Sahin Ramesh Tendulkar, The Master Blaster in Cricket
Widely regarded as the greatest batsman in the history of cricket Tendulkar was born in Bombay on 24th April 1973. He was encouraged to play cricket by his elder brother Ajit and he began his cricketing career at the Sharadashram Vidyamandir (High School) under the guidance of his coach and mentor Ramakant Achrekar.
During his school days he attended the MRF Foundation to train as a fast bowler but he failed to impress Australian fast bowler Dennis Lilley who suggested he should focus on his batting skills instead.
He is now the leading run scorer and century maker in test and One Day International cricket. In 2002 Wisden ranked him the second greatest test batsman of all time behind Donald Bradman and second greatest One Day International batsman of all time behind Viv Richards. In 2007 the Australian leg spinner Shane Warne recommended Tendulkar as the greatest player he has played with or against and he is the only player of the current generation to be included in Bradman's 11.
- The first player to score 50 centuries in all International Cricket Combined, he has now scored 94 centuries in International Cricket.
- On October 17th 2008 he beat Brian Lara's record for the most runs scored in test cricket.
- He became the first batsman to score 12,000 runs in test cricket
- He is the first Indian player to pass 11,000 runs in test cricket
- in the 4th test of the Border-Gavasker Trophy against Australia Tendulkar surpassed Alan Border to become the player to cross the 50 run mark, the most number of times in test cricket history, and the 2nd ever player to score 10 test centuries against Australia after Sir Jack Hobbs (England) 70 years previously.
- On 20th November 2009 Tendulker passed 30,000 runs in International Cricket and has been honoured with the Padma Vibhushan Award, India's 2nd highest civilian award.
- Tendulkar also won the Rajit Gandhi Khel Ratna Award India's highest sporting honour.
- He became the first sportsperson and first personality without any aviation background to be awarded an honourable rank of Group Captain by the Indian Air Force.
- He won the 2010 Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy for the Cricketer of the Year at the ICC Awards.
Tendulkar is married to paediatrician Anjali, daughter of industrialist Anand Mehta of Gujarati and they had two children, Sara born 12th October 1997 and Arjun born 24th September 1999.
He sponsors 200 under privileged children every year through Apnalaya, a Mumbai based NGO Associated with his mother-in-law Anabel Mehta.