Sachin Tendulkar’s Introduction
The “GOD of Cricket”, the “Little Master”, the “Master Blaster”, the “Centurion of Centuries”. The most celebrated name of not only Indian Cricket but also of the whole International Cricket. SACHIN RAMESH TENDULKAR. He has created a lot of records, broken a lot of records but most of all he has brought up the glory of Indian cricket to the International stage and made each and every Indian proud and passionate about the game. This legend of the Indian Cricket is the reason a lot of famous players of the current Indian team start playing cricket and also continue inspiring the upcoming cricketers and also the future cricketers.
|National side||India (1989–2013)|
|Test debut (cap 187)||15 November 1989 v Pakistan|
|Last Test||14 November 2013 v West Indies|
|ODI debut (cap 74)||18 December 1989 v Pakistan|
|Last ODI||18 March 2012 v Pakistan|
|ODI shirt no.||10|
|Only T20I (cap 11)||1 December 2006 v South Africa|
|Domestic team information|
|1988||Cricket Club of India|
|2008–2013||Mumbai Indians (squad no. 10)|
Sachin Tendulkar’s Childhood
Sachin Tendulkar was born at Nirmal Nursing Home in Dadar Bombay on April 24th, 1973. He was the only son of a well-known Marathi novelist and poet, Mr. Ramesh Tendulkar and Mrs. Rajni, an insurance industrialist. He was the fourth child of Mr. Tendulkar, who had three children, Mr. Nitin and Mr. Ajit, Sachin’s half-brothers and Mrs. Savita, Sachin’s half-sister, from Mr. Tendulkar’s first marriage, who died after the birth of her third child. Sachin was also named after another legend of India, the famous music director, Sachin Dev Barman, also Mr. Tendulkar’s favorite music director. His first home was in Sahitya Cooperative Housing Society, Bandra (East). His schooling started at Indian Education Society’s New English School in Bandra (East). During his early stages of life, he was considered a bully, often picking up fights with new children in school. It was during these days he showed his interest in tennis, and considered John McEnroe as his idol.
Start of cricket
It was due to his mischievous behavior, his brother; Mr. Ajit Tendulkar introduced young Sachin to Cricket in 1984. And boy little did he knew that it was the beginning of a Journey of THE Legend. Ajit brought Sachin to Mr. Ramakant Archerekar, a famous cricket coach and a reputed club cricketer, at Shivaji Park, Dadar. During their first meeting, the mischievous little Sachin displayed a poor performance. His brother caught his trick and requested the coach to give him a further chance, saying that Sachin was self-conscious with Mr. Ramakant watching him and that he was holding out on his natural game. Mr. Ramakant accepted Ajit’s request and gave Sachin another chance. Both of them, according to Ajit’s advice watched Sachin play, from behind the trees so that he didn’t know that they were watching him play. This time little Sachin, fell for the trick, and played his natural game, which was way better and was accepted into Archerekar’s Academy. It was due to Archerekar’s advice that Sachin changed schools to Sharadashram Vidyamandir (English) High School, Dadar, as there was a better Cricket team here and the school had produced notable cricketers before. Beside this Sachin’s training continued at Archerekar’s Academy at the mornings and evenings, where little Sachin would practice for hours at the nets. If he got tired, Archerekar used a little trick. He would put a coin of one-ruppee at the top of the stumps and made Sachin bat. Any bowler who would dismiss him would take the coin. But if he remained unbeaten, Sachin can keep the coin for himself. Apparently this trick worked and till date Sachin posses 13 such coins, which are very close to his heart.
Bombay Club Cricket
It was during this time that he changed his home and started to live with his aunt, whose house was close to Shivaji Park, where Archerekar’s Academy was located, to cope with his rigorous schedule. Then there came the time when he became a child prodigy, with suggestions coming of him making it huge in the game. He became a regular for the school team in the Matunga Gujrati Seva Mandal (MGSM) Shield. It was around this time that he started his career in club cricket and played for John Bright Cricket Club in Kanga Tournament, Bombay’s premier Club Cricket Tournament. Later he changed clubs and went on to play for the Cricket Club of India. In 1987, at the age of 14, Sachin went for something other than batting, Fast Bowling. He attended the MRF Pace Foundation in then Madras. But fortunately for India, Australian Fast Bowler, Dennis Lillee, who held the world record for 355 Test wickets, was bit impressed and advised Sachin to rather concentrate in his batting. On 20th January of the same year he even substituted for Imran Khan’s side in an exhibition game at Brabourne Stadium in Bombay, as for the golden Jubilee celebration of his club, Cricket Club of India. He also served as a ballboy in the 1987 Cricket World Cup in Bombay during the India vs England Semi-Final match. He, sadly, missed out the Bombay cricket Assosiation’s “Best Junior Cricketer Award” that year (1989, at the age of 14), and was consoled by Sunil Gavaskar, former Indian Cricketer, with Mr. Gavaskar’s ultra lite cricket pads and asked him to not get disheartened. Little did he know that he gave the little master a huge encouragement, as the master said almost 20 years from them after breaking the record of Mr. Gavaskar’s record of 34 centuries “It was the greatest source of encouragement for me”.
During his club cricket season in 1988, Tendulkar scored a century per match he played. He even partnered with Vinod Kambli, his friend and team mate who also made the Indian national cricket later on, for a partnership of unbroken 664 runs. He made 326 runs (not out) in the innings playing against St. Xavier’s High School in the Lord Harris Shield inter-school game. This record remained unbeaten till 2006, where two under-13 batsmen, Shaibaz (324*) and Manoj (320*) broke the record in a match of St Peter’s High School against St Philips High School at Hyderabad in India with a 721 runs unbroken partnership in 40 overs.
