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Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar pronunciation (help·info) (Marathi: सचिन रमेश तेंडुलकर) (born April 24, 1973 in Mumbai) is an Indian cricketer widely regarded as one of the greatest batsmen in the history of cricket.[5][6][7] In 2002, Wisden ranked him the second greatest Test batsman of all time, next to Donald Bradman, and the second greatest one day international (ODI) batsman of all time, next to Viv Richards.[8] In September 2007, the Australian leg spinner Shane Warne rated Tendulkar as the greatest player he has played with or against.[9] Tendulkar was the only player of the current generation to be included in Bradman’s Eleven, the dream team of Donald Bradman, published in his biography.[10] He is sometimes referred to as Little Master or Master Blaster.[11][12]

Tendulkar is the highest run scorer in both Test matches and ODIs, and also the batsman with the most centuries in either form of the game. The first player to score fifty centuries in all international cricket combined, he now has more than eighty international centuries.

On October 17, 2008, when he surpassed Brian Lara‘s record for the most runs scored in Test Cricket, he also became the first batsman to score 12,000 runs in that form of the game,[13] having also been the third batsman and first Indian to pass 11,000 runs in Test cricket.[14] He was also the first player to score 10,000 runs in one-day internationals, and also the first player to cross every subsequent 1000-run mark that has been crossed in ODI cricket history. In the fourth Test of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy against Australia, Tendulkar surpassed Australia’s Allan Border to become the player to cross the 50-run mark the most number of times in Test cricket history, and also the second ever player to score 10 Test centuries against Australia, after only Sir Jack Hobbs of England more than 70 years back.[15] Tendulkar has been honored with the Padma Vibhushan award, India’s second highest civilian award, and the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award, India’s highest sporting honor.

 

Sachin Tendulkar
Personal information
Full name Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar
Born 24 April 1973 (1973-04-24) (age 36)
Mumbai, India
Nickname Little Master, Master Blaster,[1] The Master,[2][3] The Little Champion[4]
Height 5 ft 5 in (1.7 m)
Batting style Right-handed
Bowling style Right-arm leg break/off break/medium
Role Batsman
International information
National side India
Test debut (cap 187) 15 November 1989 v Pakistan
Last Test 3 April 2009 v New Zealand
ODI debut (cap 74) 18 December 1989 v Pakistan
Last ODI 8 March 2009 v New Zealand
ODI shirt no. 10
Domestic team information
Years Team
1988–present Mumbai
2008-present Mumbai Indians (Indian Premier League)
1992 Yorkshire
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC LA
Matches 159 425 261 512
Runs scored 12,773 16,684 21,662 20,236
Batting average 54.58 44.37 58.70 45.27
100s/50s 42/53 43/91 69/99 54/109
Top score 248* 186* 248* 186*
Balls bowled 3,934 8,015 7,299 10,191
Wickets 44 154 69 201
Bowling average 51.63 44.19 60.34 41.96
5 wickets in innings 0 2 0 2
10 wickets in match 0 n/a 0 n/a
Best bowling 3/10 5/32 3/10 5/32
Catches/stumpings 102/– 129/– 170/– 164/–
Source: CricketArchive, March 31 2009

 

Early years and personal life

Tendulkar was born in Bombay (now Mumbai). His father, Ramesh Tendulkar, a Marathi novelist, named Tendulkar after his favourite music director, Sachin Dev Burman. Tendulkar’s elder brother Ajit encouraged him to play cricket. Tendulkar has two other siblings: a brother Nitin, and sister Savitai.

Tendulkar attended Sharadashram Vidyamandir (High School), where he began his cricketing career under the guidance of his coach and mentor, Ramakant Achrekar. During his school days he attended the MRF Pace Foundation to train as a fast bowler, but Australian fast bowler Dennis Lillee, who took a world record 355 Test wickets, was unimpressed, suggesting that Tendulkar focus on his batting instead.[16]

When he was young, Tendulkar would practice for hours on end in the nets. If he became exhausted, Achrekar would put a one-Rupee-coin on the top of the stumps, and the bowler who dismissed Tendulkar would get the coin. If Tendulkar passed the whole session without getting dismissed, the coach would give him the coin. Tendulkar now considers the 13 coins he won then as some of his most prized possessions.[citation needed]

While at school, he developed a reputation as a child prodigy. He had become a common conversation point in Mumbai circles, where there were suggestions already that he would become one of the greats. His season in 1988 was extraordinary, with Tendulkar scoring a century in every innings he played. He was involved in an unbroken 664-run partnership in a Lord Harris Shield inter-school game in 1988 with friend and team mate Vinod Kambli, who would also go on to represent India. The destructive pair reduced one bowler to tears and made the rest of the opposition unwilling to continue the game. Tendulkar scored 326* in this innings and scored over a thousand runs in the tournament.[17] This was a record partnership in any form of cricket until 2006, when it was broken by two under-13 batsmen in a match held at Hyderabad in India.

