How Sachin Tendulkar Became the God of Cricket?

Sachin Tendulkar is widely regarded as the “God of Cricket”, but that moniker doesn’t just come out of nowhere— Even if you don’t know much about cricket, you’ve probably heard of Sachin Tendulkar. This article is about how Sachin Tendulkar became the god of cricket, he truly earned the sobriquet through his feats on the field and his good sportsmanship off it.

Sachin Tendulkar, holds the record for most runs scored in Test matches (15,921), the highest career average in ODIs (18,426), as well as being the leading scorer in One Day International cricket history.  He has been hailed as one of the greatest players in history, if not the greatest player of all time, having scored more runs than any other cricketer in Test matches and one-day internationals. Only a few individuals can lay claim to the moniker of God, but former Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar may have earned the right to be called one. His achievements on the cricket field over his 21-year career as an international cricketer are unmatched in history, and he set several benchmarks that will likely never be broken.

I. Introduction

Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar, or simply God of Cricket, is a retired Indian cricketer widely acknowledged as one of the greatest batsmen in cricket history.  He was particularly known for his ability to play both attacking and defensive shots on difficult batting conditions such as handling fast & spin bowling. He is also the only player ever who has scored 100 international centuries. In fact, he holds all-time records like the highest number of runs in Test matches (15921) & ODIs (18426), the most number of centuries by an ODI player(49), etc.

Hence, it’s no surprise that many commentators have labeled him The Greatest Batsman of All Time. Though there are other contenders for that tag – Sir Donald Bradman being one of them – his achievements over 21 years have never been matched. Even today, at 44 years old, he holds a lot of records that are unlikely to be broken any time soon. Due to his immense popularity and worldwide fan following, he was nicknamed ‘God of Cricket’.

II. Early Life

Born on April 24, 1973, in Bombay (now Mumbai), India to a Maharashtrian Hindu family, Tendulkar was brought up in a lower-middle-class background. His father Ramesh Tendulkar was a well-known Marathi novelist and his mother Rajni Tendulkar works in the insurance industry. Young Sachin grew up with older brother Ajit and younger sister Sneha. In fact, he had great affection for his brother and often described him as the best player I have ever seen. He also considered himself to be an obedient child who did everything that he was told by his parents or teachers.

III. Sachin Tendulkar Records

‘Master Blaster’: A sobriquet that became associated with him during his playing days because of his penchant for big hits and match-winning performances. It has only become more apt since he retired, as he has gradually come to be known as one of India’s most respected cricketing greats. But what is it about Sachin Tendulkar that makes him stand out among his contemporaries? After all, there have been many immensely talented batsmen in world cricket, some even hailed as better than he was at various points in time. But none were ever able to claim such a legacy – or earn such universal respect from fans, players, and critics alike. No other cricketer today elicits so much awe and reverence when they walk onto a cricket field. And nobody else can lay claim to have inspired millions of Indians to take up the sport – many of whom will never achieve even 1% of his accomplishments. How did an ordinary man from Mumbai end up becoming the greatest sportsman that India had ever produced?

Let’s take a look at some of the records that Sachin Tendulkar holds both in Test and One Day International (ODI) formats.

  • He went on to become one of the only players who have scored 100 international centuries.
  • He is the only player in the World to score over 30,000 runs in international cricket.
  • The first batsman to score a double century in One Day Internationals (ODIs).
  • Sachin holds the highest number of centuries (49) and fifties (96) records in ODI.
  • The highest number of The Man of Match owners in ODI.
  • Most Man of the Series awards (15) in ODI.
  • Leading run-scorer (11,953) in Test Cricket
  • Only player in the world to have scored 5 Test centuries before turning 20.
  • Joint-fastest cricketer to reach  10000, runs in test matches along with Brain Lara.

IV. Awards

Sachin has won all major cricketing awards and accolades a player can win. He is a true legend, not just in India but also to any cricket fan. We can’t think of anyone more deserving than him for being called God Of Cricket. Take a look at his list of awards won by Sachin Tendulkar below:

  • Arjuna Award in 1994
  • Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award in 1997
  • Padma Shri Award in 1999
  • Maharashtra Bhushan Award in 2001
  • Padma Vibhushan Award in 2008
  • India’s Most Precious Award – Bharat Ratna in 2013

Summary

Through it all, he has been a shining light for India, letting his cricket do all his talking for him. We may never see another cricket player like him again, which is why we can rightly call him “The God of Cricket”. If there’s anything to learn from Tendulkar’s legacy, it’s that hard work and dedication are two essential ingredients for success — regardless of whether or not you have talent. Sachin has broken records and hit milestones for more than 24 years because he wasn’t afraid to fail; after one bad game or missed opportunity, he got right back up and gave everything he had on every play. As they say, practice makes perfect. And in giving 100% effort throughout his career as a cricketer, he is one of the most successful cricket players in history, it’s no wonder that his fans often refer to him as The God Of Cricket. He earned that nickname for reasons beyond simply being good at his sport & Sachin will undoubtedly go down as one of history’s greatest athletes.