At the age of 14 yrs, in the team selected for Ranji trophy, India’s premier First Class Cricket Tournament, 1987-88 season, Sachin Tendulkar’s name appeared on November 14th, 1987. However he was unable to make the first eleven in the season and never played a match. He substituted for other players in fielding in this season. It finally led to the situation that he missed out the opportunity to play alongside his cricket idol, Sunil Gavaskar, very closely, as Mr. Gavaskar went into retirement from all the formats of the game after Cricket World Cup 1987. His debut in first class cricket came on December 11th, 1988, at the age of 15yrs and 232 days for the season of 1988-89. He played for Bombay against Gujrat in a Home match of Ranji Trophy and scored a century and remained unbeaten, thus making him the youngest cricketer who debuted with a century in Indian Domestic First Class Cricket. Dilip Vengsarkar, the then Bombay First Class Team Captain picked him for the team after witnessing his excellence against Kapil Dev, a premier Fast Bowler of India at that times. Kapil Dev was practicing his bowling in the Wankhede nets for his game against New Zealand, during their tour in India. Sachin easily played shots against him and that got him in the attention of the Bombay captain. His century drive continued as he debuted in Deodhar Trophy and Duleep Trophy, other premier Indian First Class Domestic Tournaments. The 1988-98 season on Indian Domestic Cricket saw the rise of the Legend. Tendulkar ended the season with 583 runs, scored at a high average of 67.77. He was eighth in the list of Highest run Scorers of the season. He also performed at the Irani Trophy for the Rest of India against Delhi with an unbeaten century at the start of 1989-90 Domestic season. In the season 1988 and 1989, he was also picked in a young team for a tour of England, under Star Cricket Club, twice. In the season of 1990-91, Bombay made it to the Famous Ranji Trophy Final against Haryana. Bombay had a target of 355 runs in 70 overs in the final day. Bombay lost the match by a very close margin of 2 runs, thanks to the defining innings of 96 runs of 75 balls by the little master. The first double centurion of ODIs scored his first double century, a whopping unbeaten 204 runs for Mumbai against the visiting Australia team at the Brabourne Stadium in the year 1998. He went on and became the only players to have scored centuries in debut in all of the three first class domestic tournaments namely the Ranji Trophy, the Irani Cup and the Duleep Trophy. His personal favorite though was his another double century, 233 runs unbeaten in the Ranji Trophy that he scored against Tamil Nadu in the Semi Finals of the season of 2000. His display of talent didn’t only remain confined in Indian Domestic Cricket but also entertained the Foreign Cricket Leagues as at the age of 19 in 1992, he became the first overseas player to have played for Yorkshire, a team who had no players even from outside Yorkshire before him. He replace an injured Craig McDermott, an Australian Fast Bowler, in Yorkshire and made his mark, playing 16 matches in First Class cricket for the county and hit 1070 runs at an average of 46.62.
Sachin was picked in the Indian National Cricket team for the first time for an Indian tour of Pakistan. Raj Singh Dungarpur was the man who spotted the little master after a season of First Class Cricket. The master was considered before by the Selection Committee for the Indian National Team before this series for Indian tour of West Indies, but considering his age at that point, the Selectors of the committee didn’t wanted to expose him to then dangerous West Indies Fast Bowling attack. Sachin’s debut in International Cricket was marked by the Test Match of Karachi, November, 1989 at the age of 16 years 205 days, the youngest player to have played for India in Tests. He used the ultra-lite pads that were gifted to him by Mr. Sunil Gavaskar, as they were very close to his heart. In this match also debuted another Pakistani Fast Bowler, Waqar Younis. Sachin scored 15 runs on his debut but he was noted for his rigidity, facing several blows on his body by the Fast Bowlers of Pakistan. On the final test match of the Bilateral Test Series, he even had blow on his nose by a bouncer off Younis, and our master refused medical attention and played on, with blood coming out of his broken nose. It was the time, when there were no T20Is, but in an exhibition match of 20-overs, Sachin scored 53 runs off 18 balls, even taking on Abdul Qadir, a Pakistani leg-spinner, for an over of 27 runs. He got the attention of the then Indian Captain, Krishnamachari Srikkanth. Sachin Tendulkar debuted in ODI in the same tour at the age of 16 years and 238 days, youngest by any Indian player. He could not score any run in the only ODI he was picked for.
Sachin was again picked for the tour of New Zealand where our master scored 117 runs at an average of 29.25. He even scored 88 in the second match of the series. His purple patch in ODI continued though as he scored 0 and 36 respectively in the two games he played. He continued his test form in the England tour and even scored a century as the second youngest cricketer to have done so in a Test match. His innings of unbeaten 119 runs, at the second game of the series, played at Old Trafford, Manchester, helped India avoid a sure defeat in the match. Wisden Cricketer’s Almanack or simply Wisden also applauded the effort of the young cricketer. His reputation as a fine Young Player from India was enhanced during the India tour of Australia of 1991-92, i.e. just before the 1992 ICC Cricket World Cup. He scored an unbeaten 148 in the third Test at Sydney as the youngest cricketer to score a century in Australia at the age of about 18 years. He again scored another century, 114 runs in front of the pace battery of the Australian team. He was well praised as a future great at that time even by the Australian cricketers themselves.
The rise of the master blaster was marked by his physical peak, through the years 1994-1999. He started as an opener in a match against New Zealand in Auckland in 1994. He scored 82 runs off 49 balls. His first of many centuries in the ODI format of the game was against Australia in Sri Lanka on September 9th, 1994 at Colombo. It was his 78th ODI. The master showed his game as he scored the highest runs in the 1996 ICC Cricket World Cup, and helped himself with 2 centuries in the Tournament. He was the only batsman to have performed in the Semi-Final game against Sri Lanka. The match was interrupted by an angry rioting crowd and the match referee, Clive Lloyd awarded the match to Sri Lanka.
It was during the Australian tour of India that Sachin Tendulkar, the then-best Batsman in the world, went against Shayne Warne, the world’s best spinner. The master even practiced scenarios that he may face against the Australian spinner with Laxman Sivaramakrishnan, a former leg-spinner. Australia faced the then Mumbai team, the Ranji champions of that year, in a three-day practice match, and Sachin hit an unbeaten 204 runs, hitting 111 runs in 16 overs to Shayne Warne. Bombay won a match at Brabourne Stadium. Our master showed his skills with the ball in the five-match ODI series, picking up a five-wicket haul at the match in Kochi. His victims were Micheal Bevan, Steve Waugh, Darren Lehman, Tom Moody, and Damien Martyn. India gave Australia 310 and Australia was 203 for 3 in the 31st over. Sachin came into the bowl and picked up those five wickets, just giving 32 runs in 10 overs. This success in bowling was followed by the Desert Storm Innings at Sharjah- back to centuries in two matches, first a must-win game for finals and second in the finals, both against Australia. Another jewel of a game by Sachin was the ICC Cricket World Cup 1988 at Dhaka in the Semi-finals. He scored 141 runs off 128 balls and took four wickets against Australia helping India get into the finals of the tournament.
The ICC World Cup saw the death of the father of Sachin Tendulkar, Professor Ramesh Tendulkar, who died on May 19th, 1999 at the age of 64 years in the middle of the tournament. Sachin returned to India for his father’s final rites, missing out on a match against Zimbabwe. But again the master returned to the tournament and dedicated his next century against Kenya at Bristol to his deceased father. It was his first match after he returned to the tournament and he scored an unbeaten 140 off 101 balls. On 29th October, our master scored his first of the six double tons in Test cricket against New Zealand (217) at Feroz Shah Kotla in New Delhi. His next double hundred (201*) came against Zimbabwe at Vidarbha Cricket Association Ground in Nagpur.
