|Posted by anccricket on December 20, 2009 at 7:50 AM|
THE LIVING legend Sachin Tendulkar has been playing international cricket for the last two decades and it’s wonderful to see him still fit, young and hungry for runs, as he breaks record after record in cricket.
In these years, he has amassed over 30,000 runs, 87 centuries, 50 plus average, 200 wickets and 232 catches. He is as good a cricketer as Sunil Gavaskar, as destructive as Vivan Richards and can hold himself in comparison to Don Bradman.
In his test career, since his debut against Pakistan in 1989, Sachin has cemented his greatness with loads of runs. He has played 159 tests, scoring 12,773 runs with 42 centuries, at an average of 54.58. From the 436 ODI matches he played since December 19, 1989 against Pakistan in Gujranwala, he has amassed 17,178 runs at an average of 44.50 with 45 hundreds.
For him, there is no end to getting better, no matter whatever he has already achieved. Legends are born, not made and Sachin Tendulkar has proved this to the cricketing world. The way Sachin has carried himself for the last 20 years has been exceptional. He is an ideal role model for all budding cricketers.
Sachin Tendulkar, son of Ramesh Tendulkar and Sau Rajani, was born on April 24, 1973. Since his childhood, he used to play cricket with his elder brother Ajit Tendulkar. In 1985, he changed his school and joined Dadar’s Shardashram Vidyamandir. Under the able guidance of his coach, Ramakant Achrekar, he scored over 1,200 runs in schools cricket, including two triple centuries. He scored 326 not out for Shardashram against St Xavier’s in the Harris Shield tournament, putting on 664 runs with his fellow Vinod Kambli.
He is also the youngest test cricketer for India. He was just 16 years old when he took on the tough Pakistanis in the first test at Karachi in 1989. He played alongside some of his childhood heroes (Kapil Dev’s hundredth match) in his debut. Though he was able to score only 15 runs in his first innings, he impressed the cricket fraternity very much.
Many players of the Indian Cricket team have been replaced, dropped, injured, or stopped playing cricket. However, Sachin Tendulkar has been consistent and has never been replaced by someone else due to lack of performance.
Immensely gifted and blessed with an impeccable technique, many consider his style to be almost perfect. Sachin’s straight drives, cover drives, hook shots, are all amazingly timed. His timing of the ball is one of the best and he knows the weaknesses and strengths of most bowlers. Making mistakes rarely, the only time he gets out is when the bowler bowls an excellent delivery, or he tries to hit the ball hard.
Sachin has always been the best batsman in the world, not only for the loads of runs he has scored but also, for the pace at which he has got those runs, giving bowlers enough time to bowl out the opposition. He has scored tons of runs in all countries in different conditions and against the best bowling attacks. Be it Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis, Walsh, Vaas, Mcgrath, Murlitharan or Warne.
In batting, he has reached a stage that others can only dream of. There was a time when bowlers like Mcgrath usedavoid tours to the subcontinent as Tendulkar was on his peak. Most of the bowlers used to feel helpless while bowling to Master Blaster.
The greatest of all compliments for him, came from the cricket legend Sir Don Bradman, who saw a streak of himself in Tendulkar.
There has been a lot of criticism too. Some say that Tendulkar is a selfish cricketer and plays for records, not for the team. However, such an accusation only tells how little these critics know about cricket. No other batsman in world has won more matches than Tendulkar, with his centuries.
If he scores 50 plus runs and gets out in a match, critics say he is not a good match finisher. If he scores 90 plus runs and gets out, people say he has nervous ninety problem and if he makes a century and the team still looses, people say whenever Sachin gets a century the team won't win. This is when they also cast aspersions on his playing style, saying that he plays for records.
The legendary player will begin his third decade in international cricket from November 15. India can only thank him for his role in the country's cricket for the last twenty years and hope for a similar set in the coming years.