Friday, March 27, 2015

World Cup 2015: The 'God' knew it, Sachin Tendulkar prediction on semis spot on

SYDNEY: He isn't called the 'God of cricket' for nothing and Sachin Tendulkar lived up to the title by accurately predicting the cricket World Cup semifinalists.

Much before the tournament began, Tendulkar picked India, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa as the last four for the showpiece and the line-up turned out exactly that a month later.

Australia beat India to enter the final, while New Zealand edged past South Africa to make it a final of the co-hosts.

Sachin Tendulkar had made his prediction during the launch of his autobiography 'Playing It My Way' in London last month.

He was asked to pick his world champion but the Indian limited himself to naming the semifinal line-up.

"I can't pinpoint any one team but there are a few competitive teams. I would like to name Australia, South Africa, New Zealand (as a dark horse), and India," said Tendulkar.

That's not all, the 41-year-old retired batsman had also somewhat predicted England's flopshow.

"Anything is possible at this point, but going by the current form England will not be that competitive."

In fact, "No, not really," was Tendulkar's reply when he was asked whether the English would make the semifinals of the mega event.

The accurate assessment has led to Tendulkar being compared with German octopus Paul who rose to fame in the 2010 FIFA World Cup for picking the right winners through the tournament, including the eventual champions Spain.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Sachin Tendulkar a humble man: McAllister

Former Yeovil captain McAllister, 36, was player-coach of Kerala, who were runners-up in the inaugural competition and are co-owned by India cricket legend God of Cricket Sachin Tendulkar.

Told BBC Sport "Sachin's a very humble man, he's a nice man," he reminisced on a cold January afternoon at Exeter's Cat and Fiddle training ground. "We met him a few times, he had lunch with us a few times and he did a motivational speech in one of our meetings. He was very hands on with us. It was great just to be around him. "I'm not a big cricket fan but the Indian lads worshiped him. He was so humble and easy to talk to."

Friday, November 7, 2014

God of Cricket Sachin Tendulkar launches 'Playing It My Way'

Playing It My Way is the autobiography of former Indian cricketer God of Cricket Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar. It was launched on 5 November 2014 in Mumbai. The book summaries Sachin Tendulkar's early days, his 24 years of international career and aspects of his life that have not been shared publicly. I knew that if I agreed to write my story, I would have to be completely honest, as that's the way I have always played the game and that would mean talking about a number of things I have not addressed in public before. So here I am, at the end of my final innings, having taken that last walk back to the pavilion, ready to recount as many incidents as I can remember since first picking up a cricket bat as a child in Mumbai thirty-five years ago." - Little Master Sachin Tendulkar.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Sachin is the first sportsman conferred Bharat Ratna

NEW DELHI: God of Cricket Sachin Tendulkar was conferred with the Bharat Ratna, India's highest civilian award, by President Pranab Mukherjee in a glittering ceremony in the Durbar Hall of the Rashtrapati Bhavan on Tuesday.

Sachin Tendulkar, who was nominated to the Rajya Sabha last year, is the first sportsperson and the youngest recipient of the award.

Tendulkar, who retired from all forms of cricket last November, is the one most accomplished cricketers in the world, finishing his illustrious career with a fair clutch of records. He has 15,921 runs from a record 200 Test matches at an average of 53.58 and 51 centuries.

Tendulkar, 40, finished his ODI career last December just minutes before the team for Pakistan was announced. He has scored 18,426 runs from 463 ODIs with an average of 44.83 including 49 centuries. He was also the first to score a double hundred in the 50-over format

National Honours for Sachin Tendulkar :

1994 : Arjuna Award, in recognition of his outstanding achievement in sports.
1997-98 : Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, India's highest honour given for achievement in sports.
1999 : Padma Shri, India's fourth highest civilian award.
2008 : Padma Vibhushan, India's second highest civilian award.
2014 : Bharat Ratna, India's highest civilian award.