Sachin Tendulkar, the ‘Little Master,’ is one of the greatest cricketers of all time. As he celebrates his 50th birthday, it’s worth looking back at his illustrious career and the many achievements he has accomplished over the years. Here are the 10 biggest achievements of Sachin Tendulkar:
1. Highest Run Scorer in International Cricket: Tendulkar holds the record for the most runs in international cricket, with 34,357 runs across all formats. He also holds the record for the most centuries in international cricket, with 100 centuries in total.
2. Only Player to Score 100 International Centuries: Sachin Tendulkar is the only cricketer in history to score 100 international centuries. He reached this milestone in March 2012, when he scored a century against Bangladesh in an Asia Cup match.
3. World Cup Winner: Tendulkar was a key member of the Indian team that won the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup. He scored 482 runs in the tournament, including two centuries, and was named the player of the tournament.
4. Wisden Cricketer of the Year: Tendulkar was named one of the Wisden Cricketers of the Year in 1997. This is one of the highest honors in cricket, and Tendulkar was the first Indian to receive the award in over a decade.
5. Highest Run Scorer in World Cup History: Tendulkar is the highest run-scorer in the history of the Cricket World Cup, with 2,278 runs in 45 matches, at an average of 56.95.
6. Most Test Runs: Tendulkar has scored the most runs in Test cricket, with 15,921 runs in 200 matches. He is also one of only five players to score over 10,000 runs in both Test and ODI cricket.
7. Arjuna Award and Padma Shri: Tendulkar was awarded the Arjuna Award by the Government of India in 1994 and the Padma Shri in 1999 in recognition of his contributions to Indian cricket.
8. Bharat Ratna: In 2014, Tendulkar became the first sportsperson in India to be awarded the Bharat Ratna, the country’s highest civilian honor.
9. First ODI Double Century: Tendulkar was the first player to score a double century in ODI cricket. He scored an unbeaten 200 against South Africa in February 2010.
10. Longest Playing Career: Tendulkar’s international cricketing career spanned 24 years, from 1989 to 2013. He played in 664 matches across all formats, making him one of the longest-serving cricketers in history.