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Bangalore: Twenty-four years in international
cricket, more than 50,000 career runs in all forms of recognised
cricket, hundred international tons… The numbers are mind-boggling and
If someone would have told about this career stats to a young
16-year-old Sachin on November 15, 1989, when he made his Test debut,
the Little Master would have laughed it off and said he would just hope
to get the chance to play the next Test.
Tendulkar started with a modest 15 on Test debut and a duck in his
first ODI match. But the Master Blaster peaked to such god-like heights
and stats that he has instilled a self-belief in all budding cricketers
that dream, no matter how impossible, is definitely achievable, if one
stays true to his craft.
Sachin's career is nothing but a lesson to all youngsters who wants
to achieve their dreams and goals in life. Although Sachin began with
small numbers in international cricket, he didn't let it affect his
self-belief and continued to work hard and better his game.
The results showed soon as in his ninth Test, he recorded his first
Test hundred (119 not out against England in Manchester in August 14,
(Lesson No 1: Always believe in yourself, never let early
failures set back you. Keep working harder, success is just a block
In 1994, after regular opener Navjot Singh Sidhu had to be rested,
Sachin pleaded for a chance to open and he made the full use of the
opportunity, bludgeoning his way to 82 off 49 balls and hence making the
opener's slot his own in ODIs for almost two decades.
(Lesson No 2: Don't wait for opportunities to knock at your door. Grab it at its slightest hint and give it your all.)
Sachin had two stints as captain. But both were unsuccessful,
although his personal form and average was at its peak. Captain Sachin
got the man of the series award during the 0-3 drubbing by Australia in
2000 Down Under. Another 0-2 loss to South Africa at home made Sachin
quit captaincy and focus on batting.
Despite the superb understanding of the game and ability to score
with the added responsibility of captaincy, Sachin met with a poor fate
as skipper. But the Little Master made no bones about it and calmly
passed over the responsibility to another. And he never again took that
(Lesson No 3: You may be superb at your specialised field,
but it doesn't guarantee success in another ancillary units or
sub-fields. Accept it and move on, concentrate on what you are good at.)
In the 2008 Monkeygate scandal Down Under, Sachin was party to the
controversy as he was batting with main accused Harbhajan Singh when the
Sachin, on his part, came out in defence of his teammate Bhajji
during the hearing. Years later, Sachin is still being questioned of his
role in the scandal by the then Australian captain Ricky Ponting.
Sachin has never brought up the topic again.
(Lesson No 4: Stick to your friends and family during hard
times, especially when you know the opponents are not known for fair
In 2004, Sachin faced a career threatening tennis elbow injury which
ruled him out of international cricket for almost an year. However, the
Little Master came out triumph from the injury. With years of toil and
rigours of international cricket, Sachin's body wasn't the same as
He changed his approach towards his batting. He became more of a
grafter and an accumulator giving the slam-bang version of Sachin's
batting a slow death. However, Sachin never let his new approach affect
the scoring rate.
This new approach made him a more reliable and consistent batsman. He
had a fantastic 2010 hitting as many as 10 international tons. In the
same year, he became the first cricketer to score a double ton in ODIs.
(Lesson 5: Change with the time, adjust to situations, mould it to your advantage to reap maximum benefits.)