You can’t help but gasp in awe and admire Sachin Tendulkar! The exceptionally talented world-renowned batsman has just scored his 100th international century (51 in tests and 49 in one-dayers) at the tender age of 38. In the process he has racked up over 30 000 runs and there are not many records that don’t have his name next to it. The fact that he was stuck on 99 centuries for over a year is testimony to the “Little Master’s” determination, passion and desire to succeed. This will go down as one of his greatest achievements along with the medal he won as a member of the 2011 cricket world cup winning Indian team.
In my opinion he is the greatest cricketer of all time. Not only does he score runs for fun, his taken a bag full of wickets as a bowler and made a number of catches in the field. When he bats he is a sheer pleasure to watch. Despite his amazing success on the field and hero status in India (where he struggles to move let alone lead a normal life) and around the globe he has remained a true role model and an ambassador of the sport. With over 2 million followers on Twitter he must be among the most popular sportsman in the world. He is a role model on and off the field and has many qualities that aspiring cricketers should take note of. Yet he remains humble and has the utmost respect for the sport, the fans, his teammates and opposition that are evident every time he takes to the pitch. When he does decide to hang up his bat the elusive question will be: will there ever be a cricketer as talented and successful as he was?