • This little prick's going to get more runs than you, AB.
      • Merv Hughes to Allan Border after an 18-year-old Tendulkar scored a century in Perth. Tendulkar now has scored more runs than Border. [61]
    • Test cricket is bloody hard work, especially when you've got Sachin batting with what looks like a three-metre-wide bat.
    • Tendulkar is one of that narrow stratum of elite sports stars whom people will clamour and even make great sacrifices to watch, regardless of their national identity. If you care for cricket, you must love Sachin. In this regard, his peers are few - and mostly found in other sports, and certainly in other lands.
      • Mike Marqusee, writer, journalist and political activist [64]
    • He is the world no.1 in my list simply because of the way he has performed at the highest level for such a long time. In that journey, I also take into account the number of years he's been on the road, records by his name. In fact, statistically too, he has performed much more than any other cricketer. He is a very quiet person, doesn't interact much, but I have always heard he is a great team man. He has always shown respect to his opponents, an important yardstick for a great cricketer.
    • His mind is like a computer. He stores data on bowlers and knows where they are going to pitch the ball.
    • Sachin cannot cheat. He is to cricket what Gandhiji was to politics. It's clear discrimination.
      • NKP Salve, when Sachin was accused of ball tempering [70]
    • On a train from Shimla to Delhi, there was a halt at one of the stations. The train stopped by for few minutes as usual. Sachin was nearing a century, batting on 98. The passengers, railway officials, everyone on the train waited for Sachin to complete the century. This genius can stop time in India!
    • He is one of the rare few who don't boast after scoring a 241, rather comes back to pavilion just to see the replay of his dismissal and rectify it in future.
    • Sachin has been sent by God to play cricket and then go back.
    • He's undoubtedly technically the best batsman I've seen, played against, played with. I've said that for a long time. One, because of the amount of success he had against us - it seemed just about every time we played against him he made a hundred. There weren't too many series that went by that he didn't dominate. Technically the best batsman I've seen, and quite easily as well.
    • I will forever remember Sachin as one of the greatest players of the game. In fact, it is something I look forward to telling my grandchildren in the future -- that I played against one of my childhood heroes. He has been one of the greatest cricketers ever and it has been a privilege playing with him and against him. It can surely rank as one of my cherished cricketing memories.
    • I never get tired during umpiring whenever Sachin is on crease
    • I would like to thank you from the bottom of my heart for allowing us to breathe the same air as you do.
    • There was a big party where stars from bollywood and cricket were invited. Suddenly, there was a big noise, all wanted to see approaching Amitabh Bachhan. Then Sachin entered the hall and Amitabh was leading the queue to get a grab of the genius!
      • Shahrukh Khan in an interview when asked who he thought the most important celebrity was. [80]
    • Sachin Tendulkar is, in my time, the best player without doubt - daylight second, Brian Lara third.
      • Shane Warne when asked who he thought the greatest batsman in the world was. [81]
    • You have to watch India in India truly to appreciate the pressure that Sachin Tendulkar is under every time he bats. Outside grounds, people wait until he goes in before paying to enter. They seem to want a wicket to fall even though it is their own side that will suffer. This is cricket as Sachin has known it since the age of 16. He grew up under incredible weight of expectation and never buckled once - not under poor umpiring decisions or anything else. I place him very slightly ahead of Lara because I found him slightly tougher mentally.
    • I'll be going to bed having nightmares of Sachin just running down the wicket and belting me back over the head for six. He was unstoppable. I don't think anyone, apart from Don Bradman, is in the same class as Sachin Tendulkar. He is just an amazing player.
    • You have to decide for yourself whether you're bowling well or not. He's going to hit you for fours and sixes anyway. Kasprowicz has a superior story. During the Bangalore Test, frustrated, he went to Dennis Lillee and asked, "Mate, do you see any weaknesses?" Lillee replied, "No Michael, as long as you walk off with your pride that's all you can do".
    • With Sachin Tendulkar and Brian Lara, it was better to be friends and make them smile rather than wind them up.
    • You have to watch India in India truly to appreciate the pressure that Sachin Tendulkar is under every time he bats. Outside grounds, people wait until he goes in before paying to enter. They seem to want a wicket to fall even though it is their own side that will suffer.
    • He is the greatest cricketer I have ever seen. I haven't seen Bradman, but he is as close to perfection as you can get. His insatiable hunger, combined with incredible talent, makes him a real genius. When people criticise him, all I point to them is the 100 international hundreds. Lara was a great and Ponting too was a brilliant, but Sachin, without any hesitation, is the greatest. He is the best I have ever seen and will perhaps ever see. No batsman in the next 50 years can score 100 international hundreds.