Sachin’s incredible performance continued through his innings throughout 2001-2002 in test cricket. He produced his fair share of pivotal performances throughout this tenure, with not only his bat but also with the ball in his hand. In the famous 2001 Kolkata test against Australia, Sachin picked up three key wickets including Matthew Hayden and Adam Gilchrist, the centurions of the test before the Kolkata test. His 100th wicket in ODI was in the form of the Australian captain, Steve Waugh in the 5th match of the 5 match ODI series of Australia tour of India in 2001. On the 2002 India tour of the West Indies, Sachin equaled Sir Don Bradman’s record of 29 Test centuries, scoring a splendid century in the second test at Port of Spain. That was Sachin’s 93rd Test Match. After this match, the master’s life entered a brief purple patch of his career. He scored 0, 0, 8, and 0 in the next innings that followed. He found back his form in the last match and even scored a half-century in an innings (86). Sachin surpassed Sir Don Bradman’s record in his 99th test match, against England, scoring another test century, his 30th in tests. On his 100th test match, he has already scored 8,351 runs, with 30 centuries, and 33 half-centuries at an average of 57.99.
Tendulkar became the Man of the Tournament of the 2003 ICC Cricket World Cup, although India lost in the finals to Australia, the defending champions. He scored 673 runs in the 11 matches that he played in the tournament.
2003 marked to be the worst year in the GOD’s career in Test Cricket. He had an average of 17.00 and just had a half-century throughout the year. He came back in runs and scored a double century (unbeaten 241 in 436 balls at a strike rate of 55.27) on 2nd January 2004 against Australia at Sydney in the 2003-2004 India tour of Australia. He followed up his double ton with a 60-run inning. In his next series against Pakistan, he again scored a century (194*). Around this time Sachin had a tennis elbow and had to be left out of the side. It was again during the Australia Tour of India at the year-end, that he came back into the side. He also scored a half-century (55) in the Bombay test. He made his 4th double ton (248*) against Bangladesh on December 10th, 2004 at Bangabandhu National Stadium in Bangladesh. His next Century, his 35th, came against Sri Lanka (109) at Feroz Shah Kotla, New Delhi. After this century, the GOD did not have a test century from his bat till May 18th, 2007. His ODI career also saw this decline as he even could not perform in ODIs either. His 36th test century (101) came against Bangladesh after 17 innings at Bir Shrestha Shahid Ruhul Amin Stadium, Chittagong. His 39th ODI century (100) against Pakistan at Arbab Niaz Stadium also came after a long period of time on February 6th, 2006, almost a year after his 38th ODI century. A lot of talks were in the air during this decline in the performance of 17 innings and also a shoulder injury after the three-match test series against England in England tour of India added fuel to the fire. His performance rose again in the DLF Cup in Malaysia. He was the only player to perform well in the tournament from the Indian team. His 40th century (141*) against West Indies in the rain-affected finals of the tournament at Kinrara Academy Oval, in Malaysia on September 14th, 2006, helped India win the match and the trophy through D/L Method.
The ICC 2007 Cricket World Cup saw a great controversy in the team and that also included the controversy between Sachin Tendulkar and Greg Chappell, the then Indian Coach. According to the coach, Sachin was to be more useful down the batting order, rather than his career-best spot as an opener. The coach also questioned the attitude of GOD towards the game. Sachin even had to answer to BCCI on notice of April 7th, 2007 for comment by him to media, regarding his attitude in the game. After being pushed down through the order, Sachin could not perform at all and had a series of low scores in the tournament (7 against Bangladesh, 57* against Bermuda, and a duck against Sri Lanka). I this situation, the brother of the Indian coach, former Australian Captain, Ian Chappell, even questioned Sachin’s position in the team.
After his failure down the order, Sachin was promoted back to the opening slot and again back to form. In the Test series of Bangladesh that followed the world cup, Sachin was adjudged the Man of the Tournament. He was again given the same award in the Future Cup held in South Africa with two important scores of 99 and 93 in the first and the second matches respectively. In the second match, the master blaster became the first player to make 15,000 runs in ODIs. On July 28th, 2007, the second day of the Nottingham test, the little master became the third player to score 11,000 Test runs. In the ODI series of the tour, Sachin Tendulkar became the leading run-scorer of India, hitting an average of 53.42. He was also the leading run-scorer for India in the ODI series in Australia in October 2007, scoring a huge 278 runs.
Sachin got out 27 times in the 90s during his full International career. And a lot of those scores came during 2007 when he even got out on 99 3 times. People even talked of him being affected by “Nervous Nineties”.
In the 2007–08 Border Gavaskar Trophy, Sachin showed exceptional form. He was the highest run-scorer in the four tests, scoring a total of 493 runs. Although he consistently failed in the second innings of the four games. Sachin hit 62 runs in the first innings of the first Test at the MCG in Melbourne. In the controversial New Years’ Test at Sydney, Sachin hit his 38th Test century (154*). This century marked his average as 326 at the ground of SCG. In the third Test at the WACA cricket ground in Perth, Sachin presented a splendid 71 and was massively important in India’s first innings score of 330 and win over Australia, who had won 16 continuous tests prior to this test. In the fourth Test at the Adelaide Oval, he hit another century (153) in the first innings and was in the 126-run stand with V.V.S. Laxman for the fifth wicket to help India draw the game. He was awarded the Man of the Match in this match. In the International Commonwealth ODI Tri-Series in 2008 between India, Australia, and Sri Lanka, Tendulkar didn’t display a great form in the initial part of the series. Although in a game against Sri Lanka on February 5th, 2008 at Gabba, Brisbane he became the first ODI player to score 16,000 runs in this format of the game. His performance sparked in the final stages of the tournament when he hit 63 off 54 balls against Sri Lanka in a must-win game at Bellerive Oval in Hobart. He also scored considerably in the two finals of the series (107*and 91 respectively) and these two innings were awarded as the ODI Batting Performance of the Year 2008 by ESPNCricinfo.
Sachin Tendulkar again saw a bad patch of his career as his performance took a dip in the South Africa tour of India in 2008. He couldn’t score any runs in the single innings that he played in the series and also was injured in the groin and was ruled out of the series. He also missed out the Tri-Series that followed the South Africa series, Asia Cup 2008 and the initial half of the First and inaugural season of the IPL. His bad patch accompanied him to the India Tour of Sri Lanka of 2008. Sachin could only score 95 runs in all the six innings of the series with an average of 15.83, his worst test average in a series of 3 matches or more.
In the ODI series against Si Lanka Sachin was given rest due to his injury. But after coming back into the team for the Australia tour of India, he returned to his form. In the second test at Mohali, Sachin scored 88 runs and west past the record of Brian Lara of 11,953 test runs (131 tests) and also Tendulkar reached the milestone of 12,000 runs. He reached this milestone in 152 tests and 247 innings, scoring at an average of 54.03. This record was very dear to him as he mentioned latter. He scored a half century and a century (109) in the third and the fourth game respectively of the test series. He was again dropped out of the team due to an injury in the first three games of the ODI series of England tour of India, 2008. He returned from the 4th game and scored a half century in the fifth game. The series was called off due to terror attacks of 26/11/2008 and the series scorecard was 5-0. England returned for a two match test series in December. Sachin scored a century (103*) and had a partnership with Yuvraj Singh (163*) to help India win the test. This innings was also nominated for the Test Batting Performance of the Year, 2008 by ESPNCricinfo and Sachin dedicated this century to the victims of the terror attack of 26/11 in Mumbai.
