SACHIN TENDULKAR – A name for every kid, A passion for every cricket player, and A Symbol of GREAT CRICKET PLAYER forever. Today he is playing 200th test along with taking retirement from the career too. The result for match would be anything but important is “GOD is taking off..”.. Million of supporter come to Wankadhe Stadium a home ground for SACHIN to see him last time pitch.
Today morning I am writing this blog post because I too emotionally attached to him and want give some tribute to his greatest achievement and success. I am covering here some of best moment of his life and comment made for him…
- Tendulkar was just 16 when he became India’s youngest Test cricketer.
- In 2005 he became the first cricketer to score 35 centuries (100 runs in a single inning) in Test play.
- In 2007 Tendulkar reached another major milestone, becoming the first player to record 15,000 runs in one-day international play.
- He was 11 years old when he was given his first cricket bat and his talent in the sport was immediately apparent.
- At the age of 14 he scored 329 out of a world record stand of 664 in a school match.
- Tendulkar made his debut in international competition at 16 with a match against Pakistan in Karachi.
- At the age of 18 he scored a pair of centuries in Australia, then in 1994 racked up a score of 179 in a match against the West Indies.
- Tendulkar was just 23 when he was named captain of his country’s team for the 1996 World Cup.
- He scored his record-breaking 35th century in Test play in December 2005 in a match against Sri Lanka.
- In June 2007 he set another mark when he became the first player to record 15,000 runs in one-day international play.
- In January 2010 he again moved into the record books when became the first batsman to score 13,000 runs in Test play.
- Just one month later he registered another first, a “double century” in a match against South Africa in 2010.
- That same year he was named the 2010 International Cricket Council Cricketer of the Year.
- In April 2011 Tendulkar chalked up another milestone when he led India to a World Cup victory, his first in his long career.
- He is first batsman to score 2,000 runs and six centuries in World Cup play.
- Mathew Hayden, the Australian batsman once said, “I have seen God, he bats at no. 4 for India in Test.” He clearly meant Sachin Tendulkar.
- Sachin’s wife Anjali is six years elder to him. She is at least one inch taller than him. She is from a different community and culture. But all these petty things just didn’t matter. For Sachin, the boyfriend, as well as for Sachin, the husband, love is all that matters.
- Sachin Tendulkar had an exceptional season in 1988 when he scored a century in all the innings he played.
- In 1988, he, along with Vinod Kambli, his friend and team mate, set up an unbeaten 644-run partnership, at a Lord Harris Shield inter-school game, which remained as a record partnership in any form of cricket till 2006.
- In 1988-1989, at the age of 15, he scored 100 not-out in his debut first-class match for Mumbai against Gujarat.
- Sachin Tendulkar is the only player to score a century in all three of his Ranji Trophy, Duleep Trophy and Irani Trophy debuts.
- Holds the record for scoring 1,000 ODI runs in a calendar year on most occasions. He has done it seven times – 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2003 and 2007
- It includes a year in which he scored 1894 runs from ODIs, which is the record for the highest number of runs scored by any player.
- In the One-Day International Commonwealth Bank Tri-Series involving Sri Lanka and Australia, he became the first and only batsman to complete 16,000 runs in ODIs.
- As of 2008, Sachin Tendulkar has made 16,361 runs from the ODI matches making him the most prolific run scorer in the ODIs.
- Sachin Tendulkar was bought as the icon and most expensive player for the Mumbai Indians team at the 2008 Indian Premier League (IPL) for US$1,121,250.
- Sachin Tendulkar was conferred with the Arjuna Award, by the Government of India in 1994.
- He was named as the 1997 Wisden Cricketer of the Year and was also the recipient of the 1997-98 Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna.
- In 1999, Sachin Tendulkar was awarded with Padma Shri, India’s fourth highest civilian award.
- He was named as the Player of the tournament at the 2003 Cricket World Cup.
- He was also named in the ICC World ODI XI for two years, 2004 and 2007.
- In September 2007 Sachin Tendulkar secured the first place in the list of 50 greatest cricketers by Shane Warne, a former international Australian cricketer.
- In 2008, he was presented with Padma Vibhushan, India’s second highest civilian award and was suggested for an honorary knighthood by Gordon Brown, the British Prime Minister.
- Sachin used to ask Ramesh Pardhe to dip a rubber ball in water and hurl it at him to know whether he had middled the ball.
- During his school days, Sachin grew his hair and tied a band around it to copy tennis legend John McEnroe.
- Sachin’s father named him after the legendary music director Sachin Dev Burman.
- When Sachin was 14, Sunil Gavaskar gave him ultra-light pads. However they were stolen when he was at U15 camp in Indore.
- Dilip Vengsarkar gifted Sachin a Gunn & Moore bat after he was picked for the Mumbai Under-15 team.
- Sachin won 13 coins from his coach Ramakant Achrekar. He won a coin every time he remained unbeaten in the nets.
- Sachin wanted to be a fast bowler but was rejected by Australian great Dennis Lillee at Chennai in 1987.
- Sachin was a ball boy during the 1987 World Cup semi-final between India and England at Wankhede Stadium.
