In India, cricket is more than just another sport. After politics and Bollywood, it is the third most important entity in our country. Cricket in India went through a difficult period in the 1990s, with the BCCI, the governing body, struggling financially. Sunil Gavaskar and Kapil Dev had put up their boots, and the entire nation was waiting with bated breath for its next hero to emerge. And it did come, although in the most unlikely of parcels – a 16-year-old curly-haired man standing 5’6 ′′ tall with just one expression – to smile. None of this, however, mattered. What mattered was that he let his bat speak for itself. Scores were captivated by his superb shot selection, crisp timing, and that wonderful sound as the ball impacted the middle of the bat.
Commentators scrambled for dictionaries to find words to describe and admire this guy as the years passed, yet he never lost his Midas touch. He had written the script for Modern Indian Cricket and given the world the ‘perfect’ technique of batting by the end of a spectacular 24-year career. Sachin Tendulkar is more than a renowned cricketer; he is a supernatural being who has made visual miracles possible for ordinary people when they sit in front of their televisions. Let’s take a look at why Sachin Tendulkar is known as the “God of Cricket.” In 664 international appearances, he scored 34,357 runs, 100 centuries, and 164 half-centuries at an average of 51.74, with 200 international wickets and 256 catches! This is the statistical breakdown of our Master Blaster’s worldwide career!
These figures demonstrate beyond a shadow of a doubt that Sachin Tendulkar is the complete athlete to have ever played cricket in the world and is rightfully known as the God of Cricket. It takes focus and consistency to do the same thing over and over again. However, if a batter scores continuously at 50+ in 664 matches, he is clearly not an ordinary human being like the rest of us! The unique behavior of Sachin Tendulkar has won the hearts of millions of people and has become the favorite of all.
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