When he was 14, Indian batting legend Sunil Gavaskar gave him a pair of his own ultra light pads. “It was the greatest source of encouragement for me,” he said nearly 20 years later after surpassing Gavaskar’s top world record of 34 Test centuries. This was in the same year as his first-class debut. Tendulkar never played for any Under-19 teams, crossing straight into the seniors.

In 1995, Sachin Tendulkar married Anjali (born November 10, 1967), a paediatrician and daughter of Gujarati industrialist Anand Mehta. They have two children, Sara (born October 12, 1997), and Arjun (born September 24, 1999).[18]

Tendulkar sponsors 200 underprivileged children every year through Apnalaya, a Mumbai-based NGO associated with his mother-in-law, Annaben Mehta. He is reluctant to speak about his charitable activities[citation needed], choosing to preserve the sanctity of his personal life despite the media interest in him.[citation needed]

 

Domestic career

On December 11, 1988, aged just 15 years and 232 days, Tendulkar scored 100 not-out in his debut first-class match for Mumbai against Gujarat, making him the youngest cricketer to score a century on his first-class debut. His first double century was for Mumbai while playing against the visiting Australian team at the Brabourne Stadium in 1998.

Tendulkar is the only player to score a century in all three of his Ranji Trophy, Duleep Trophy and Irani Trophy debuts.

In 1992, at the age of 19, Tendulkar became the first overseas born player to represent Yorkshire (Craig White, although born in Yorkshire was the first player to be signed as an overseas player by Yorkshire. He had to be listed as an overseas player as he had already played for Victoria in Australia). Tendulkar played 16 first-class matches for the county and scored 1070 runs at an average of 46.52.[19]

 

Indian Premier League

Tendulkar was made the icon player and captain for his home side, the Mumbai Indians in the inaugural Indian Premier League Twenty20 competition in 2008.[20] As an icon player, he was signed for a sum of US$1,121,250, 15% more than the second-highest paid player in the team, Sanath Jayasuriya.[21]

 

International career

 

Early career

Tendulkar played his first Test match against Pakistan in Karachi in 1989 under the leadership of Kris Srikkanth. According to Cricinfo‘s Andrew Miller and Martin Williamson, India took an unconventional approach to combating the Pakistani pace attack by calling up a “baby-faced 16-year-old with one season of first-class cricket to his name”.[22] He made just 15 runs, being bowled by Waqar Younis, who also made his debut in that match, but was impressive in how he handled numerous blows to his body at the hands of the Pakistani pace attack.[22] Tendulkar followed it up with his maiden Test fifty a few days later at Faisalabad. His One Day International (ODI) debut on December 18 was disappointing. He was dismissed without scoring a run, again by Waqar Younis. The series was followed by a tour of New Zealand in which he fell for 88 in the Second Test. His maiden Test century came in the next tour, to England in August 1990 at Old Trafford. Tendulkar further enhanced his development into a world-class batsman during the 1991–1992 tour of Australia that included an unbeaten 148 in Sydney (the first of many battles against Shane Warne who made his debut in the match) and a century on the fast and bouncy track at Perth. Merv Hughes famously commented to Allan Border at the time that “This little prick’s going to get more runs than you, AB.”[23]

 

Rise through the ranks

Tendulkar waits at the bowler’s end.

Tendulkar’s performance through the years 1994–1999 coincided with his physical peak, in his early twenties. On the day of the Hindu festival Holi, Tendulkar was told to open the batting at Auckland against New Zealand in 1994.[24] He went on to make 82 runs off 49 balls. He scored his first ODI century on September 9, 1994 against Australia in Sri Lanka at Colombo. It had taken him 79 ODIs to score a century.

In 1996 against Pakistan in Sharjah, Indian captain Mohammed Azharuddin was going through a lean patch. Tendulkar and Navjot Singh Sidhu both made centuries to set a record partnership for the second wicket. After getting out, Tendulkar found Azharuddin in two minds to bat out. Tendulkar boosted Azharuddin to bat and Azharuddin subsequently unleashed 29 runs in mere 10 balls. It enabled India post a score in excess of 300 runs for the first time. India went on to win that match.

Tendulkar’s rise continued when he was the leading run scorer at the 1996 Cricket World Cup, topping the batting averages whilst scoring two centuries. He was the only Indian batsman to perform in the infamous semi-final of that World Cup. When Tendulkar’s wicket fell, the Indian batting lineup collapsed and India conceded defeat after the crowd began angry demonstrations.

