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Sachin Tendulkar: The last word in cricket
Achrekar, his mentor used to put a one rupee coin on the top of the stumps and if the bowler could dismiss Tendulkar, he would get the coin, otherwise Sachin would pocket it. Tendulkar still has those 13 coins that remind him of the good old days.
THE ’LITTLE Master’, the ’Master Blaster’ and there are many more names associated with him. His dexterity in cricket has placed him as well as India atop the cricket-world. India is really proud to have a son like Sachin, who has proved true the proverb, “Fortune favours the brave”.


Sachin Tendulkar has become the highest scorer in Test cricket on Friday (October 17), after overtaking the West Indian legendary batsman, Brian Lara who was in the top spot in Test cricket till date. The Master Blaster has touched this feat in the ongoing second test in Mohali against the Aussies. Sachin just needed 15 runs to surpass Lara’s Test match record of 11,953 runs. He scored 88 more runs and reached 12,027 runs in his 152nd Test match and added one more feather to his cap. He has scored 16,361 runs in 417 One Day Internationals.


Born on April 24, 1973 in Bombay (Mumbai), Sachin started his career in cricket under the guidance of his coach and mentor, Ramakant Achrekar. While he was just a school boy, he attended the MRF Pace Foundation to get training as a fast bowler. But Dennis Lillee, the renowned fast bowler was unimpressed after his performance in bowling and advised little Sachin to focus on batting.


From the very beginning, Sachin was devoted to his dream of becoming a great batsman. He used to practice for long hours in the nets. Achrekar, his mentor used to put a one rupee coin on the top of the stumps and the bowler, who could dismiss Tendulkar, would get the coin. If Tendulkar remained successful till the day-end, the coin would be him. Tendulkar still has those 13 coins that remind him of the good old days.


In 1989, Tendulkar played his first Test match against Pakistan in Karachi under the leadership of Krishnamachari Srikkanth. Wisden ranked Sachin as the second greatest Test batsman of all time in 2002, next to Sir Donald Bradman, and the second greatest ODI batsman of all time next only to Sir Viv Richards. The 35-year-old batting maestro has scored 16,361 runs in the One Day Internationals (ODIs) and is the top scorer. He has also scored 39 centuries in Test matches and 42 in one-dayers.


Tendulkar has been awarded with the Padma Vibhushan and Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna awards for his outstanding contribution to the world of cricket. Succeeding Azharuddin, Sachin also led the Indian cricket team as the captain from 1996 to 2000.
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