“A journey of a thousand mile begins with a single smile”.
When a diminutive boy of just 16-year made his debut against Pakistan at the chilly winter in December 1989, the entire world was oblivious of the fact that it would herald a new era – Cricket got its best ambassador ever. Fortunately enough, he was a proud Indian and went on to become Sachin Tendulkar. The same youngster is already a living legend now and his inimitable smile and dazzling eyes never fail to woo his fans.
More than anything else it’s the cheerful spirit and righteous attitude of Sachin that keeps infusing faith and confidence among the fans. Whether it’s India, Australia or even far-off regions like the US or Canada, Sachin Tendulkar is very much prominent all across the globe. His legacy in cricket is inseparable and unquestionable transcending far beyond the realm of any 22-yard pitch.
Insurmountable Sachin Tendulkar in the World of Cricket
Talking about Sachin Tendulkar’s world records might sound cliché but facts can’t be ignored. Sir Donald Bradman is also mostly remembered for his world record of 99.94-average in test. Similarly, Sri Lankan legend Muttiah Muralitharan is best known for his 800 test wickets than anything else. But whenever Sachin Tendulkar’s world records are brought to notice people go blah, blah and blah which is certainly not correct. Just as people say Bradman’s average in tests is invincible similarly, Tendulkar’s world records are unconquerable as well.
Being a harbinger of courage and determination, this venerable retired cricketer is welcomed with the chanting of Sachin, Sachin wherever he goes. If cricket is a religion today in the Indian subcontinent then the credit for it goes to Sachin’s humongous love for the game along with an unblemished cricket career and persona on and off the field.
He has been rightfully attributed as the God of Cricket, the unprecedented salutation to have ever been coined by aficionados for their beloved sportsperson anywhere in the world. No great sportsperson has ever earned this title before Sachin Tendulkar – a rarest accomplishment per se.
Sachin Tendulkar’s Most Famous Cricket World Records
- World Record of 100 tons in international cricket (51 test tons + 49 ODI hundreds)
- Most Tests played – 200
- Most fifties in Tests – 68
- Most tons in tests – 51
- Leading run scorer in tests – 15921
- Mosts ODIs appearance – 463
- Most run scorer in ODIs – 18426
- Most 50s in ODIs – 96
- Most 100s in ODIs – 49
- Most man of the match in ODIs – 62
- Most man of the series in ODIs = 15
- First cricketer to score 200* (Double Century) in ODI history
Sachin Tendulkar is the only cricketer and sportsperson to have ever received the prestigious Bharat Ratna award and also bestowed with the honour of being a nominated member to Rajya Sabha.
Sachin Tendulkar: Championing the Cause
A few months back, Sachin Tendulkar showed his immense farsightedness and immaculate leadership skill when he paved the way for a first of its kind All Star League in the US in association with Shane Warne. This popular twenty-twenty contest was initiated for a noble cause of promoting the game throughout USA where the game is of minuscule importance.
Tendulkar is also doing a lot of things away from Cricket within his ambit as a Rajya Sabha member. Though he drew flak from all quarters of the media for non- attendances to parliament but he did his work silently without making any noise – one of India’s leading daily Economic Times mentioned that Sachin Tendulkar is the best performing nominated parliamentarian.
The retired cricketer had already utilised 98 percent of his MPLADS (Members of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme) funds while contributing towards several rehabilitating and humanitarian works at places which are ravaged due to nature’s fury. Sources added that master blaster has made proper allocation for flood relief operations in Jammu and Kashmir, Uttarakhand and Tamil Nadu in this regard. It’s been learnt that Sachin Tendulkar is also ensuring the rebuilding of a devastated school building and bridge at Chamoli in Uttarakhand as well which got destructed due to widespread flood of 2013.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has nominated Sachin Tendulkar as one of the country’s ambassador for SWATCH BHARAT ABHIYAAN (Clean India Initiative) and Master Blaster is certainly doing his bit including his relentless support towards building toilets and school infrastructure in farthest parts of West Bengal and Maharashtra. The 42-year-old has also brought in sea change to Puttamraju Kandriga, a village in Andhra Pradesh’s Nellore district, which was adopted by him in 2014 under PM’s Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana. Thanks to Tendulkar’s overwhelming zeal and commitment towards improving road infrastructure, electricity generation, sanitation facilities and water supply in the village that lots have transformed there in the last few months.
Sachin Tendulkar has always believed in doing things more and talking less. He did it in the past on the field and now doing everything possible to championing the cause of people minus the brouhaha off the field as well.
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