    • Sachin made 9 centuries in one year but many cricketers have not made 9 centuries in their whole career.
    • To me he will not just be remembered as a great player and a lovely human being, but as somebody who tried to learn Bengali for the last 14 years but never managed to do so!
    • It was one of the greatest innings I have ever seen. There is no shame being beaten by such a great player, Sachin is perhaps only next to the Don.
      • Steve Waugh after being defeated in the Coca-Cola Cup finals in Sharjah. [90]
    • "The last time I watched Sachin was last week when he was on his way to a spectacular 175 and once again I felt that I was watching a player who comes but once in a century. It can be said that he is the Bradman of our times and I do feel privileged to have played a lot of cricket against him,"
    • When Sachin Tendulkar travelled to Pakistan to face one of the finest bowling attacks ever assembled in cricket, Michael Schumacher was yet to race a F1 car, Lance Armstrong had never been to the Tour de France, Diego Maradona was still the captain of a world champion Argentina team, Pete Sampras had never won a Grand Slam. When Tendulkar embarked on a glorious career taming Imran and company, Roger Federer was a name unheard of; Lionel Messi was in his nappies, Usain Bolt was an unknown kid in the Jamaican backwaters. The Berlin Wall was still intact, USSR was one big, big country, Dr Manmohan Singh was yet to "open" the Nehruvian economy. It seems while Time was having his toll on every individual on the face of this planet, he excused one man. Time stands frozen in front of Sachin Tendulkar. We have had champions, we have had legends, but we have never had another Sachin Tendulkar and we never will.
      • Time magazine, in 2011 [94]
    • For me, Tendulkar is one of the greatest cricketers. He has done extremely well and is very aggressive. I look forward to the day when I can see him play live. That's a dream.
    • Tendulkar has carried the burden of the nation for 21 years. It is time we carried him on our shoulders.
      • Virat Kohli leads the Tendulkar tributes after India's World Cup triumph [96]
    • ...when he is in full flow, the mild-mannered boyish cricketer can look extremely intimidating. If there is a resonance, I find of myself in his batting, it is in that intent that he communicates.
    • I think he's marvellous. I think he will fit in whatever category of cricket that's been played or will be played, from the first ball that's ever been bowled to the last ball that's going to be. He can play in any era and at any level... What he looks to do first is to attack.
      If it's not there in the groove he waits for the line and defends. Most of the time batsmen, just because it could be a fearsome fast bowler they are facing, tend to defend. But Sachin's always ready. He's always in a position to take advantage of loose balls... He has something special. He's blessed. I would say he's 99.5 per cent perfect... Even if he retires tomorrow and doesn't achieve anything more he is right there.
      I have never seen Bradman but heard people talk about him. But I tell you what, if Bradman could bat like this man does then he was dynamite. Players like Sachin deserve to be preserved in cotton wool.
    • I think he is marvellous. I think he will fit in whatever category of cricket that has been played or will be played, from the first ball that has ever been bowled to the last ball that's going to be. He can play in any era and at any level. I would say he's 99.5% perfect.
    • Certainly the best I've seen... People talk of (Sir Don) Bradman, but our generation and the ones immediately before us didn't get to see him... Sure, he has an astounding average (99.94), but of the cricketers I've watched, Sachin's the best.
    • Today, he showed the world why he is considered the best batsman around. Some of the shots he played were simply amazing. Earlier, opposing teams used to feel that Sachin's dismissal meant they could win the game. Today, I feel that the Indian players, too, feel this way.
    • I dont know what to bowl at him. I bowled an inswinger and he drove me through covers of the front foot. Then I bowled an outswinger and he again punched through covers of the backfoot. He is the toughest batsmen I've bowled to. He should live long and score lots of runs, but not against Pakistan.
    • Tujhe pata hai tune kiska catch chhoDa hai?
    • Cricketers like Sachin come once in a lifetime, and I am privileged he played in my time.
    • Sometimes you get so engrossed in watching batsmen like Rahul Dravid and Sachin Tendulkar that you lose focus on your job.
    • He is definitely someone who is miles ahead of his competition. In our days, cricket was played less, but in Sachin's time, there is relentless pressure to perform. And the way he has carried on batting throughout his career is phenomenal. As for myself, I have many videos of Sachin's best innings which I will watch from time to time to reminisce about his batting achievements when he has retired.
    • I Will See God When I Die But Till Then I Will See Sachin Tendulkar
      • A banner in Sharjah [108]
    • Commit all your crimes when Sachin is batting. They will go unnoticed because even the Lord is watching.
      • A placard at the Sydney Cricket Ground [109]