- Gursharan Singh played with one hand (despite a broken finger) to help Sachin get to a century in Irani Cup game of 1989-90.
- Sachin was returning from England’s tour in 1990 when he met his future wife, Anjali, for the first time at Mumbai airport.
- Sachin’s father-in-law, Anand Mehta, is a seven-time national champion in Bridge.
- Sachin had to wait for 79 matches for his first ODI century on Sept 9, 1994. By that time he had scored seven Test hundreds.
- Sachin Tendulkar features in Sir Bradman’s all time Test XI, the only player from the current generation.
- In the team bus, Sachin Tendulkar always takes the left window seat of the front row.
- During 2007 Lord’s Test, British actor Daniel Radcliffe queued up for an autograph of Sachin at the end of the game .
- In 1992, Sachin became the first overseas player to represent Yorkshire county team.
- London Times’ John Woodcock once said: “He is the best I have seen in my life. And unlike most of you, I have seen Bradman”.
- In August 1987, Sachin was ignored for Bombay Cricket Association’s Best Junior Cricketer of the Year award, Sunil Gavaskar then wrote an encouraging letter to the fourteen-year-old with the postscript: ‘Don’t be disappointed at not getting the Best Junior cricketer award from BCA. If you look at the best award winners, you will find one name missing and that person has not done badly in Test cricket!’
- He fielded for Pakistan as a substitute during a one-day practice match against India at Mumbai’s Brabourne Stadium in 1988.
- Two wards in Delhi’s Tihar Jail were named after Sachin and Vinod Kambli, after the duo shared a 664-run unbroken partnership in a school tournament.
- Sachin scored a duck on his One Day International debut against Pakistan at Gujranwala on December 18, 1989.
- Sachin’s first man of the match in a Test was at Manchester in 1990 and he got Magnum champagne bottle as the prize. Sachin preserved it for eight years and finally uncorked it on his daughter Sara’s first birthday.
- On November 14, 1992, playing against South Africa at Kingsmead in Durban, Tendulkar became the first batsman to have been declared run out by a third umpire.
- When then BCCI president Raj Singh Dungarpur was asked why was Tendulkar not seen at the presentation after Pakistan won the Chennai Test of 1999 despite a brilliant hundred from Tendulkar, a distraught Raj Singh said: “He is crying in the dressing room.”
- Tendulkar refused to do a Pepsi ad because it required him to smash cricket balls with a fly swatter. He told ad-film maker Prahlad Kakkar that this will project him as bigger than the game of cricket. The ad was modified and stumps replaced the fly swatter.
- Launched in 2009 by a company founded by former investment banker Karl Fowler, a book on Sachin Tendulkar – Tendulkar Opus -has 852 pages edged in gold leaf with each page measuring 50cm x 50cm and weighs 37 kg.
- In 2010, Sachin was conferred an honorary rank of the Indian Air Force which made him the first sportsperson to be conferred a rank by the IAF and the first personality with no aviation background to receive the honour.
- In the dressing room, he chooses his spot first -Sachin always occupies a corner. Once he has exercised his choice, others rush to take their places.
- Sachin follows Roger Federer and Formula 1 and understands music and medicine. Is fond of seafood and can hold a conversation on the merits of different wines.
- The team has a system of monetary fines for players coming late (to the bus or a meeting or a function) and for flouting the dress code. But Tendulkar has never had to pay up in 23 years.
- Sachin bats right-handed, bowls with his right-arm, but writes with his left hand
- In 2010 he won the ICC Award-Sir Garfield Sobers trophy for cricketer of the year.
- The Don, rated by many as the greatest batsman of all time, considered Tendulkar to have a batting style similar to his. “Bradman was most taken by Tendulkar’s technique, compactness and shot production, and had asked his wife to have a look at Tendulkar, having felt that Tendulkar played like him. Bradman’s wife, Jessie, agreed that they did appear similar,” his biography records
- Tendulkar has been on Twitter since May 2010, tweeting as @sachin_rt
- In less than a year Sachin hit the one million follower mark to become the only Indian in the million-follower club.
- He is the only Indian cricketer to have a waxwork at Madame Tussaud’s
- When Tendulkar scored his maiden Test century in 1990, he was the second youngest to score a century. Only Mushtaq Mohammad had scored a century at a younger age by 1990. Tendulkar’s record was bettered by Mohammad Ashraful in 2001-02 season. The record for previous youngest Indian centurion was held by Kapil Dev.
- Sachin has played the most number of Test Matches (200) in Test cricket.
- Sachin has the distinction of scoring the most runs at any position in Test cricket. In 273 innings, he has amassed 13408 runs at his favourite batting position (# 4) with the help of 44 centuries and 57 fifties.
- Highest number of Test centuries (51), overtaking Sunil Gavaskar’s record (34) in December 2005 vs Sri Lanka in Delhi.
- Sachin has scored centuries against all Test playing nations. He was the third batman to achieve the distinction after Steve Waugh and Gary Kirsten.
- Only batsman to have scored at least TWO centuries against ALL other Test playing countries.
- The first ball Sachin faced in international cricket was bowled by Waqar Younis. Mohammad Azharuddin was his partner.
