Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar or “Tendlya” as he’s fondly called by his peers and fans, is probably India’s most valued cricketer and possibly the world’s best cricketer of the modern era. He’s someone who has been consistently breaking records across his 21 year professional career and is still going strong.
Tendlya made his debut in Nov. 1989 as a precocious 16 year old against Indian archrivals Pakistan in Pakistan and made a name for himself when he hit Abdul Qadir – the then world’s best leg spinner – for 4 sixes and a four in the space of 6 deliveries. He also got his nose broken in his debut series but yet continued resiliently to score a half century when all the other batsmen had pains to cross double figures. Tendlya was also known to be such a prodigal talent when he scored centuries in his Ranji, Duleep and Irani trophy debuts.
Sachin Tendulkar has indeed come a long way from his middle class roots. He now holds records in test matches and ODIs for most number of runs, centuries, half centuries, etc. and his average in both forms of the game are staggering to say the least.
What makes him so special to the Indian contingent is his humility, quiet family life and scandal free professional career. This triumvirate of conditions has made him a cricketing legend known all across the world and admired by all the other cricketing nations. Now with the 10TH ICC world cup to soon start, this will be his final opportunity to win what is the only feather missing in hi multi-hued cap, the pinnacle of competitive cricket, the ICC world Cup. It will be hosted by Bangladesh, India and Sri Lanka and thus a billion hearts will be waiting for their favorite idol to bat his way to win the gold medal and crown India as the World Champions.