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 surpass11,000 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 5,2008while 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 againstPakistaninKarachiat 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.
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), thepaediatriciandaughter of Gujarati industrialist, Anand Mehta. They have two children, Sara (born 12October 1997), and Arjun (born 24 September 1999).