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{{Infobox cricketer
|name             = Sachin Tendulkar
|honorific-suffix = [[List of current members of Rajya Sabha|M]], [[Bharat Ratna|BR]], [[Order of Australia|AC]]
|image            = Sachin Tendulkar at MRF Promotion Event.jpg
|caption          = Tendulkar with the ICC Cricket World Cup
|image_size       = 
|Religion         = Hinduism
|country          = India
|fullname         = Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar
|nickname         = Tendlya, Little Master,<ref name="CricinfoProfile"/> Master Blaster<ref>{{cite web|title=Sachin Tendulkar: How the Boy Wonder became Master Blaster|url=|publisher=[[NDTV]]|accessdate=17 November 2013|date=6 November 2013}}</ref><ref>{{cite web|last=Gupta|first=Gaura|title=Top guns salute Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar|url=|work=[[The Times of India]]|accessdate=17 November 2013|date=13 November 2013}}{{Dead link|date=July 2014}}</ref>
|birth_date       = {{Birth date and age|1973|04|24|df=yes}}<ref name="CricinfoProfile"/>
|birth_place      = [[Bombay]] (now [[Mumbai]]), [[Maharashtra]]<!----Do not change without discussing on talk page---->, India
|height           = {{convert|5|ft|5|in|cm|abbr=on}}
|role             = [[Batsman]]

|family           = '''Wife''': {{marriage|Anjali Tendulkar|1995}}<br>'''Daughter''': Sara Tendulkar (b. 1997)<br>'''Son''': Arjun Tendulkar (b. 1999)
|signature        = [[File:SachiSachin tendulkar signature.png]]
|oneIT20 = true
|batting = Right-handed
|bowling = Right-arm [[fast bowling|medium]], [[leg spin|leg break]], [[off spin|off break]]
|international = true
|testdebutdate = 15 November
|testdebutyear = 1989
|testdebutagainst = Pakistan
|testcap = 187
|lasttestdate = 14 November
|lasttestyear = 2013
|lasttestagainst = West Indies
|lastplayeddate = 16 November
|lastplayedyear = 2013
|odidebutdate = 18 December
|odidebutyear = 1989
|odidebutagainst = Pakistan
|odicap = 74
|odishirt = 10
|lastodidate = 18 March
|lastodiyear = 2012
|lastodiagainst = Pakistan
|oneT20I = true
|T20Idebutdate = 1 December
|T20Idebutyear = 2006
|T20Idebutagainst = South Africa
|T20Icap = 11
|club1 = [[Cricket Club of India]]
|year1 = 1988
|club2 = [[Mumbai cricket team|Mumbai]]
|year2 = 1988–2013
|club3 = [[Yorkshire County Cricket Club|Yorkshire]]
|year3 = 1992
|club4 = [[Mumbai Indians]]
|year4 = 2008–2013
|columns = 4
|club5 = [[Marylebone Cricket Club]]
|year5 = 2014
|column1 = [[Test cricket|Test]]
|matches1 = 200
|runs1 = 15,921
|bat avg1 = 53.78
|100s/50s1 = 51/68
|top score1 = 248*
|deliveries1 = 4,240
|wickets1 = 46
|bowl avg1 = 54.17
|fivefor1 = 0
|tenfor1 = 0
|best bowling1 = 3/10
|catches/stumpings1 = 115/–
|column2 = [[One Day International|ODI]]
|matches2 = 463
|runs2 = 18,426
|bat avg2 = 44.83
|100s/50s2 = 49/96
|top score2 = 200*
|deliveries2 = 8,054
|wickets2 = 154
|bowl avg2 = 44.48
|fivefor2 = 2
|tenfor2 = n/a
|best bowling2 = 5/32
|catches/stumpings2 = 140/–
|column3 = [[First-class cricket|FC]]
|matches3 = 310
|runs3 = 25,396
|bat avg3 = 57.84
|100s/50s3 = 81/116
|top score3 = 248*
|deliveries3 = 7,605
|wickets3 = 71
|bowl avg3 = 61.74
|fivefor3 = 0
|tenfor3 = 0
|best bowling3 = 3/10
|catches/stumpings3 = 186/–
|column4 = [[List A cricket|LA]]
|matches4 = 551
|runs4 = 21,999
|bat avg4 = 45.54
|100s/50s4 = 60/114
|top score4 = 200*
|deliveries4 = 10,230
|wickets4 = 201
|bowl avg4 = 42.17
|fivefor4 = 2
|tenfor4 = n/a
|best bowling4 = 5/32
|catches/stumpings4 = 175/–
|date = 15 November 2013
|source = [ Cricinfo]
| office = [[Member of parliament, Rajya Sabha]] (Nominated)
| term_start = 27 April 2012
| term_end = 
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'''Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar''' ({{IPAc-en|audio=Sachin_Tendulkar.ogg|ˌ|s|ə|tʃ|ɪ|n|_|t|ɛ|n|ˈ|d|uː|l|k|ər}}; born 24 April 1973) is a former [[Indian people|Indian]] [[cricket]]er and [[List of India national cricket captains|captain]], widely regarded as one of the greatest [[Batting (cricket)|batsmen]] of all time.<ref>
*{{cite web|title=Sachin Tendulkar is greatest cricketer in history – Brian Lara|url=|publisher=BBC|accessdate=19 November 2013}}
*{{cite web|title=Is Sachin Tendulkar the greatest batsman of all time?|url=|work=[[The Daily Telegraph]]|accessdate=19 November 2013}}
*Alex Brown (11 October 2013). [ "Cricket's greatest batsmen: Sachin Tendulkar v Don Bradman."] [[]]
*{{cite web|title=Revealed! What makes Sachin Tendulkar the greatest batsman...|url=||accessdate=5 August 2014}}
*{{cite web|title=Greater than Bradman|url=|publisher=Wisden Almanack|accessdate=19 November 2013}}</ref> He took up cricket at the age of eleven, made his [[Test cricket|Test]] debut on 15 November 1989 against [[Pakistan national cricket team|Pakistan]] in [[Karachi]] at the age of sixteen, and went on to represent [[Mumbai cricket team|Mumbai]] domestically and [[Indian cricket team|India]] internationally for close to twenty-four years. He is the only player to have [[List of cricketers by number of international centuries scored|scored one hundred international centuries]], the first batsman to score a [[Century (cricket)|double century]] in a [[One Day International]], the holder of the record for the number of runs in both [[One Day International|ODI]] and [[Test cricket|Test]] cricket, and the only player to complete more than 30,000 [[Run (cricket)|run]]s in [[international cricket]].<ref name="AllInternationalCombinedRecords" />

