Personal information Full name Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar
Born 24 April 1973 (1973-04-24) (age 36)
Nickname Little Master, Tendlya, Master Blaster, The Master, The Little Champion
Height 5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)
Batting style Right-handed
Bowling style Right-arm leg spin / Right-arm off spin
National side India
Test debut (cap 187) 15 November 1989 v Pakistan
Last Test 16 November 2009 v Sri Lanka
ODI debut (cap 74) 18 December 1989 v Pakistan
Last ODI 8 November 2009 v Australia
ODI shirt no. 10
Domestic team information
2008-present Mumbai Indians
BCCI flays Thackeray for Sachin criticism
In an interaction with the media on completing 20 years in international cricket, Tendulkar had said, “I am a Maharashtrian and I am extremely proud of that. But I am an Indian first. And Mumbai belongs to all Indians.” Read more…
Though he has adopted a noticeably conservative approach in the last quarter of his career, there are no apparent weaknesses in Tendulkar's game. He can score all around the wicket, off both front foot and back, and has made runs in all parts of the world in all conditions.
Some of his finest performances have come against Australia, the overwhelmingly dominant team of his era. His century as a 19-year old on a lightning fast pitch at the WACA is considered one of the best innings ever to have been played in Australia. A few years later he received the ultimate compliment from the ultimate batsman when Don Bradman confided to his wife that Tendulkar reminded him of himself.
Blessed with the keenest of cricket minds, and armed with a loathing for losing, Tendulkar set about doing what it took to become one of the best batsmen in the world. This was after he was turned away from a fast-bowling camp in Chennai by Dennis Lillee.
Tendulkar's greatness was established early: he was only 16 when he made his Test debut. He was hit on the mouth by Waqar Younis but continued to bat, in a blood-soaked shirt. His first Test hundred, a match-saving one at Old Trafford, came when he was 17, and he had 16 Test hundreds before he turned 25. In 2000 he became the first batsman to have scored 50 international hundreds, and in 2008 he passed Brian Lara as the leading Test run-scorer and the first to 12,000 runs. He currently holds the record for most hundreds in both Tests and ODIs - remarkable, co
What do you think?
Now another article appears in Saamna written by a Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut criticizing Sachin even more. What has Sachin done to deserve so much of flak? Your thoughts please.
Sachin completes 30,000 with a ton;
After completing 30,000 runs in international cricket, Sachin Tendulkar added another leaf to his record book as he made 43rd Test hundred on Day 5 of the Ahmedabad Test against Sri Lanka.
This was his 8th century against Sri Lanka.
Master Blaster became the first batsman to complete 30,000 international runs when he scored his 35th run in the 2nd innings against Lanka.
He has so far played 160 Tests, 436 ODIs and a T20 scoring 88 international hundreds and 144 fifties.
Sachin has 12877* runs in Tests, 17178 in One-Day Internationals and just 10 in Twenty20 Internationals. He had crossed the 17,000-ODI run mark in the last series against Australia.
Another milestone awaits the Little Master as he is one wicket short of 200 international wickets. He has 44 wickets in Tests, 154 in ODIs and one wicket in T20.
Most runs in career
Player Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 0
SR Tendulkar 597 689 67 30065 248* 48.33 88 144 34
RT Ponting 483 566 64 24057 257 47.92 66 123 30
BC Lara 430 521 38 22358 400* 46.28 53 111 33
R Dravid 474 548 67 21803 270 45.32 39 139 21
JH Kallis 436 512 85 20974 189* 49.11 47 127 25
Another jibe at Tendulkar in Saamna
Mumbai, November 22, 2009
Shiv Sena mouth piece Saamna has targeted Sachin Tendulkar again.
Days after Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray slammed Sachin Tendulkar over his remarks on the Marathi issue, another Sena leader Sanjay Raut defended his boss.
In a scathing article in the newspaper, Raut says that Tendulkar is not bigger than the state of Maharashtra.
Comparing Tendulkar to Gavaskar (60), Raut alleged, “There has been no instance of Sachin extending a helping hand to other Marathi cricketers. Forget others, he did not even support Vinod Kambli.”
“In contrast, Gavaskar when he captained India, had half the team drawn from Mumbai and Maharashtra. He gave Test caps to many Marathi players including Suru Naik and Zulphikar Parkar at least for one match,” he said, while also acknowledging Tendulkar’s greatness as a cricketer.