During the India tour of Sri Lanka of 2009, in the three matches that he played, Sachin had minimal runs from his bat. He again started scoring in the India tour of New Zealand of 2009, with a century (163*) in the ODI. He was out of the rest of the ODI series from a stomach cramp from the first match. He again came back into the team for the test series and scored his 42nd test century (160) in the first test. His other scored in the series were also good and included a half century (64) in the second innings of the second test match. Sachin took some rest and pulled himself off the West Indies tour for ODI series. He was back for the tri-series between India, Sri Lanka and New Zealand. He scored some runs in the league matches but put up his masterpiece century (138) in the final. It was Sachin’s sixth century in an ODI tournament final and his third 50+ scored in an ODI series final consecutively. Tendulkar’s form again quite declined in the ICC Champions trophy, 2009 and Australia Tour of India of 2009, but again scored a century (175) in the final match of the ODI series against Australia, his 45th ODI century. This match marked Sachin’s 17,000 ODI runs, as the first player to achieve this milestone. This knock was awarded as the BEST Batting ODI Performance of 2009 by EPNCricinfo.
His scoring continued in the Sri Lanka Tour of India of 2009, where he scored two half centuries (69 and 96*) in the ODI series. Sachin also scored a century (100*) and a half century (53) in the test series that followed. His century drive continued even after him resting in the ODI tri-series of 2010 in Bangladesh, as he came back for the following test series and score centuries in the two tests (105* and 143 respectively). He even scored centuries (100 and 106) against South Africa in the two tests. This drive of centuries was of four consecutive matches of test and became the fourth Indian cricketer to have done that. Sachin on February 24th, 2010 scored the first ever ODI Double ton (200*) in Men’s Cricket against South Africa and became the highest scorer in this format of the game. The record of the Highest score in ODI was previously held by Saeed Anwar (Pakistan) and Charles Coventry (Zimbabwe) jointly.
ICC ODI World Cup of 2011- Even, having so many records on his table, the master blaster, Sachin Tendulkar, never got the chance to win the World Cup, even after playing the tournament may times and getting to the finals. The 2011, ICC ODI World Cup, hosted by India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka jointly, materialized his dream of the World Cup. He was also the brand ambassador of the tournament. India won the world cup after a, long wait of 23 years after defeating Sri Lanka in the finals. In the tournament Sachin scored 482 runs at an average of 53.55. He hit two centuries in the tournament. It, as stated by him, was the proudest moment in Sachin’s life.
Career after the world cup win- After the world cup Sachin pulled himself off the team for West Indies and returned to the team for the England Series. At this point Sachin Tendulkar was the proud player who had scored 99 centuries in International Cricket, most by any players in the whole history of the game till date. Also India was the No. uno test side before this England tour. In the England tour Sachin scored half centuries but was unable to score any century, his highest score being 91, scored at an average of 34.12 in the tour. India, as it lost the series against England by 4-0, was deposed from the number one position in ICC Test Team Rankings. During the test series, Sachin’s foot injury of 2001 came back and had to be sidelined for the ODI series against England that followed. After coming back from the injury for the test series against West Indies, and in the first test at Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium Tendulkar created the record of the only player to reach the 15,000 runs mark. Amidst all this, the talk of Sachin Tendulkar’s 100th century never died off and some even considered him retiring as it was taking his quite some time to achieve the feat.
The 100th century-March 16th, 2012 was a special day in the International Cricket arena. Because on this day, GOD of Cricket, Mr. Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar, the Little Master from India, achieved the feat of his 100th International Century, a record that will always be the hardest one to break. He reached this milestone against Bangladesh at Mirpur in a match of the Asia Cup, 2012. According to the master blaster himself this was the toughest phase of his life, from his 99th century to his 100th century, as he felt that people were too busy talking about the 100th century that nobody cared much about the other 99 centuries that he scored.
List of Test cricket centuries
|1||119||England||6||4||2||Old Trafford, Manchester||Away||9 August 1990|
|2||148||Australia||6||2||3||Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney||Away||2 January 1992|
|3||114||Australia||4||2||5||WACA Ground, Perth||Away||1 February 1992|
|4||111||South Africa||4||2||2||Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg||Away||26 November 1992|
|5||165||England||4||1||2||M. A. Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai||Home||11 February 1993|
|6||104*||Sri Lanka||4||3||2||Sinhalese Sports Club Ground, Colombo||Away||27 July 1993|
|7||142||Sri Lanka||4||1||1||K. D. Singh Babu Stadium, Lucknow||Home||18 January 1994|
|8||179||West Indies||4||1||2||Vidarbha Cricket Association Ground, Nagpur||Home||1 December 1994|
|9||122||England||4||3||1||Edgbaston, Birmingham||Away||6 June 1996|
|10||177||England||4||1||3||Trent Bridge, Nottingham||Away||4 July 1996|
|11||169||South Africa||5||2||2||Newlands Cricket Ground, Cape Town||Away||2 January 1997|
|12||143||Sri Lanka||4||1||1||R. Premadasa Stadium, Colombo||Away||2 August 1997|
|13||139||Sri Lanka||4||2||2||Sinhalese Sports Club Ground, Colombo||Away||9 August 1997|
|14||148||Sri Lanka||5||1||3||Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai||Home||3 December 1997|
|15||155*||Australia||4||3||1||M. A. Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai||Home||6 March 1998|
|16||177||Australia||4||1||3||M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore||Home||25 March 1998|
|17||113||New Zealand||5||3||2||Basin Reserve, Wellington||Away||26 December 1998|
|18||136||Pakistan||4||4||1||M. A. Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai||Home||28 January 1999|
|19||124*||Sri Lanka||4||3||2||Sinhalese Sports Club Ground, Colombo||Away||24 February 1999|
|20||126*||New Zealand||4||3||1||Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Mohali||Home||10 October 1999|
|21||217||New Zealand||4||1||3||Sardar Patel Stadium, Motera, Ahmedabad||Home||29 October 1999|
|22||116||Australia||4||2||2||Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne||Away||26 December 1999|
|23||122||Zimbabwe||4||2||1||Feroz Shah Kotla Ground, New Delhi||Home||18 November 2000|
|24||201*||Zimbabwe||4||1||2||Vidarbha Cricket Association Ground, Nagpur||Home||25 November 2000|
|25||126||Australia||4||2||3||M. A. Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai||Home||18 March 2001|
|26||155||South Africa||4||1||1||Goodyear Park, Bloemfontein||Away||3 November 2001|
|27||103||England||4||2||2||Sardar Patel Stadium, Ahmedabad||Home||11 December 2001|
|28||176||Zimbabwe||4||2||1||Vidarbha Cricket Association Ground, Nagpur||Home||21 February 2002|
|29||117||West Indies||4||1||2||Queen’s Park Oval, Port of Spain||Away||19 April 2002|
|30||193||England||4||1||3||Headingley, Leeds||Away||22 August 2002|
|31||176||West Indies||4||3||3||Eden Gardens, Kolkata||Home||30 October 2002|