- Sachin’s record of five test centuries before he turned 20 is a world record, still held by him
- Is the only player to score Test centuries more than twenty years apart. Don Bradman’s first and last three-figure scores came 19 years 7 months apart.
- His seven centuries in 2010 are the most by an Indian batsman in a calendar year.
- 12 of Sachin’s Test hundreds have come after the age of 35. England’s Graham Gooch remains the only other player to have done so.
- 15 of Sachin’s Test centuries came under Mohammad Azharuddin.
- Tendulkar has the distinction of scoring most fifty-plus innings (51 centuries and 67 fifties = 118) which remains the world record for any batsman.
- Holds the record of aggregating most runs in AWAY Tests (8705).
- Is the first batsman to have aggregated 1,000 runs against SEVEN different countries in Test cricket. The only teams missing are Zimbabwe (918 runs) and Bangladesh (820 runs).
- Holds the record of most runs in between two dismissals with 497 runs in 2003-04 season (spread across three Tests and five innings with the sequence of 241*, 60*,194* and 2).
- First Indian to score 300 runs in a Test without getting dismissed.
- Has crossed 150 on 20 occasions in Test cricket – most such instances for any batsman in Test cricket.
- Has completed his hundred with a six on SIX occasions in Test cricket – a world record.
- When he scored his 51st hundred, which was against South Africa at Cape Town, he became the first overseas batsman to have scored 5 centuries on South African soil. The previous highest was 4 Test centuries by Wally Hammond of England and Neil Harvey of Australia.
- Sachin holds the record of aggregating most runs by an overseas batsman in two countries- Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.
- Became the first player to surpass the 12,000, 13,000, 14,000 & 15,000 Test run marks.
- Tendulkar is the fastest to reach the following thousand-run marks in terms of innings: 10000 runs (195 innings- joint record holder with Brian Lara and Kumar Sangakkara), 12000 runs (247 innings – joint record holder with Ricky Ponting),13000 runs (266 innings),14000 runs (279 innings) and 15000 (300 innings).
- Holds the unique record of having appeared in most WON (70) and most LOST (56) Tests for India.
- Sachin has been dismissed stumped only once in Test matches. The only occasion was against England at Bangalore in 2002. Just 10 runs away from his century,Sachin got irritated by Ashley Giles’ negative bowling (bowling well outside the leg stump) and wicketkeeper James Foster effected a smart stumping.
- In 2001-02 Sachin was dismissed LBW in five consecutive innings – an Indian record
- Sachin has been involved in 23 run-outs. He was out on 9 occasions and his partner on 14 occasions.
- Steve Smith dismissed Sachin Tendulkar with the first and (so far) only ball he has bowled to him in Tests.
- If Sachin’s final Test goes to the fifth day, Sachin would have a career span of 24 years 3 days- fifth longest for any player in Test annals and longest ever for a sub-continent player.
- Sachin played his first 32 Tests on different grounds.
- Sachin’s 14 man of the match awards are the most by an Indian in Test cricket.
- Sachin’s 5 man of the series awards are the most by an Indian in Test cricket (along with Virender Sehwag).
- Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid put on 20 hundred-plus stands in Test cricket. This is a world record for the most number of century partnerships by a single pair in Test cricket.
- Despite being dubbed as a unsuccessful captain, averaged 51.35 in 25 matches in which he captained India. His average is the highest for an Indian captain with at least 500 runs to his credit.
- Sachin has played Test cricket with 593 players (108 teammates and 485 opponents) – most for any player in Test cricket
- Sachin played 47 of his Tests under the captaincy of Mohammad Azharuddin – more than any other captain.
- Sachin has played 146 Tests with Rahul Dravid, 122 with Anil Kumble, 120 with VVS Laxman and 103 with Sourav Ganguly
- Sachin hit 2 sixes off his first two balls in India’s fourth innings successful chase against Australia at Chennai in 2013.
- Eleven bowlers have dismissed Sachin as their first wicket in Tests. They are: Hansie Cronje (South Africa), Ujesh Ranchod (Zimbabwe), Ruwan Kalpage (Sri Lanka), Mark Ealham (England), Neil Johnson (Zimbabwe), Jacob Oram (New Zealand), Monty Panesar (England), Cameron White (Australia), Peter Siddle (Australia), Peter George (Australia) and Andy McKay (New Zealand).
- Sachin has never batted at number three in his entire Test career. He has opened once, batted 273 times at number 4, 29 times at number 5, 20 times at number 6 and 4 times at number 7.
- Sachin has top-scored on 53 occasions in a completed innings- more than any other Test player.
- Between November 1989 and June 2001 Sachin played 84 consecutive Tests without a break.
- Sachin has played on 59 different Test grounds – more than anyone else
- By an odd coincidence Sachin has aggregated same number of runs (5068) in match’s first innings as well as second innings. Incidentally Sachin holds the record of aggregating most runs in first and second innings of a Test. He has also scored most runs (1625) in match’s fourth innings. His tally of 2996 runs is the third highest in third innings of a Test.
- Sachin has batted for 41113 minutes (685 hours 13 minutes) in Test cricket. Only Rahul Dravid has batted longer.
