If there was one man who deserves to have all the records in the One Day Internationals under his belt it has to be Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar. When the Master Blaster became the first man in the history of the game to go past the 200 run mark in an ODI, nobody could have though about a more deserving name for this marvellous achievement. Sachin Tendulkar has been the best batsman in the history of ODIs. He is what the legendary Sir Donald Bradman was to Test Cricket, the perfectionist.
The great Don had once said “I saw him playing on television and was struck by his technique, so I asked my wife to come look at him. Now I never saw myself play, but I feel that this player is playing much the same as I used to play, and she looked at him on Television and said yes, there is a similarity between the two" This coming from the man who is considered to be the greatest batsman of all times would make any cricketer proud and Sachin Tendulkar is no exception.
India vs South Africa, 2nd ODI - Scorecard
If this was not enough former India captain and commentator Ravi Shastri had aptly said “He is someone sent from up there to play cricket and go back." For a nation of over a billion people Sachin Tendulkar is no less than their favourite son. An entire generation has grown watching the Bombay Bomber score runs and climb mountains which were once considered insurmountable. For the past 21 years Sachin has given India and Indians a reason to smile.
Though he has regularly be compared to the likes of Brian Lara, Ricky Ponting and Saeed Anwar butas far as performance and consistency he has been miles ahead of his contemporaries. He may not have the magic of Brian Lara, the elegance of Saeed Anwar and the stroke play of Ricky Ponting but when it came to scoring he has been a run machine throughout his career. He has also been the epitome of modern day batting.
Not only has Sachin impressed the world with his batting but he has been one biggest ambassadors of the 'Gentlemen's Game' which is slowly running short of true gentlemen. There has hardly been a time when bowlers around the world have dominated the little genius. He always has seemed to be in full control of the game and commanded respect from his team-mates as well as the opponents. He has always played the game with the enthusiasm of a school boy and the conduct of a gentleman.