|32||241*||Australia||4||1||4||Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney||Away||2 January 2004|
|33||194*||Pakistan||4||1||1||Multan Cricket Stadium, Multan||Away||28 March 2004|
|34||248*||Bangladesh||4||2||1||Bangabandhu National Stadium, Dhaka||Away||10 December 2004|
|35||109||Sri Lanka||4||1||2||Feroz Shah Kotla Ground, New Delhi||Home||10 December 2005|
|36||101||Bangladesh||4||1||1||Bir Shrestha Shahid Ruhul Amin Stadium, Chittagong||Away||18 May 2007|
|37||122*||Bangladesh||4||1||2||Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur||Away||25 May 2007|
|38||154*||Australia||4||2||2||Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney||Away||2 January 2008|
|39||153||Australia||4||1||4||Adelaide Oval, Adelaide||Away||24 January 2008|
|40||109||Australia||4||1||4||Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium, Nagpur||Home||6 November 2008|
|41||103*||England||4||4||1||M. A. Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai||Home||11 December 2008|
|42||160||New Zealand||4||2||1||Seddon Park, Hamilton||Away||18 March 2009|
|43||100*||Sri Lanka||5||3||1||Sardar Patel Stadium, Ahmedabad||Home||16 November 2009|
|44||105*||Bangladesh||4||1||1||Zohur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chittagong||Away||17 January 2010|
|45||143||Bangladesh||4||2||2||Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur||Away||24 January 2010|
|46||100||South Africa||4||3||1||Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium, Nagpur||Home||6 February 2010|
|47||106||South Africa||4||2||2||Eden Gardens, Kolkata||Home||14 February 2010|
|48||203||Sri Lanka||4||2||2||Sinhalese Sports Club Ground, Colombo||Away||26 July 2010|
|49||214||Australia||4||2||2||M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore||Home||9 October 2010|
|50||111*||South Africa||5||3||1||SuperSport Park, Centurion||Away||16 December 2010|
|51||146||South Africa||4||2||3||Newlands Cricket Ground, Cape Town||Away||2 January 2011|
List of ODI centuries
|1||110||Australia||2||1||84.61||R. Premadasa Stadium, Colombo||Neutral||9 September 1994|
|2||115||New Zealand||2||2||84.55||IPCL Sports Complex Ground, Vadodara||Home||28 October 1994|
|3||105||West Indies||2||1||78.35||Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur||Home||11 November 1994|
|4||112*||Sri Lanka||2||2||104.67||Sharjah Cricket Association Stadium, Sharjah||Neutral||9 April 1995|
|5||127*||Kenya||2||2||92.02||Barabati Stadium, Cuttack||Home||18 February 1996|
|6||137||Sri Lanka||2||1||100.00||Feroz Shah Kotla, New Delhi||Home||2 March 1996|
|7||100||Pakistan||2||1||90.09||Padang, Singapore||Neutral||5 April 1996|
|8||118||Pakistan||2||1||84.28||Sharjah Cricket Association Stadium, Sharjah||Neutral||15 April 1996|
|9||110||Sri Lanka||2||1||79.71||R. Premadasa Stadium, Colombo||Away||28 August 1996|
|10||114||South Africa||1||1||90.47||Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai||Home||14 December 1996|
|11||104||Zimbabwe||1||1||107.21||Willowmoore Park, Benoni||Neutral||9 February 1997|
|12||117||New Zealand||2||2||85.40||M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore||Home||14 May 1997|
|13||100||Australia||2||2||112.35||Green Park Stadium, Kanpur||Home||7 April 1998|
|14||143||Australia||2||2||109.16||Sharjah Cricket Association Stadium, Sharjah||Neutral||22 April 1998|
|15||134||Australia||2||2||102.29||Sharjah Cricket Association Stadium, Sharjah||Neutral||24 April 1998|
|16||100*||Kenya||2||2||97.08||Eden Gardens, Kolkata||Home||31 May 1998|
|17||128||Sri Lanka||2||1||97.70||R. Premadasa Stadium, Colombo||Away||7 July 1998|
|18||127*||Zimbabwe||2||2||97.69||Queens Sports Club, Bulawayo||Away||26 September 1998|
|19||141||Australia||2||1||110.15||Bangabandhu Stadium, Dhaka||Neutral||28 October 1998|
|20||118*||Zimbabwe||2||2||105.35||Sharjah Cricket Association Stadium, Sharjah||Neutral||8 November 1998|
|21||124*||Zimbabwe||2||2||134.78||Sharjah Cricket Association Stadium, Sharjah||Neutral||13 November 1998|
|22||140*||Kenya||4||1||138.61||County Ground, Bristol||Neutral||23 May 1999|
|23||120||Sri Lanka||1||1||85.10||Sinhalese Sports Club Ground, Colombo||Away||29 August 1999|
|24||186*||New Zealand||2||1||124.00||Lal Bahadur Shastri Stadium, Hyderabad||Home||8 November 1999|
|25||122||South Africa||2||2||88.40||IPCL Sports Complex Ground, Vadodara||Home||17 March 2000|
|26||101||Sri Lanka||2||1||72.14||Sharjah Cricket Association Stadium, Sharjah||Neutral||20 October 2000|
|27||146||Zimbabwe||2||1||95.42||Barkatullah Khan Stadium, Jodhpur||Home||8 December 2000|
|28||139||Australia||2||1||111.20||Nehru Stadium, Indore||Home||31 March 2001|
|29||122*||West Indies||2||2||93.12||Harare Sports Club, Harare||Neutral||4 July 2001|
|30||101||South Africa||2||1||78.29||New Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg||Away||5 October 2001|
|31||146||Kenya||2||1||110.60||Boland Park, Paarl||Neutral||24 October 2001|
|32||105*||England||4||1||97.22||Riverside Ground, Chester-le-Street||Away||4 July 2002|
|33||113||Sri Lanka||4||1||110.78||County Ground, Bristol||Neutral||11 July 2002|
|34||152||Namibia||2||1||100.66||City Oval, Pietermaritzburg||Neutral||23 February 2003|
|35||100||Australia||2||1||84.03||Roop Singh Stadium, Gwalior||Home||26 October 2003|
|36||102||New Zealand||2||1||112.08||Lal Bahadur Shastri Stadium, Hyderabad||Home||15 November 2003|
|37||141||Pakistan||2||2||104.44||Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium, Rawalpindi||Away||16 March 2004|
|38||123||Pakistan||2||1||94.61||Sardar Patel Stadium, Motera, Ahmedabad||Home||12 April 2005|
|39||100||Pakistan||2||1||88.49||Arbab Niaz Stadium, Peshawar||Away||6 February 2006|
|40||141*||West Indies||2||1||95.27||Kinrara Academy Oval, Kuala Lumpur||Neutral||14 September 2006|
|41||100*||West Indies||4||1||131.57||IPCL Sports Complex Ground, Vadodara||Home||31 January 2007|
|42||117*||Australia||1||2||97.50||Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney||Away||2 March 2008|
|43||163*||New Zealand||2||1||122.55||AMI Stadium, Christchurch||Away||8 March 2009|
|44||138||Sri Lanka||1||1||103.75||R. Premadasa Stadium, Colombo||Away||14 September 2009|
|45||175||Australia||2||2||124.11||Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad||Home||5 November 2009|
|46||200*||South Africa||2||1||136.05||Roop Singh Stadium, Gwalior||Home||24 February 2010|
|47||120||England||2||1||104.34||M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore||Home||27 February 2011|
|48||111||South Africa||2||1||109.90||VCA Stadium, Nagpur||Home||12 March 2011|
|49||114||Bangladeshsh||2||1||77.55||Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur||Away||16 March 2012|
Return to Domestic cricket
After the India tour of New Zealand, which followed the Asia Cup, Sachin Tendulkar felt out of form as he got out cheaply in all the innings in New Zealand in similar fashions. To get back in form he got himself inclined towards the Ranji Trophy in domestic cricket, a tournament he last played on 2009. And the first match he played in the tournament of 2012, for Mumbai against railways in November 2nd, 2012, he clicked right and scored a century (137* off 136). But this did not help him in the England tour of India, 2012 and his performance plummeted so much that words of his retirement were around every corner. Sachin continued to pry for his form and participated in the knockout stage of the Ranji Trophy of 2012-13. He made a century (108) and a 234 run partnership with Wassin Jaffer (150) against Baroda. He was bowled by Murtuja Vahora in the match. In the semi-finals of the tournament, he saw Mumbai to the win with a beautiful 56 off 75 when Mumbai were down to their knees. He also played the Irani Trophy and scored his 81st domestic century (140*), equaling Mr. Sunil Gavaskar, against Rest of India.