- Six times Sachin has hit winning runs in a Test – most by an Indian. Only Ricky Ponting (9) and Desmond Haynes (7) have done this more often in Test cricket.
- Sachin scored ducks in his first two ODIs, he ended his ODI career with innings of 114 and 52.
- His 463 matches are the most by any player in ODI history.
- Between April 1990 and April 1998 Tendulkar played 185 consecutive matches – a World record.
- Sachin played ODIs on 96 different grounds – most by any player.
- First to play 400 innings in ODI matches.
- First player to reach 10,000-11,000-12,000-13,000-14,000-15,000-16,000-17,000 and 18,000 ODI runs.
- 15,310 of his runs have come while opening the innings with the aid of 45 centuries and 75 fifties in 340 innings- most by an opener.
- Was the first batsman to score a double century in ODIs (200* against South Africa at Gwalior on Feb 24, 2010).
- Is the only player to have made three scores of 175 or more.
- Is the only player with five scores of 150 or more.
- Scored over 1,000 ODI runs against all major teams.
- Is the first batsman to score over 3,000 runs against an opponent (3,077 runs against Australia).Since then he has also done this against Sri Lanka (3,113 runs).
- His 49 centuries are easily the most by any batsman in ODIs. Ricky Ponting is distant second with 30.
- His nine centuries against Australia are the most by any player against a particular country. He occupies the second place too, with eight centuries against Sri Lanka.
- Is the only Indian to score a century on ODI captaincy debut (110 v Sri Lanka at Colombo RPS on 28-08-1996).
- First player to have scored over 100 innings of 50+ runs.
- Most Man of the Match awards: 62
- Most Man of the Series awards: 15
- Most ODI runs in a calendar year: 1894 ODI runs in 1998.
- Most Centuries in a calendar year: 9 ODI centuries in 1998
- Sachin Tendulkar with Sourav Ganguly holds the world record for the maximum number of runs scored by the opening partnership. They put together 6609 runs in 136 matches that include 21 century partnerships and 23 fifty run partnerships. The 21 century partnerships for the opening pair is also a world record.
- Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid hold the world record for the highest partnership in ODIs when they scored 331 runs for the second wicket against New Zealand in 1999-00 at the Hyderabad.
- Sachin was the first Indian player to score a century and capture four wickets in the same ODI (v Australia at Dhaka on October 28, 1998).
- Had the longest career span (22 years 91 days) for any player in ODIs.
- Sachin played ODIs with 866 players (123 teammates and 743 opponents) – most for any player in ODI history.
- Sachin was dismissed on 99 on three occasions in ODIs – most such occasions for any batsman. Interestingly all these instances came in 2007.
- In his first two ODIs Sachin was unable to even open his account. He got out off the second ball in both the matches.
- Sachin’s first six in ODIs was against England at Leeds in 1990 (off Eddie Hemmings) in his sixth match.
- The 3113 runs scored by Sachin against Sri Lanka are the most by any player against a particular country in ODIs
- In 1998 Sachin scored 12 international hundreds – most by any batsman in a calendar year.
- Sachin’s first six in Tests was against South Africa at Cape Town in 1993 (off Omar Henry) in his 32nd innings.
- In Tests, December has been Sachin’s most productive month. The little master aggregated 2866 runs in 36 Tests averaging 47.76.
- In Tests, Sachin has scored most centuries in the month of January- 10. His average of 72.91 is also his best for any month.
- In ODIs, March was Sachin’s most productive month. He aggregated 2818 runs in 61 matches at an average of 51.23 in this month. Sachin also scored most centuries (8) in March.
- Sachin has crossed 150 or more in ODIs on five occasions– most by any player.
- In ODIs, July was Sachin’s best month average-wise. In 25 matches Sachin’s average was 52.33 while aggregating 942 runs. March (51.23) and June (51.20) were the other months in which Sachin averaged 50 or more.
- Sachin was the first batsman to score a double century in ODIs (200* against South Africa at Gwalior on Feb 24, 2010).
- Sachin remains the only Indian to score a century on ODI captaincy debut (110 v Sri Lanka at Colombo RPS on Aug 28,1996).
- In his ODI career Sachin Tendulkar played with 123 different team mates. 20 of them had made their ODI debut before Tendulkar, while 101 made their debut after Tendulkar. Two players- Salil Ankola and Vivek Razdan- made their ODI debut along with Tendulkar.
- Sachin played 245 ODIs with Anil Kumble and Rahul Dravid, 238 with Sourav Ganguly, 223 with Mohammad Azharuddin and 204 with Javagal Srinath.
- Venkatapathy Raju played all his 53 ODIs alongwith Sachin!
- Only six Indian bowlers have taken more four-wicket hauls than Sachin’s six in ODIs.
- Nearly 25% of all centuries made by ALL Indian batsmen in ODIs had come from Sachin’s bat when he retired from this format in 2012.
- Only the second player (after Javed Miandad) to appear in SIX World Cups – from 1992 to 2011.
- Most runs (2278) in World Cup history including 6 centuries & 15 fifties with a best score of 152 against Namibia in 2003 world cup.
