Born on April 24, 1973, Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar rules the hearts of cricket loving Indians and fans of the sport across the world.The true blue Mumbaikar turns 44 on Monday. He is an inspiration to young generation for the way he has carried himself through the illustrious career spanning 24 years. 3 years after the retirement he still holds the record for most number of International centuries. He was an important part of the team winning 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup for India after 28 years.
The Little Master, who wanted to be a fast bowler, hammered 51 Test hundreds and 49 centuries in one day internationals. He went to MRF pace academy but Australian fast bowling great Dennis Lillee advised Tendulkar to focus on his batting. The rest is history. He finished his career as the leading run-getter in international cricket, with 34,357 runs across formats — 15,921 in 200 Tests, 18426 in 463 ODIs and 10 in 1 T20 international. He played his final match –his 200th Test — at his home ground in November 2013 at the Wankhede stadium when India hosted West Indies in a Test series.
Tendulkar was the first player to smash a double hundred in ODIs when he struck 200 not out off 147 balls against South Africa in Gwalior on February 24, 2010. He made a record six World Cup appearances eventually ending up on the triumphant side in his last, in 2011 at the Wankhede stadium when India defeated Sri Lanka in the final. Tendulkar also played at the lucrative Indian Premier League for Mumbai Indians. In 78matches, the master blaster scored 2334 runs with the help of one century and 13 fifties.
“Sachin: A Billion Dreams”, based on Tendulkar’s life and his glorious cricket career, is set to hit the theatres next month. The trailer of the film was launched earlier this month and Tendulkar revealed the biopic has helped him “relive important moments” of his life