Sachin Tendulkar is widely acknowledged as the finest batsman of all time. Popularly known as the ‘God of Cricket’ for his extraordinary contribution to Indian cricket, Sachin Tendulkar well and truly made the sport popular. Countless people from India and from across the globe would turn on their TV sets just to watch Sachin Tendulkar bat.
Sachin Tendulkar is the leading run-scorer in both ODIs and Tests, an incredible feat that still remains intact. He was the first cricketer to score a double century in the history of the 50-over format. It is also worth mentioning here that he is the only one to score 100 centuries in international cricket. The Indian batting great made his debut for India at the age of 16.
Overall, he represented India in 200 Tests, 463 ODIs and 1 T20I. He mustered 15,921 runs at an average of 53.79 in Tests including six double-centuries, 51 centuries and 68 half-centuries. He accumulated 18,426 runs at an average of 44.83 in the 50-over format including 49 centuries, 1 double century and 96 fifties. On the other hand, he scored 10 runs in the solitary T20I he has played.
Prestigious Awards received by Sachin Tendulkar
1) The Little Master got recognition when he received the Arjuna Award, the second-highest sporting honour in India. He received his first-ever prestigious award, in the year 1994 for his magnificent sporting achievement.
2) Sachin Tendulkar shot to prominence when he received “The Khel Ratna Award” in 1997, which is India’s highest sporting honour.
3) The Indian batting maestro went on to receive the Padma Shri in 1999, India’s fourth-highest civilian award.
4) Besides that, he also received Maharashtra Bhushan Award in 2001 for his remarkable contributions to society
5) In 2008, he received the Padma Vibhushan Award, India’s second-highest civilian award, after the Bharat Ratna.
6) At the 2010 ICC Awards, the batting great received Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy for cricketer of the year.
7) It is also worth noting that Sachin Tendulkar was also the first sportsperson and the first person from a non-aviation background to be awarded the honorary rank of group captain by the Indian Air Force (IAF) in 2010. IAF’s main objective is to secure Indian airspace and to carry out aerial warfare during armed conflicts.
8) In 2012, the Master Blaster was conferred with membership of the “Order of Australia” for his service to India-Australia relations by promoting humanity, friendship and sportsmanship through the sport.
9) A few hours after his last game for Team India on November 16, 2013, the Prime Minister’s Office made up its mind to award the cricketing genius the Bharat Ratna, which is India’s highest civilian award. Thus he became the first sportsperson and the youngest person to achieve this award.
10) In 2019, Sachin Tendulkar was inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame. For the record, the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame acknowledges the achievements of the legends from the sport’s long and distinguished history.
11) Sachin Tendulkar won the Laureus best sporting moment award (2000 to 2020) for India’s 2011 World Cup glory. It was voted by sports fans from all across the world and rightly so, the legend won this award.