- His 21 fifty-plus scores (6 hundreds & 15 fifties) are the most by any batsman in World Cup.
- Is the only batsman to aggregate 400 runs in a World Cup on THREE occasions – in 1996, 2003 and 2011.
- Only player to aggregate 500 runs in two editions of the World Cup (673 in 2003 and 523 in 1996).
- Has won 9 Man of the Match awards in the World Cup – most by any player.
- Only player to score four consecutive 50s on TWO occasions (in 1996 & 2003).
- Holds the record of scoring the fastest fifty by an Indian in the World Cup (off 26 balls v Bermuda in 2007).
- Holds the record of hitting most fours in a single edition of World Cup– 75 in 2003
- Holds the record of hitting most fours in all World Cup matches (221)
- Holds the record of involvement in maximum century-partnerships (12) in World Cup
- Has most man of the match awards (8) in World Cup
- Sachin ended a one-dayer on winning note with a six on two occasions – against Sri Lanka at Sharjah in 1995 (off Champaka Ramanayeke) and against England at Kanpur in 2002 (off Jeremy Snape) .
- The most runs Sachin has scored in one over in ODIs is 24 off New Zealand’s Chris Drum at Hyderabad in 1999-00. Sachin hit one six, four boundaries and a couple. The four extras made it a 28-run over for team India. During the World Cup game against Sri Lanka at Delhi, Sachin scored 23 runs off one over from Ravindra Pushpakumara.
- Sachin’s 134 against Australia at Sharjah in 1998 still remains the highest ODI score by any player on his birthday.
- In 1998 Sachin won 12 man of the match awards in ODIs – most by any player in a single calendar year.
- Sachin’s fastest knock in ODIs is 57* off 29 balls (SR 196.55) against Bermuda at Port-of-Spain in 2007.
- Sachin was involved in a record 99 century partnerships in ODIs with 21 different partners– most for any player.
- Sachin also holds the record for scoring most boundaries in ODIs.
- He is the only player to have taken 150 wickets and scored more than 15,000 runs in ODIs.
- During the Australian tour of India in 1998 Matthew Hayden said: “I have seen God. He bats at no. 4 in India in Tests”.
- 16 bowlers dismissed Sachin as their first ODI wicket!
- In 39 innings in tournament finals Sachin aggregated 1851 runs (at an average of 54.44) – more than any other batsman in ODI history.
- Sachin’s six centuries in ODI finals are also the maximum for any batsman. No one else has scored more than three.
- Sachin has hit the most boundaries in international cricket. Second-placed is West Indian Brian Lara, with Ricky Ponting in third.
- Tendulkar’s best bowling in international cricket came in a one-day international against Australia at Kochi on April Fool’s Day in 1998.
- Sachin set the record for most runs in an IPL season in 2010, scoring 618 runs in 14 innings with the Mumbai Indians.
- Sachin has aggregated 2000 runs in international cricket in a calendar year on four occasions– More than anyone else.
- Only batsman in cricket annals to score over 100 centuries in international cricket.
- First batsman in history to score over 50 centuries in international cricket.
- In all international cricket Sachin has aggregated 34273 runs – easily the most by any batsman. Ricky Ponting is distant second with 27483.
- Holds the record of getting out the maximum number of times on 90s in international matches. He has been dismissed 27 times (17 in ODIs and 10 in Tests) on scores of 90-99. On one occasion in ODIs he remained unbeaten on 96. The 18 nineties in ODIs is an ODI record too.
- Holds the record of aggregating most runs against a particular opponent in all forms of International Cricket (Tests, ODIs and Twenty20s). Sachin has aggregated 6707 runs against Australia in all international cricket with 20 centuries and 31 fifties at an average of 49.68
- Sachin’s 20 centuries against Australia are the maximum by any batsman in all forms of international cricket against a particular country, surpassing Don Bradman who had made 19 Test centuries against England.
- Has also hit most number of sixes (264) in international cricket for India.
- The 50108 runs scored by Sachin in all recognised cricket (first-class, list A and Twenty20s) are the most by a sub-continent player.
- The 81 centuries scored by Sachin in first-class cricket are the most by any Indian (with Sunil Gavaskar).
- Brett Lee has dismissed Sachin in international cricket on 14 occasions– most for any bowler.
- In his last game across different formats (Tests,ODIs, T20Is, IPL, CLT20, Ranji Trophy) Sachin has ended on the winning side.
- Hogg had scalped Tendulkar’s wicket in the October 5 one-day international in Hyderabad after which he gave a photograph of the dismissal to be signed by the batsman.”I got him out in one of the games, and there was a photo of it I asked him to sign for me. He did it and wrote me a message. Underneath his signature, he wrote, ‘This will never happen again, Hoggy.” and Sachin kept his promise and never get out by Hogg again.
- Siddhu said – “India me aap Prime Minister ko ek baar katghare me khada kar sakte hain. Par Sachin Tendulkar par ungli nahi utha Sakte..”
LEGENDS’ QUOTES ON SACHIN TENDULKAR
When you bowl at him you are not just trying to get him out, you are trying to impress him. “I want him to walk off thinking ‘that Flintoff, he’s all right isn’t he? I feel privileged to have played against him.