This was the beginning of a period at the top of the batting world, culminating in the Australian tour of India in early 1998, with Tendulkar scoring three consecutive centuries. These were characterized by a premeditated plan to target Australian spinners Shane Warne and Gavin Robertson, to whom he regularly charged down the pitch to drive over the infield. This technique worked as India beat Australia. The test match success was followed by two scintillating knocks in Sharjah where he scored two consecutive centuries in a must-win game and then in finals against Australia tormenting Shane Warne once again. Following the series Warne ruefully joked that he was having nightmares about his Indian nemesis.[25] He also had a role with the ball in that series, including a 5 wicket haul in an ODI. Set 310 runs to win, Australia were cruising comfortably at 3 for 203 in the 31st over when Tendulkar turned the match for India taking wickets of Michael Bevan, Steve Waugh, Darren Lehmann, Tom Moody and Damien Martyn for just 32 runs in 10 overs.[26]

Tendulkar single-handedly won the ICC 1998 quarterfinal at Dhaka to pave way for India’s entry into the semifinals, when he took 4 Australian wickets after scoring 141 runs in just 128 balls.

A chronic back problem flared up when Pakistan toured India in 1999, with India losing the historic Test at Chepauk despite a gritty century from Tendulkar himself. The worst was yet to come as Professor Ramesh Tendulkar, Tendulkar’s father, died in the middle of the 1999 Cricket World Cup. Tendulkar flew back to India to attend the final rituals of his father, missing the match against Zimbabwe. However, he returned with a bang to the World cup scoring a century (unbeaten 140 off 101 balls) in his very next match against Kenya in Bristol. He dedicated this century to his father.[27]

 

Captaincy

Tendulkar’s two tenures as captain of the Indian cricket team were not very successful. When Tendulkar took over as Captain in 1996, it was with huge hopes and expectations. However, by 1997 the team was performing poorly. Azharuddin was credited with saying “Nahin jeetega! Chote ki naseeb main jeet nahin hai!”,[28] which translates into: “He won’t win! It’s not in the small one’s destiny”.

Tendulkar, succeeding Azharuddin as captain for his second term, then led India on a tour of Australia, where the visitors were comprehensively beaten 3-0 by the newly-crowned world champions.[29] Tendulkar, however, was at his usual best and won the player of the tournament award as well as player of the match in one of the games. After another Test series defeat, this time by a 0-2 margin at home against South Africa, Tendulkar resigned, and Sourav Ganguly took over as captain in 2000.

Tendulkar remains an integral part of the Indian team’s strategic processes. He is often seen in discussion with the captain, at times actively involved in building strategies. Former captain Rahul Dravid publicly acknowledged that Tendulkar had been suggesting moves such as the promotion of Irfan Pathan up the batting order which, although only temporary, had an immediate effect on the team’s fortunes.

 

Injuries

Tendulkar continued his good form in Test cricket in 2001 and 2002, with some pivotal performances with both bat and ball. Tendulkar took three wickets on the final day of the famous Kolkata Test against Australia in 2001. Tendulkar took the key wickets of Matthew Hayden and Adam Gilchrist, centurions in the previous test.

Tendulkar made 673 runs in 11 matches in the 2003 Cricket World Cup, helping India reach the final. While Australia retained the trophy that they had won in 1999, Tendulkar was given the Man of the Tournament award. The drawn series as India toured Australia in 2003/04 saw Tendulkar making his mark in the last Test of the series, with 241* in Sydney, putting India in a virtually unbeatable position. He followed up the innings with an unbeaten 50 in the second innings of the test and then an unbeaten 194 against Pakistan at Multan in the following series. The 194 was controversial in that he was stranded prior to reaching his double century as a result of a declaration by Rahul Dravid. In meeting with the press that evening, Tendulkar responded to a question on missing 200 against Pakistan by stating that he was disappointed and that the declaration had taken him by surprise.[30] Many former cricketers commented that Dravid’s declaration was in bad taste.[31][32] The media noted at the time that the decision had apparently been made by Sourav Ganguly,[33] and Ganguly himself later admitted that it had been a mistake.[34] The controversy was put to rest when Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar and coach John Wright spoke to the media after the team’s victory and stated that the matter was spoken internally and put to rest.[35]

Although he was in strong form, tennis elbow then took its toll on Tendulkar, leaving him out of the side for most of the year, coming back only for the last two tests when Australia toured India in 2004. He played a part in India’s victory in Mumbai in that series, though Australia took the series 2-1.

