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Sachin Tendulkar

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Sachin Tendulkar
Sachin Tendulkar
IndiaPersonal informationFull name
 Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar
Nickname
 Little Master, Tendlya, Master Blaster, Maestro
Born
 24 April 1973(age 35)  Bombay,India
Height
 5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)
Role
Batting style
 Right-handed
Bowling style
 Right-armleg break  / off break  / medium
 
International informationTest debut
 
(cap187)
Last Test
ODI debut
 
(cap74)
Last ODI
ODI shirt no.
 10
 
Domestic team informationYears
 
Team
 1988–presentMumbai1992Yorkshire2008Mumbai Indians
Career statistics
 
Matches
 147 417 247 504
Runs scored
 11,782 16,361 20545 19913
 
55.31 44.34 59.37 45.25
100s/50s
 39/49 42/89 65/95 53/107
Top score
 248* 186* 248* 186*
Ballsbowled
 3742 7895 7221 10185
42 154 67 201
51.02 43.71 61.20 41.90
5 wickets ininnings
0 2 0 2
10 wickets in match
 0 n/a 0 n/a
Best bowling
 3/10 5/32 3/10 5/32
Catches/ stumpings
98/– 122/– 165/– 157/–
As of 20 June 2008  Source:cricinfo.com
Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar
(help·info)
saicana rmaoSa ToMDulakr
 
), often referred to as
The LittleMaster
or
The Master Blaster
,
is an Indian cricketerwidely regarded as one of the greatest batsmen in the history of cricket.
In 2002,Wisdenrated him as the secondgreatest Test batsman afterSir Donald Bradman, and the greatestOne-day international  batsman.
He holds several highly regarded batting records and is the leading scorer of centuries inbothTest cricketand One-day internationals. He is oneof the three batsmen to surpass 11,000 runs in Test cricket, and the first Indian to do so.
He is the most prolific runscorer in ODIs by a margin of over 4000 runs and has scored the most runs ininternational cricket as a whole. He crossed 16,000 runs in ODIs onFebruary 5,2008  while playing againstSri LankainBrisbane, Australia. At 13, Tendulkar was the best player in the Mumbai schools competition for Under 19s.At 14, Tendulkar made his first-class debut for theMumbai cricket teamand scored acenturyon debut. He made his international test debut in 1989 againstPakistanin Karachiat age 16. He scored his first international century at just 17.He is the only cricketer to receive the
, India's highest sportinghonour and the only cricketer and one of the first sportsmen (along withVishwanathanAnand
 
) to receive thePadma Vibhushan(2008), the second highest civilian honour of India. He is the most sponsored player in world cricket and has a huge fan following evenamongst foreign audiences. Tendulkar has made numerous commercial venturesincluding opening a chain of restaurants in India.
Early years and personal life
Tendulkar was born onApril 24,1973inMumbai, India. His father, Ramesh Tendulkar, aMarathinovelist, named Tendulkar after his favorite music director,Sachin Dev
 
Burman. Tendulkar's elder brother, Ajit, encouraged him to play cricket. Tendulkar hastwo other siblings: brother, Nitin, and sister, Savitai.Tendulkar attended Sharadashram Vidyamandir (High School), where he began hiscricketing career under the guidance of his coach and mentor,Ramakant Achrekar.During his school days, he attended theMRF Pace Foundationto train as afast bowler, but the fast bowling trainer there,Dennis Lillee, suggested to him to "just focus" on hisbatting.When Tendulkar was young, he would practice for hours with his coach. He would oftenget bored of practicing. So his coach would put a one-Rupee-coin on the top of thestumps. The bowler who dismissed Sachin would get the coin. If Sachin passed the wholesession without getting dismissed, the coach would give him the coin. Sachin nowconsiders the 13 coins he won then as his most prized possessions.
While at school, he developed a reputation as a child prodigy. He had become a commonconversation point in Mumbai circles, where there were suggestions already that hewould become one of the greats. His season in 1988 was extraordinary, scoring a centuryin every innings he played. He was involved in an unbroken 664-runpartnershipin aLord Harris Shield inter-school game in 1988 with friend and team mateVinod Kambli,who also went on to represent India. The destructive pair reduced one bowler to tears andmade the rest of the opposition unwilling to continue the game.Tendulkar scored 326* inthis innings and scored over a thousand runs in the tournament.
This was a recordpartnership in any form of cricket, until2006when it was broken by two under-13batsmen in a match held atHyderabadin India.When he was 14, Indian batting maestro Sunil Gavaskar gave him a pair of his used ultralight pads. "It was the greatest source of encouragement for me," he said nearly 20 yearslater after surpassing Gavaskar's top world record of 34 Test centuries. This was in thesame year as his first-class debut. Tendulkar never played for any Under-19 teams,crossing straight into the seniors.In 1995, Sachin Tendulkar married Anjali (born 10 November 1967), thepaediatrician daughter of Gujarati industrialist, Anand Mehta. They have two children, Sara (born 12October 1997), and Arjun (born 24 September 1999).
Tendulkar sponsors 200 underprivileged children every year through Apnalaya, aMumbai-basedNGOassociated with his mother-in-law, Annaben Mehta. He is reluctant to speak about his charitable activities
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, choosing to preserve the sanctity of hispersonal life despite media interest in him.
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Domestic career
In 1988/1989, aged just 15, he scored 100 not-out in his firstfirst-classmatch forBombayagainstGujarat. At 15 years and 232 days he is the youngest cricketer to score a

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