You can’t contain Sachin’s deeds in a statistical frame. He brings unstinted joy to the art of batting. Statistics will happen because cricket is about runs and wickets. But how can you evaluate Sachin’s contributions by just counting the number of runs he has scored. To me, he best symbolises the heights an individual can rise to dominate a team sport. Words can never capture the beauty of Sachin’s cricket.
When you play against Tendulkar, you almost want to see him get a few runs just to see him bat.
Pravin Amre, (his coach at Mumbai)
I have played with him long enough to understand his approach but I am amazed at the man’s zeal. He wants to be perfect always. His humility is amazing. I have seen Sachin carry drinks for the juniormost, much to the embarrassment of the youngster. His discipline is infectious. For Mumbai nets, he comes in the Mumbai training gear. He would never don an India cap or T-shirt for a Mumbai match. He will also not allow anyone to carry his cricket coffin.”
“Sachin Tendulkar is, in my time, the best player without doubt – daylight second, Brian Lara third.”
He is 99.5% Perfect.. I’ll pay to watch him play. I think he is marvellous. I think he will fit in whatever category of Cricket that has been played or will be played, from the first ball that has ever been bowled to the last ball that’s going to be. He can play in any era and at any level.
Sir Don Bradman:
I saw him playing on television and was struck by his technique, so I asked my wife to come look at him. Now I never saw myself play, but I feel that this player is playing much the same as I used to play, and she looked at him on Television and said yes, there is a similarity between the two…hi compactness, technique, stroke production… it all seemed to gel! in reference to Sachin Tendulkar.
Consensus is that Sir Donald Bradman was the best batsman ever to play Cricket. Sir Don did not play One-Day Cricket but if he did, he could easily be Sachin Tendulkar.
“In my several years of international cricket, Tendulkar remains the best batsman I have ever bowled to. It’s been a pleasure to bowl at the master batsman even though one hasn’t always emerged with credit from the engagements.”
“During our team meetings, we often speak about the importance of the first 12 balls to Tendulkar. If you get him then you can thank your stars, otherwise it could mean that tough times lie ahead.”
In the recently concluded IPL when Sachin drove Ishant Sharma to a straight drive, he said- “Open the text book..turn to page no. 32”
wrote on an aussie t-shirt he autographed specially for Sachin. ” To Sachin, the man we all want to be “
Well, I’m no Sachin Tendulkar you know, whenever he takes the field, people expect him to score a century before he loses his wicket. I can only give in my best and I always strive to live up to fans expectations, but it’s not possible to get an Oscar every time.
Both of us have come a long away and it is a great honour that Tendulkar thinks I come close to resembling him as a batsman. It is a great honour, like a dream come true. If I die tomorrow I’ll be the happiest man because I played this game because of Tendulkar, and Tendulkar himself saying that I resemble him – there is no bigger compliment than that.
I have seen GOD , he bats at no.4 for india in Tests.
He is someone sent from up there to play cricket and go back.
We did not lose to a team called india…we lost to a man called Sachin.
Sachin is a genius , i am a mere mortal!
Sachin is crickets GOD
The shot played on this ball is only possible for the GOD of cricket.
What we [zimbabwe] need is 10 tendulkars.
There is no shame losing to such a great player(sachin).
I would go to bed having nightmares of sachin dancing down the ground and hitting me for sixes.
His life seems to be a stillness in a frantic world… [When he goes out to bat], it is beyond chaos – it is a frantic appeal by a nation to one man. The people see him as a God…
If I had to bowl to Sachin I would bowl with a halmet on. He hits the ball so hard.
After being defeated in the Coca-Cola Cup finals in Sharjah) “It was one of the greatest innings I have ever seen. There is no shame being beaten by such a great player, Sachin is perhaps only next to the Don”
Don’t bowl him bad balls, he hits the good ones for fours.”
I’ll be going to bed having nightmares of Sachin just running down the wicket and belting me back over the head for six. He was unstoppable. I don’t think anyone, apart from Don Bradman, is in the same class as Sachin Tendulkar. He is just an amazing player.”
Today, he showed the world why he is considered the best batsman around. Some of the shots he played were simply amazing. Earlier, opposing teams used to feel that Sachin’s dismissal meant they could win the game. Today, I feel that the Indian players, too, feel this way.
Wasim Akram, after game at Hobart, CUB series, 1999
You might pitch a ball on the off stump and think you have bowled a good ball and he walks across and hits it for two behind midwicket. His bat looks so heavy but he just waves it around like it’s a toothpick. Brett Lee, on Sachin Tendulkar’s batting, 1999
Beneath the helmet, under that unruly curly hair, inside the cranium, there is something we don’t know, something beyond scientific measure. Something that allows him to soar, to roam a territory of sport that, forget us, even those who are gifted enough to play alongside him cannot even fathom. When he goes out to bat, people switch on their television sets and switch off their lives.
“I dont know what to bowl at him. i bowled an inswinger n he drove me through covers of d front foot. then i bld an outswinger n he again punched thr covers of d backfoot(for tamil fans-dai avan eppadi pottalum adikaranda). he is d toughest batsmen i ‘ve bowled to.
