Sachin Tendulkar: Is still the cricket fans’ favourite player more than ten years after his retirement

It is difficult to believe that Sachin Tendulkar turned 50 today. This is due to the fact that more Indians (and cricket fans worldwide) still vividly recall themselves as a young adolescent boy with a bat with the ‘Power’ emblem shown with utter contempt at a bowler hurling the red cherry at over 140 mph. You can still hear the chants of “Sachin, Sachin,” as though at any moment he’ll pick up the willow once more and send the fielders and bowlers running for cover.

Tendulkar is the first “demi-God” of cricket, and as such, his impact on Indian cricket goes much beyond the stats alone

After a stellar career that lasted over 24 years, produced over 34,000 runs (34,357 to be exact), and an unparalleled 100 international hundreds, Tendulkar retired from international cricket almost ten years ago. Tendulkar is cricket’s first “demi-God,” therefore his influence on Indian cricket extends much beyond the simply stunning stats.

We have all experienced Sachin Tendulkar’s cricketing journey, from the “desert storm” of 1998 to the “heartbreak of Chennai” to the tears for his father in the 1999 World Cup to the heroics of the 2003 World Cup to the “Little Maestro” being eventually lifted on his teammates shoulders after the 2011 World Cup victory.The opening lines of Sachin Tendulkar’s autobiography, “Playing It My Way,” state that success and happiness frequently form larger teams than defeat and grief.

Sachin Tendulkar cuts a cake ahead of his 50th birthday at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai

He is the Mumbai Indians’ coach during the current Indian Premier League (IPL) season. Tendulkar is receiving a lot of congratulations on his special day. From politicians, Bollywood celebrities, and both active and former cricket players.

The advise given by Sachin Tendulkar’s father always held true in his professional life

In his professional life, Sachin Tendulkar’s father’s advice always rang true. The Indian cricket team’s first season under his leadership was a complete failure, but the second season included some of the ‘Mumbai Maestro’s’ most exquisite batting. Tendulkar refers to this time as his “four-month honeymoon” in his book. It all began in 1998 when the late Shane Warne, another superstar, was completely destroyed during a three-match Test series against the Australians.

Tendulkar made a significant statement even before the series began when he played for Mumbai and achieved his first-ever double century in a first-class match against an Australian assault that included Warne, and that too off just 192 balls.

After the series, Tendulkar played against the powerful Australians in the Coca-Cola Cup in Sharjah in 1998, scoring two of his best ODI hundreds. The second of those tonnes was finished on the day of his 25th birthday. “The presentation following the game was magnificent. “Steve Waugh said they had lost to me,” Tendulkar wrote in his autobiography, “which was quite something coming from the Australian on a day that also happened to be my twenty-fifty birthday.”

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