Sachin Tendulkar, often called the god of cricket, turns 45 today, April 24, 2018.
Sachin was born to Marathi novelist Ramesh Tendulkar and Rajni Tendulkar on April 24, 1973, in Mumbai Suburb of Dadar. His father named him after his favorite music director Sachin Dev Burman. Sachin showed a tremendous appetite for cricket and was coached by Ramakant Achrekar.
After making waves with centuries on debut in Ranji, Irani and Duleep Trophy, Sachin made his Test debut for India at the age of 16, in Karachi against Pakistan in 1989. His showed his valor with a half-century in one of the Tests and scored his first Test hundred against England in 1990.
In a career spanning 24 years, Sachin scored 15,921 runs in 200 Tests with 51 centuries and 18,426 runs in 463 ODIs with 49 centuries. He holds the record for the first man to score 10,000 runs in ODI cricket, the first man to play 200 Tests, score 100 international centuries, first male cricketer to score a double hundred in ODI cricket, most runs in ODIs and Tests, most matches played in both formats and other numerous records.
Tendulkar also won the World Cup in 2011 and has captained India in both Tests and ODIs. Widely regarded as one of the best batsmen in the world, along with Sir Don Bradman, Tendulkar captivated the audiences in the 1990s, as fans would turn off their TV sets after Sachin got out in a match. He single-handedly carried the Indian batting in the 90s, with little support from others.
Sachin Tendulkar received the highest civilian award, the Bharat Ratna in 2014, making him the first sportsperson to get the honor. He was the Wisden cricketer of the year in 1997 and player of the tournament in 2003 World Cup. Sachin Tendulkar was also a member of Rajya Sabha, with his tenure ending in 2018.
The whole of the cricket fraternity came together on Twitter to wish the ‘god of cricket’ on his birthday and we have some tweets for you.
To the man who united a billion Indians and brought a smile to their faces everytime he walked out to bat. A dream that he turned into reality.— Suresh Raina (@ImRaina) April 24, 2018
Sachin is an emotion.. Sachin is a phenomena!
Happy birthday, Paaji!! @sachin_rt
Woh sirf ek Cricketer nahi,— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) April 24, 2018
Duniya hai Meri !
aur bahuton ki.
Many more happy returns of the day to a man who could stop time in India (literally) .Thank you for making the Cricket Bat such a great weapon, which later many like me could also use. #HappyBirthdaySachin pic.twitter.com/TVtpaxSiJz
Happy Birthday dear @sachin_rt . You are and will always remain an inspiration . It’s wonderful to see you contribute towards society with some really good initiatives even after your retirement. Wish you success always. #HappyBirthdaySachin pic.twitter.com/aWQxZ9kRjV— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) April 24, 2018