On being asked about Indian cricket, what are the mental imageries that strike involuntarily? For the millennial generation, it is certainly a "not-so-athletic" figure with a bat. And it is perhaps not only about Indians, it is about cricket fans all over the world. In India one certainly does not have to be a cricket lover to admire Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar, the master devil for bowlers, who is also referred to as the God of Cricket.
For the generation of new cricket aficionados who might underestimate the reason why this person is next to Mother Teresa to achieve some of the rarest of the rare feats like postal stamps of their portraits during their lifetime, some clarification would be helpful.
It was during the late 80's when Raj Singh Dungapur, made a decision that changed the fate of Indian cricket and eventually assisted to change the country's image to the world. After decades of independence, India achieved little to showcase on the global front. Included in the Olympics, the country was able to just send a handful of players to the game who brought some occasional medals. Dust and poverty were the upfront identity of India during that time. Cricket shunned for the country for about half a decade after the grand event of 1983 when many players retired one after another. Sachin, the 16 years old lad, made his debut in International Cricket, during such times to become the identity of Indian cricket.
His first Test debut was against Pakistan in 1989, when he was just 16 years old. The match is rather known for how the teenager endured a number blows on his body from Pakistani pacers. His zeal was discovered when he refused to take medical assistance and batted with a bleeding nose on the final Test match. His breakthrough in international cricket was rapid with consecutive "more than average" performances in matches at New Zealand, England, Australia and so on. In the Test match against England, he became the second youngest cricketer to score a test century, which was a substantial addition to India's winning stride in the series. Is not it a charm for Indians to show off a 17 year old batsman hammering top class bowlers at international matches? The master blaster on the making notched some of the fastest scores in ODIs during early the times of his career. Reaching the heights to align himself with top batsman of the time, Sachin made cricket fans to endorse his style and players to respect his stature. In 1998, his contest with Shane Warne culminated as a massive accolade to the batsman. His unbeaten 204 in 16 overs flashed the height of his career notching 111 from Warne's deliveries. It is noteworthy that Warne was also on the zenith of his career as well as on the list of fiercest bowlers during the episode.
What made Sachin special for cricket connoisseurs is his accuracy of bating. He might have faced some ugly scores throughout his career but he never had a wrong action or stroke. It is as if, he was born only to bat. As the player advanced through his career as a batsman, his simplicity, boldness and master strokes enabled him to be the match winner for India. His shots could provoke such admiration in viewers that it was too easy for them to convert to his followers. There are many cricket lovers whose only reason of attraction to the game is the master blaster. There are countless incidences throughout the nook and corner of the country where people smashed their radios and TV sets the moment Sachin's wicket was down. The batsman could make the day of a viewer with only a single stroke on the square cut.
The level of popularity Sachin achieved as a cricketer is infallible and it is uncertain if anyone in the sports world would touch the milestone. What was more majestic about this player are his personal traits that
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