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His Majesty, Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar!

Wednesday, February 24th, 2010

A few years back, Adidas, the premier sports brand has kicked off their new campaign – ‘Impossible is Nothing’ to promote their new brand. None other than Sachin Tendulkar was chosen as the brand ambassador alongside other greats in the sports world. Just like Sachin’s other endorsements, his presence paved way for its success in India and Adidas went to become his sponsor ending his long stint with MRF. It was yesterday, that Ad caption really meant for a sportsman, that too for its endorser. Sachin broke the 200 runs barrier in One day Cricket, which most of peers and counterparts failed to achieve. It was one of the most astonishing moments of his illustrious career of 20 years and counting.

As most of us know, the initial few years of his ODI career was not that great. He scored ducks in his first two international matches and took 5 years to score his maiden ton. But it was not as bad as someone imagines. In that period itself, he scored one of the best innings in a test match at the WACA and some fine test centuries in England. Although Sachin didn’t scored any ODI centuries until 1994, He come up with a scintillating knock against Pakistan in the 1992 World Cup to demolish Pakistan. His half-century paved way for India’s first victory against the arch-rivals. The maiden century came up against Australia in Colombo in 1994, which was only a beginning. After 16 years, he tailored an elusive 200, the first time in the history of ODI Cricket, also went on to become the highest individual score in ODI’s. In those 16 years, 46 centuries were made in almost all part of the cricketing world and against all the teams. 9 ODI centuries against Australia itself is a testimonial of his performances.

The long 20 years hasn’t been easy for the ‘Little Master’. Plenty of injuries, surgeries, cramp and hits, but he rise to the top after fighting with all these. He might be the only cricketer in the world, who hasn’t been dropped from the team for lack of form or being charged for on/off field scandals. What makes him so humble or how can a man be so simple after achieving this much in his life? Sunil Gavaskar reckons there is still a 16 year old boy in Sachin, who has the hunger to score runs and the passion to play for India. Whenever we think he has reached the Everest, he would have started his journey to conquer another one. Yes, this it would be the World Cup in 2011. It is played in India and the finals are played at the Wankhade Stadium in Mumbai, where he started his cricketing journey. A World Cup triumph would be the best culmination of a legendary career, which has made the billions of Indians proud.

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