Sachin Tendulkar has played a key role in Indian test cricket ever since his debut at an early age in 1992. A child cricket prodigy who has lived up to his early promise.
He has played many flawless innings and led India to many notable victories, not least over arch rivals and the number one test side – Australia in 2008. Standing only 5 ft 5 in (1.65 m) Tendulkar has often been called ‘The Little master’ – or even God of Cricket. He has a wonderful technique and can score runs with great fluency and style. He has minimal movement, and can play a wide range of shots.
Sometimes Tendulkar has been criticised for making runs against easy opposition and not rising to the big occasion. But, that criticism is not entirely fair and Tendulkar has recently made some key hundreds in the most testing of situations.
Sachin Tendulkar was the first non-Yorkshireman born player to play for the county. It was a key moment for Yorkshire CC. Unfortunately, it was not an unreserved success as his dominant form deserted him.
He currently has over 15,000 Test runs making him one of the highest test run scorers of all time.
He was also the first player to pass 10,000 runs in limited overs cricket. At the start of 2013, he had accumulated a record 18,000 ODI runs, giving him over 34,000 runs at international level – a record that could stand for a long time.
In India Sachin Tendulkar is one of the most famous people. He receives a tremendous amount of adulation and attention. He is admired not just for his cricket, but his image of being a good son of India. He has a modest approach to life, being a quiet family man, and he still visits Indian temples. He is a devotee of the Hindu Guru, Sathya Sai Baba of Puttaparthi He is widely seen as a great role model.
Tendulkar was born on 24 April 1973 into a Rajapur Saraswat Brahmin family in Bombay. He made an impact in cricket from a very early age, displaying a prodigious talent. By the age of 15, he had made his first class debut. He made his test debut against Pakistan, aged only 16.
He is the only player to score a double century in one day internationals.