fiftieth Birthday: the A to Z of Sachin Tendulkar

To the Indians, Sachin Tendulkar is the person for “all seasons”.

It has been 10 years since he bid farewell to worldwide cricket, leaving the nation stuffed with moist eyes.

As India’s favorite son completes his fiftieth birthday, PTI chronicles his life and occasions in an alphabetical method. It could possibly be folks, locations and occasions associated to the nice man, which have dominated our lives for a greater a part of three-and-a-half many years.

West Indian gamers clap to pay their respect to Sachin Tendulkar as he arrives to bat for the final time in Check cricket on Day 1 of their 2nd Check match at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Novemebr 14, 2013.
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A (Anjali, Arjun, Ajit): As Sachin Tendulkar maintains, better-half Anjali is the “best partnership” of his life. Son Arjun is carrying ahead the Tendulkar legacy on the cricket pitch. And, had it not been for brother Ajit’s efforts, who is aware of we’d been disadvantaged of the batting wizardry of the person from Bandra.

B (Bristol): The venue will at all times have an emotional join with Tendulkar. It was right here that he scored 140 in opposition to Kenya however, extra importantly, it got here lower than per week after the loss of life of his father, Professor Ramesh Tendulkar.

C (Centurion): The venue in South Africa the place Tendulkar maybe performed one in every of his biggest ODI knocks — 98 versus Pakistan in the course of the 2003 World Cup. The six off tempo bowler Shoaib Akhtar over level will at all times be remembered by followers.

D (‘The Don’): Sir Don Bradman will without end stay the ‘Best’ together with his common of 99.94. However when ‘The Don’ mentioned the “little fella’s” batting type resembled his, the talk on modern cricket’s finest batter ended there.

E (Eden Gardens): Wankhede, the place Tendulkar performed his two hundredth Check, is perhaps his soul however Eden Gardens, the place he performed his 199th recreation, stays one in every of his favorite grounds. Tendulkar the bowler attained superstardom when he bowled the epic final over within the Hero Cup semi-final in opposition to South Africa in 1993. India managed to defend 195 by proscribing the Proteas to 193/9, with Tendulkar conceding simply three runs within the fiftieth over.

F (Ferrari): Tendulkar’s favorite automotive and likewise his favorite Method One workforce. He was the proud proprietor of a gleaming pink Ferrari again within the day when the corporate determined to current him one in 2002 for equalling the document of 29 Check centuries by Sir Don.

G (Gujranwala): Tendulkar ended his ODI profession with 49 a whole lot however the first of his 463 video games was performed on this Pakistani metropolis. How a lot did he rating on debut? Nicely, he did not bother the scorers.

H (Harris Defend): The well-known Mumbai Inter-school cricket match, the place the world first got here to learn about Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar after his 664-run stand with Vinod Kambli.

I (Inzamam ul Haq): The previous Pakistan captain had an fascinating story to inform. His son Ibtisam was an enormous fan of Tendulkar. Through the 2004 historic tour of Pakistan, Inzamam really introduced his school-going son throughout an Indian follow session to introduce him to Tendulkar.

J (John McEnroe):` Tendulkar is a tennis buff and through his teenage years, he was an enormous fan of American John McEnroe. Outdated-timers say that, like McEnroe within the early 80s, the curly-haired Indian genius could possibly be seen shifting round his housing society carrying a pink headband.

Okay (Vinod Kambli): Tendulkar’s childhood buddy, Kambli was his companion in that world-record stand of 664 runs in Harris Defend. Kambli’s well-known touch upon Tendulkar continues to be one of the crucial quotable quotes: “Sachin went to the top riding a lift. I had to take the staircase”.

L (Brian Lara): The controversy on who between the 2 was the larger cricketer won’t ever stop. However to get pleasure from Sachin Tendulkar’s class, one additionally wants to understand Brian Lara’s panache. The 2 lit up the 90s like by no means earlier than and the mutual respect was there for everybody to see. They introduced a lot grace into rivalry.

M (Glenn McGrath): Tendulkar versus McGrath was the competition that made Check cricket so energetic. The 2 grasp operators gave it their all once they had been competing in opposition to one another. Not even an inch of territory was conceded, and their duels within the Nineteen Nineties and 2000s stay one of the crucial fascinating rivalries of all time.

N (Narsingh Deonarine): Narsingh Deonarine’s worldwide profession is nothing to write down house about however the West Indian cricketer will without end cherish being the last-ever bowler to dismiss Tendulkar in worldwide cricket — in the course of the second Check on the Wankhede Stadium in 2013. Sachin was dismissed for 74 by the off-spinner in a match India gained by an innings and 126 runs.

O (Outdated Trafford): No cricket venue on this planet is extra expensive to Tendulkar’s coronary heart than Outdated Trafford in Manchester. That is the bottom the place he scored the primary of his 100 worldwide a whole lot. The unbeaten 119 enabled India to avoid wasting the second Check of the 1990 collection in opposition to England.

P (Peshawar) It was the venue the place world cricket first took be aware of the teenage Indian prodigy who hit 53 off simply 18 balls. It was an exhibition match curtailed because of rain, however Sachin performed a T20-style innings to regale the spectators and make an enduring impression on them.

Q (Abdul Qadir): Once we discuss that Peshawar recreation, can Abdul Qadir be far behind? On a number of events, Tendulkar has recounted the occasion the place Qadir tried to sledge him after he had launched into Mushtaq Ahmed. “Bacche ko kya marte ho, humein maar ke dikhao? The rest is history as Tendulkar clobbered Qadir for 28 runs in an over.

R (Rahul Dravid): An excellent batter in his own right, Rahul Dravid and Sachin Tendulkar are the most successful Test-batting pair with 20 century-plus stands between them and 6,920 cumulative runs in partnerships.

S (Shivaji Park Gymkhana): This is where it all started. Under the watchful eyes of Ramakant Achrekar, Tendulkar learnt the ropes of the game at this very ground, considered to be the cradle of Mumbai cricket.

T (Toronto): The Skating and Curling Club ground at Toronto will always be special for Tendulkar. It was here that he got his first ‘Man of the Match’ award as captain after scoring an unbeaten 89 off 89 balls in a winning cause against Pakistan.

U (U2): Tendulkar is a Lata Mangeshkar devotee but when it comes to English songs, he is a big fan of world famous Irish rock band U2. His favourite U2 song is “The place Streets Have No Identify”.

V (Virat Kohli): The day Tendulkar retired, Virat Kohli gifted his chain, which was his father’s memory, to Tendulkar and sang “Tujh Mein Rabh Dikhta Hai” contained in the Wankhede dressing room.

W (Wimbledon): A match Tendulkar has hardly missed. The legend makes an annual pilgrimage to SW19 and might be seen sitting in one of many VIP zones watching marquee Centre Court docket matches.

X (St Xavier’s College): It was this explicit college in opposition to whom Tendulkar and Kambli, enjoying for Sharadashram Vidyamandir, scored 664 runs in Harris Defend.

Y (Yorkshire): English county facet Yorkshire has been within the midst of a number of racism allegations however in 1990, they obtained Tendulkar with open arms. The Indian icon was the primary abroad participant recruited by the membership.

Z (Zimbabwe): Zimbabwe bowler Henry Olonga had rattled Tendulkar with a bouncer that the Indian fended and was out caught by close-in fielders throughout a league recreation of the 1998 Champions Trophy in Sharjah. Nevertheless, within the last the icon scored 124 runs as India gained by 10 wickets with 120 balls to spare.

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