In 2002 just halfway through his career, ''[[Wisden Cricketers' Almanack]]'' ranked him the second greatest Test batsman of all time, behind [[Don Bradman]], and the second greatest ODI batsman of all time, behind [[Viv Richards]].<ref>{{cite web|url= |title=Tendulkar second-best ever: Wisden | |accessdate=27 November 2008}}</ref> Later in his career, Tendulkar was a part of the Indian team that won the [[2011 Cricket World Cup|2011 World Cup]], his first win in six [[Cricket World Cup|World Cup]] appearances for India.<ref>{{cite news|title=Reliving a dream|url=|accessdate=6 April 2011|newspaper=[[The Hindu]]|date=6 April 2011}}</ref> He had previously been named "Player of the Tournament" at the [[2003 Cricket World Cup|2003 edition of the tournament]], held in South Africa. In 2013, he was the only Indian cricketer included in an all-time Test World XI named to mark the 150th anniversary of ''Wisden Cricketers' Almanack''.<ref>{{cite news|title=Don Bradman, Shane Warne in Wisden's XI|url=|accessdate=23 October 2013||date=23 October 2013}}</ref><ref>{{cite news|title=WG Grace and Shane Warne in Wisden all-time World Test XI|url=|accessdate=23 October 2013|publisher=BBC|date=23 October 2013}}</ref><ref>{{cite news|title=Sachin Tendulkar in Wisden's All-time World Test XI|url=|accessdate=23 October 2013|publisher=[[NDTV]]|date=23 October 2013}}</ref>

Tendulkar received the [[Arjuna Award]] in 1994 for his outstanding sporting achievement, the [[Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna]] award in 1997, India's highest sporting honour, and the [[Padma Shri]] and [[Padma Vibhushan]] awards in 1999 and 2008, respectively, India's fourth and second highest civilian awards.<ref name="Padma Awards">{{cite web | url= | title=Padma Awards | publisher=Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India | date=2015 | accessdate=21 July 2015}}</ref> After a few hours of his final match on 16 November 2013, the [[Prime Minister's Office (India)|Prime Minister's Office]] announced the decision to award him the [[Bharat Ratna]], India's highest civilian award.<ref>{{cite web | url= | title=Sachin first sportsperson to win country's highest civilian honour Bharat Ratna | work=[[Hindustan Times]] |place=New Delhi | date=16 November 2013 | accessdate=16 November 2013}}</ref><ref>{{cite web|url= |title=Bharat Ratna for Prof CNR Rao and Sachin Tendulkar |publisher=[[Prime Minister's Office (India)|Prime Minister's Office]] |date=16 November 2013 |accessdate=16 November 2013 |deadurl=yes |archiveurl= |archivedate=19 November 2013 }}</ref> He is the youngest recipient to date and the first ever sportsperson to receive the award.<ref name="BharatRatna1" /><ref name="BharatRatna2" /> He also won the 2010 [[Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy]] for cricketer of the year at the ICC awards.<ref name="GarfieldSobersTrophy2010.1" /> In 2012, Tendulkar was nominated to the [[Rajya Sabha]], the upper house of the [[Parliament of India]].<ref name="RajyaSabhaNom2" /> He was also the first sportsperson and the first person without an aviation background to be awarded the honorary rank of [[group captain]] by the [[Indian Air Force]].<ref name="IAFGroupCaptain" /> In 2012, he was named an Honorary [[Member of the Order of Australia]].<ref name="OrderOfAustralia1" /><ref name="OrderOfAustralia2" />

In December 2012, Tendulkar announced his retirement from ODIs.<ref name="ODIRetirement">{{cite web | url=| title= Tendulkar announces limited-overs retirement| publisher=Wisden India | accessdate=23 December 2012}}</ref> He retired from Twenty20 cricket in October 2013<ref name="IPLRetirement">{{cite news|url=|title=Tendulkar calls time on IPL career|publisher=Wisden India|date=26 May 2013}}</ref> and subsequently announced his retirement from all forms of cricket,<ref name="TestRetirement1" /><ref name="TestRetirement2" /> retiring on 16 November 2013 after playing his [[West Indian cricket team in India in 2013–14#Second Test|200th and final Test match]], against the [[West Indies cricket team|West Indies]] in Mumbai's [[Wankhede Stadium]].<ref name="FinalTestMatch" /> Tendulkar played 664 international cricket matches in total, scoring 34,357 runs.<ref name="AllInternationalCombinedRecords" />

