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Sachin - My Hero

Sachin - My Hero

Largely considered cricket's greatest batsman, Sachin Tendulkar was born on 24th April, 1973, in Bombay, into a middle-class family. He is the youngest of four children. His father was a professor and a writer while his mother worked for a life insurance company.

Named after the family's favourite music director and singer, Sachin Dev Burman, our hero was not a very good student and did not do well in studies but then so what? He made a name for himself the world over and made use of his talent which lay in playing cricket!

He was gifted a cricket bat when he was eleven years old and his talent in the cricket field soon became clear.  At the age of fourteen , he scored 326 out of a world record stand of 664 in a school match. At fifteen, he scored a century in the domestic first -class debut for Bombay in 1988, making him the youngest player to do so. Eleven months later, he made his international debut for India against Pakistan. And as they say, 'the rest is history.'
 He played many matches scoring high runs and centuries in different cities and countries. He became famous the world over. Everyone was crazy for Sachin. No one missed a cricket match if they knew he was playing.

After the 1996 World Cup, he was named captain of the Indian National team. However, Sachin was never very comfortable captaining his team. He continued to play as brilliantly, scoring century after century. In 1998, the Indian team defeated the great Australians!

By 2001, he had become the first player to score 10,000 runs in the ODIs and the following year he surpassed the great legend, Sir Don Bradman with his 30th century. In 2011, he and his team defeated Sri Lanka in the World Cup.

Sachin was conferred with the Bharat Ratna, the greatest civilian honour. He is a Rajya Sabha member. He has retired from formal cricket but his fame and glory continues to be talked about.

1.    Say "true" or "false:"
a.    Sachin was named after Sachin Dev Burman, the great
      music director and singer.
b.    Sachin was gifted with a tennis racket at eleven.
c.    His first international match was against Pakistan.
d.    He could not score more runs than Sir Don Bradman the cricket legend.
e.    Sachin was conferred with the Bharat Ratna.

2.    Can we not be good in studies and yet become rich and famous? Discuss how.
3.    Which other cricket hero do you like? Speak about him.