Guwahati: For as long as one could remember, the name of Sachin Tendulkar has always been synonymous with Indian cricket. Andy Flower, the acclaimed Zimbabwean cricket coach and former cricketer once said: “There are two kinds of batsmen in the world. One, Sachin Tendulkar. Two, all the others.” This line perfectly sums up the cricketing legend who will forever remain etched in our minds.
As the God of Cricket turns 46 on Friday, April 24, let’s take a stroll down memory lane to revisit some of the most unforgettable historic moments of the legend.
• It was the year 2003, the World Cup’s 36th match was opened for March 1, 2003, with chief opponents of India, Pakistan. The stage was set, and the country watched. In those days Pakistan had a deadly bowling line up and at the helm fast bowler Shoaib ‘Rawalpindi Express’ Akhtar who is known to make any batsman loose his bearings. But be that as it may, even he was unable to do anything against the Master Blaster, as Sachin scored 98 runs in just 75 balls with one boundary after the other.
• How could one overlook the first 200 made by any batsman in the ODI history? Tendulkar’s career had as of late arrived into discussions and controversies on his retirement and he silenced the pundits with that eminent unbeaten 200 against South Africa and sacked the arrangement for India on February 24, 2010.
• After Don Bradman Australia had never witnessed another, however, Sachin had shown up. In the first of the two consecutive hundreds, he took Australia to a spin with his thump of 143. To top that off he scored 134 in the very next game against Australia on April 22, 1998.
• March 27, 1994, is a unique day to any individual who considers themselves a cricket fan, as it was the first occasion when we saw Sachin’s batting as an opener. After his appearance in the world of cricket in 1989, it wasn’t until 1994 when he opened, against New Zealand in Auckland. That one choice created history, as Sachin hit a crushing 82 of 49 balls, launching his legend.
• In the wake of passing every achievement and breaking the long-standing records, just a World Cup was left to bring home and the master blaster’s career couldn’t simply end without this success. He put forth a valiant effort to play many competitions to at last end up on the triumphant side and he finished his world cup career with an incredible win against Sri Lanka in Mumbai on April 2, 2011.