SACHIN TENDULKAR’S MOMENTOUS DECISION
Sachin’s defining moment came in the Test at Sialkot, Pakistan on December 13, 1989. When he was hit by a searing bouncer from the Pakistani speedstar ,Waqar Younis( who debuted with him in the Karachi Test) and he was bleeding. He didn’t call for medical assistance and decided to carry on and in fact hit the very next ball for a boundary. He went on to score a half century and saved the Test . “Waqar’s bouncer and playing through pain defined me. After those kind of hits you are either stronger or you are nowhere to be seen” Sachin said later. Yes, I didn’t call the physio as I didn’t want to show them that I am in pain. My pain threshold was fairly high. It’s okay to get hit. So what? You don’t show your pain to the bowler.” When he played under childhood coach Achrekar, he had already learned to deal with pain because pitches were often used for 25 days straight at the Shivaji Park Gymkhana. “I was used to getting hit on my body from my days in Shivaji Park as Achrekar sir would make us play on that and it would have enormous wear and tear,” Tendulkar recalled.
In his Autobiography “Playing it my way” Sachin mentioned “ I have to decide at that moment whether to play the game or leave it. I decided to stay in the game.” A decision at the tender age of 16 years was momentous. That “decision” gave the cricketing world a genius. And the rest is history.
MOMENTOUS DECISION AND ITS IMPACT
- 664 INTERNATIONALS ; 34,367 Runs ; 200 wickets : 100 centuries
In a country already predisposed to cricket, Tendulkar gave the people a hero they could look up to regardless of age, colour, creed or sect – and catapulted cricket from a sport to a religion in the subcontinent.
Tendulkar was the runaway leader, with nearly 13,500 runs at No. 4 in Tests.That represents around 85% of his career. This is also the highest tally of runs scored in any position.
Tendulkar is a servant of the game. He does not play out of indignation nor for indulgence. His aim is not domination but runs. It is the nature of his genius.
Among contemporaries only Shane Warne could draw an entire stadium’s energy towards himself.
WINDFALL IN EARNINGS
Tendulkar wrapped up his illustrious career on 16th November 2013. The same year he was listed on the Forbes “The World’s Highest-Paid Athletes” at #51.
Tendulkar’s net worth in 2019 was estimated to be around $170 million.
and endorses over a hundred global brands like Phillips, Britannia, VISA, BMW, Pepsi, Luminous and more. In fact, he was the first cricketer to sign a deal of ₹100-crore with MRF in 2001 and became their brand ambassador. He earns USD $ 18 million every year through the deals he has signed.
Tendulkar’s house at Bandra is worth at $5.4 million and also has many luxury cars in his garage.
BIOPIC ON TENDULKAR
On May 27, 2017 released the sports docudrama, “Sachin: A Billion Dreams” , the ‘authorised’ biopic of Sachin Tendulkar. The film was by James Erskine and produced by Ravi Bhagchandka, and captures Tendulkar’s cricket and personal life in detail. The film also reveals a few aspects of his life which have never been heard of or seen before.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY SACHIN TODAY (24th April)!