“In this context, Gavaskar is a genuine ‘Maharashtrian’ and the whole country loves him even now in the same way,” the article claimed.
“Players like Sachin have become rich because of game of cricket. Sachin’s wealth has crossed Rs 200-crore mark. We expect Sachin to be as ‘proud’ of Maharashtra as Saurav Ganguly is of Bengal,” it said. “Rahul Dravid too is a Marathi player but he is loyal to Karnataka,” Raut said.He also said that there is nothing wrong in Bal Thackeray targeting the cricketing icon.
Tendulkar had drawn the ire of the Sena chief after he described himself as an Indian first.
Sachin had disapproved the hardline Marathi stand of MNS chief Raj Thackeray and said that Mumbai belongs to all Indians.
Thackeray had virtually warned Sachin telling him to confine himself to his game and not make political statements.
Anjali Tendulkar recollects meeting Sachin
“I first met him at the Mumbai airport when he returned from his first tour of England in 1990, after scoring his maiden Test ton. In fact, when I first saw him at the airport, I didn’t even know who he was. It was purely by accident!” Anjali, who married Tendulkar in 1995, said. Read more…
ME & MY CAR - Sachin Tendulkar.........
Honestly, we were not surprised. or dismayed. For the answer proved that when it comes to cars he is as hopelessly in love with them as all the rest of us. He carries the ‘caste and creed no bar’ thing a bit too far.
For many, the love for these shiny objects of beauty is a way of life. So it is for Sachin. And it all began when he first visited a drive-in theatre.“My craze for cars started at a very young age,” recalls the Superman of batting. “There is this drive-in theatre very close to my previous house where I could see cars of different shapes and sizes. I kind of liked that setting because it was the only place where one could watch the movie without leaving your car.”Considering his quick foray into international cricket, it wasn’t long before he could manage to go there in his own car. “My first car was a Maruti 800 - the old-shape one,” he revealed. “Of course, I don’t have it now,” he adds quickly.
Who would? Considering the kind of machinery that he
could lay his hands on in the coming years, there was no point punting around an 800.
While his first car was obviously owned by default, the ones to come later weren’t. But by default, they all had a couple of things in common.
“It’s the zippyness of a car that appeals to me most,” notes Sachin. “It has to be quick, and comfortable.
Being a natural car lover and the most sought-after brand ambassador of this era, it wasn’t long before he endorsed one. A regular face on all Palio adverts, we suspect one reason for the Fiat deal would be its proximity to Ferrari. The legendary Prancing Horse is high on the list of Sachin’s favourites - “I’d love to drive the 360 Mode
How realistic is Sachin's dream..................?
The Little Master, who has always avoided revealing targets set a few debates running with his target
Those glorious cover drives and straight drives have been a delight for his fans over the years but in recent times, there have been deliveries that have penetrated his rock-solid defence.
After achieving almost all the milestones dreamt for a cricketer, Tendulkar has expressed his desire to create a Mount Everest of his own, which will be as high as 15000 runs. But to do that Sachin will not only need to play an extra long innings for India, but every innings he will play will have to be special.
Figures show that in last three years Sachin has played 27 matches for 2304 runs with a below par average of 46.29, which is almost 11 runs short of his best phase from 1995 to 1998. Even in that phase Sachin needed 26 matches to get 2127 runs, which is again a 100 runs short of the number of runs he needs now to touch 15 K.
Moreover, ICC’s recent liking for Twenty20 has meant that the number of Tests played per year has been reduced, as can be seen with India who by the end of this year would have only played six matches.
If one takes a look at the ICC’s FTP, India will play 31 Tests by the end of 2012, and that could be the minimum time the Little Master will need to achieve his dream. That would mean Sachin could be in action post-2011 World Cup. But is his fitness good enough to long that far after the amount of blows he has taken?
One route that can help Sachin play all those 30-odd Tests is complete retirement from ODIs, but that looks highly unlikely as the Mumbaikar has also expressed his desire to bring the World Cup to India in 2011
Yes, Sachin has been a role model for all youngsters and if he does opt to be realistic and try for one dream then he can achieve the 15,000 mark. But fans who know him over the years would like to believe that statistics would not get a pr