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Born on April 24, 1973, India’s most iconic batsman, Sachin Tendulkar, turns 45 on Tuesday. There is no record that he has not achieved under his name. He has been one of the batsmen who has changed the face of cricket. His batting comprised of perfect balance and precision.

By the age of 25, he already had 16 Test centuries to his name. The career graph of Tendulkar continued to soar: in 2000 he became the first batsman to score 50 international centuries, in 2008 he surpassed Brian Lara to become the leading run-scorer in Tests and in the next couple of years he scored 13,000 Test runs, 30,000 international runs and 50 Test centuries.

There were more records to come his way. He scored his first ODI double-century against South Africa in 2010 at Gwalior. Three years later he became the only cricketer to score 100 100s in international cricket. He has played an integral role in 2011 World Cup that the Indian team lifted after 28 years. Tendulkar then later decided to call it quits from international cricket after playing his 200th Test in 2013 Test.

He then played a crucial role for Mumbai Indians (MI) becoming the icon player of the side since the inception of IPL. He has captained the side in 55 matches. Today, he is an inspiration for every youngster in the MI squad.

Not just for MI, he remains an inspiration for several budding cricketers across the globe. The Master-Blaster had already a documentary released on him last year called ‘Sachin: A Billion Dreams.’

Apart from records he also holds plenty of records to his name: Arjuna Award (1994), Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna (1997-98), Padma Shri (1999), Padma Vibhushan (2008), Bharat Ratna (2014), Wisden Cricketer of the Year (1997), Wisden Leading Cricketer in the World (2010), BCCI Cricketer of the Year award (2011).

Indian skipper Virat Kohli is touted to be the next Tendulkar in the making. During Boria Majumdar’s book launch ‘Eleven Gods and a Billion Indians’ in Mumbai on Monday, Tendulkar made a small revelation. Tendulkar holds 49 ODI centuries. Kohli already has 35 under his belt. Tendulkar has promised he would take a bottle of champagne to Kohli if the latter breaks his record for most ODI centuries.

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