It’s hard to believe that Sachin Tendulkar, the ‘God of Cricket,’ is now 50 years old. He has been a part of the cricketing world for more than three decades, and his impact on the sport is immeasurable. Tendulkar has achieved numerous milestones throughout his career and has set a standard that few can match.
Let’s take a look at five things that Sachin Tendulkar has done on the field that make him one of the greatest cricketers of all time.
664 International Matches
Sachin Tendulkar played a total of 664 international matches, which is an astonishing number. He played in 200 test matches, 463 One Day Internationals (ODIs), and one T20 International. This shows his dedication and love for the game of cricket, which he played at the highest level for 24 years.
34,357 International Runs
Tendulkar is the leading run-scorer in international cricket with a staggering 34,357 runs. He has scored 15,921 runs in Test cricket and 18,426 runs in ODIs. He also holds the record for the most runs scored in a single calendar year, with 2,278 runs in 1998.
201 International Wickets
Sachin Tendulkar was not only a great batsman but also a handy bowler. He took 201 wickets in international cricket, which included 46 wickets in Test matches and 154 wickets in ODIs. He was a part-time bowler but still managed to take crucial wickets when his team needed him.
The Only Cricketer to Score 100 International Centuries
Sachin Tendulkar is the only cricketer to have scored 100 international centuries. He has scored 51 Test centuries and 49 ODI centuries. He achieved this incredible feat against Bangladesh in March 2012. This record is a testament to his skill and consistency as a batsman.
The 2011 World Cup-Winner
Sachin Tendulkar was a part of the Indian team that won the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup. It was a momentous occasion for the Indian cricket team and the nation as a whole. Tendulkar played a crucial role in India’s journey to the final, scoring 482 runs in the tournament. He also received the Player of the Tournament award for his outstanding performance.
In conclusion, Sachin Tendulkar’s contribution to cricket is unparalleled. He is an inspiration to millions of cricket fans worldwide and will forever be remembered as one of the greatest cricketers of all time. Happy 50th birthday, Sachin!