An era called Sachin Tendulkar – A TRIBUTE

“Sachiiiin, Sachiiiin”, “Sachiiiin, Sachiiiin” is all one remembers when you think of this true gentlemen of sports, an icon of cricket, greatest batsman of our era and India’s pride.

For one last time, let’s again go on a journey down the memory lane reminding us of how we celebrated “SACHIN” by this beautifully edited video by Najeeb Mohammed

There were and there are many cricketers who can become great cricketers but none can become Sachin Tendulkar. Sachin is just not a name but  a brand in itself. This little chubby guy born on April 24, 1973 went on to became the greatest sportsman India has ever produced. He not only represented India but represented every one of us – be it on field or off field. His innocence, soft spoken, down to earth personality but yet so talented cricketer won hearts of every child, mother and father during our time. I remember, when I was a child, I was allowed to see cricket even if I had exams  just because Sachin was my mothers favorite too. Every parents felt proud of this India’s child and cricket became a household name because Sachin was batting. To watch him scoring runs flamboyantly was a sheer pleasure to every household. It is a truth that cricket became a career because our mother and father loved Sachin and they too enjoyed watching him scoring century.  Every parent had a dream of their son become a Sachin in their life. The whole nation voices goes down and a stunned silence was created when he got out & everybody went back to work. The productivity of nation went down when Sachin was batting and interestingly no one eve complained about it. Sachin was a phenomenon by himself and only Sachin knows how he carried the burden of billion people in his shoulders without complaining once.

“Only Sachin knows what it is to be Sachin Tendulkar”

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Being a ardent fan of Sachin, below are some of least known facts about Sachin which you never knew:

  • Sachin at the age of 14 years, fielded for Pakistan in an exhibition match in 1987 when Imran Khan felt short of players in Mumbai. It was also the last match for Sunil Gavaskar
  • Sachin holds the record for most man-of-the-match awards won by a player on losing side. He got 6 of those awards.
  • Sachin is the first player ever who was given out after TV replay. This was when India toured South Africa in 1992-93.
  • Before the age of 20 he had already scored five Test centuries which is a world record.
  • It took 79 ODI matches for him to score his first century
  • Holds the record for scoring most 1,000 Test runs in a calendar year. He has done this six times – 2010 (1562 runs), 2008 (1063 runs), 2002 (1392 runs), 1999 (1088 runs), 2001 (1003 runs) and 1997 (1000 runs)
  • Sachin has not  scored a test century in Zimbabwe, the only nation among all test playing nations.
  • Sachin once said that he finds difficult to bat against Hansie Cronje
  • He was without bat contract till 1996 world cup
  • Sachin’s first bowling figures in both Tests and ODIs are identical: 1-0-10-0.
  • Andrew Symonds once autographed a T-shirt especially for Sachin. It read: “To Sachin, the man we all want to be.”
  • Sachin, Brian Lara and Steve Waugh all had MRF as their bat sponsors. Lara’s bat was called ‘Wizard’, Waugh’s ‘Champion’ and Sachin’s ‘Genius.’
  • His first car was Maruti 800
  • English fast bowler, Allan Mulally once complained that Sachin is using broader bat than normal willow.
  • Sachin is the only person born in independent India to be honored with Bharat Ratna
  • Out of 2086 ODI Cricketers played till date, 2073 have not even managed to score Half of Sachin Tendulkar’s Career Runs !!! That is almost 99.37%
  • Before Sachin started, an Indian made a century every 9.70 ODI games. After  Sachin’s retirement, that number comes down dramatically, to one every 3.52 games.
  • Sachin was the 74th Indian to wear the ODI cap. Now we have 275, added 200 during his career. More than 70% of new additions have already retired
  • Wasim akram once said that they used to formulate strategies against Sachin as they knew rest would automatically follow after he is out.
  • Once he met a group of  disabled children in Chennai. One of them was Sachin’s biggest fan but  he had never walked in his life. On seeing him Sachin asked him if he’d  like to play cricket with him. The child was so happy that he stood up  for the first time in his life.
  • During Lord’s Test in 2007, British actor and Harry potter star, Daniel Radcliff, queued to get an autograph of Sachin after the match
  • Sudhir, greatest fan of Sachin Tendulkar was once rescued from paying 1400 New Zealand dollars by just a letter to authorities by Sachin
  • Sachin predicted in one of the interview before the 2015 world cup that 4 teams will be in semifinal and they could be India, Australia, New Zealand & South Africa. Amazing, isn’t it?

Till today, whenever Sachin is seen on the cricket ground, he is honored with the loudest cheer and support. People still expect from him and desire to see him. For many Indians, cricket meant Sachin and when he retired, a part of cricket died. He is not only greatest cricketer but also a great human being. His dedication, honesty, passion, handwork and love for his nation has been evident through out his career and still continues to be. Sachin’s life is almost like a open book as he is followed very closely and each move of his life creates a ripple effect in the world.

When he was awarded with Bharat Ratna, he dedicated to all mothers of India who have sacrificed their life. It is clearly evident the way he thinks and his love for nation.

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For many of us, our entire life has been Sachin’s career and that is what we have enjoyed and we could proudly say we lived in Sachin’s era. We remember how we use to bunk tuition, school & college just to watch Sachin. We remember how he brought an entire family together to spend time together and enjoy the moment. Today we miss all those days but we cherish the moments.

Sachin still remains an inspiration not only Indians but also to the world.

A final tribute to the GOD OF CRICKET by Aswani Singh

Thank you Sachin for bringing smiles to our life and making us a proud Indian!

With Love,

From one of your die hard fan,

Biren

2 comments

  • Another great article by you.. I am not a cricket fan but I had always tried to watch Sachin playing.. thanks a lot for mentioning so unique stats about Sachin…
    Again, Good Job

    • Thanks Rohit! Hope I was able to connect to our old days and memories when we as a family enjoyed watching cricket.

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