He shold live long n score lots of runs, but not against pakistan(smiling) “- on 24th april 2004 on espn Sachin’s 30th B day program.
India’s fortune will depend on how many runs the little champion scores. There is no doubt Tendulkar is the real thing.
He has defined cricket in his fabulous, impeccable manner. He is to batting what Shane Warne is to bowling.
Technically, you can’t fault Sachin. Seam or spin, fast or slow nothing is a problem.
He is Sachin Tendulkar. I hope he stays Sachin Tendulkar. We need a new player, a player in his own way. He has a technique which is the hallmark of a great player. Everything indicates that he will be a great player and I am sure he will prove me right. Reminds me of Barry Richards.
He is a perfectly balanced batsman and knows perfectly well when to attack and when to play defensive cricket. He has developed the ability to treat bowlers all over the world with contempt and can destroy any attack with utmost ease.
I Was fielding in the covers Tendulkar came out to bat in his debut Test at Karachi. I still remember Waqar Younis was at his peak form at that time. Tendulkar tried to drive Waqar through the covers off his very first ball in Test cricket but was beaten all ends up. But I walked to captain Imran Khan and told him ‘this kid looks very good’ and Imran agree with me.
Sir Garfield Sobers:
I have watched a lot of Tendulkar and we have spoken to each other a lot. He has it in him to be among the very best.
Sometime back I had written a piece that said that Sachin’s the master and Lara a genius with his head high up somewhere. That’s it!
Sachin is an attacker. He has much more power than Sunny. He wants to be the one to set the pace. He has to be on top. That’s the buzz about him.
Tendulkar is the most comouncy pitch with Hughes, McDermott and Whitney gunning for him he only had 60-odd when No 11 came in. I’ve seen him against Warne too.
Sachin’s the best. I’ve had this view since I saw him score that hundred in Sydney in 1992. He’s the most composed batsman I’ve ever seen.
Nothing bad can happen to us if we’re on a plane in India with Sachin Tendulkar on it. Hashim Amla, the South African batsman, reassures himself as he boards a flight.
“Maybe the country doesn’t pray for me like they do for Sachin Tendulkar, but I know I’m on a good wicket as well.”
“Sachin was so focused. He never looked like getting out. He was batting with single-minded devotion. It was truly remarkable. It was a lesson.” Tennis legend joins the Sachin Tendulkar fan club after watching him bat at Sydney.
After loosing to India in the Coca Cola Cup final at Sharjah in November ’98
“He has everything a top batsman needs. Tendulkar is a classic example of a player being so good that his age is an irrelevance”
“Technically he stands out as the best because of his ability to increase the pace at will”
Cricket Historian Vasant Raiji:
“I have always felt C. K. Nayadu was the best. I now think sachin has the honour of being the most outstanding batsman of all time.”
“You take Don Bradman away and he is next up I reckon.”
“In an over I can bowl six different balls. But then Sachin looks at me with a sort of gentle arrogance down the pitch as if to say ‘Can you bowl me another one?'”
He is cool, has magnificent temperament, and is so mature you tend to forget his age. I can’t think of any other example of a player who has so dominated the world before the age of 25.
Allan Border: (after India won the Coca-Cola cup )
“Hell, if he stayed, even at 11 an over he would have got it.”
“I can’t dream of an innings like that. He exists where we can’t.”
“In the last session in Nagpur, when the Indian chase was still on, Tendulkar hit a reverse sweep, an orthodox sweep and a lofted cover drive to (Ian) Blackwell. They were all exquisite cricket shots. To play those shots deliberately in such quick succession, off almost similar deliveries, was genius. That was a little jewel, just those 3-4 minutes.
“It reminds you how very few people are special. It was a case of great thinking and good technique.”
Gavaskar..back in 1988 to tom alter:
I sat in the office of Sportsweek magazine with that same Sunil Gavaskar. Ayaz Memon and I were listening to Gavaskar in one of his rare, priceless moods. The ?Little Master? was delving deep into his own experience, his own genius, and bringing forth pearls of wisdom as sudden, and as effective, as his straight- drives back past the bowler. Then Gavaskar came up with the following statement (remember, this was in 1988, when Dilip Vengsarkar was about to become captain of India): “The two best batsmen in Bombay today are Vengsarkar and Sachin Tendulkar.” Full stop. End of statement. The ball crosses the boundary-line underneath the sight- screen.
In terms of technique and compactness, Tendulkar is the best: Desmond Haynes.
He’s a phenomenon. We have to be switched on when he plays allow him no boundries, for then he doesn’t stop.
“Cricketers like Sachin come once in a lifetime and I am privileged he played in my time”
“Tuzhe pata hai tune kiska catch chhoda hai?” Wasim Akram to Abdul Razzaq when the latter dropped Sachin’s catch.
His shot selection is superb, he just lines you up and can make you look very silly. Everything is right in his technique and judgement. There isn’t a fault there. He is also a lovely guy, and over the years I’ve enjoyed some interesting chats with him… Sachin is in a different class to Lara as a professional cricketer. He is a model cricketer, and despite the intolerable pressures he faces back home, he remains a really nice guy… Sachin is also the best batsman in the world, pulling away from Brain Lara every year.
he’s shy little gentleman.