Retirement of the ‘God of Cricket’
After his poor performance in the ODI series of England Tour of India, 2012, Sachin Tendulkar announced that he would put down the ODI jersey of Team India and retire from the format. He played his solo game in the Twenty20 format of the game in South Africa and announced his retirement from all smaller formats of the game in International arena. He continued to play in IPL for Mumbai Indians, but also announced retirement from the tournament on May 26th, 2013, when Mumbai Indians, his team, won the title of the Tournament after defeating Chennai Super Kings at Eden gardens in Kolkata. He retired from all the limited-overs formats of cricket after the Champions League Twenty20 of 2013 for Mumbai Indians. It was on October 10th, 2013 that Master announced his retirement from all formats of Cricket after playing his 200th test in Two-Test Series in West Indies tour of India in 2013. His scoring stopped just 79 short of the 16,000 runs in test cricket when Daren Sammy caught him off the bowling of Narsingh Deonarine. Rohit Gurunath Sharma, current opener of India in limited over format also debuted in tests in the first test of the series in Kolkata. Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar (40 years) made his final mark in International Test cricket in his 200th Test match at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on November 15th, 2013, 24 Years exactly from his debut in test Cricket against Pakistan as a 16-year old.
Post Retirement Cricket-Retirement didn’t kept the GOD out of playing the game for a long time as we would see in the Bicentenary Celebration Match at Lord’s on July, 2014 as he captained the MCC side. He was again nominated as the brand ambassador of ICC Cricket World Cup 2015. He thus headed as the ambassador of the ICC World Cup two times consecutively (2011 and 2015). He also played the role of a coach for the Ponting XI in The Big Appeal. He also captained India Legends in the Unacademy Road Safety Series, 2020 and won the title.
Career in IPL and Champions League for Mumbai Indians
Sachin Tendulkar was signed to Mumbai Indians from the inaugural season of IPL 2008 for a sum of 1,21,250 USD. He captained the side till the first four league matches of the second season of the Champion’s League and passed on the baton to Rohit Sharma. He played for Mumbai Indians till 2013 before he retired from the limited formats of Cricket. In IPL 2010, Sachin scored 618 runs in 14 innings and broke the record for the highest runs in an edition of IPL previously held by Shaun Marsh. He was also awarded the Best Batsman and Best Captain in the 2010 season of IPL. He also was the only captain to have scored more than 500 runs in two different seasons of IPL. In Sachin’s last season as a captain for Mumbai Indians in Champions League he scored 135 runs. Sachin’s maiden century in Twenty overs cricket was in IPL 2011, when he scored 100* off 66 balls against Kochi Tuskers Kerala. His last match in Twenty20 format was against Chennai Super Kings when he scored 14 runs. After his retirement, he was appointed as the Team Icon for Mumbai Indians. He played 78 runs in IPL and scored a total of 2,334. He retired as the fifth-highest run scorer in the tournament’s history. His team, Mumbai Indians paid him a fitting tribute and retied jersey number 10.
Even having success in all forms of Cricket, Sachin Tendulkar was not a successful captain. In the two tenures that he served as captain for India in 1996-2000, Tendulkar won only 16% of the matches in Tests and 31.50% matches of the ODI of the games he captained. He was again offered Captaincy in 2007, when Rahul Dravid stepped down from the position, but he backed Mahendra Singh Dhoni for the position of Captain.
|Tendulkar’s record as captain|
|Matches||Won||Lost||Drawn||Tied||No result||Win %|
Sachin Tendulkar, The Family Man
Sachin Tendulkar got married to Dr. Anjali Mehta (November 10th, 1967, age 53 years) on May 24th, 1995. Dr. Anjali was a padeatrician of Rajapur Saraswat Brahmin Family, whom he first met in 1990.
Sachin is the father to a son Arjun Tendulkar (24th September 1999, age 21) and a daughter Sara Tendulkar (October 12th, 1997, age 23 years). Arjun Tendulkar is a left-handed Fast Bowler and a left-handed Batsman who have already debuted in Twenty20 format of Cricket for Mumbai in Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy on January 15th, 2021 against Haryana. Sara Tendulkar is a Graduate in Medicine from University London College.
Sachin Tendulkar Outside Cricket
Sachin was nominated as member of Rajya Sabha of Indian Parliament by the President of India, Pratibha Patil in April, 2012. The master accepted this nomination and took the oath for the same on June 4th, 2012. He was the first sports-person and cricketer to have been nominated for this office. He refused the Bungalow allotted for him Delhi as a member of the Parliament. His tenure in the Rajya Sabha ended in April, 2018. He donated his entire Salary (90L INR approx) as a Rajya Sabha member, to the Prime Minister’s Relief Fund.
In 2017, he was one the nine celebreties to have been nominated for the Swacch Bharat Mission by the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi. He accepted the nomination and has taken part in various cleanliness campaigns under the mission ever since. He was also nominated as the most affecting celebrity under the mission.
Sachin Tendulkar is also a main Sponsor for Apnalaya, a NGO in Mumbai, related with his mother-in-law Mrs. Annabel Mehta. He also raised an amount of 10.2 Million INR through twitter for the Crusade against cancer Foundation. On September 18th, 2011 he also helped raise raise 70 million INR, dedicated to create basic facilities for all in 140+ Government Schools, by spending 9 hours on the 12-hour Coca-Cola-NDTV Support my School Telethon.
