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By Francis Saldanha
Bellevision Media Network

11 Oct 2013: Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar has been the most complete batsman of his time, the most prolific run maker of all time, and arguably the biggest cricket icon the game has ever known. Perhaps the most complete batsman and the most worshipped cricketer in the world, Tendulkar holds just about every batting record worth owning in the game, including those for most runs and hundreds in Tests and ODIs, and most international runs.


There are no apparent weaknesses in Tendulkar’s game. He can score all around the wicket, off both front foot and back, can tune his technique to suit every condition, temper his game to suit every situation, and has made runs in all parts of the world in all conditions. His batting is based on the purest principles, perfect balance, economy of movement, precision in stroke-making, and that intangible quality given only to geniuses’ anticipation. If he doesn’t have a signature stroke the upright, back-foot punch comes close it is because he is equally proficient at each of the full range of orthodox shots (and plenty of improvised ones as well in ODI and T20) and can pull them out at will.


Blessed with the keenest of cricket minds, and armed with a dislike for losing, Tendulkar set about doing what it took to become one of the best batsmen in the world. His greatness was established early, he was only 16 when he made his Test debut. He was hit on the mouth by Waqar Younis of Pakistan but continued to bat, in a blood-soaked shirt. His first Test hundred, a match-saving one at Old Trafford, came when he was 17, and he had 16 Test hundreds before he turned 25. In 2000 he became the first batsman to have scored 50 international hundreds, in 2008 he passed Brian Lara as the leading Test run-scorer, and in the years after, he went past 13,000 Test runs 30,000 international runs, and 50 Test hundreds.


Tendulkar’s considerable achievements seem greater still when looked at in the light of the burden of expectations he has had to bear from his adoring but somewhat unreasonable followers, who have been prone to regard anything less than a hundred in each innings as a failure. The aura may have dimmed, if only slightly, as the years on the international circuit have taken their toll on the body, but Tendulkar remains, by a distance, the most worshipped cricketer in the world over.




He currently holds the record for most hundreds in both Tests and ODIs - remarkable, considering he didn’t score his first ODI hundred till his 79th match. Incredibly, he retains a divine enthusiasm for the game: at 36 years and 306 days he broke a 40-year-old barrier by scoring the first double-century in one-day cricket. In 2012, when just one month short of his 39th birthday, he became the first player to score 100 international centuries, which like Bradman’s batting average, could be a mark that lasts forever. Later that year, though, he announced his retirement from ODIs after a disappointing 18 months in international cricket. In October 2013, having played 198 Tests, Tendulkar announced that he would quit the longest format after playing his 200th Test, at home against West Indies.


Some of his finest performances have come against Australia, the overwhelmingly dominant team of his era. His century as a 19-year-old on a lightning-fast pitch at the WACA is considered one of the best innings ever to have been played in Australia. A few years later he received the ultimate compliment from the ultimate batsman Sir Don Bradman confided to his wife that Tendulkar reminded him of himself.


Sachin Tendulkar made Millions of people get addicted to Cricket all over the world. It will be very tough to imagine watching Cricket without Sachin playing. True Legend, Changed the definition of Cricket towards fans. Thanks for all these happiness he brought to so many Indians and all over the world. SRT is not only loved by Indians but by all over the world, even non cricketers love him for the way he brought that elegance to the game of cricket. When the world was discovering how to play limited over cricket, this Little Champ mastered the very art, redefined, invented and taught the world how to play Cricket and went on to become the greatest role model not just because of his cricketing skills, but also because of the humility, his passion for the game. He is not an icon just for cricketing fraternity but for sure a role model for anyone who has dreams and wants to achieve something.


All great things come to an end one day, carrying a billion people responsibilities on his shoulders for 23 long years is not a joke.  It is apt to say more than Sachin will miss cricket, cricket will miss SR Tendulkar. Salute and immense respect to the Legend of India!!



Comments on this Article
Franky Ferreira, Vasai / Mumbai Sat, November-9-2013, 7:19
There is lot of luck besides the talent, opportunities, temperament in creating a Legend. Tendulkar had it all. No wonder he became a Legend with every World record to his credit. Just like Gavaskar, Sachin is just 5 -6 in his boots but tamed the best seamers (Steyn, Lee, and McGrath) as well as spinners like Warne, Murali in Tests or ODI s. He also excelled in playing some shots of his own like upper cut Sixes, Paddle sweep in ODI s to achieve high S/R. SRT Sehwag were the most dominant openers in ODI and who were second to none. Easily the best number 4 bat the world has seen. His humility polished behavior, despite his achievements is reflection of old Indian culture which is rare these days. Legends come once in your lifetime
agnel shirodkar, Goa Mon, October-28-2013, 3:29
Here is a cricketer whose name is synonymous with purity of technique, philosophy and image. If Ian Botham of England can be seen as the Errol Flynn of cricket, or Viv Richards of West Indies as the Martin Luther King, or Shane Warne of Australia as the Marilyn Monroe, or Sri Lanka s Muttiah Muralidharan as the hobbit, then our own Sachin R. Tendulkar is surely the game s secular saint.
Francis J. Saldanha, Moodubelle/Bahrain Thu, October-24-2013, 4:13
In his youth, Sachin Tendulkar was the kind of attacking batsman who would have set T20 ablaze, had the format existed. Those who are following cricket since 90s only they know what this cricketer is made of, you just can t imagine! I am sure Indian cricket owe this man more than anyone.... On the other hand, I don t think BCCI would be so much rich without him; of course it s the die-hard fans like you Jennifer Harush who made it possible but its SRT who made the huge base of fans all over the world with his extra-ordinary cricketing exploits.
jennifer harush, doha/bantakal Fri, October-18-2013, 6:58
India may win a thousand matches in future, for my generation any victory will not be an victory without Sachin on the side. A very timely article on sachin my favourite of all times.
Francis J. Saldanha, Moodubelle/Bahrain Mon, October-14-2013, 7:38
Philip Sir, I would like to add on to your comment further a story of merit winning all in a country that SRT was the hope and source of inspiration to a generation of Indians (not just cricketers). That cannot be matched by any other cricketer to be a symbol of hope, to consistently prove that you can be among the best and beat them too. That is the reason why only Indian fans can understand the importance of Sachin Tendulkar more than being a great batsman, his contribution is that being a great role model to millions of Indians. No shows of arrogance, anger, deep frustration, silly/sick attitude, breaking windows or bats or throwing tantrums just determination. With so much pressure and expectation, he continues to exhibit level headedness that is sadly missing in this world. By saying this, I too fully agree with you, that all is not lost; definitely not yet!
Eugene Dsouza, Moodubelle Fri, October-11-2013, 11:06
Dear Francis you have done a great job by your timely article on one of the greatest cricketing legends of India and collecting some of the rare pictures of the genius called Sachin Tendulkar. Keep up your good work of writing on sports.
Philip Mudartha, Charlotte, NC, USA Fri, October-11-2013, 1:24
I liked this tribute to SRT on the even of his decision to retire from prime-time professional cricket cercuits. As the author says, his is a story of merit wiining all in a country known for its sloth. I have no nickel for cricket, yet, his story restores my faith in my country: that all is not lost; not yet!
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