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    The battle for tickets to cricket hero Sachin Tendulkar's last Test match shifted from ground to cyberspace on Monday morning after the official ticketing website crashed amid surging demand that its owners said could break visitor records for sites selling tickets to the Olympic Games. clocked in 19 million visitors within a few hours of the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) appointing it ticketing partner to a "historic occasion of the final Test match of our local cricket legend and global icon Sachin Tendulkar".
    Tickets are in massive demand because the 14-18 November match at Mumbai's Wankhede stadium will be Sachin's 200th Test and his last capping a 24-year career at the top of the sport.
    MCA secretaries P.V. Shetty and Nitin Dalal said in a joint statement:'s "service delivery over the last several matches including the, International Cricket Council CWC (Cricket World Cup) 2011 hosted by Mumbai, make them the natural choice to deliver our objectives to fans.
    "We look forward to a full house."
    However, only a little "over 3,000 tickets" were made available for sale online, according to a person familiar with the development, priced at Rs.500, Rs.1,000 and Rs.2,500, leading to a mad scramble for the website. The stadium can seat 32,000 viewers.
    "We've had over 19 million hits in the first few hours. This is unprecedented. The site hasn't crashed, it may take some time to load, but we are clocking in transactions," said Neetu Bhatia, chairman and chief executive officer of, adding that traffic for these tickets was even higher than that for the 2011 Cricket World Cup finals.
    "If the momentum continues, then there is a good chance that the site will cross visitor records that have been set by sites offering ticket sales to the Olympics."
    MCA has been flooded with requests for tickets and passes ever since the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) allotted the match to Mumbai in October, said an MCA official in an earlier interview.
    "We get at least 50 calls a day and also have over 200 emails from all over the world asking for tickets," he added, not wanting to be named.
    Eklavya Gupte, one of the lucky few who got hold of a pass to the match"the series pits India against the West Indies"thanks to an uncle who is a member of the MCA's Garware Club, posted a picture on Twitter of the coveted pass.
    Since its renovation in 2011, Wankhede stadium's capacity has come down from around 39,000 to 32,000 seats, thanks to ergonomic bucket seats and a new stadium design that leaves space for the sea breeze to blow through the grounds.
    Of these, about 6,000 seats are reserved for members of the Garware Club; 6,000 for five gymkhanas"Bombay, Hindu, Islam, Parsee, Catholic"6,000 for the over 300 MCA club members; some 2,000 for BCCI; 3,000 other complimentary tickets; and another 3,000 for the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation, police, ward officers and other government agencies, besides friends, families and sponsors.
    This leaves upto 6,000 tickets"at best"for the public.
    Wankhede's financial loss will be Star Sports' gain"the official broadcaster for the match is expecting a 50% jump in advertising rates owing to anticipated massive viewership.
    The channel has secured sponsorships from brands such as Airtel, Exide, ITC, Bharti AXA, Pernod Ricard, Racold and Perfetti as sponsors, in addition to multiple spot-buyers, said a spokesperson for Star India. The website will also live stream the match, offering it for a price.