Records on Sachin Tendulkar
Sachin Tendulkar is the subject of various books written by various Authors throughout the World. These include
- Sachin: The Story of the World’s Greatest Batsman by Gulu Ezekiel. Publisher: Penguin Global. ISBN 978-0-14-302854-3
- Sachin Tendulkar Opus
- The A to Z of Sachin Tendulkar by Gulu Ezekiel. Publisher: Penguin Global. ISBN 978-81-7476-530-7
- Sachin Tendulkar-a definitive biography by Vaibhav Purandare. Publisher: Roli Books. ISBN 81-7436-360-2
- Sachin Tendulkar – Masterful by Peter Murray, Ashish Shukla. Publisher: Rupa. ISBN 81-7167-806-8
- If Cricket is a Religion, Sachin is God by Vijay Santhanam, Shyam Balasubramanian. Publisher: HarperCollins India ISBN 978-81-7223-821-6
- Master Stroke: 100 Centuries of Sachin Tendulkar by Neelima Athalye. Publisher: Sakal Publications. ISBN 978-93-80571-84-3
- Dhruvtara, a book on cricket maestro Sachin Tendulkar, was launched as an audio book on Monday, 15 October 2012 to mark White Cane Day.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sachin_Tendulkar – cite_note-440
- Sachin ke sau shatak by Dharmender Panth, a book on Tendulkar’s 100 centuries written in Hindi. ISBN 9788123765242
- Playing It My Way – an autobiography. ISBN 978-14-736-0520-6
- Sachin: A Hundred Hundreds Now by V. Krishnaswamy
His Autobiography is named Playing It My Way. It was released on November 6th, 2014. It broke the record for adult hardback pre-publication orders, with 1,50,289 confirmed orders and made place in 2016 Limca Book of Records.
Some movies have also been made on the life of the little master, Sachin Tendulkar
- Sachin: A Billion Dreams, an Indian film directed by James Erskine. The character of Sachin Tendulkar was enacted by Tendulkar himself.
- Sachin, a 2019 Indian Malayalam-language film directed by Santhosh Nair. The story was solely based on Sachin’s life depicted in terms of another man’s life.
The master has also appeared in a few movies
|1985||Kabhie Ajnabi The||Vijay Singh||Cameo|
|2003||Stumped||Gaurav Pandey||Cameo, Played himself|
|God of Cricket (not released)||Sudesh Kanojia||Cameo, the film is based on his own life.|
Net Worth of Sachin Tendulkar
|Net Worth (2021)||$ 150 Million|
|Net Worth In Indian Rupees||1090 Crore INR|
|Monthly Income And Salary||4 Crore +|
|yearly Income||50 Crore +|
|Last Updated||March 2021|
Sachin Tendulkar owns quite some few luxury cars (10 approx) that include Ferrari 360 Modena, Nissan GT-R, BMW i8, BMW M5, Mercedes-Benz, BMW X5M, MW M6 etc.
Sachin also owns luxury designer house. The cost of this house is 60 Cr. INR (approx). It was built by Tendulkar in 2009 and is located at 19-A, Perry Cross Road, Bandra West.
Sachin is also the brand ambassador of lot of brands that include Pepsi, Adidas, TVS, MRF, Britannia, Canon, Philips, VISA, Reynolds, Sanyo BPL, Boost, Toshiba, G-Hanz, Sunfeast, Airtel, Castrol India, Coca-Cola, Colgate, Paytm First Games etc.
Sachin Tendulkar Career Stats
Career Batting Stats
|1st class 1988–13||310||490||51||25396||248*||57.9||34358||379||–||81||116|
|List A 1989–12||551||538||55||21999||200*||45.5||22802||147||–||60||114|
Career Bowling Stats
Right-Arm Off Spin Bowler
|1st class 1988–13||310||240||7605||170||4384||71||3/10||3.46||61.8||107.1||0||0|
|List A 1989–12||551||326||10230||39||8478||201||5/32||4.97||42.2||50.9||4||2|
He has scored 20 ducks and 27 outs in 90s in his career. He had been troubled most in his career and been out 9 times to Chaminda Vaas, Sri Lanka (1994-2008); Brett Lee, Australia (2000-2012) and; Shaun Pollock, South Africa (1996-2006).
Sachin’s achievement in sports has also been acknowledged by the Government of India and have awarded him with the following
- 1994 – Arjuna Award, by the Government of India in recognition of his outstanding achievement in sports.
- 1997–98 – Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, India’s highest honour given for achievement in sports.
- 1999 – Padma Shri, India’s fourth-highest civilian award.
- 2001 – Maharashtra Bhushan Award, Maharashtra State’s highest Civilian Award.
- 2008 – Padma Vibhushan, India’s second-highest civilian award.
- 2014 – Bharat Ratna, India’s highest civilian award.
Sachin Tendulkar has also been awarded by several institutions all over the world from time to time. These awards are
- 1997 – Wisden Cricketer of the Year.
- 1998, 2010 – Wisden Leading Cricketer in the World.
- 2004, 2007, 2010 – ICC World ODI XI.
- 2006-07, 2009-10 – Polly Umrigar Award for International cricketer of the year
- 2009, 2010, 2011 – ICC World Test XI.
- 2010 – Outstanding Achievement in Sport and the Peoples Choice Award at The Asian Awards in London.
- 2010 – Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy for cricketer of the year.
- 2010 – LG People’s Choice Award.
- 2010 – Made an Honorary group captain by the Indian Air Force.
- 2011 – Castrol Indian Cricketer of the Year award
- 2012 – Wisden India Outstanding Achievement award.
- 2012 – Honorary Member of the Order of Australia, given by the Australian government.
- 2013 – Indian Postal Service released a stamp of Tendulkar and he became the second Indian after Mother Teresa to have such stamp released in their lifetime.
- 2014 – ESPNCricinfo Cricketer of the Generation
- 2017 – The Asian Awards Fellowship Award at the 7th Asian Awards.
- 2019 – Inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame
- 2020 – Laureus World Sports Award for Best Sporting Moment (2000–2020)
Records by Sachin Tendulkar, the Little Master
- Sachin is the first player to score a double century in ODIs.
- Third highest individual score (after Sehwag and Rohit Sharma) in the history of One Day Cricket (200* vs. South Africa on Feb 24, 2010 at Gwalior).
- Highest number of centuries (49). Highest number of fifties (96).
- Most 150+ scores (5). Most runs in a calendar year (1,894 runs in the year 1998).
- Sachin scored the most number of centuries in a calendar year (9 in the year 1998).
- Most centuries against a single opponent (9 ODI centuries against Australia).
- Most boundaries (4s) scored (2,016 times!).
- During the course of his historic innings of 200*, the first in Men’s ODIs, Sachin hit the record for the most number of boundaries scored by an individual in an ODI innings (25).
- Sachin Tendulkar has played the most one day matches (463 ODIs in 24 years).