==Early years==
Tendulkar was born at Nirmal Nursing Home in [[Dadar]], [[Mumbai|Bombay]] on 24 April 1973 in a [[Marathi people|Maharashtrian]] family.<ref>{{cite web|title=Sachin born at Nirmal Nursing Home|url=|accessdate=18 December 2013}}</ref> His father, [[Ramesh Tendulkar]], was a well-known [[Marathi language|Marathi]] novelist and his mother, Rajni, worked in the insurance industry.<ref>{{cite book |last1=Thani |first1=L. |last2=Mishra |first2=R. |title=Sensational Sachin |publisher=Diamond Pocket Books |year=1999 |page=113 |quote=His mother Rajni Tendulkar worked in L.I.C.|isbn=81-288-2573-9}}</ref> Ramesh named Tendulkar after his favourite music director, [[Sachin Dev Burman]]. Tendulkar has three elder siblings: two half-brothers Nitin and Ajit, and a half-sister Savita. They were Ramesh's children from his first marriage.<ref>{{cite web|url= |title=Sachin Tendulkar | |accessdate=18 December 2012}}</ref> Although, Sachin has not mentioned this even in his [[Playing It My Way|autobiography]]. He spent his formative years in the ''Sahitya Sahawas Cooperative Housing Society'' in [[Bandra|Bandra (East)]]. As a young boy, Tendulkar was considered a bully, and often picked up fights with new children in his school.<ref>{{cite web|url= |title=38 special facts about Sachin Tendulkar – 3 |publisher=MSN |date=16 March 2012 |accessdate=18 December 2012}}</ref> He also showed an interest in tennis, idolising [[John McEnroe]].<ref>{{cite web|url= |title=38 special facts about Sachin Tendulkar – 2 |publisher=MSN |date=16 March 2012 |accessdate=18 December 2012}}</ref> To help curb his mischievous and bullying tendencies, Ajit introduced him to cricket in 1984. He introduced the young Sachin to [[Ramakant Achrekar]], a famous cricket coach and a club cricketer of repute, at [[Shivaji Park]], Dadar. In the first meeting, the young Sachin did not play his best. Ajit told Achrekar that he was feeling self-conscious due to the coach observing him, and was not displaying his natural game. Ajit requested the coach to give him another chance at playing, but watch while hiding behind a tree. This time, Sachin, apparently unobserved, played much better and was accepted at Achrekar's academy.{{citation needed|date=March 2014}} [[Ajit Temdulkar|Ajit]] is ten years elder and is credited by Sachin for playing a pivotal role in his life.<ref>[ Elder brother, Ajit's role in Sachin Tendulkar's career]</ref>

Achrekar was impressed with Tendulkar's talent and advised him to shift his schooling to Sharadashram Vidyamandir (English) High School,<ref name="CricinfoProfile"/> a school at Dadar which had a dominant cricket team and had produced many notable cricketers.<ref name="sachinyouth"/> Prior to this, Tendulkar had attended the Indian Education Society's New English School in Bandra (East).<ref name="sachinyouth"/> He was also coached under the guidance of Achrekar at Shivaji Park in the mornings and evenings.<ref>{{cite news |url= |title=Shivaji Park prays for famous son |date=1 April 2011|newspaper=[[The Times of India]] |agency=[[Times News Network]] |first=Linah |last=Baliga}}</ref> Tendulkar would practice for hours on end in the nets. If he became exhausted, Achrekar would put a one-[[Indian rupee|rupee]] coin on the top of the [[stumps]], and the bowler who dismissed Tendulkar would get the coin. If Tendulkar passed the whole session without getting dismissed, the coach would give him the coin. Tendulkar now considers the 13 coins he won then as some of his most prized possessions.<ref>{{Cite news|title=Sachin Tendulkar: The last word in cricket|author=Somak Sen|work=Merinews|date=17 October 2008|url=|accessdate=3 June 2009}}</ref> He moved in with his aunt and uncle, who lived near Shivaji Park, during this period, due to his hectic schedule.<ref name="sachinyouth">{{cite web|url= | A special HTCricket section celebrating Sachin Tendulkar's 100th Test |work=Hindustan Times |accessdate=18 December 2012|author=Gulu Ezekiel|archiveurl= |archivedate=25 October 2012|deadurl=yes}}</ref>

