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Happy birthday! A bouquet of CricketCountry’s best Sachin Tendulkar features

Sachin Tendulkar had a glittering career for 24 years © IANS
Sachin Tendulkar had a glittering career for 24 years © IANS

By CricketCountry Staff

Old-timers had, in all probability, not noticed April 24, 1973 go past them. For them it had been just another day. It was only decades later that they realised how fortunate they were to have been there when Sachin Tendulkar had arrived on the planet.

It is April 24 again. It is that time of the year when the nation would be celebrating the birthday of one of its greatest sporting heroes. Some of them have watched him grow; some others have grown up with him; while Generation Y has grown up on him.

 

It means the same to them, though: Tendulkar has transcended generations; has made the world a smaller place years before the advent of Facebook; and has made a mockery of the age-old barriers of space, time, gender and many others.

It was a different world before Tendulkar; it has been a different world since he has quit. He still cannot walk out in Indian cities, and chances are bleak that he will be able to do the same in at least a decade or two. There have been sporting heroes across time, but few to have earned the adulation of millions even after retirement.

Don Bradman? Maybe. But that was a different era, before satellite television, internet, and a phalanx of statisticians. Bradman could easily afford to stay at home without being guarded by a full-strength security.

Not Tendulkar. True, he had never come close to that magical number of 99.94; but then, few in world cricket have met the billion-mark in terms of loving fans, men who never hesitated to share umbrellas, standing in front of electronic outlets; billionaires and paupers have celebrated his achievements in unison.

For all that you have given us, here is a bouquet of the top hundred Tendulkar articles on CricketCountry.

Thank you, Sachin, for all the joy. Have a blast on your 41st!

1. Sachin Tendulkar – The greatest batsman of India

2. Tweet compilation 

3. Sachin Tendulkar at Eden – Paradise regained

4. Sachin Tendulkar’s unbelievable century ahead of India’s 1989 tour of Pakistan

5. Two legends, one unforgettable day: Sachin Tendulkar says hello to international cricket in Sunil Gavaskar’s farewell game

6. A psychologist explains why people criticize Sachin Tendulkar – Part 1 of 3

7. A psychologist explains why people criticize Sachin Tendulkar – Part 2 of 3

8. A psychologist explains why people criticize Sachin Tendulkar – Part 2 of 3

9. Sachin Tendulkar century results in defeat for India? Think again

10. Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid & Ricky Ponting: The surreal confluence of Test cricket’s greatest run-getters

11. Sachin Tendulkar’s 100th century: A cognitive psychologist on the hype and hysteria

12. Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid & VVS Laxman – Heady cocktail of genius

13. Sachin Tendulkar is truly the Bhisma Pitamaha of Indian cricket

14. Has Sachin Tendulkar’s genius mind been disfigured forever by stinging criticism

15. Tiger Woods wins title after 923 days, Sachin Tendulkar scores century after 370 days

16. From India’s Boy Wonder to world cricket’s revered senior citizen

17. Stats across eras 1: Did Sachin Tendulkar have it easier than Sunil Gavaskar?

18. Stats across eras 2: Bradman, Sobers, Tendulkar – top batsmen by decades

19. Stats across eras 3: Tendulkar, Dravid & Gavaskar – a class apart

20. Stats across eras 4: How great from Bradman to Sachin fare on same scale

21. Sachin Tendulkar remains Page 1 while cricket has become Page 3

22. Sachin Tendulkar or Brian Lara? Who is the greatest of the two modern maestros

23. Sachin Tendulkar’s 23 years in Test cricket is an epic feat in international sports history, not merely in the annals of cricket

