24th April, 1973, the day when this world first welcomed a child who later went on to become one of Nations favorite son, Bharat Ratna Lt. Col. Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar.
Sachin Tendulkar is a name we all are well versed with. From a 2-year old to an 80-year old, everyone knows Sachin Tendulkar. He is the man, the entire nation loves. The man, billions stay hungry for. Someone who has given millions of memories to a nation of a billion people. He carried the burden of those billions on his shoulders for 24 years. He is the man who adorned the game of cricket. Cricket, a sport that popularizes its players, was itself popularized by this man.
Sachin Tendulkar, right from the tender age of 16 gave his best to his country. He was passionate for his dream and did everything to pursue it. He is the biggest success story you can ever hear. From having failed in English, in the 10th standard, to now having a chapter dedicated to him in the same book, he has come a long way.
He has inspired generations. With his sheer hard-work and determination, he fulfilled his 22-year long dream of winning the world cup for India in 2011. He defined cricket for 24 years. He re-defined each and every term of cricket. He set many new records and broke the old ones. From playing the most number of International Matches (664) to scoring the most number of International Hundreds (100), he has every record to his name. He was also the first man in the history of cricket to score a double-hundred (200) in ODIs. From a 16-year old-young aspiring cricketer in 1989, he ended his career in 2013 being regarded as “The God of Cricket”.
For his contributions to the game, he has been awarded “Padma Bhushan”, “Padma Vibhushan”, “Rajeev Gandhi Khel Ratna”, and even India’s highest civilian order, “The Bharat Ratna”.
On the 7th of November, in the year 2012, he was also honored with “The Order of Australia” making him the 4th non-Australian to have received this award.
To the man who has been inspiring generations since 1989, we stand up in honor and salute “India’s Favorite Son”.
Happy Birthday Master!