All Indian Cricket fans as well as cricket fans around the world hails former Indian cricketer – Sachin Tendulkar as God of Cricket. However, many fans dont know the reasons behind this. In this post, we will explain why Sachin Tendulkar is recognized as God of Cricket.
Sachin Tendulkar started playing cricket at the age of 11 and by the time he was 14 years old, he was selected to represent Mumbai (Earlier Bombay) in Ranji Trophy 1987-88 season after that spectacular partnership of 664 runs with Vinod Kambli. Tendulkar scored centuries on his Ranji trophy as well as Duleep Trophy debut.
Sachin was first picked for the International cricket for the Indian cricket team to tour Pakistan in 1989 when he was just 16 years old. In the final test of the series at Sialkot, Sachin was hit on the nose by Waqar Younis bouncer. But he declined any medical assistance and continued to bat and went on to compile a fluent 57 that would effectively help India draw the Test match.
In 1992, at the age of 19, Tendulkar became the first overseas-born player to represent Yorkshire, which prior to Tendulkar joining the team, never selected players even from other English countries.
Why Sachin Tendulkar is called as God of Cricket
Facing menacing fast bowlers in his cricket career without getting bogged down was the USP of Sachin Tendulkar’s cricket career. He faced dangerous fast bowlers at their peak like Waqar Younis & Wasim Akram, Glenn McGrath, Brett Lee, Shoaib Akhtar, Curtly Ambrose, Courtney Walsh etc.
Sachin Tendulkar always kept his calm on the field and usually answers with the bat for the sledging actions from the bowlers. This calm attitude made Sachin Tendulkar a popular figure among the cricket fans as he used to let his bat do the talk.
By the time he entered in the last phase of his career, Sachin Tendulkar created multiple records with both bat and ball. These unmatched records make Sachin Tendulkar to be recognized as the God of Cricket. It is rightly said, Sachin does not chase records, records chase Sachin.
Sachin Tendulkar Records
God of Cricket – Sachin Tendulkar has innumerable records to his name in his cricket career. Here we are covering just the tip of the iceberg of his records in different formats of the game:
- Number of test matches – 200
- Centuries in test cricket by a player – 51
- Most runs in career – 15,921 Runs
- Dismissed in 90s in career – 10
- Most half-centuries in career – 119
- Boundaries in career – 2058
- Fastest to 10,000 runs – 195 innings
- Fastest to 13,000 to 15,000 runs
- Runs in career – 18,426 Runs
- Most runs in calendar year – 1894 Runs
- Centuries in career – 49
- Centuries in a calendar year – 9
- Most centuries against one team – 9
- Dismissed in 90s in career – 18
- Most half-centuries in career – 145
- Most boundaries in career – 2016
- Fastest to 13,000 runs – 321 innings and remained fastest till 18,000 runs mark
- Most matches in career – 463
- Player of the match awards – 62
- Most player of the series awards – 15
- Longest career – 22 y and 91 d
- First person to score a double century in One Day Internationals
Sachin Tendulkar Awards
- Arjuna Award – 1994
- Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award – 1997
- Padma Shri – 1999
- Maharashtra Bhushan Award – 2001
- Padma Vibhushan – 2008
- Bharat Ratna – 2013
- “Most Influential People in the World” – Time 100 List
- “Honorary member of the order of Australia” in 2012
- ICC Cricket Hall of Fame – 2019
- Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar
- Born: April 24, 1973 (Mumbai, India)
- Age: 48 years
- International Debut: Nov 15, 1989
- Retired: Nov 16, 2013
- Batting: Right-hand Batsman
- Bowling: Right-arm Off-break, Leg-break Googly
- Represented: Mumbai, India, Asia XI, Yorkshire, and Mumbai Indians
- Spouse: Anjali Tendulkar
- Children – Daughter – Sara Tendulkar & Son – Arjun Tendulkar
- Langauges – Marathi, English & Hindi
Books on Sachin Tendulkar
- Tendulkar’s autobiography “Playing It My Way” broke all records to become an instant bestseller.
- Sachin: The Story of the World’s Greatest Batsman by Gulu Ezekiel.
- The A to Z of Sachin Tendulkar by Gulu Ezekiel
- Sachin Tendulkar: A Definitive Biography
- Sachin Tendulkar – Masterful
- If Cricket is a Religion, Sachin is God
- Master Stroke: 100 Centuries of Sachin Tendulkar
- Sachin Ke Sau Shatak
- Sachin: A Hundred Hundreds Now
Famous Quotes by cricketers on Sachin Tendulkar
- “I see myself when I see Sachin batting.” Sir Donald Bradman
- “I have seen God. He bats for India at number 4 in Tests.” Matthew Hayden
- “You get him out and half the battle is won.” Arjuna Ranatunga
- “Tendulkar is to cricket what Michael Jordan is to Basketball and Muhammad Ali is to Boxing.” Brian Lara
- “We did not lose to a team called India, we lost to a man called Sachin.” Mark Taylor
- “I am fortunate that I have to bowl at him only in the nets.” Anil Kumble.
- “Cricketers like Sachin come once in a lifetime and I am privileged he played in my time.” Wasim Akram
- “I’ll be going to bed having nightmares of Sachin running down the wicket and belting me back over the head for six. He was unstoppable.” Shane Warne
- “If Sachin bats well, India sleeps well.” Harsha Bhogle speaks on behalf of entire nation
- “He can play that leg glance with a walking stick also.” Waqar Younis
- “He has been in form longer than some of our guys have been alive.” Daniel Vettori
- “I had to remind Gary Kristen often that he was in the covers to field against Sachin, not to applaud him.” Hansi Cronje
- “There is no shame in losing to such a great player.” Steve Waugh
- “When you play against Tendulkar, you almost want to see him get a few runs just to see him bat” Mark Waugh
- “There are two kind of players in the world. One, Sachin Tendulkar. Two, all the others.” Andy Flower