The Fellowship Award

Sachin Tendulkar

Sachin Tendulkar

Former Indian cricketer Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar is more than just the greatest batsman of all time, he’s an inspiration to millions. His cross-dominant skill made him one of the most formidable sportsmen of his era and to this day he still holds just about every batting record in existence. Tendulkar’s journey from his debut in 1989 at the age of 15 to the global icon he is today will be charted in upcoming biographical film A Billion Dreams – a success he has been sharing through his philanthropic work improving lives across India. Tendulkar was the first player to score 10,000 runs in one-day internationals; the first to score fifty centuries in test cricket and the first to cross every subsequent 1000-run mark that has been crossed in ODI cricket history. He holds the world record for the highest number of test matches and ODI matches in history. In the 2011 Cricket World Cup he became the player to hit most number of centuries in Cricket World Cups with six centuries and the first player to score 2000 runs in World Cup cricket. In 2014 Tendulkar was awarded the Bharat Ratna, India's highest civilian award and is an Honorary Group Captain of the Indian Air Force. He is the second Indian after mother Teresa to have a special Indian Postal Service stamp released in their lifetime.

Quotes and Praise

“Before you lay a foundation on the cricket field, there should be a solid foundation in your heart and you start building on that. I have values I inherited from my father. He helped many. Anyone, even a postman knocking on our door would get a glass of water and some sweets. I get 0.5 seconds to react to a ball, sometimes even less than that. I can't be thinking of what XYZ has said about me. I need to surrender myself to my natural instincts. My subconscious mind knows exactly what to do. I have never tried to compare myself to anyone else.”

 

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