Top 10 Moments That Led To Sachin Tendulkar Becoming ‘God Of Cricket’

| April 24 , 2018 , 14:16 IST

Sachin Tendulkar celebrates his 45th birthday on Tuesday. In his illustrious career of 24 years at the top of the cricketing world, it is difficult to pinpoint where his greatness shone the brightest.

From being compared to one of the greatest of all time Don Bradman to surpassing him by amassing the most centuries, runs and most of the records, Sachin has done it all when it comes to his cricketing pedigree.

Here is a selection of ten of the many moments that define Sachin as a cricketer.

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  1. His debut series against Pakistan when he was only 16

A teenage Sachin Tendulkar was picked for the Pakistan tour in 1989. Merely 16 years of age, Sachin showed guile and maturity way ahead of his time and experience at the highest level, making his mark by battling at the time the toughest bowling unit in Pakistan.

  2. Schooled Shane Warne in the 1998 series against Australia

The series was built around Tendulkar vs Warne and it lived up to the hype with the master blaster taking on the legendary leg-spinner who was in his prime. Sachin prepared for the Aussie bowler with ridiculous dedication and it paid off as Warne’s loopholes were exposed.

  3. The famous Desert Storm innings in Sharjah

Needing to better the run-rate in order to qualify for the final of Coca-Cola cup, Sachin scored a blistering knock of 143 runs in a match that saw him dominate the Australian bowlers.

  4. Emotional innings after Father’s death in the 1999 World Cup

In the 1999 World Cup, India had lost their two previous matches against South Africa and Zimbabwe. Sachin who missed the game against Zimbabwe, returned 24-hours after his father’s funeral to play against Kenya and scored 140 runs to help India win a crucial game in the tournament.

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  5. 2003 World Cup Heroics

India were the underdogs going into the tournament but still made it to the final thanks to a fine team-spirit within the team. The backbone of the side was yet again Sachin who was at his best in this tournament and scored the most runs.

  6. Resilience against Australia in 2004

India’s tour of Australia was seen as a class difference between the two teams. Australia who had comprehensively defeated India in 2003’s World Cup final, had dominated the cricketing scene and looked unstoppable. Sachin’s resilient knock of 241 runs again showed his greatness as he didn’t hit a single boundary to the off-side! It was an innings in the masterclass of self-restraint.

  7. In the memory of 26/11 Mumbai attack in 2008

After being given a total of 285 runs to chase at Chennai, Sachin Tendulkar once again stepped up and showcased his brilliance by a scintillating 103 runs helped them to win by six wickets against England. He dedicated the victory to the victim of the terrorist attack in Mumbai.

  8. Breaking the double-hundred barrier in ODI

For the longest time, Pakistan’s Saeed Anwar held the torch of having the highest individual score of 194 in ODI. Sachin broke that record and scored an unprecedented 200 against South Africa in 2010.

  9. 2011 World Cup win

At long last Sachin got the trophy he had always wanted above any other personal accolade or achievement, the ICC World Cup. India who had hosted the event were favourites and once again Sachin was at his cerebral best as he helped India win the World Cup after a 28-year absence.

  10. 100 Hundred Club’s sole member

After being stuck on his 99th century for more than two years since 2011, Sachin finally moved into triple digits against Bangladesh as he became the first man to have scored 100 hundreds in the international cricket.

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Sachin is much more than these achievements and has yet always stayed grounded. When duty called him, he always responded with valour and never backed off from a fight. NWI would like to thank him for the way he represented the sport and the nation tirelessly. Happy Birthday, Sachin!