On December 10, 2005 at Feroz Shah Kotla, Tendulkar scored his record-breaking 35th Test century, against the Sri Lankans. On February 6, 2006, he scored his 39th ODI hundred, in a match against Pakistan. He followed with a run-a-ball 42 in the second one-day international against Pakistan on February 11, 2006, and then a 95 in hostile, seaming conditions on February 13, 2006 in Lahore, which set up an Indian victory.

On March 19, 2006, after scoring an unconvincing 1 off 21 balls against England in the first innings of the third Test in his home ground, Wankhede, Tendulkar was booed off the ground by a section of the crowd,[36][37] the first time that he had ever faced such flak. Tendulkar was to end the three-Test series without a single half-century to his credit, and news of a shoulder operation raised more questions about his longevity. Tendulkar was operated upon for his injured shoulder. In July 2006, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced that Tendulkar had overcome his injury problem following a rehabilitation programme and was available for selection, and he was eventually selected for the next series.

 

Comeback

Tendulkar’s comeback came in the DLF cup in Malaysia and he was the only Indian batsman to shine. In his comeback match, against West Indies on September 14, 2006, Tendulkar responded to his critics who believed that his career was inexorably sliding with his 40th ODI century. Though he scored 141*, West Indies won the rain-affected match by the D/L method.

In the preparation for the 2007 Cricket World Cup, Tendulkar was criticized by Greg Chappell on his attitude.[38] As per the report, Chappell felt that Tendulkar would be more useful down the order, while the latter felt that he would be better off opening the innings, the role he had played for most of his career. Chappell also believed that Tendulkar’s repeated failures were hurting the team’s chances. In a rare show of emotion, Tendulkar hit out at the comments attributed to Chappell by pointing out that no coach has ever suggested his attitude towards cricket is incorrect. On April 7, 2007, the Board of Control for Cricket in India issued a notice to Tendulkar asking for an explanation for his comments made to the media.[39]

At the Cricket World Cup 2007 in the West Indies, Tendulkar and the Indian cricket team, led by Rahul Dravid had a dismal campaign. Tendulkar, who was pushed to bat lower down the order by the Greg Chappell had scores of 7 (Bangladesh), 57* (Bermuda) and 0 (Sri Lanka). As a result, former Australian captain Ian Chappell, brother of the then Indian coach Greg, called for Tendulkar to retire in his column for Mumbai’s Mid Day newspaper.[40]

In the subsequent series against Bangladesh, Tendulkar returned to his opening slot and was Man of the Series. He continued by scoring two consecutive scores of 90+ in the Future Cup against South Africa. He was the leading run scorer and was adjudged the Man of the Series.[41]

Tendulkar celebrates upon reaching his 38th Test century against Australia in the 2nd Test at the SCG in 2008, where he finished not out on 154

On the second day of the Nottingham Test (July 28, 2007) Tendulkar became the third cricketer to complete 11,000 Test runs.[42] In the subsequent One day series against England, Tendulkar was the leading run scorer from India[43] with an average of 53.42. In the ODI Series against Australia in October 2007 Tendulkar was the leading Indian run scorer with 278 runs.[44]

Tendulkar was dismissed seven times in 2007 between 90 and 100, including three times at 99, leading some to suggest that he struggles to cope with nerves in this phase of his career. Tendulkar has got out 23 times between 90 and 100 in his international career. On November 8, 2007 he got out on 99 against Pakistan in an ODI at Mohali to the bowling of Umar Gul caught by Kamran Akmal. In the fourth ODI, he got out on 97 (off 102 balls with 16 fours) after dragging a delivery from Umar Gul on to his stumps, falling short of another century in ODIs in 2007.

In the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, 2007-08, Tendulkar showed exceptional form, becoming the leading run scorer with 493 runs in four Tests, despite consistently failing in the second innings. Sachin scored 62 runs in the first innings of the first Test at the MCG in Melbourne, but couldn’t prevent a heavy 337-run win for Australia. In the controversial New Years Test at Sydney, Tendulkar scored an unbeaten 154 as India lost the Test. This was his third century at the SCG, earning him an average of 221.33 at the ground. In the third Test at the WACA in Perth, Sachin was instrumental in India’s first innings score of 330, scoring a well compiled 71, only to be dismissed by what was later confirmed to be a questionable LBW decision. India went on to record a historic triumph at the WACA. In the fourth Test at Adelaide, which ended in a draw, he scored 153 in the first innings, involving in a crucial 126 run stand with V.V.S. Laxman for the fifth wicket to lead India to a score of 282 for 5 from 156 for 4. He secured the Player of the Match award.

