From Yorkshire’s 1st overseas player to the greatest cricketer of all time

Born on 24th April 1973, Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar was introduced to cricket in 1984.  From young Sachin, to county cricket (just one season at Yorkshire), to the greatest cricketer, and at last every cricketer’s dream, the World Cup!

 

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Tendulkar represented Mumbai in the Ranji Trophy for the 1987- 88 season.  He made his Test debut in 1989 against Pakistan in Karachi.

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At 19, Sachin Tendulkar was the 1st overseas-born player to represent Yorkshire (1992). The Yorkshire coach said, “They are all better players for his presence. His confidence is infectious, they all want to bat with him.”

Sachin Tendulkar for Yorkshire. Pic- telegraph.co.uk

Sachin Tendulkar for Yorkshire. Pic- telegraph.co.uk

Michael Vaughan says “I felt like a 15 year old playing for my local team…… he’s in my back pocket”.

In 2010, Sachin Tendulkar was conferred with an honorary rank of Group Captain in the Indian Air Force.

Sachin Tendulkar- Honorary rank IAF. Pic-NDTV

Sachin Tendulkar- Honorary rank IAF. Pic-NDTV

 

In 2011, it was a delight to every fan of the Indian Cricket Team, and every Tendulkar fan to see him carry the World Cup in the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. Sachin’s greatest and favorite fan, who is said to be the greatest fan of any living person, got an opportunity to hold the World Cup along with Sachin.

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In 2013, he was awarded the ‘Bharat Ratna’. He also retired from International Cricket(Test) in the same year. Journalist Rajdeep Sardesai(who had been a cricketer when he was at Oxford) says, “future historians will see Indian Cricket as those who were born before the Tendulkar era and those who came after it”.

The 42 year old truly set an era in International Cricket.

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