Firstly, is the hope of India’s millions of

Firstly, cricket is my favourite game. In my view, there is no other player so dedicated to the cause of team and to the cause of the country as him. He plays for the country and lives for the country. Secondly, Sachin is young and lively and represents India’s youth. He is the hope of India’s millions of youth. Thirdly, Sachin is simple-hearted, quiet and possesses an affectionate personality, without the vices, which normally accompany the world heroes.

Sachin Tendulkar is Mumbai’s best gift to India. It is here that he learned to use his bat. Sachin’s cricketing career began in the winter of 1989. He was then a lad of 16. More than fourteen years have passed. He has created history and brought glory to his country.

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He was the first cricketer to obtain 1000 runs in three successive calendar years (1996, 1997, 1998) -a feat no other batsman in the world achieved so far. He achieved this landmark for the first time in 1994. It also makes him the only one in the world so far to have done on four occasions (1994, 1996, 1997, 1998). The year 1998 has been a glorious year for Sachin.

He has achieved the rare distinction of scoring the highest run in the year. He secured 1894 runs in 32 matches. In that year his total runs stood at an amazing figure of7728 (from 1989 to 1998), the highest in the world. In March, 2000, Sachin became the first batsman to obtain 10,000 runs in One- Day International Cricket matches.

He also has the credit of obtaining 30 centuries, the highest number of centuries in One-Day International matches in the world so far. After the World Cup Cricket in March, 2003 his total runs crossed 12000 runs, perhaps the highest in the world. All these facts have made him a cricket legend of his own time. He has been compared to Sir Don Bradman, the greatest cricket figure, the world has ever seen.

No Indian has won so much of International acclaim and repute as Sachin has acquired. Any other sportsman would have been spoilt with the talents and with all the praise that has come his way at such a young age.

However, Sachin has remained a ‘simple Mumbai guy’ unaffected by the fame and the glory. It is very difficult to find a player in India, who is committed to the team and to the cause of India. He is India’s hope for the future and the hope of millions of Indians who look up to him as a ‘jewel in India’s crown’. He is the ‘messiah of Indian cricket’.