In the One-Day International Commonwealth Bank Tri-Series involving Sri Lanka and Australia, Tendulkar became the first and only batsman to complete 16,000 runs in ODIs. He achieved this feat against Sri Lanka on February 5, 2008 at Brisbane. He started the CB series well notching up scores of 10, 35, 44 and 32, but could not convert the starts into bigger scores. His form dipped a bit in the middle of the tournament, but Sachin came back strongly in India’s must-win game against Sri Lanka at Hobart, scoring 63 off 54 balls. He finished the series with a match winning 117 not out of 120 balls in the first final,[45] and 91 runs in the second final.[46]

 

Style of play

Tendulkar plays a wristy leg-side flick

Tendulkar is ambidextrous: He bats, bowls, and throws with his right hand, but writes with his left hand.[47] He also practices left-handed throws at the nets on a regular basis. Cricinfo columnist Sambit Bal has described him as the “most wholesome batsman of his time”.[48] His batting is based on complete balance and poise while limiting unnecessary movements and flourishes. He appears to show little preference for the slow and low wickets which are typical in India, and has scored many centuries on the hard, bouncy pitches in South Africa and Australia.[48] He is known for his unique punch style of hitting the ball over square. He is also renowned for his picture-perfect straight drive, often completed with no follow-through. Recently, legendary Indian batsman Sunil Gavaskar, in an article he wrote in the AFP, remarked that “it is hard to imagine any player in the history of the game who combines classical technique with raw aggression like the little champion does”.[4]

Sir Donald Bradman, considered by many the greatest batsman of all time, considered Tendulkar to have a batting style similar to his. In his biography, it is stated that “Bradman was most taken by Tendulkar’s technique, compactness and shot production, and had asked his wife to have a look at Tendulkar, having felt that Tendulkar played like him. Bradman’s wife, Jessie, agreed that they did appear similar.”[citation needed][49]

Tendulkar at the crease, getting ready to face a delivery.

Former Australian cricket team coach John Buchanan voiced his opinion that Tendulkar had become susceptible to the short ball early in his innings because of a lack of footwork.[50] Buchanan also believes Tendulkar has a weakness while playing left-arm pace.[50] He was affected by a series of injuries since 2004. Since then Tendulkar’s batting has tended to be less attacking. Explaining this change in his batting style, he has acknowledged that he is batting differently due to that fact that (1) No batsman can bat the same way for the entire length of a long career and (2) He is a senior member of the team now and thus has more responsibility. During the early part of his career he was a more attacking batsman and frequently scored centuries at close to a run a ball. Ian Chappell, former Australian player, recently remarked that “Tendulkar now, is nothing like the player he was when he was a young bloke”.[51] However, during the latest tour of Australia in 2008, Tendulkar displayed glimpses of his attacking style with several masterful innings, dominating attacks in a manner reminiscent of his younger days.

While Tendulkar is not a regular bowler, he is adept at bowling medium pace, leg spin, and off spin with equal ease. He often bowls when two batsmen of the opposite team have been batting together for a long period, as he can often be a useful partnership breaker. With his bowling, he has helped secure an Indian victory on more than one occasion.[52] He is the 9th highest wicket taker for India in ODIs.[53]

 

Career achievements

An innings-by-innings breakdown of Tendulkar’s Test match batting career, showing runs scored (red bars) and the average of the last ten innings (blue line).

Sachin Tendulkar is the most prolific run scorer in one-day internationals with 16,684 runs. With a current aggregate of 12,773 Test runs, he surpassed Brian Lara‘s previous record tally of 11,953 runs as the highest run scorer in test matches in the second Test of Australia‘s 2008 tour of India in Mohali.[13] [54] Sachin described “It is definitely the biggest achievement in 19 years of my career” on the day he achieved the record.[55] He also holds the record of highest number of centuries in both Test (42) and ODI cricket (43). Throughout his career, he has made a strong impact on Indian cricket and was, at one time, the foundation of most of the team’s victories. In recognition with his impact on sport in a cricket-loving country like India, Tendulkar has been granted the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, Arjuna Award, Padma Shri and Padma Vibhushan by the Government of India. He was also elected Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 1997 and is ranked by the objective scoring method of the Wisden 100 as the second best test batsman and best ODI batsman of all time.

Tendulkar has also consistently done well in Cricket World Cups (excluding the 2007 Cricket World Cup in which India were knocked out after only 3 matches). Tendulkar was the highest run scorer of the 2003 Cricket World Cup and 1996 Cricket World Cup. Tendulkar has scored over 1000 runs in a calendar year in ODIs 7 times, and in one of these years he scored 1894 runs, easily the record for the highest number of runs scored by any player in a single calendar year for one day internationals. Tendulkar is also one of the very few players who are still playing in international cricket from the 1980s.