24.  Sachin Tendulkar has been a colossus in the 4th innings of Test since 2007

25. The heartbeat of a nation: If Sachin plays well, India sleeps well 

26. It’s a myth to say that when Tendulkar scores a hundred his team loses

27. Do we really have to vilify Tendulkar for having the temerity to continue?

28. Tendulkar vs Warne is like watching Muhammad Ali in the ring against Joe Frazier!

29. Sachin Tendulkar – India’s preserver, protector & performer par excellence

30. Sachin Tendulkar and the James Bond in Skyfall – unmistakable parallels!

31. Sachavatar – The ten avatars of Lord Sachin Tendulkar

32. The true romance of Sachin Tendulkar’s story lies in his journey, not the destination

33. Sachin Tendulkar and Brian Lara – two of the greatest in modern cricket

34. The spirit of Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar – celebration of life

35. The greatest innings of Sachin Tendulkar’s fairytale career

36. Sachin Tendulkar – the man who changed ODIs and Indian cricket forever

37. Sachin Tendulkar – Miles ahead of the other greats in ODIs 

38. Sachin Tendulkar’s 241 at Sydney – a near spiritual experience 

39. Why Tendulkar’s tally of First-Class tons should rank over those who have scored more than him, except Bradman

40. Sachin Tendulkar kayoes Shane Warne in the Ali-Frazier bout of Test match cricket

41. Sachin Tendulkar gets his 100th international hundred to make the seemingly impossible possible

42. The first of the two Sachin Tendulkar desert storms

43. Viswanathan Anand, Sachin Tendulkar and Leander Paes: Three legends without parallel

44. Sachin Tendulkar: Autumn of the Patriarch

45. The Indian tricolour looked apt on Sachin Tendulkar’s navy blue helmet

46. Sachin Tendulkar: The emotions of watching the maestro in the dying stages of his career

47. Sachin Tendulkar 98: An iconic innings that destroyed Pakistani’s pace artillery in the 2003 World Cup

48. Sachin Tendulkar’s hundred international hundreds may never be bettered like Don Bradman’s Test average  

49. Tendulkar, Navratilova, Agassi and Schumacher among others have defied time and age in an incredible fashion  

50. Sachin Tendulkar and Roger Federer are ideal role-models with their magnificent response to victory and defeat  

51. Sachin Tendulkar — awesome insights into his greatness as a cricketer & human being by an insider 

52. Sachin Tendulkar – soul that inspired a generation of young people

53. Sachin Tendulkar retirement: Little Master walks away as much more than the greatest Indian batsman ever

54. Sachin Tendulkar Retirement: The phases from “Boy Wonder” to becoming “The Greatest”

55. Sachin Tendulkar retirement: The morning after, the gloom of the news still has a funereal ring to it

56. Brand Sachin Tendulkar and what it signified

57. Sachin Tendulkar — Understanding the degree of difficulty of the rare shots essayed by a batting genius

58.  Sachin Tendulkar cannot leave cricket, neither will the sport let him go

59. Sachin Tendulkar’s exit: The light has been extinguished from our cricketing lives

60. What makes Sachin Tendulkar different from the other modern greats

61. Sachin Tendulkar and his carping critics

62. Sachin Tendulkar and his critics: A saga of cognitive illusions

63. Sachin Tendulkar is very near the top among batsmen in the cricketing landscape spanning across time

64. Sachin Tendulkar cried, and the nation cried with him

65. Sachin Tendulkar’s touching farewell: Seldom has a nation unified in an emotion this universal

66. A letter to Sachin Tendulkar 

67. Sachin Tendulkar and Bharat Ratna — a magnificent epilogue, but an epilogue all the same

68. Shocking Results – The most difficult batsmen to dismiss once set

69. Sachin Tendulkar’s smile was one of innocence while being carried on the shoulder of his teammates

70. Sachin Tendulkar and Sunil Gavaskar: Two masters and the amazing chemistry between the two

71. Target Sachin Tendulkar, quick way to grab attention

72. Sachin Tendulkar at Eden, Paradise regained 

73 When Sachin Tendulkar bowled India to victory with one of the greatest last overs in odi history

74. Sachin Tendulkar: 10 greatest awards won by the iconic cricketer

75. Sachin Tendulkar phases from boy wonder to the greatest

76. Sachin Tendulkar’s imact on the masses transcended generations 

77. Sachin Tendulkar’s life – a long lesson in humility

78. Sachin Tendulkar most memorable moments

79. Sachin Tendulkar retirement: end of the big three of Indian cricket

80. Sachin Tendulkar factor – difference brought about by the master

81. Sachin Tendulkar’s 10 most memorable shots

82. Sachin Tendulkar’s farewell; the little master takes final bow

83. Sachin Tendulkar 24 years at the top

84. Sachin Tendulkar, the fall of the second wicket

85. When Sachin Tendulkar did an eagle like act to soar again in the skies and enjoy a phenomenal high

86. Sachin Tendulkar: How a mortal man with an exceptional gift turned into a god for his fans

87. The world looked incredibly different when Sachin Tendulkar made his Test debut in 1989

88. Sachin Tendulkar myths his supposed fourth innings leading to defeats

89. Sachin Tendulkar controversies: Master paid the price for who he was

90. What Sachin Tendulkar’s teammates from his debut series did in subsequent years while he went on playing for India

91. Sachin Tendulkar and winning Test matches: Tales of farcial analysis

92. Sachin Tendulkar and his Midas moments as a bowler

93. Sachin Tendulkar retirement: Goodbyes are never easy especially when it’s the last link to your childhood.

94. Sachin Tendulkar signs off with another Ranji Trophy with an epic for Mumbai

95: Detailed analysis of Tendulkar’s Ranji record

96: Sachin Tendulkar’s record of centuries standing the test of counting systems

97. Sachin Tendulkar had not played for India how things could possibly have unfolded for the country in the last 24 years

98. Sachin Tendulkar changed the fortunes of cricket journalists in India

99. Sachin Tendulkar’s retirement: The problem is in the rage, not his age

100. Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid – International cricket’s greatest jugalbandi

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