It is pretty clear from the headline that yes, we are talking about none other than our Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar and his birthday today. It is April 24th and this prodigious cricketer has turned 44 today. This right-handed batsman made his debut in 1990 and since then he has changed the face of world cricket. He has seen many ups and downs in his entire cricketing career, but still holds the most number of records for any cricketer in this sport. Over the years he has troubled bowlers and how, keeping India’s scoreboard ticking and made us love the sport in the first place. He has inspired cricketers to be like him and gave joy to traditionalists who like Tests and the younger generations who like ODIs and T20s.
Being the highest run-getter for Bombay in 1988-89 paved the way for Sachin as he was picked up on the Indian side for touring Pakistan in 1989. He was just 16 years old when he put on the Indian jersey for the first time and scored just 15 runs before getting cleaned up by Waqar Younis in the first match. He ended up scoring 215 runs in the series, which was a big feat for a boy of his age! He got to play his first ODI after 5 years of his debut and thrashed the other teams when he was named the highest run-getter for India in the 1996 World Cup.
He was quite a literal feast for the eyes and cricketers from all over the world revere him and sings songs of his praises. Also if guys have forgotten his other feats, he has scored 15,921 runs in 200 Tests, at an average of 53.78. The batsman has also scored 18,426 runs at an average of 44.83 in 463 ODI matches he played in his cricketing career over a span of 24 years. He entered the T20 field with questions being asked about his age and adaptability and has scored 2797 runs in 96 matches which also includes the cricketing extravaganza, IPL.
He has been awarded Arjuna Award in 1994, Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna in 1997-98, Padma Shri in 1999, Padma Vibhushan in 2008, Bharat Ratna in 2014, Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 1997, Wisden Leading Cricketer in the World in 2010, BCCI Cricketer of the Year award in 2011. He has put in 24 years in the service of India playing the sport and entertaining his fans through his superb batting skills and modest behavior. And to win the hearts of the Indian audience once again, Director James Erskine is coming up with his latest movie cum documentary, Sachin: A Billion Dreams. The trailer for this highly anticipated movie was released last week and you can read all about it here.