He has been Man of the Match 11 times in Test matches and Man of the Series 4 times,[56] out of them twice in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy against Australia. The performances earned him respect from Australian cricket fans and players.[23]

 

Individual honours & appreciations

In January 2008, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown suggested that Sachin should be conferred with an honorary knighthood for his contribution to international cricket.[61] He was mentioned in the TIME magazine as the “The greatest living exponent of his craft.”[62]

 

Regard by other cricketers

In September 2007, former Australian leg-spinner Shane Warne published his list of the 50 greatest cricketers who had played during his time, in which Tendulkar had secured the number 1 spot.[9] Sunil Gavaskar, one of the greatest Indian Test batsmen, regarded as Tendulkar as being the “closest thing to batting perfection.”[63] Shane Warne had mentioned a decade back, “I’ll be going to bed having nightmares of Sachin just running down the wicket and belting me back over the head for six. He was unstoppable. I don’t think anyone, apart from Don Bradman, is in the same class as Sachin Tendulkar. He is just an amazing player.”[64][65][66] He has received such appreciations from various other cricketers, including Wasim Akram who said “Cricketers like Sachin come once in a lifetime and I am privileged he played in my time.”[65], Viv Richards who said “He is 99.5 percent perfect. I’d pay to see him.”[67], Brian Lara who said “You know genius when you see it. And let me tell you, Sachin is pure genius.”[68], and Barry Richards who said “Sachin is cricket’s God.” [65] Former New Zealand all-rounder Richard Hadlee believes Sachin Tendulkar is the greatest batsman ever to grace the game.[69]

 

Controversies

 

Mike Denness incident

In the second test of India’s 2001 tour of South Africa, match referee Mike Denness fined four Indian players for excessive appealing as well as the Indian captain Sourav Ganguly for not controlling his team.[70] Tendulkar was given a suspended ban of one game in light of alleged ball tampering. Television cameras picked up images that suggested Tendulkar may have been involved in cleaning the seam of the cricket ball in the second test match between India and South Africa at St George’s Park, Port Elizabeth.[71] This can, under some conditions, amount to altering the condition of the ball. The match referee Mike Denness found Sachin Tendulkar guilty of ball tampering charges and handed him a one Test match ban.[72] The incident escalated to include allegations of racism,[73] and led to Mike Denness being barred from entering the venue of the third test match. After a thorough investigation, the International Cricket Council revoked the official status of the match and the ban on Tendulkar was lifted. Tendulkar’s ball tampering charges and Sehwag’s ban for excessive appealing triggered a massive backlash from the Indian public and even the Indian parliament.[74]

 

Controversy over Ferrari customs waiver

In commemorating Sachin Tendulkar’s feat of equalling Don Bradman’s 29 centuries in Test Cricket, automotive giant Ferrari invited Sachin Tendulkar to its paddock in Silverstone on the eve of the British Grand Prix (July 23, 2002) to receive a Ferrari 360 Modena from the legendary F1 racer Michael Schumacher.[75] On September 4, 2002 India’s then finance minister Jaswant Singh wrote to Sachin telling him that the government will waive customs duty imposed on the car as a measure to applaud his feat.[76] However the rules at the time stated that the customs duty can be waived only when receiving an automobile as a prize and not as a gift. It is claimed that the proposals to change the law (Customs Act) was put forth in Financial Bill in February 2003 and amended was passed as a law in May 2003. Subsequently the Ferrari was allowed to be brought to India without payment of the customs duty (Rs 1.13 Crores or 120% on the car value of Rs 75 Lakhs).[77] When the move to waive customs duty became public in July 2003, political and social activists protested the waiver[78] and filed PIL in the Delhi High Court. With the controversy snowballing, Sachin offered to pay the customs duty and the tab was finally picked up by Ferrari.[79] Tendulkar has been seen taking his Ferrari 360 Modena for late-night drives in Mumbai.

 

Fan following

Sachin Tendulkar’s entry into world cricket was very much hyped up by former Indian stars and those who had seen him play. By scoring his first half-century in his second match and his first century aged 17, Tendulkar’s consistent performances earned him a fan following across the globe, including amongst Australian crowds, where Tendulkar has consistently scored centuries.[23] One of the most popular sayings by Sachin’s fans is “Cricket is my religion and Sachin is my God”.[61] Cricinfo mentions in his profile that “…Tendulkar remains, by a distance, the most worshipped cricketer in the world.”[80]

