Master blaster Sachin Tendulkar turns 46 today.
The Little Master, whose full name is Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar, was born on this day in 1973 in a Maharashtrian family in Dadar, Mumbai.
Sachin’s father Ramesh Tendulkar, who was a renowned Marathi novelist, decided to name his after the legendary musician Sachin Dev Burman, was a big fan of.
The God of cricket holds many records during his playing career spanning two decades – 200 Tests, 100 international hundreds, 34357 international runs… You name them and he had them.
Sachin Tendulkar made his debut aged 16 years against Pakistan and despite a bloodied nose and a few failures, Tendlkar became the greatest batsman since the days of Don Bradman.
Tendulkar finished his career as the leading run-getter in international cricket, with 34,357 runs across formats — 15,921 in 200 Tests, 18426 in 463 ODIs and 10 in 1 T20 international.
Tendulkar was the first player to smash a double hundred in ODIs when he struck 200 not out off 147 balls against South Africa in Gwalior on February 24, 2010.
He made a record six World Cup appearances eventually ending up on the triumphant side in his last, in 2011 at the Wankhede stadium when India defeated Sri Lanka in the final.
He played his final match — his 200th Test — at his home ground, the Wankhede stadium, in November 2013 when India hosted West Indies in a Test series.
Tendulkar also played at the lucrative Indian Premier League for Mumbai Indians.
In 78 matches, the master blaster scored 2334 runs with the help of one century and 13 fifties.