I am very privileged to have played with him and seen most of the runs that he has scored. I am also extremely happy to have shared the same dressing room… He is a very reserved person and generally keeps to himself. He is very determined, committed and doesn’t show too many emotions. He just goes about doing his job.
The thing I admire most about this man is his poise. The way he moves, elegantly without ever looking out of place in any condition or company, suggests his pedigree. I remember he had once come to New Delhi in the 1990s to collect his Arjuna Award (India’s highest award to its top sportspersons) and he asked me if I would attend the function. He is a very sensitive human being….
Sometimes you feel he really hasn’t felt the kind of competition in the world his talent deserves. I would have loved to see him perform against top quality cricketers of the previous generation. It would really have brought out the best in him.
Tendulkar is the best in the world at the moment. Why I’ve always liked him is that batsmen tend to be negative at times and I think batting is not about not getting out – it is to play positively. I think you got to take it to the bowlers and Sachin is one such player. When you do so, you change the game, you change bowlers because they suddenly start bowling badly because they are under pressure.
Whenever I see Sachin play I am reminded of the Graeme Pollock quote of Cricket being a ‘see the ball, hit the ball game.’ He hits the ball as if it’s there to be hit.
“We always knew that Sachin Tendulkar is a great cricketer, but after the Coca-Cola Cup here, we have seen the birth of a legend. I can’t think of anybody who has batted more authoritatively in one day cricket for India, or even in the world except for Vivian Richards.”
“His mind is like a computer. He stores data on bowlers and knows where they are going to pitch the ball.”
“We did not lose to a team called India…we lost to a man called Sachin” – Mark Taylor, during the test match in Chennai (1997)
Playing in the same team as Sachin is a huge honour. His balance of mind, shrewd judgement, modesty and, above all, his technical brilliance make him my all-time hero… You can’t get a more complete cricketer than Sachin. He has everything that a cricketer needs to have.
As a batsman, he has the technique, the hunger and the desire for runs. He always contributes with the bat as well as on the field. He also is a good fielder and bowls when needs. You really can’t ask for a better cricketer than Sachin… He is a terrific person and has handled pressure brilliantly. He has handled his success very well and doesn’t have any airs about him. He is a great guy and very good team man. In his heart of hearts, he is a very simple and down to earth person.
The more I see him, the more I want to see him.
India’s fortune will depend on how many runs the little champion scores. There is no doubt Tendulkar is the real thing.
if sachin plays well… India sleeps well.
The thing I like most about Sachin is his intensity. After being in the game for so long, he still has the same desire to do well for India in any international match.I tell you what, this man is a legend.
“He is the only match-winning batsman we have”
“You get him out and half the battle is won”
There are 2 kind of batsmen in the world. One Sachin Tendulkar. Two all the others.
A flighted full toss on Leg stump by spinner. any other will play this shot on leg side by pull shot or glance or flick. but sachin made a space and played a perfect cover drive for four runs.
You have to decide for yourself whether you’re bowling well or not. He’s going to hit you for fours and sixes anyway. Kasprowicz has a superior story. During the Bangalore Test, frustrated, he went to Dennis Lillee and asked, “Mate, do you see any weaknesses?” Lillee replied, “No Michael, as long as you walk off with your pride that’s all you can do”.
“I never get tired during umpiring whenever sachin is on crease”
This was after a wonderful century by sachin(in england i guess in a test match..not sure)
Sunny: The other day i was just trying to think of a bowler who can go through sachin’s defenses when sachin is in total defense. I am sorry but i could not think of even one name who could do that. If sachin decides he doesnt want to give away his wicket, he wont. be it any bowler in the world. Cheers to Sachin…
Ponting make comparisons btn sachin,Lara& jayasuriya.
Sachin is the best ever batsman in the world. He is brilliant in his technique. He is always hungry for runs.Sachin is better than Lara in his techniques & thats why he is No.1 among others.On his day,Lara wiil be more destructive. He is the only man 2 fight for west indies. Jayasuriya also played gr8 knocks 4 his team. But compared 2 them Sachin is the BEST
Pradeep Mandhani -a Photographer:
“Barely two hours after landing in Johannesburg on the 1992-93 tour to South Africa, the team was to visit Tolstoy Farm, Mahatma Gandhi’s first Satyagrahi Commune founded in 1910. It was situated 35 kms from Jo’burg and most of the Indian players showed little interest, longing to rest in the hotel after the long flight. But Tendulkar, still a teenager, looked keen and hungry to learn more about Gandhi. His volley of questions to the guide reflected his national pride.” NKP Salve, former Union Minister.
“Sachin is the most complete batsman I have seen. His technique is so good and he has played well in all conditions. To have 41 one-day international tons shows what an appetite he has for scoring runs.”
There’s no better sight on the cricket field than watch Tendulkar bat.
Rev David Shepherd.
“Sachin Tendulkar! If he isn’t the best player in the world, I want to see the best player in the world”.