Master blaster’s 40th birthday

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Sachin Tendulkar

There are Millions who Watch the Matches Only for the Little Master

He is Celebrated As the God Of Cricket

His Records and Achievements are Uncountable and Unbeatable

Today , Sachin Celebrates His 40th Birthday
Hearty Birthday Wishes to the Legend

on Behalf of
Team WI

As a celebration of Master Blaster’s 40th birthday,Team WI recollects Little Master’s records from various other sources and organizing it as a collective and coherent article

40 Years – 40 Achievements

BORN TO BAT (1988): As a schoolboy Sachin scored a century in almost every innings he played. His record partnership of 664 with his friend Vinod Kambli in a Harris Shield inter-school match is still fresh in the hearts and minds of every cricket fan.UNSTOPPABLE (1988): Sachin Tendulkar is the only batsman to score a century in his first match in the three major Indian domestic tournaments — Ranji Trophy, Irani Trophy and Duleep Trophy. Sachin is still the youngest player (15 years and 232 days) to score a century on debut in Ranji history.

A TASTE OF TESTS (1989): At 16 years and 205 days, Sachin became the youngest player to earn a Test cap for India. His debut match was against Pakistan in Karachi.

BREAKTHROUGH SERIES (1990): Sachin justified the faith shown in him during India’s tour of England. At the age of 17, he became the second youngest player to score a Test century, hitting a match-saving 119. Tendulkar finished the series with an average of 61.25.

WIZARD OF OZ (1991): Records continued to follow Sachin during his early days. He became the youngest player to score a century on Australian soil with a mammoth 148 in Sydney. He followed it up with another ton at Perth, a century which he ranks as one of his best ever.TON OF RUNS (1992): Three years after his Test debut, playing in South Africa, Sachin became the youngest cricketer ever to score more than a 1,000 career runs. On the flip side, he was became the first batsman to be declared run out by a third umpire.

DUKE OF YORK (1992): Sachin earned the distinction of becoming the first overseas-born player to represent Yorkshire in the English County Championship.

HOME HERO (1993): Tendulkar had to wait four years after his debut to score a century at home, but when it came it was one of his most memorable and dominating. His innings of 165 in Madras against England was studded with 24 fours and a six.

BOWLING ‘EM OVER (1993): Sachin showed he couldn’t just bat, but do magic with the ball as well. He added another feather in his cap when he bowled India to victory in the Hero Cup final against South Africa by giving away just three runs in the last over.

OPEN & SHUT CASE (1994): We tend to forget nowadays that Sachin didn’t start his career as an opener. It was five years into his career that he first tried his hand at opening and became an instant hit. His first ODI innings as an opener was an 82 off 49 balls.FIRST ODI TON (1994): Soon after he started opening the innings, Sachin brought up his maiden one-day century.

REWARD FOR SUCCESS (1994): Sachin’s sporting achievements are recognised by the Indian government, which bestows the Arjuna Award on him.

RISE TO THE TOP (1995): Sachin wasn’t quite talked about as a greatest batsman of all time just yet, but his status as the best batsman of his era was confirmed when he was rated No. 1 by the prestigious Coopers and Lybrands ratings.

AD SENSATION (1995): Sachin was well on his way to become the brand phenomenon that he is by signing a then-record sports management deal with Worldtel for 30 crore rupees over 5 years.

WORLD CUP SPLASH (1996): As with everything else in the game of cricket, Sachin would also come to dominate records in the World Cup. Playing the tournament for the second time, he topped the batting averages (87.16) as India were knocked out in the semi-finals.CAPTAIN’S KNOCK (1996): Sachin was appointed the captain of the Indian cricket team for the first time. It would prove to be his Achilles heel.

BEST IN THE BUSINESS (1997): Sachin’s growing reputation got a major boost when the respected Wisden Almanack adjudged him the Cricketer of the Year. Moreover, just eight years since his Test debut, Sachin received India’s highest sporting honour, the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna.

A YEAR TO REMEMBER (1998): Sachin was at his best in both Tests and ODIs. He scored centuries in three consecutive Tests against the touring Australians. In ODIs, he hammered nine centuries in 12 months, to take his career tally past 18 — the record at the time. He also became the fifth player in ODI history to score more than 7,000 runs.

HITTING IT OFF WITH THE DON (1998): Sachin met the late Sir Don Bradman during his 90th birthday celebrations. The Australian legend said he saw a lot of himself in the Indian maestro.

MAKE IT A DOUBLE (1999): Sachin showed he couldn’t just score quickly, but dig in as well. He scored his first Test double century (217 against New Zealand), also notching up 5,000 runs during the same year. In ODIs, he made the highest score by an Indian at the time — 186 not out. He was also made the captain of the Indian side for the second time in his career. He received the Padma Shri as well.

