The master blaster of Indian cricket team, Sachin Tendulkar turns 45 today. From playing gully cricket in Mumbai to playing for India on international levels, Sachin has won many hearts. Dedicating 24 years of his life to cricket has bagged him the title – ‘God of Cricket’.
Let us have a closer look at the zeniths that added glories to his cricket career.
Playing for Bombay’s Ranji Trophy at the age of 14 and hitting his maiden century, got him the limelight. He was the first Indian cricket to do so. His first-class cricket debut opened gates of the Indian Cricket Team for him in the year 1989.
At the age of 16, Master Tendulkar got his chance to debut in the Test cricket and the first match he played was against Pakistan on 15th November in Karachi. Notably, He was the youngest Indian to do so. With a new pitch to play and new bowlers to face, Tendulkar scored 14 runs out of 25 balls and was bowled by another debutant in the match, Waqar Younis.
Test century at Old Trafford
This was just the beginning of creating and breaking numerous records in the history of Indian cricket. To add to this, Tendulkar went on scoring his maiden Test century in the year August 1990 against England at Old Trafford.
Before turning 25, Sachin Tendulkar scored 16 test centuries and by the year 2000, he had become the first batsman to have scored 50 international centuries. This clearly depicts that Mr. Tendulkar was fond of Test cricket.
The title – Captain of Indian Cricket Team
In the year 1996, Tendulkar succeeded Mohammed Azharuddin to become the captain of Indian cricket team. His captaincy started off well with India winning three of the first four test matches. However, the master blaster often went on saying, the captaincy was not his cup of tea. Following 14 test matches didn’t have the same magic with the team drawing 10, losing three and winning only one.
In December 2012, Sachin Tendulkar announced his retirement breaking the hearts of million people across the world. The legend played his last match as an Indian cricketer at his home ground, Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai and finished off in style by hitting 100 against West Indies. With this, he bagged one more glorious title i.e. he became the first batsman to score his 100th century in 2012. The whole nation was dejected when the master blaster walked back to the pavilion after his last game.
We thank Mr. Sachin Tendulkar for adding such magnificent moments in the history of cricket and wish him a very Happy 45th Birthday!