At home in Mumbai, Tendulkar’s fan following is so great that he is unable to lead a normal life. Ian Chappell has said that he would be unable to cope with the lifestyle Tendulkar was forced to lead, having to “wear a wig and go out and watch a movie only at night”.[51] In an interview with Tim Sheridan, Tendulkar admitted that he sometimes went for quiet drives in the streets of Mumbai late at night when he would be able to enjoy some peace and silence.[81]

 

Business interests

Tendulkar’s immense popularity has led him to numerous profitable business dealings in the past. He currently has the most sponsorships out of all players in world cricket. Sachin Tendulkar was an early pioneer in India on cricket business dealings when he signed a then record sports management deal with Worldtel in 1995, the value of the deal being 30 crore rupees over 5 years.[82] His next contract with WorldTel in 2001 was valued at 80 crores over 5 years.[83] In 2006, he signed a contract with Saatchi and Saatchi‘s ICONIX values at 180 crores over 3 years.[84] He is the highest earning cricketer in the world.

Making use of his popularity, Tendulkar has opened two restaurants: ‘Tendulkar’s’[85] (Colaba, Mumbai) & ‘Sachin’s’[86] (Mulund, Mumbai). Sachin owns these restaurants in partnership with Sanjay Narang of Mars Restaurants. He has also got a new restaurant in Bangalore called Sachin’s.

In 2007, Tendulkar also announced a JV with the Future Group and Manipal Group to launch healthcare and sports fitness products under the brand name ‘S Drive and Sach’.[87] A series of comic books by Virgin Comics is also due to be published featuring him as a superhero.[88]

 

Product and brand endorsements

Sachin Tendulkar endorses the following products:

 

Biographies

Sachin Tendulkar has been the subject of various books. The following is the listing of books focused on Tendulkar’s career:

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IPL Schedule 2009

The DLF Indian Premier League will be played from April 2009 onwards. Below is the IPL schedule for all the IPL matches games in the IPL.

You can get the IPL match timings also below.

Match No. Between Teams Venue Match Date and Time[IST]
1 Mumbai Indians Vs Chennai Super Kings Cape Town April 18 4 p.m
2 Rajasthan Royals Vs Bangalore Royal Challengers Cape Town April 18 8 p.m
3 Delhi Daredevils Vs Kings XI Punjab Cape Town April 19 4 p.m
4 Deccan Chargers Vs Kolkata Knight Riders Cape Town April 19 8 p.m
5 Chennai Super Kings Vs Bangalore Royal Challengers Port Elizabeth April 20 8 p.m
6 Kings XI Punjab Vs Kolkata Knight Riders Durban April 21 4 p.m
7 Rajasthan Royals Vs Mumbai Indians Durban April 21 8 p.m 
8 Bangalore Royal Challengers Vs Deccan Chargers Cape Town April 22 8 p.m
9 Chennai Super Kings Vs Delhi Daredevils Durban April 23 4 p.m
10 Kolkata Knight Riders Vs Rajasthan Royals Cape Town April 23 8 p.m
11 Bangalore Royal Challengers Vs Kings XI Punjab Durban April 24 8 p.m
12 Mumbai Indians Vs Deccan Chargers Durban April 25 4 p.m
13 Chennai Super Kings Vs Kolkata Knight Riders Cape Town April 25 8 p.m
14 Bangalore Royal Challengers Vs Delhi Daredevils Port Elizabeth April 26 4 p.m
15 Kings XI Punjab Vs Rajasthan Royals Cape Town April 26 8 p.m 
16 Deccan Chargers Vs Chennai Super Kings Durban April 27 4 p.m
17 Kolkata Knight Riders Vs Mumbai Indians Port Elizabeth April 27 8 p.m
18 Delhi Daredevils Vs Rajasthan Royals Pretoria April 28 8 p.m
19 Kolkata Knight Riders Vs Bangalore Royal Challengers Durban April 29 4 p.m
20 Kings XI Punjab Vs Mumbai Indians Durban April 29 8 p.m
21 Deccan Chargers Vs Delhi Daredevils Pretoria April 30 4 p.m
22 Rajasthan Royals Vs Chennai Super Kings Pretoria April 30 8 p.m
23 Mumbai Indians Vs Kolkata Knight Riders East London May 1 4 p.m 
24 Kings XI Punjab Vs Bangalore Royal Challengers Durban May 1 8 p.m
25 Deccan Chargers Vs Rajasthan Royals Port Elizabeth May 2 4 p.m
26 Delhi Daredevils Vs Chennai Super Kings Johannesburg May 2 8 p.m
27 Kolkata Knight Riders Vs Kings XI Punjab Port Elizabeth May 3 4 p.m
28 Bangalore Royal Challengers Vs Mumbai Indians Johannesburg May 3 8 p.m
29 Chennai Super Kings Vs Deccan Chargers East London May 4 8 p.m
30 Rajasthan Royals Vs Kings XI Punjab Durban May 5 4 p.m
31 Delhi Daredevils Vs Kolkata Knight Riders Durban May 5 8 p.m 
32 Deccan Chargers Vs Mumbai Indians Pretoria May 6 8 p.m
33 Bangalore Royal Challengers Vs Rajasthan Royals Pretoria May 7 4 p.m
34 Kings XI Punjab Vs Chennai Super Kings Pretoria May 7 8 p.m
35 Delhi Daredevils Vs Mumbai Indians East London May 8 8 p.m
36 Deccan Chargers Vs Kings XI Punjab Kimberley May 9 4 p.m
37 Chennai Super Kings Vs Rajasthan Royals Kimberley May 9 8 p.m
38 Mumbai Indians Vs Bangalore Royal Challengers Port Elizabeth May 10 4 p.m
39 Kolkata Knight Riders Vs Delhi Daredevils Johannesburg May 10 8 p.m 
40 Rajasthan Royals Vs Deccan Chargers Kimberley May 11 8 p.m
41 Bangalore Royal Challengers Vs Kolkata Knight Riders Pretoria May 12 4 p.m
42 Mumbai Indians Vs Kings XI Punjab Pretoria May 12 8 p.m
43 Delhi Daredevils Vs Deccan Chargers Durban May 13 8 p.m
44 Bangalore Royal Challengers Vs Chennai Super Kings Durban May 14 4 p.m
45 Mumbai Indians Vs Rajasthan Royals Durban May 14 8 p.m
46 Kings XI Punjab Vs Delhi Daredevils Bloemfontein May 15 8 p.m
47 Chennai Super Kings Vs Mumbai Indians Port Elizabeth May 16 4 p.m 
48 Kolkata Knight Riders Vs Deccan Chargers Johannesburg May 16 8 p.m
49 Kings XI Punjab Vs Deccan Chargers Johannesburg May 17 4 p.m
50 Rajasthan Royals Vs Delhi Daredevils Bloemfontein May 17 8 p.m
51 Kolkata Knight Riders Vs Chennai Super Kings Pretoria May 18 8 p.m
52 Delhi Daredevils Vs Bangalore Royal Challengers Johannesburg May 19 8 p.m
53 Rajasthan Royals Vs Kolkata Knight Riders Durban May 20 4 p.m
54 Chennai Super Kings Vs Kings XI Punjab Durban May 20 8 p.m
55 Mumbai Indians Vs Delhi Daredevils Pretoria May 21 4 p.m 
56 Deccan Chargers Vs Bangalore Royal Challengers Pretoria May 21 8 p.m
57 Semi Final 1 Pretoria May 22 8 p.m
58 Semi Final 2 Johannesburg May 23 8 p.m
59 Final Johannesburg May 24 8 p.m