PAST THE QUARTER (2000): Even though India struggled and the burden of captaincy showed on him, runs and centuries both kept coming for Sachin. He scored his 25th ODI century and passed 9,000 runs in ODIs.ON PAR WITH THE DON (2001): The day that Sachin had dreamt of as a kid finally arrived. He equaled Sir Donald Bradman’s record of 29 Test centuries by scoring 117 against the West Indies at the Port of Spain.

SCALING THE 10K PEAK (2001): There was no record too big for Sachin. He became the first batsman in the history of limited overs cricket to score 10,000 runs.

CENTURY OF TESTS (2002): On September 5, Sachin became the youngest player from any country to play 100 Tests. He was just 21 years old then.

NO LOOKING BACK (2003): It was World Cup year again and Sachin dominated. India lost to Australia in the final, but Sachin emerged the highest run-scorer of the tournament, earning the best player award. While playing against Pakistan in the group match, Sachin scored his 12,000th ODI run.

BEST DOWN UNDER (2004): Sachin inspired the Indian team to a rare 1-1 draw in Australia. He struck an unbeaten 241 in the fourth Test in Sydney, his highest first-class score at the time. However, problems with a tennis elbow cause him to miss must of the action in the rest of the year.LORD OF THE TEST RING (2005): Sachin overhauled his childhood idol Sunil Gavaskar’s record for most Test centuries by scoring his 35th hundred. On the way, he also became the fifth batsman in Test history to score 10,000 runs and only the third batsman to score a century against all Test-playing nations.

LORD OF THE ODI RING (2005): Sachin’s aggregate in ODIs rose to 13,000 runs and he also surpassed former Pakistan all-rounder Wasim Akram’s record for most ODI appearances by playing in his 357th match.

REACHING NEW HEIGHTS (2006): Sachin played his 132nd Test, the most by any Indian ever, at his home ground in Mumbai.

AN ICON & A HERO (2006): Sachin signed a contract with Saatchi and Saatchi’s Iconix, valued at 180 crores over 3 years, making him the highest-earning cricketer in the world. Time magazine names him as one of their ‘Asian Heroes’.HIGH PRAISE FROM RIVALS (2007): One of Sachin’s greatest rival showered him with an unexpected compliment. Former Australian leg-spinner Shane Warne names him at Number 1 on his list of 50 greatest cricketers ever. Sachin also became the first batsman to score 1,000 runs in a calendar year on seven separate occasions.

TRULY ON TOP OF THE WORLD (2008): Sachin secured the last major record remaining in cricket by becoming the highest run-scorer in Tests. He took his tally up to 12,037 runs during a match against Australia in Mohali. Sachin received the Padma Vibhushan, India’s second highest civilian award.45 ODI TONS (2009): Sachin continued to fight in an otherwise lean year blighted by injuries and form issues. But he managed to show his might and prowess in one match against Australia in which he scored his 45th ODI ton, 17,000th ODI run and almost got India to chase down 350 runs.

AWESOME FOURSOME (2010): Sachin became one of the few players to have scored four centuries in as many consecutive Test matches. The first two came against Bangladesh, while the others were scored against South Africa. His Test century count had now risen to 47.

DOUBLE DHAMAKA (2010): It had been spoken about for a few years, but no batsman had managed to get it. It was only fitting then that Sachin Tendulkar should push the envelope once again by scoring the first ODI double century, a 200 not out against South Africa.

FIFTY FIESTA (2010): Sachin continued his great form in the away series against South Africa as well. At Centurion, he scored 111 not out, his 50th century in Test cricket.PROUDEST MOMENT (2011): Sachin got his hands on the one trophy that had eluded him through his career — the World Cup. The master blaster was overjoyed and said, “Winning the World Cup is the proudest moment of my life. … I couldn’t control my tears of joy.”

PILE OF RUNS (2011): Sachin continued to add runs to his Test tally. Against the West Indies in Delhi, during his 182nd match and his 300th innings, he scored his 15,000th Test run. Reaching the milestone had taken the master blaster 21 years and 358 days.

TON OF TONS (2012): It took some time and the wait was excruciating, but eventually Sachin achieved the unthinkable once again — 100 international 100s. After a delay of more than a year, Sachin reached the remarkable feat with a century against Bangladesh during the Asia Cup.

Most First-class tons(2012): The master blaster scored an unbeaten knock of 140 runs for Mumbai in the Irani Trophy against Rest of India. This was his 81st hundred in first-class cricket, equaling Sunil Gavaskar’s Indian record for most first-class hundreds.

Sachin’s 49 ODI Centuries
Special Article On *The Times of India*
Published on 2012-12-27

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