Sachin Tendulkar is regarded as the the greatest cricketer of all time in the history of cricket. He was a former indian batsman and a captain who has helped India to won many international tournament including the World Cup and Asia Cup. He came into cricket at the age of 11 making his test debut in 1989 against Pakistan when was just 16 years old. He then started to represent Mumbai domestically and later on, he represented India internationally when he was about twenty-four years old. He is the only player to score 100 international centuries, the top scorer in both one day international and test cricketer, the first batsman who has scored a double century in ODI format as well as the only player to score 30,000 international runs.
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In the year 2002, he was ranked as the second greatest batsman in test cricket behind Don Bradman and also the second greatest batsman in one day international behind Viv Richards. Tendular was a part of his Indian cricket team when they have won 2011 world cup which was the only world cup he has won in his six world cup appearances. Most recently, he was awarded the title of ‘Player of the Tournament’ in the international tournament held in South Africa back in 2003.
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In 1994, he has received the Arjuna Award for showing outstanding performance at cricket and then, he was awarded with the highest sporting award known as Rajiv Ghandi Khel Ratna in India. He was also awarded Padma Vibhushan and Padma Shri awards in the year 1999 and 2008 awards respectively. These awards are regarded as the fourth and second highest awards for civilians. After he has played his last cricket match on November 16, 2013, the Prime Minister of India made a decision to award him the highest civilian award known as Bharat Ratna. He was the also only sportsman to receive that highest award up to date. In 2010, he also won Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy at the ICC awards for being the best cricketer of the year. In 2012, Tendulkar was being nominated for the upper house of Indian parliament known as Rajya Sabha. He was the only player for being awarded the rank of group captain by the Air Force of India as an honor. However he was also named as the Member of the Order of Australia in the year 2012.
Sachin Tendulkar announced his retirement from One Day International (ODI) in 2012. He also retires from Twenty20 cricket in the year 2013 and then he made a decision to retire from all forms of cricket. Tendulkar played a total number of 664 matches with total runs of 34,357 runs.
In the 2011 World Cup, Tendulkar has scored a total of 482 runs including two centuries with an average scoring of 53.55 runs. He was the highest indian run scorer in that competition. Only Sri Lanka’s batsman Tillakaratne Dilshan scored more runs than him in the tournament. Gracing the occasion of World Cup, India defeated Sri Lanka in the final match. Just after Indian being held the victorious team, Tendulkar stated that; it is my proudest moment of my life and I just could not hold my tears on this memorable occasion. However, he scored his 100th international century against Bangladesh in 2012 at the event of Asia Cup. Although, it was his first international century against Bangladesh and therefore, he became the only cricket player in the world for achieving this milestone. He stated that whenever I go, everyone talks about my 100th century but nobody ask me for my 99th centuries so it was very difficult for me to score that 100th century.