[[File:Anjali-Sachin.jpg|thumb|Sachin Tendulkar and his wife Anjali]]
Meanwhile, at school, he developed a reputation as a child prodigy. He had become a common conversation point in local cricketing circles, where there were suggestions already that he would become one of the greats. Sachin consistently featured in his school Shardashram Vidyamandir (English) team in the Matunga Gujarati Seva Mandal (popularly coined MGSM) Shield.<ref>{{cite web|url= |title=Sachin credible: Master in a school cricket team! | |date=25 October 2013 |accessdate=25 October 2013}}</ref> Besides school cricket, he also played club cricket, initially representing John Bright Cricket Club in Bombay's premier club cricket tournament, the Kanga League,<ref name="sachinyouth"/> and later went on to play for the [[Cricket Club of India]].<ref>{{Cite news|title=Remembering Sachin Tendulkar's Kanga League debut|work=Mid-day|date=17 October 2013|url=|accessdate=3 June 2013}}</ref><ref>{{Cite news|title=The captains who shaped Wonder Boy – Sachin Tendulkar|author=G Krishnan|work=DNA|date=17 October 2013|url=|accessdate=3 June 2013}}</ref><ref name=ti99>{{cite news|title=Tendulkar's genius inspires awe|url=|accessdate=17 February 2012|newspaper=[[The Independent]]|date=15 May 1999|first=Richard|last=Williams}}</ref> In 1987, at the age of 14, he attended the [[MRF Pace Foundation]] in Madras (now [[Chennai]]) to train as a [[fast bowler]], but Australian fast bowler [[Dennis Lillee]], who took a world record 355 Test wickets, was unimpressed, suggesting that Tendulkar focus on his batting instead.<ref>{{cite web| url=| title=Tendulkar's interview with BBC |work=The Indian Express | accessdate=1 June 2008}}</ref> On 20 January 1987, he also turned out as substitute for [[Imran Khan]]'s side in an exhibition game at Brabourne Stadium in Bombay, to mark the golden jubilee of [[Cricket Club of India]].<ref>{{cite news|title=When 13-year-old Sachin Tendulkar fielded for Pakistan team|url=|accessdate=30 October 2013|newspaper=DNA|date=30 October 2013|first=G|last=Krishnan}}</ref> A couple of months later, former Indian batsman [[Sunil Gavaskar]] gave him a pair of his own ultra light pads and consoled him to not get disheartened for not getting the Bombay Cricket Association's "Best junior cricket award" (He was 14 years that time). "It was the greatest source of encouragement for me," Tendulkar said nearly 20 years later after surpassing Gavaskar's world record of 34 Test centuries.<ref>{{cite web| url=| title=Sachin Tendulkar and Sunil Gavaskar: Two masters and the amazing chemistry between the two |publisher=DNA India| accessdate=16 October 2013}}</ref><ref>{{cite web|url=|title=Strange innovations |publisher=ESPNcricinfo|accessdate=3 August 2009|last=Booth|first=Lawrence}}</ref> Sachin served as a [[ball boy]] in the [[1987 Cricket World Cup]] when India played against England in the semifinal in Bombay.<ref>{{cite news|title=Sachin Tendulkar: From ball boy to champ|url=|accessdate=17 February 2012|newspaper=The Times of India|date=1 April 2011|first=Nitin|last=Naik}}</ref><ref>{{cite news|title=Ballboy to badshah, Sachin's Cup story- Sachin Tendulkar in a one-on-one with Lokendra Pratap sahi|url=|accessdate=17 February 2012|newspaper=The Telegraph|date=15 May 1999|first=Richard|last=Williams}}</ref> In his season in 1988, Tendulkar scored a century in every innings he played. He was involved in an unbroken 664-run [[partnership (cricket)|partnership]] in a Lord Harris Shield inter-school game against St. Xavier's High School in 1988 with his friend and team-mate [[Vinod Kambli]], who would also go on to represent India. The destructive pair reduced one bowler to tears and made the rest of the opposition unwilling to continue the game. Tendulkar scored 326 (not out) in this innings and scored over a thousand runs in the tournament.<ref>{{cite web| url=| title=A tale of two terrors |work=[[ESPNcricinfo]]| accessdate=1 June 2008|date=21 August 2004|first=Rahul|last=Bhatia}}</ref> This was a record partnership in any form of cricket until 2006, when it was broken by two under-13 batsmen in a match held at [[Hyderabad, India|Hyderabad]] in India.<ref>{{cite web|title=Teenagers eclipse Tendulkar-Kambli record|url=|accessdate=18 December 2013|date=16 November 2006|author=Cricinfo staff}}</ref>

==Early domestic career==
On 14 November 1987, Tendulkar was selected to represent [[Mumbai cricket team|Bombay]] in the [[Ranji Trophy]], India's premier domestic [[First-class cricket]] tournament, for the 1987–88 season. However, he was not selected for the final eleven in any of the matches, though he was often used as a substitute fielder.<ref name="sachinyouth"/> He narrowly missed out on playing alongside his idol Gavaskar, who had retired from all forms of cricket after the [[1987 Cricket World Cup]].<ref name="sachinyouth"/> A year later, on 11 December 1988, aged just 15 years and 232 days, Tendulkar made his debut for Bombay against [[Gujarat cricket team|Gujarat]] at home and scored 100 not out in that match, making him the youngest Indian to score a century on debut in first-class cricket. He was handpicked to play for the team by the then Bombay captain [[Dilip Vengsarkar]] after watching him easily negotiating India's best fast bowler at the time, [[Kapil Dev]], in the [[Wankhede Stadium]] nets,<ref name="CricinfoProfile"/> where the [[India national cricket team|Indian team]] had come to play against the touring [[New Zealand national cricket team|New Zealand team]]. He followed this by scoring a century in his first [[Deodhar Trophy|Deodhar]] and [[Duleep Trophy|Duleep Trophies]], which are also Indian domestic tournaments.<ref>{{cite web|url= |title=Sachin Tendulkar factfile | |accessdate=3 August 2009 |deadurl=yes |archiveurl= |archivedate=20 October 2008 }}</ref>