- Sanath Jayasuriya of Sri Lanka is behind him is 2nd place. First player to score 10,000 right up to 18,000 ODI runs.
- Most Man of the Match (MoM) awards (62) and Most Man of the Match awards in World Cup Matches (9) is also noted under Sachin’s name.
- Most Man of the Series (MoS) awards (15).
- Another of Sachin Tendulkar’s ODI records is to be that of the most number of consecutive matches for a team. Between 25th April, 1990 and 24th April, 1998, he represented India in 185 consecutive ODIs.
- Sachin has scored 1,000+ runs in a calendar year on 7 occasions (1994, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2003 and 2007). This is a world record.
- Sachin Tendulkar was involved in a mammoth 331-run partnership for the 2nd wicket with Rahul Dravid (vs. New Zealand at Hyderabad on 8th Nov, 1999). This remains the highest partnership for any wicket in ODIs, even till date.
- The formidable pair of Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly scored 26 hundred-plus partnerships in ODIs. Of these, 21 century stands were for the opening wicket. Both of these happen to be world records.
- Another lesser-known record (also a world record) is that of most stadium appearances. In ODI cricket, till date, Sachin has played on 90 different grounds across the world.
- He has scored over 2,500 runs against Australia, as well as against Sri Lanka. No other batsman has managed to achieve such a feat even against a single opponent.
- Sachin Tendulkar has scored the highest number of centuries in the history of Test cricket (51).
- On Dec 19th, 2010, Sachin Tendulkar became the first, and remains the only cricketer on the planet to have scored 50 Test hundreds.
- Sachin is the leading run scorer in Test cricket, after having surpassed Brian Lara’s tally of 11,953 Test runs in 2008.
- Before Sri Lanka’s Kumar Sangakkara (who broke Sachin Tendulkar’s record on Aug 5, 2010), Sachin was the fastest man to reach the milestone of 8,000 runs in Test cricket (in terms of least number of innings required. Sachin required 154 innings to cross the mark, whereas Sangakkara did it in 152 innings).
- Sachin is also the joint-fastest to reach the coveted milestone of 10,000 runs in Test cricket (Sachin Tendulkar and Brian Lara both achieved this milestone in 195 innings).
- First man to reach 12,000 right up to 15,000 runs in Test cricket.
- He has scored centuries against all Test-playing nations.
- When he stepped out onto the field in Sri Lanka to play his 169th Test Match, Sachin Tendulkar created a new record by surpassing Steve Waugh of Australia, to become the most capped player in the world in Test Cricket.
- Sachin Tendulkar is the player who holds the record of the highest number of centuries in a calendar year (7 centuries in 2010).
- Sachin Tendulkar also holds the record for the most number of 150+ scores in Test cricket. (He has 20 scores of 150+ to his credit).
- In the process of scoring his 49th Test hundred, Sachin Tendulkar also brought up his 11th Test century against Australia. The only person to have scored more Test hundreds against Australia is Jack Hobbs of England, who scored all his 12 Test hundreds against the Australians.
- During his innings of 214 against the Australians, Sachin Tendulkar achieved another milestone of aggregating 3,000 Test runs against Australia. He became only the 3rd man in the world (after Englishmen Jack Hobbs and David Gower) to do so.
- Till date, he has won the Man of the Match award 14 times, which is the highest by an Indian, and the joint 5th highest in the world.
- He has scored 1,000+ Test runs in a calendar year on 6 occasions (1997, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2008 and 2010).
- When he scored 217 against New Zealand in the 1999/00 season, Sachin Tendulkar broke the record for the highest Test score made by an Indian captain. Dhoni broke this record, when in February 2013, he scored 224 against Australia.
- Sachin Tendulkar was 17 years and 197 days old when he scored his first Test hundred. He remains the youngest Indian to have scored a Test hundred. As far as the rest of the world is concerned, Sachin happens to be 3rd on the list of youngest Test centurions.
- Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid have put on 19 hundred-plus stands in Test cricket. This is a world record for the most number of century partnerships by a single pair in Test cricket.
- When he scored his 51st hundred, which was against South Africa at Cape Town, he became the first overseas batsman to have scored 5 centuries on South African soil.
- Out of his 51 centuries, 22 have been scored at home and 29 have been scored overseas. His record of 29 overseas Test hundreds is a world record.
- Another interesting statistic (and of course, another Sachin Tendulkar record!) is that he has scored 12 hundreds after the age of 35.
- Sachin, besides playing the most Test matches ever, is also the only player in the world to have played in 200 Test matches.
- Till date, Sachin Tendulkar remains the only player in the world to have scored 5 Test centuries before the age of 20.
- He is the leading run scorer in the history of World Cup Cricket. He is now the only batsman in the world to have scored 2,000+ runs in World Cup matches.
- He also holds the record for the most number of runs in a single World Cup event (673 runs in the 2003 World Cup).
- Sachin Tendulkar is the only cricketer to have achieved the unique double of scoring 15,000+ ODI runs and taking 150+ ODI wickets.
- He is the first batsman to score 50 international centuries (Test + ODI).
- First batsman to score 60 international centuries (Test + ODI).
- The only batsman to score 70 international centuries (Test + ODI).
- Sachin has scored a whopping 100 international hundreds, and reached this much-awaited, mind-boggling milestone on 16th March, 2012.
- He is the only player to have scored 30,000 international runs (Tests and ODIs combined).
- A lesser-known Sachin Tendulkar record (which by the way, also happens to be a world record), is that he happens to be the batsman who has been dismissed the most number of times while in the nineties. He has fallen prey to the nervous nineties on 27 occasions (17 times in ODIs and 10 times in Tests).
- Another unique record is that he is the only player to have scored a hundred on his Ranji Trophy debut, Duleep Trophy debut, as well as his Irani Trophy debut (all three being premier domestic cricket tournaments in India).
- Sachin Tendulkar holds the record of most number of centuries in a World Cup (6) in the year 2011.
- In World Cup matches,Sachin Tendulkar has crossed the 50-run mark on 21 occasions (this includes his 6 World Cup centuries).
- After combining Test, ODI, as well as T20 batting records and statistics, it comes as no surprise to see that Sachin has hit the most boundaries in international cricket.
- He holds the record for the most Man of the Match and Man of the Series awards in international cricket (all three forms combined). Till date, he has won the MoM award 76 times (14 times in Tests, 62 times in ODIs) and the MoS award 20 times (5 times in Tests, 15 times in ODIs). Both are world records.
- He, along with Sourav Ganguly, has been involved in 38 hundred-plus partnerships in international cricket (all three forms combined). This is a world record. The 12,400 runs scored by this pair is also a world record.
- The pair of Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid have also put on 29 century stands, which presently places them at number 3 on the list of highest 100 run-partnerships.
- Between 25th April 1990 and 24th April 1998, Sachin Tendulkar represented India in a total of 239 matches (54 Tests and 185 ODIs) without missing a single game. Till date, this remains a world record for the most number of consecutive matches for a team.
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