Sachin Tendulkar Biography
Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar was born on 24 April 1973 in Bombay to Ramesh and Rajni
Tendulkar. His father gave him the name Sachin on his favorite music director,
Sachin Dev Burman. Sachin has three siblings Ajit, Nitin and Savita. Being the
elder brother Ajit gave him the initial encouragement to play cricket.
Sachin completed his high school from Sharadasharam Vidyamandir, and it was
here where he met his mentor, coach and creator, Ramakant Achrekar. Very few
know that the greatest batsman of the world who gives nightmares to many fast
bowlers first started as a fast bowler himself. But was suggested by Cricket
Greats to focus on his batting.
Initially Sachin Tendulkar wanted to be a fast bowler and even undertook trials
at the MRF pace foundation, Chennai, but his short height proved to be an
obstacle. Changing his school to Shardashram Vidya Mandir and meeting Mr.
Ramakant Achrekar (who became his coach) was the turning point of Sachin's
From his early days he impressed many by his batting. At just 13 he started
playing for cricket club of India and at the age of 15 he played for Bombay in
state level competition. He scored century on his debut in first class cricket
and he was the youngest to do so. He scored a century in first matches of both
the Deodhar and Duleep Trophy.
He made his presence felt when he made an unbeaten 326 in a 664 partnership
with Vinod Kambli in 1988 in an interschool match.
Within one year of his entry in state level he got in the eye of Indian
selectors and was selected to play for India against Pakistan at the age of 16
in 1989. Though he made only 15 in that test match but as a young batsman
showed a lot of promise. He made his ODI debut on December 1989 against
He scored his first test century in 1990 against England at the age of 18, and
became the second youngest to do so in test history. However it took him 79
ODIs to get to his first century in this format. On 9 September 1994 he scored
his first ODI century against Australia.
He played his first world cup in 1992 and since then he has played for India in
six world cups the most by any cricketer of the world. He has scored more than
200 runs in these world cups, again the highest by any batsmen.
He has 48 ODI centuries and 51 Test centuries against his name. He has made
18,254 ODI runs and 15470 runs in Test matches. He has played 460 ODI matches
and 188 test matches. He holds records for all the above statistics.
He became the first batsmen to reach to 200 in ODIs and he did it in against
His great contribution to Indian cricket has gained him several accolades from
around the world. He received Arjuna award in 1994, Wisden Cricketer of the
year 1997, Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award (Highest award given to Indian
sportsmen) in 1997, Padma Shri in 1999, Maharashtra Bhushan Award in 2001,
became the first cricketer to be given Honorary Group Captain post in Indian
Air Force and received Padma Vibhushan in 2008 (second highest civilian award
given in India).
Ups And Downs
After some initial hiccups, there has not been any real stumbling block in
cricketing carrier of this"Bombay Bomber". The little genius, as Sachin is
fondly called, has been performing consistently for the country ever since he
started playing cricket for India. But every champion has some lean patches,
Sachin too had some.
Sachin's tremendous performances soon elevated him to the most challenging task
of captaining the Indian side. But sadly this pressure had its toll on Sachin's
batting. Many criticize Sachin of not delivering the goods in crunch
situations. In recent years Sachin has not been in scintillating of forms and
his genius has been visible only in parts. While criticizing him we must not
forget that Sachin has been round the corner for the last 16 years.