Tendulkar finished the 1988–89 season as Bombay's highest run-scorer. He scored 583 runs at an average of 67.77, and was the sixth highest run-scorer overall<ref>{{cite web|url=|title=1988–89 Ranji season – Most Runs|work=[[ESPNcricinfo]]|accessdate=3 August 2009}}</ref> He also made an unbeaten century in the [[Irani Trophy]] match against [[Delhi cricket team|Delhi]] at the start of the 1989–90 season, playing for the Rest of India.<ref>{{cite web|url=|title=Rest of India v Delhi in 1989/90|publisher=Cricketarchive|accessdate=3 August 2009}}</ref> Sachin was picked for a young Indian team to tour England twice, under the Star Cricket Club banner in 1988 and 1989.<ref>{{cite web|url=|title=Remembering Sachin Tendulkar's first England tours ||accessdate=3 August 2013}}</ref> In the famous 1990–91 Ranji Trophy final, in which [[Haryana cricket team|Haryana]] defeated Bombay by two runs after leading in the first innings, Tendulkar's 96 from 75 deliveries was a key to giving Bombay a chance of victory as it attempted to chase 355 from only 70 overs on the final day.<ref>{{cite web|url=|accessdate=2 February 2014|date=8 February 2013|publisher=Piyush Mishra|title=The Greatest Ranji Match ever played}}</ref>

His first double century (204*) was for Mumbai while playing against the visiting Australian team at the [[Brabourne Stadium]] in 1998.<ref name="CricinfoProfile"/><ref>{{cite web| url=|title=Australia in India, 1997-98-Mumbai v Australians-Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai-24,25,26 February 1998 (3-day match)|work=[[ESPNcricinfo]] |accessdate=1 June 2008}}</ref> He is the only player to score a century on debut in all three of his domestic first-class tournaments (the Ranji, Irani, and Duleep Trophies).<ref>{{cite web|title=Sachin Tendulkar|url=||accessdate=25 April 2012}}</ref> Another double century was an innings of 233* against [[Tamil Nadu cricket team|Tamil Nadu]] in the semi-finals of the 2000 [[Ranji Trophy]], which he regards as one of the best innings of his career.<ref>{{cite web| url= |title=Ranji Trophy – 2nd semi final-2000-Mumbai v Tamil Nadu |work=[[ESPNcricinfo]] |accessdate=1 June 2008}}</ref><ref>{{cite web| url= |title=Sachin puts knock of 233 'at the top' |publisher=[[]] |accessdate=1 June 2008}}</ref><ref>{{cite web| url= |title=Sachin Tendulkar's Bradmanesque achievements in Ranji Trophy |work=[[The Times of India]] |accessdate=1 June 2008}}</ref>

In 1992, at the age of 19, Tendulkar became the first overseas-born player to represent [[Yorkshire County Cricket Club|Yorkshire]], which prior to Tendulkar joining the team, never selected players even from other English counties.<ref name="CricinfoProfile"/>{{#tag:ref| [[Craig White]], although born in Yorkshire was the first player to be signed as an overseas player by Yorkshire. He had to be listed as an overseas player as he had already played for [[Victoria Bushrangers|Victoria]] in Australia.|group=Note}} Selected for Yorkshire as a replacement for the injured [[Australia national cricket team|Australian]] fast bowler [[Craig McDermott]], Tendulkar played 16 first-class matches for the county and scored 1070 runs at an average of 46.52.<ref>{{cite web| url= |title=Yorkshire players at Cricket Archive |publisher=[[Cricketarchive]] |accessdate=1 June 2008}}</ref>

==International career==

===Early career===
[[Raj Singh Dungarpur]] is credited for the selection of Tendulkar for the Indian tour of [[Pakistan national cricket team|Pakistan]] in late 1989,<ref>{{cite news | url= | title=His last words: Donald George Bradman | accessdate=11 March 2011 | date=13 September 2009 |work=[[Daily News and Analysis]] |location=India}}</ref> and that too after just one first class season.<ref>{{cite web|url=|title=First-Class Matches played by Sachin Tendulkar|publisher=[[Cricketarchive]]|accessdate=3 August 2009}}</ref> The Indian selection committee had shown interest in selecting Tendulkar for the [[Indian cricket team in West Indies in 1988–89|tour of the West Indies]] held earlier that year, but eventually did not select him, as they did not want him to be exposed to the dominant fast bowlers of the West Indies so early in his career. Tendulkar made his [[Test cricket|Test]] debut against Pakistan in [[Indian cricket team in Pakistan in 1989–90|Karachi in November 1989]] aged just 16 years and 205 days. He made just 15 runs, being bowled by [[Waqar Younis]], who also made his debut in that match, but was noted for how he handled numerous blows to his body at the hands of the Pakistani pace attack.<ref>{{cite web|url=|date=11 December 2007|accessdate=12 December 2007|work=[[ESPNcricinfo]]|first1=Andrew|last1=Miller|first2=Martin|last2=Williamson|title=Eleven quirky debuts}}</ref> In the fourth and final Test in [[Sialkot]], he was hit on the nose by a bouncer bowled by Younis, but he declined medical assistance and continued to bat even as he gushed blood from it.<ref name="timeline">{{cite web|url=|title=Sachin Tendulkar Timeline|publisher=ESPNcricinfo|accessdate=4 August 2009}}</ref> In a 20-over exhibition game in [[Peshawar]], held in parallel with the bilateral series, Tendulkar made 53 runs off 18 balls, including an over in which he scored 27 runs (6, 4, 0, 6, 6, 6) off leg-spinner [[Abdul Qadir (cricketer)|Abdul Qadir]].<ref>{{cite web|url= |title=Exhibition Match, Pakistan v India, 16 Dec 1989 |publisher=ESPNcricinfo |date=16 December 1989 |accessdate=2 August 2013}}</ref> This was later called "one of the best innings I have seen" by the then Indian captain [[Krishnamachari Srikkanth]].<ref>{{cite web|url=|title=A suitable beginning – Tendulkar takes Qadir on |accessdate=5 August 2009}}</ref> In all, he scored 215 runs at an average of 35.83 in the Test series, and was dismissed without scoring a run in the only [[One Day International]] (ODI) he played.<ref>{{cite web|url=;type=series|title=Cricket Records – India in Pakistan Test Series, 1989/90 – Most runs|work=[[ESPNcricinfo]]|accessdate=4 August 2009}}</ref><ref>{{cite web|url=|title= Batting and Fielding for India in Wills Challenge 1989/90|publisher=Cricketarchive|accessdate=5 August 2009}}</ref> Thus Sachin Tendulkar became the youngest player to debut for India in [[Test cricket|Tests]] at the age of 16 years and 205 days and also the youngest player to debut for India in [[One Day International|ODIs]] at the age of 16 years and 238 days.<ref>{{cite web|url=;_ylt=Ahxw4ULuOeAHk7zpc4cVYHo3uWNH;_ylu=X3oDMTNrb3Y2ZjR2BHBrZwM1NWY0Zjc1ZC0xNTgwLTNjNWEtODJmZC1iMzI1MGQxOTczOTgEc2VjA01lZGlhQ2Fyb3VzZWxQaG90b0dhbGxlcnlDQVhIUgR2ZXIDZGZhNGU1ZDAtMmU4OS0xMWUzLTlkZmEtOGJjM2U5N2JjZDY0;_ylg=X3oDMTBhM285c21iBGxhbmcDZW4tSU4-;_ylv=3|title=Sachin the youngest ever to play for India|publisher=Yahoo Cricket|accessdate=20 November 2013}}</ref><ref>{{cite web|url=|title=Sachin the youngest ever to play for India in ODIs|publisher=Yahoo Cricket|accessdate=20 November 2013}}</ref>