Word’s Worth

“uliginous” (yoo-lidj-uh-nus) an adjective meaning ‘Swampy,slimy,oozy’. From a Latin word meaning ‘full of moisture’. 25-09-2008″veppa” (vap-uh) a rare word meaning ‘flat of sour wine’. This word has also been used to mean ‘a state of the blood when it is in a low. dispirited condition’.

This Day, That Year

It was in september 17, 1983 that VANESSA WILLIAMS was crowned Miss America,the first black to win in the history of the beauty pageant.She would later be forced to relinquish her crown, when pornographic photographs of her appeared in a men’s magazine.A turn in universe history!!!!

For all those fans of Akshay Kumar and Katrina Kaif, there’s yet more to come from this jodi. Singh Is Kinng is not the last. It had been reported earlier that the Vipul Shah venture may well be their last together for a while. But the good news is that they will be seen together in another comedy very soon

The buzz is that the hit jodi will be doing a comedy together for director Priyadarshan. The film is expected to be produced by Venus and will star Priyadrashan favourite Paresh Rawal Neha Dhupia, Sameera Reddy and Sunil Shetty.

Education today is not purely a question of the education of youth; it is a question of the education of parents, because so many parents, I find, have lost their hold on their children. One reason for this is that they insist on laying down the law without allowing a free intellectual interchange of ideas between themselves and the younger generation. I believe that as we grow older we gain some wisdom, but I do not believe that we can take it for granted that our wisdom will be accepted by the younger generation. We have to be prepared to put our thinking across to them. We cannot simply expect them to say, “Our older people have had experience and they have proved to themselves certain things, therefore they are right.” That isn’t the way the best kind of young people think. They want to experience for themselves. I find they are perfectly willing to talk to older people, but they don’t want to talk to older people who are shocked by their ideas, nor do they want to talk to older people who are not realistic.