"I don’t want to take anything away from Kohli. He is an exceptional talent. But I rate Tendulkar much higher because of the era he played in."
If cricket is considered as a religion in India then for cricket fanatics, Sachin Tendulkar is God. The master blaster was born on April 24th, 1973, in Mumbai and began his journey in international cricket when he was 16-years-old. He made his debut in a Test match against the mighty Pakistan that had Waqar Younis, Wasim Akram and Abdul Qadir in their ranks.
Sachin Tendulkar was greeted to international cricket with a vicious bouncer from Waqar Younis that hit his nose, yet Sachin went on to play the game and never looked back in his career. Regarded as one of the greatest batsmen of all time, Sachin has acquired a legendary status with his never-ending list of achievements and accomplishments.
The only major tournament trophy that was missing in Sachin’s cabinet was the World Cup. In his sixth World Cup appearance in 2011, Tendulkar was able to achieve the feat. This accomplishment was followed up by his 100th century against Bangladesh in 2012. Tendulkar went on to play his last Test match in 2013 against West Indies at his home ground in Mumbai
Sachin is married to Anjali and has two children, Sara and Arjun. Arjun, a left-handed batsman and a pacer, is keen on following his father’s footsteps. Tendulkar is also the co-owner of the Indian Super League team, Kerala Blasters. He is also the mentor for his IPL franchise, Mumbai Indians.
Sachin has been bestowed with the prestigious Arjuna Award, Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award, Padma Shri, and Padma Vibhushan. He is the only sportsperson to have been conferred with the highest civilian award, Bharat Ratna. Sachin has also been awarded the honorary rank of group captain by the Indian Air Force despite no aviation background.
The Rajya Sabha member is a foodie at heart and has opened two restaurants – Tendulkar’s in Mumbai and Sachin’s in Mumbai and Bangalore. The continuous echoing of “Sachin, Sachin” in the stands, while the former India cricketer was out in the middle is something that his fans and he will cherish forever.
Sachin: A Billion Dreams is an upcoming biographical film that will feature Tendulkar himself. The movie has been directed by James Erskine and produced by Ravi Bhagchandka.
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Waqar Younis came in to bowl and slammed the ball in the middle of the wicket. The ball hit squarely on Tendulkar's nose. He fell down and was bleeding profusely
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