The series was followed by a tour of New Zealand in which he scored 117 runs at an average of 29.25 in Tests including an innings of 88 in the second Test.<ref>{{cite web|url=|title=Test Batting and Fielding for India in India in New Zealand 1989/90|publisher=Cricketarchive|accessdate=5 August 2009}}</ref> He was dismissed without scoring in one of the two one-day games he played, and scored 36 in the other.<ref>{{cite web|url=|title= Batting and Fielding for India in Rothmans Cup Triangular Series 1989/90|publisher=Cricketarchive|accessdate=5 August 2009}}</ref> On his next tour, a summer tour to England of 1990, on 14 August, he became the second youngest cricketer to score a Test century as he made 119 not out in the second Test at [[Old Trafford (cricket ground)|Old Trafford]] in Manchester, an innings which contributed to a draw and saved India from certain defeat in the match.<ref name="timeline"/> [[Wisden]] described his innings as "a disciplined display of immense maturity" and also wrote:<ref>{{cite web|url=|title=Wisden – England v India 1990|publisher=[[Wisden Almanack]]|accessdate=17 August 2009|last=Otway|first=Graham}}</ref>
<blockquote>He looked the embodiment of India's famous opener, Gavaskar, and indeed was wearing a pair of his pads. While he displayed a full repertoire of strokes in compiling his maiden Test hundred, most remarkable were his off-side shots from the back foot. Though only 5ft 5in tall, he was still able to control without difficulty short deliveries from the English pacemen.</blockquote>
Tendulkar further enhanced his reputation as a future great during the 1991–92 tour of Australia held before the [[1992 Cricket World Cup]], that included an unbeaten 148 in the third Test at [[Sydney Cricket Ground|Sydney]] and 114 on a fast, bouncing pitch in the final Test at [[WACA Ground|Perth]] against a pace attack comprising [[Merv Hughes]], [[Bruce Reid]] and [[Craig McDermott]]. Hughes commented to [[Allan Border]] at the time that "This little prick's going to get more runs than you, AB."<ref name="Tendertouch"/>

===Rise through the ranks===
Tendulkar's performance through the years 1994–1999 coincided with his physical peak, in his early twenties. On the day of the [[Hindu]] festival [[Holi]], Tendulkar was told to open the batting at [[Auckland]] against New Zealand in 1994.<ref>{{cite web| url= |title=Ind v NZ 27&nbsp;March 1994 match report |publisher=ESPNcricinfo |accessdate=1 June 2008}}</ref> He went on to make 82 runs off 49 balls. He scored his first ODI century on 9 September 1994 against Australia in [[Sri Lanka]] at [[Colombo]].<ref>{{cite web|title=Sachin's First ODI Century |url= |accessdate=18 December 2013 |deadurl=yes |archiveurl= |archivedate=15 April 2013 }}</ref><ref>{{cite web|title=Sachin's First ODI Ton | access-date =9 September 2016 |work = ESPN cricinfo |url= }}</ref> It took him 78 ODIs to score his first century.