    New Delhi: India will lose its greatest cricketer when Sachin Tendulkar retires but the 'Little Master' leaves behind records that will not only be tough to beat, but may never be broken.

    Tendulkar, 40, has played more matches, and scored more runs and centuries, than anyone else in either Test or one-day cricket, and is the only batsman to compile 100 international hundreds.

    What stands out in an extraordinary 24-year career, which will end with his 200th Test starting on Thursday, is how far ahead he is both in terms of statistics and longevity.

    "Records don't last forever, but some of Tendulkar's achievements like 200 Tests and 100 international centuries will be hard to beat," former India captain Kapil Dev told AFP.

    Tendulkar's 15,847 Test runs dwarf the 13,378 scored by second-placed and now retired former Australia captain Ricky Ponting, and are 2,707 more than Jacques Kallis, the highest placed active player.

    Tendulkar has been even more dominant in one-day cricket, his tally of 18,426 runs being 4,722 more than number two Ponting. Of active batsmen, Sri Lanka's Kumar Sangakkara leads with 11,948.

    Ponting's 30 one-day centuries pale against Tendulkar's 49 -- although South Africa's Kallis is only seven hundreds away from matching the Indian's Test tally of 51 tons.

    By further comparison, Australia's Donald Bradman, usually acknowledged as cricket's best batsman, retired aged 39 in 1948 with 6,996 Test runs, including 29 centuries, in 52 matches.

    And despite Bradman's staggering Test average of 99.94, West Indian great Brian Lara said Tendulkar was not only the best of all time, but that his records could be unmatchable.

    "No argument at all - Sachin Tendulkar, for me, has had the greatest cricket career of anyone who has ever played the game," Brian Lara said in London this week.

    "His stats speak for themselves," added Lara. "I don't think there is any 16-year-old who is going to embark on the sort of career that Sachin Tendulkar has had and walk away from the game at 40 or 41 with such great achievements."

    Among current players, Tendulkar's Test record could possibly be matched by just two batsmen -- the indefatigable all-rounder Kallis, and England captain Alastair Cook.

    Kallis, 38, has scored 13,140 runs in 164 Tests at a commendable average of 55.44. Cook, 28, already has 7,801 runs from 97 Tests, with 25 centuries and an average of 47.85.

    However, Dev said the growth of one-day and Twenty20 cricket -- and the rigorous physical demands of the modern game -- could put Tendulkar's statistics out of reach.

    "One would need to play for 25 years to achieve those feats, but can modern-day players last that long?" he asked. "Most don't even play enough Test matches these days."

    Tendulkar featured in just one Twenty20 international, preferring to leave the shortest version to younger players, but turned out for the Mumbai Indians in domestic T20 up until last month.

    The proliferation of T20, as well as the money on offer, has seen many of the game's best batsmen limiting their appearances for their country, as well as a tightening of the international schedule.

    The West Indies star batsman Chris Gayle, who should be in the opposition starting line-up for Tendulkar's farewell Test in Mumbai, has missed several tours for his country to turn out for T20 franchises instead.

    Former India opener Sunil Gavaskar pinpointed prolific youngster Virat Kohli as someone who may surpass Tendulkar's tally of 49 one-day centuries, but said his Test record appeared impregnable.

    Kohli, 25, has scored 4,919 runs in 113 one-day innings so far, with 17 hundreds. At the same stage, Tendulkar had hit 4,001 runs with only eight centuries.

