Thursday, November 21, 2013

A Tribute to Sachin Tendulkar

Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar (Listeni/ˌsəɪn tɛnˈdlkər/; born 24 April 1973) is a former Indian cricketer widely acknowledged as the greatest batsman of his generation.
 He took up cricket at the age of eleven, made his Test debut against Pakistan at the age of sixteen, and went on to represent Mumbai domestically and India internationally for close to twenty-four years. He is the only player to have scored one hundred international centuries, the first batsman to score a double century in a One Day International, and the only player to complete more than 30,000 runs in international cricket.
 In October 2013, he became the 16th player and first Indian to aggregate 50,000 runs in all recognized cricket (first-classList A and Twenty20 combined.]
In 2002, Wisden Cricketers' Almanack ranked him the second greatest Test batsman of all time, behind Don Bradman, and the second greatest ODI batsman of all time, behind Viv Richards.
 Later in his career, Tendulkar was a part of the Indian team that won the 2011 World Cup, his first win in six World Cup appearances for India. He had previously been named "Player of the Tournament" at the 2003 edition of the tournament, held in South Africa. In 2013, he was the only Indian cricketer included in an all-time Test World XI named to mark the 150th anniversary of Wisden Cricketers' Almanack.
Awards Received by him:
Tendulkar received the Arjuna Award in 1994 for outstanding sporting achievement, the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award in 1997, India's highest sporting honour, and the Padma Shri and Padma Vibhushan awards in 1999 and 2008, respectively,
 India's fourth and second highest civilian awards and within a few hours of ending of his final match on 16 November 2013, the Prime Minister's Office announced the decision to award Tendulkar with the Bharat Ratna, India's highest civilian award, making him the youngest recipient to date and the first ever sportsperson to receive the award.
He also won the 2010 Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy for cricketer of the year at the ICC awards.
In 2012, Tendulkar was nominated to Rajya Sabha, the upper house of the Parliament of India.
He was also the first sportsperson (and the first without an aviation background) to be awarded the honorary rank of Group Captain by the Indian Air Force. In 2012, he was named an Honorary Member of the Order of Australia.
In December 2012, Tendulkar announced his retirement from ODIs. He retired from Twenty20 cricket in October 2013, and subsequently announced his retirement from all forms of cricket, retiring on 16 November 2013 after playing his 200th and final Test match, against the West Indies in Mumbai's Wankhede Stadium.
Tendulkar played 664 international cricket matches in total, scoring 34,357 runs.


Tendulkar sponsors 200 underprivileged children every year through Apnalaya, a Mumbai-based NGO associated with his mother-in-law, Annabel Mehta. 
A request from Sachin on Twitter raised INR1.025 crore(US$160,000) through Sachin's crusade against cancer for the Crusade against Cancer foundation.
 Sachin Tendulkar spent nine hours on the 12-hour Coca-Cola-NDTV Support My School telethon on 18 September 2011 that helped raise INR 7 crore – INR 2 crore more than the target – for from the creation of basic facilities, particularly toilets for girl students, in 140 government schools across the country.[300]

Sachin Tendulkar's farewell speech: 10 best quotes(

Video of Sachin's farewell speech

  1. My life has been between 22 yards for 24 years and it's hard to believe my wonderful journey is coming to an end.
  2. I would like to thank the most important person in my life, who I have missed since 1999 when he passed away - my father. Without his guidance I wouldn't be standing in front of you.
  3. My mother started praying for me the day I started playing cricket. I think those prayers and blessings gave me strength.
  4. Anjali, you are the best partnership that I had in my life.
  5. My daughter is 16, my son is 14. Time has flown by. I've missed out on several birthdays, holidays, annual days and sports days. Thanks for understanding, both of you have been so special to me. I've not spent enough time with you but I promise you the next 16 years or even beyond that, everything is for you.
  6. In the last 24 years that I have played for India, I have made new friends, and before that, I have had friends from my childhood. They have all made a terrific contribution.
  7. My cricket career started when I was 11. The turning point of my career was when my brother Ajit took me to Achrekar sir and that is the best thing to have happened to me.
  8. I will be witnessing cricket, and cricket will always stay in my heart, but Achrekar sir have had an immense contribution in my life, so thank you very much.
  9. My team-mates are like my family away from home. I have had some wonderful times with them. It is going to be difficult to not be part of the dressing room, sharing those special moments.
  10. I want to thank my fans from the bottom of my heart. 'Sachin, Sachin' will reverberate in my ears till I stop breathing.



  1. Amazing facts brought together in one post. Great research sir.:)
    I can't even start to express how much I am gonna miss watching him bat. And I am not sure whether I would enjoy watching/playing cricket after Nov.16' 2013.
    These 24 years were like a moment & I wish I could seize this moment but sadly I can't.


    1. Thank you Nikhil for your nice comments.