[[File:Sachin at the other end.jpg|thumb|left|200px|Tendulkar waits at the bowler's end.]]
Tendulkar's rise continued when he was the leading run scorer at the [[1996 Cricket World Cup|1996 World Cup]], scoring two centuries.<ref>{{cite web|url=;type=tournament|title=Cricket Records – Wills World Cup, 1995/96|publisher=ESPNcricinfo|accessdate=2 February 2010}}</ref> He was the only Indian batsman to perform in the semi-final against Sri Lanka. Tendulkar fell amid a batting collapse and the match referee, [[Clive Lloyd]] awarded Sri Lanka the match after the crowd began rioting and throwing litter onto the field.<ref>{{cite web|title=Mad Max destroys India|url=|first=Sambit|last=Bal|work=[[ESPNcricinfo]]|accessdate=27 March 2014}}</ref>

After the World Cup, in the same year against Pakistan at [[Sharjah (city)|Sharjah]], Indian captain [[Mohammed Azharuddin]] was going through a lean patch. Tendulkar and [[Navjot Singh Sidhu]] both made centuries to set a then record partnership for the second wicket. After getting out, Tendulkar found Azharuddin in two minds about whether he should bat.{{citation needed|date=March 2014}} Tendulkar convinced Azharuddin to bat and Azharuddin subsequently unleashed 24 runs off just one over.<ref>{{cite web|url=|title=Wisden – INDIA v PAKISTAN|accessdate=27 March 2014}}</ref> India went on to win that match. It enabled India to post a score in excess of 300 runs for the first time in an ODI.<ref>{{cite web|url=;filter=advanced;orderby=start;runsmin1=300;runsval1=runs;team=6;template=results;type=team;view=innings|title=Team records &#124; One-Day Internationals &#124; Cricinfo Statsguru &#124; ESPN Cricinfo|accessdate=27 March 2014}}</ref>

This was the beginning of a period at the top of the batting world, culminating in the Australian tour of India in early 1998, with Tendulkar scoring three consecutive centuries. The focus was on the clash between Sachin Tendulkar, the world's most dominating batsman and [[Shane Warne]], and the world's leading spinner, both at the peak of their careers, clashing in a full-fledged Test series after 7 long years.{{citation needed|date=March 2014}} In the lead-up to the series, Tendulkar famously simulated scenarios in the nets with [[Laxman Sivaramakrishnan]], the former India leg spinner, donning the role of Warne.{{citation needed|date=March 2014}} In their tour opener, Australia faced the then Ranji Champions Mumbai at the [[Brabourne Stadium]] in a three-day first class match.<ref>{{cite web| url=|title=Australia in India, 1997-98-Mumbai v Australians-Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai-24,25,26 February 1998 (3-day match)|work=[[ESPNcricinfo]] |accessdate=17 November 2013}}</ref> Tendulkar made an unbeaten 204 as Shane Warne conceded 111 runs in 16 overs and Australia lost the match within three days.<ref>{{cite web | url= | title=When Sachin Tendulkar showed Shane Warne who is the boss | | date=25 February 2013 | accessdate=17 November 2013 | author=Nishad Pai Vaidya}}</ref><ref>{{cite web | url= | title=Tendulkar's duel with Warne symbolised India's superiority |work=[[ESPNcricinfo]] | date=24 February 2001 | accessdate=17 November 2013 | last=Ramchand|first=Partab}}</ref> These were characterised by a premeditated plan to target Australian spinners [[Shane Warne]] and [[Gavin Robertson]], to whom he regularly charged down the pitch to drive over the infield.{{citation needed|date=March 2014}} This technique worked as India beat Australia in the ensuing Test series as well.{{citation needed|date=March 2014}} He also had a role with the ball in the five-match ODI series in India following the Tests, including a five wicket haul in an ODI in [[Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Kochi|Kochi]]. Set 310 runs to win, Australia were cruising at 203 for 3 in the 31st over when Tendulkar turned the match for India, taking the wickets of [[Michael Bevan]], [[Steve Waugh]], [[Darren Lehmann]], [[Tom Moody]] and [[Damien Martyn]] for just 32 runs in 10 overs.<ref>{{cite web| url= |title=Cricinfo Match Report, IND-AUS 1&nbsp;April 1998 |publisher=ESPNcricinfo |accessdate=1 June 2008}}</ref> The Test match success was followed by two consecutive centuries in April 1998 in a Triangular cricket [[1998 Coca-Cola Cup|tournament]] in Sharjah – the first in a must-win game to take India to the finals and then again in the finals, both against Australia tormenting Shane Warne once again. These twin knocks were also known as the [[1997–98 Coca-Cola Cup|Desert Storm]] innings.<ref>{{cite web|url = |title = Sachin's operation Desert Storm |publisher=Ibnlive|accessdate=17 November 2013}}</ref> The innings in the finals was incidentally played on his 25th birthday. Following the series Warne ruefully joked that he was having nightmares about his Indian nemesis.<ref>{{cite web| url= |title=Down Memory Lane – Shane Warne's nightmare |publisher=Cricketnetwork| accessdate=1 June 2008}}</ref>

Tendulkar single-handedly won the ICC 1998 quarterfinal at [[Dhaka]] to pave way for India's entry into the semifinals, when he took four Australian wickets after scoring 141 runs in just 128 balls.<ref>{{cite web|title=Tendulkar single handedly helped to win India|url=|publisher=IBN|accessdate=18 December 2013}}</ref>

