Many Indians dreamt of wearing the coveted blue jersey, brandish a bat and take guard in front of the stumps as the likes of Wasim Akram and Brett Lee rained fire at them with the red cherry. Sachin Tendulkar wanted it as well, but unlike many of us, he went ahead and achieved his dreams. As we celebrate the 45th birthday of the Little Master, let’s take some time to look back at the man’s illustrious career spanning 24 years.
After his debut in international cricket at the age of 16, Sachin played 200 Test matches, scored 100 centuries and also has a double ton in ODI cricket. Sachin had once scored an unbeaten 326 while he was still a schoolboy. At 14, he was picked for the Ranji Trophy team for Bombay and Sachin scored his maiden ton. It made him the first Indian to score a hundred in his debut at first-class cricket. This was soon followed by his call to the national side.
In 1990, Sachin blasted his maiden Test century against England at Old Trafford. By the time he turned 25, he already had 16 Test 100s under his belt. By 2000, Sachin had 50 international centuries.
Sachin was awarded captaincy in 1996, succeeding Mohammed Azharuddin. However, the Master couldn’t cope up with his game and later relinquished it.
Be it a cricket field or life, he lead it with pride, dignity and integrity. Warm wishes to the iconic @sachin_rt on his birthday.— N Chandrababu Naidu (@ncbn) April 24, 2018
Happy birthday Sachin paaji @sachin_rt Thank you for being an inspiration for all of us. Your guidance has always meant a lot to me. Have a wonderful year ahead. #HappyBirthdaySachinTendulkar pic.twitter.com/aujLjU91nL— ajinkyarahane88 (@ajinkyarahane88) April 24, 2018
To the man who united a billion Indians and brought a smile to their faces everytime he walked out to bat. A dream that he turned into reality.— Suresh Raina (@ImRaina) April 24, 2018
Sachin is an emotion.. Sachin is a phenomena!
Happy birthday, Paaji!! @sachin_rt
Happy Birthday dear @sachin_rt . You are and will always remain an inspiration . It’s wonderful to see you contribute towards society with some really good initiatives even after your retirement. Wish you success always. #HappyBirthdaySachin pic.twitter.com/aWQxZ9kRjV— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) April 24, 2018
In 2013, Tendulkar announced his retirement from cricket, after playing his 200th match against the West Indies at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium. By then Sachin had over 34,000 runs to his name. On his birthday, fans all over the planet sent the player their best wishes.
No matter how many bans, Australians will never change...😁— शशांक (@iShhhshank) April 24, 2018
On Sachin's Birthday you are posting a video how Damien Fleming bowled him. Couldn't you find another batsman instead of Sachin? #HappyBirthdaySachin
Wishing you oodles of happiness & success !! Stay this humble, lovable person that you always have been .. Happy bday Varun 💕😁 @Varun_dvn— Yami Gautam (@yamigautam) April 24, 2018
Over the last 6 years, he's transformed from the student to a man, bringing smiles on everyone's faces. A golden heart, unlimited talent & relentless hard work is what sets him apart. #HappyBirthdayVarunDhawan, from the Dharma family!❤️@Varun_dvn pic.twitter.com/TuW9b2Zx4w— Dharma Productions (@DharmaMovies) April 24, 2018
But April 24 also happens to be the birthday of Aussie pacer Damien Fleming and actor Varun Dhawan. To celebrate his birthday, cricket.com.au posted a cheeky video of him dismissing Tendulkar. Needless to say, Sachin’s fans didn’t take this lightly. Varun Dhawan, on the other hand, is hard at work for his next film Kalank but plans to play cricket on the sets if he gets time.We wish the three men, a very Happy Birthday!