Sporting Hero – Sachin Tendulkar

Undoubtedly the best batsman of his generation, and arguably one of the all time greats, Sachin Tendulkar continues to be the foremost batsman in test match cricket, the true form of the game.

Born in Mumbai, India on April 24, 1973, the young Tendulkar quickly garnered a reputation as a child prodigy on the streets of Mumbai. Here he was already being tipped to become one of the greats, even when still at school.  Indeed, in the 1988 season Tendulkar incredibly scored a century every time he came to the crease, the nadir being a 644 run partnership with Vinod Kambil, a knock that led to the opposition refusing to continue with the game.

On his debut in a first class match, for Mumbai, Tendulkar scored 100 not out, at the age of only 15.  His international debut followed within a year at the age of 16.  Tendulkar’s rise to the pinnacle of the game continued when he was the leading run scorer at the 1996 World Cup despite India only making the semi finals.  In 1998 Tendulkar scored 3 consecutive centuries against a touring Australia side featuring legendary bowlers Shane Warne and Glen McGrath as India wrapped a series victory against the Aussies for the first time in a generation.

It is hard to predict how long Tendulkar will go on for, as he continues to break records and push back the boundaries of batting brilliance.  But one thing is for sure, it will be a long time before we see another player so supremely talented that not only is he the leading run scorer in Test match and limited overs cricket, but he has also scored the highest number of centuries in both forms of the game, with 80 over the two and counting.

By Chris Newton

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