The Master Blaster, Bharat Ratna Sachin Tendulkar is a living legend. From scoring most centuries in a calendar year (9 in the year 1998) to being the first person to score a double century in One Day Internationals (2010), the Batting Maestro has a record of holding records.
Sachin is known for his dedication to the sport, and for the passion with which he plays for India. He demonstrated these qualities again on 10th March 2003, during a match against Sri Lanka. It was a match in the Super 6 phase of the ICC World Cup, played at the Wanderers in Johannesburg.
Tissues in the Run Machine’s Underwear:
In his autobiography, ‘Playing It My Way’, Sachin Tendulkar revealed an incident that he was very embarrassed to share. He once had to bat for almost 3 hours, with tissue papers stuffed in his underpants. Even with that condition, he played 120 balls, and scored 97 runs, missing a century by just 3 runs.
Why Would He Do That:
In his own words, “On the eve of the match, I had a bad stomach and was feeling dehydrated. This happened because I had not yet fully recovered from the cramp I had suffered while playing Pakistan (9 days ago) and as a result had had a lot of isotonic drinks.”
Sachin was suffering from loose motion as he tried mixing a spoon of salt in his energy drink. He hoped to get well, but the opposite happened. He even had to go back to the dressing room during one of the drinks breaks as he was feeling extremely uncomfortable.
The Reason We Call Him the God of Cricket:
Sachin’s greatness is not limited only to his batting. It is his attitude and adherence towards the game that makes him an exceptional Cricket player, and the rightful holder of title the ‘God of Cricket’. India won that match by a whooping 183 runs. Sachin was the highest run-scorer of the tournament and got the player of the tournament award.
Remembering the incident, he said, “I somehow scored 97, but batting with stomach cramps wasn’t a pleasant experience. I was pushing myself to the limits of endurance and in the end, I was glad that the effort paid off”.
Master Blaster retired from all forms of cricket on 16 November 2013. His 200th Test match, against the West Indies at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium was his last. He had started his international career at a young age of 16, in the Test squad to tour Pakistan in November 1989. His journey of 24 years is indeed one of the most consistent, successful, and inspiring careers of all times.