God is the name given to him by his passionate followers. For them, the game of cricket is a religion in actuality. India is a big and diverse country with many religions, cultural groups, different languages, diverse belief systems and ways of life. However, one thing that connects the whole nation is the national men’s cricket team. When this team plays, the whole country unites in the support of these 11 men putting up their best show on the field. He has given the country more reasons to celebrate than probably by any of the numerous deities followed by more than a billion in the country. No wonder they call him the God. The name this God goes by is Sachin Tendulkar.
Sachin Tendulkar has been called the greatest cricketer that the world has ever seen. His recent retirement from all forms of the game except for the test format, which will also eventually come to an end sooner or later, has and will leave a gap in the hearts of the billion plus people. His illustrious and inhumanly long career has seen him smash almost all the batting world records that ever were there. He has the highest number of runs in test and one-day cricket, the highest number of games played, the highest number of centuries (100 centuries – first in the history), first one day international double century in history, highest number of Man of the Match awards, highest number of boundaries hit, and the list will go on and on.
Fight Back: Sachin Tendulkar has had many career threatening injuries including a back injury, tennis elbow to a more recent wrist injury among many others. He has had multiple surgeries to fix his injuries.
- Consistency And Longevity: He has done everything that was required to make sure he is in shape to play against the best of the world – be it working on his fitness levels, treating injuries, bettering form, et al
- Work Hard In Silence; Let The Work Make Noise: He chooses to reply his critics with the bat (on the field). Sachin Tendulkar never bashes criticism in press conferences or interviews. He is humble and takes what comes his way. He lets his game speak.
- Do What You Love: He is love for the game is what has always kept him going. We have seen him many times walking off the ground even before umpire’s signal when he knew he was out. Such is his integrity and respect for cricket.
- Nothing Is Impossible: Sachin Tendulkar has played cricket all over the world. But the moment of glory came in front of the home crowd, in his home ground where he started playing cricket as a kid. He couldn’t stop his tears of joy that day. The players of the Indian squad honored him by carrying him on their shoulders across the ground acknowledging the crowd. When asked later by a reporter, Virat Kohli an Indian batsman, famously said, “Tendulkar has carried the burden of the nation for 21 years; it was the time we carried him”.