    "It will be well nigh impossible to play 200 Test matches or reach 51 Test hundreds, but the manner in which Virat is batting, 49 hundreds definitely look possible," Gavaskar told NDTV news channel.

    "He may still be 32 tons away, but the number of one-dayers India play these days, he could do it."

    So how did Tendulkar manage to play for so long -- and so well?

    Sri Lanka's world record-holding bowler Muttiah Muralitharan attributed Tendulkar's success to a "perfect technique, rock-solid temperament and astonishing mental strength".

    "The thing with Sachin is that statistics don't lie," Muralitharan wrote in a recent column in the Times of India.

    "He was consistent at home and overseas. He was comfortable against pace and spin. He could thrive on slow pitches and bouncy pitches."

    Former South African opener Gary Kirsten, who played alongside Tendulkar and then coached him and India to World Cup glory in 2011, said his rigorous training and practice sessions before every match were the key.

    "He always had a burning desire to score big in every innings," Kirsten told the Economic Times. "Whilst many might be willing to compromise a little after some success, Sachin would become more ruthless and prepare even harder for the next game.

    "I really enjoyed watching his attention to detail during preparation time. The thing that means the most to me is his absolute love affair with the game of cricket.

    "I have never met another person who enjoys the game more."

    As the entire nation gets set to see Sachin Tendulkar play his last test at his home ground in Mumbai starting this Thursday the anticipation and eagerness is at an all time high.

    Dairy product company, Amul which lauds itself for being the taste of India for its well known witty ads featuring the famous 'Amul girl' paid tribute to Tendulkar with an ad.

    A cartoon character who looks like Sachin during his younger days with long curly locks is seen eating a slice of bread with butter as he bats in front of stumps with the Amul girl behind looking on with admiration.

    With a vintage look to it, the ad has text that reads, "India retires hurt!" on top and "Master Butter" written below.

    Sachin Tendulkar who is cricket's greatest star will play his 200th and last Test from November 14 to 18 against the West Indies in a series where India have a 1-0 lead after a win in Kolkata last week.

    Sachin Tendulkar to be awarded Bharat Ratna

    Nov 16, 2013

    In a fitting finale to what has been a glorious career, batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar was on Saturday chosen for the prestigious Bharat Ratna, the country's highest civilian award, making him the first sportsperson to be bestowed with the honour. 

    The 40-year-old icon, who called time on his glittering international career today, was chosen for the top award soon after his farewell Test against the West Indies ended in Mumbai. 

    A brief statement issued by Rashtrapati Bhavan spokesperson Venu Rajamony said the President has awarded the Bharat Ratna  to Tendulkar, who retired from the international cricket today. 

    Tendulkar bows out as the most successful batsman in international cricket with 15,921 runs in 200 Tests. In his ODI career, which he ended last year, Tendulkar amassed 18,426 runs in 463 matches. 

    The Mumbaikar is the only batsman in international cricket to score 100 centuries. He was the first batsman to get a double hundred in one-dayers. 

    The award is a perfect send off gift to Tendulkar whose career spanned 24 years making him an inspiration for an entire generation of cricketers. 

    There have been continuous demands for him to be conferred the honour for a long time and the eligibility criteria of the award was revised last year to accommodate sportspersons as well. 

    Tendulkar, who became the first active sportsperson to become a Rajya Sabha member last year, is being given the honour along with Professor CNR Rao, the man behind India's maiden Mars mission. 

    The Bharat Ratna is being conferred after a gap of years with classical vocalist Pandit Bhimsen Joshi  being the last recipient.

    Sachin's Farewell Speech

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    1. Aaditya01 & _BullsEye_ for the idea.

    2. -Amanat- (Myself)  for the headers & compilation.

    3. appy_indy-KD & -Ocean.eyes- for the dividers.

      4. SaiS for the "Bharat Ratna" article.

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