He is the greatest love affair of every Indian cricket fan. Who doesn’t know ‘Sachin Bhai’?
Even if you are not proud of your own achievements, we are damn sure that you would argue your head and heart out to someone, who says he isn’t the best. Scroll down and check if we have nailed down his marquee accomplishments.
1) First man to score a double century in an ODI
He became the first person ever to record a double century, in the history of ODI cricket. He scored 200 runs off 147 balls against South Africa in 2010, to achieve this feat.
2) A century of centuries
51 centuries in Test cricket, 49 centuries in ODI cricket and that makes a total of 100 international centuries. Virat Kohli will soon be catching up on Sachin with his incredible batting.
3) The “alpha run-machine” of the Tests and ODIs
He is the leading run scorer both in Tests and ODIs, amassing around 34,347 runs in his international career.
4) 16 year-old Prodigy
He played 24 magnificent years of solid cricket, with a lot of ups and downs, that began at a budding age of 16. Today, he is one of the most respected and globally recognized athletes.
5) “Bharat Ratna” pride
He is the youngest recipient of the ‘highest civilian award’ in the country, Bharat Ratna. He also became the first sportsperson to receive the award in 2013. He has also been bestowed with Arjuna award, Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, Padma Shri and Padma Vibhushan.
6) Indian Air Force’s captain dearest
No man without an aviation background has ever been awarded the rank of group captain in IAF but the master blaster is the only exception.
7) A record number of ‘Man of the Series’ awards in ODIs
A total of 15 Man of the Series (MoS) awards in ODIs and 5 in tests, 62 Man of the Match (MoM) awards in ODIs and 14 in tests.
8) Only second to Don Bradman
He has been widely recognized as one of the greatest batsmen of all times and only second to the world’s best and legend of the game, Sir Donald Bradman.
9) 200 Test matches
He is in the leader board with the highest number of international test caps ever, averaging around 53.78 throughout his career.
10) 6th time lucky
His previous 5 outings in the ICC World cup, never offered him any luck. But all the cards turned the 6th time, when he finally lifted the one glory that he most desired, with a fitting farewell to a splendid career.
What was your most favourite moment in Sachin’s sublime 24 years of cricket?
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