The inaugural [[Asian Test Championship]] took place in February and March 1999. Held just twice, the [[1998–99 Asian Test Championship|1999 championship]] was contested by India, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka.<ref>{{cite web |url= |title=Asian Test Championship from Feb&nbsp;14 to March&nbsp;17 (24&nbsp;December 1998) |publisher=ESPNcricinfo |date=24 December 1998 |accessdate=30 January 2011}}</ref> The first Test match between India and Pakistan in Eden Gardens was previously scheduled as the third Test match of the tournament but later on was shifted to the first match. In the first match, Tendulkar was run out for nine after colliding with Pakistan bowler [[Shoaib Akhtar]]. Around 100,000 people came to support team India during the initial four days of the tournament. The aggregate Test attendance record which was made 63 years ago was broken during this Test.<ref>{{cite web|title=Sachin Tendulkar collides with Shoaib Akhtar|url=|publisher=ESPN|accessdate=18 December 2013}}</ref> The crowd's reaction to the dismissal was to throw objects at Akhtar, and the players were taken off the field. The match resumed after Tendulkar and the president of the ICC appealed to the crowd, however further rioting meant that the match was finished in front of a crowd of just 200&nbsp;people.<ref>{{cite web |url= |title=Riot police, fires and a sobbing Vinod Kambli |publisher=ESPNcricinfo |date=28 January 2011 |accessdate=30 January 2011}}</ref> Tendulkar scored his 19th Test century in the second Test and the match resulted in a draw with Sri Lanka.<ref>{{Cite journal |url= |title=Sri Lanka v India 1998–99 |publisher=ESPNcricinfo |accessdate=30 January 2011 |postscript=<!-- Bot inserted parameter. Either remove it; or change its value to "." for the cite to end in a ".", as necessary. -->{{inconsistent citations}}}}</ref> India did not progress to the final, which was won by Pakistan, and refused to participate the next time the championship was held due to increasing political tensions between India and Pakistan.<ref>{{cite web |url= |title=The run-out that sparked a riot |publisher=ESPNcricinfo |accessdate=30 January 2011|quote=the second Championship ... was rendered fairly meaningless by the withdrawal of India because of another escalation of political tensions with Pakistan.|first=Martin|last=Williamson|date=20 October 2010}}</ref>

In the historic Test against Pakistan at [[Chepauk]] in 1999, the first of a two-Test series, Sachin scored 136 in the fourth innings with India chasing 271 for victory. However, he was out when India needed 17 more runs to win, triggering a batting collapse, and India lost the match by 12 runs.<ref>{{cite news|url=|title=India succumb on home stretch despite Tendulkar's heroics|first=Partab|last=Ramchand|date=1 February 1999|newspaper=[[The Indian Express]]|accessdate=30 March 2014}}</ref> The worst was yet to come as Professor Ramesh Tendulkar, Sachin's father, died in the middle of the [[1999 Cricket World Cup]]. Tendulkar flew back to India to attend the final rituals of his father, missing the match against [[Zimbabwe]].<ref>{{cite news|url=|title=Sachin loses father, team loses its wits|agency=Agencies/ENS|date=19 May 1999|location=Leicester/Mumbai|accessdate=20 March 2014}}</ref> However, he returned to the World Cup scoring a century (140 not out off 101 balls) in his very next match against [[Kenya national cricket team|Kenya]] in Bristol. He dedicated this century to his father.<ref>{{cite news|title=Sachin's Ton in Father's Memory|url=|newspaper=[[The Telegraph (Calcutta)|The Telegraph]]|first=Lokendra Pratap|last=Sahi|date=23 May 1999|accessdate=30 March 2014}}</ref>

{| class="wikitable" style="float: right; margin-left: 1em; width: 40%; font-size: 90%;"
!colspan="8"|'''Tendulkar's record as captain'''
|&nbsp;||Matches||Won||Lost||Drawn||Tied||No result|| Win %
|Test<ref>{{cite web|title=List of Captains|url=;id=6;type=team|publisher=ESPNcricinfo|accessdate=25 April 2012}}</ref> ||25||4||9||12||0||–||16%
|ODI<ref>{{cite web|title=List of ODI Captains|url=;id=6;type=team|publisher=ESPNcricinfo|accessdate=25 April 2012}}</ref> ||73||23||43||–||2||6||31.50%
Tendulkar's two tenures as captain of the Indian cricket team were not very successful. When Tendulkar took over as captain in 1996, it was with huge hopes and expectations. However, by 1997 the team was performing poorly. [[Mohammad Azharuddin|Azharuddin]] was credited with saying ''"Nahin jeetega! Chote ki naseeb main jeet nahin hai!"'',<ref>{{cite web| url= |title=A tale of two captains |publisher=Rediff |accessdate=1 June 2008}}</ref> which translates into: "He won't win! It's not in the small one's destiny!".<ref>{{Cite journal |last=McGregor |first=R.S. |year=1993 |title=Oxford Hindi–English Dictionary |publisher=Oxford University Press, USA |edition= 2004 |postscript=<!-- Bot inserted parameter. Either remove it; or change its value to "." for the cite to end in a ".", as necessary. -->{{inconsistent citations}}}}</ref>

Tendulkar, succeeding Azharuddin as captain for his second term, led India on a tour of Australia, where the visitors were beaten 3–0 by the newly crowned world champions.<ref name="AustraliaSeries1999">{{cite news|title=Flat-track bullies bounced out again|url=|author=Pradeep Magazine|newspaper=[[The Indian Express]]|location=Melbourne|date=20 December 1999|accessdate=30 March 2014}}</ref> Tendulkar, however, won the player of the series award<ref name="AustraliaSeries1999" /> as well as player of the match in one of the games.<ref>{{cite web| url= |title=2nd Test: Australia v India at Melbourne, Dec 26–30, 1999 &#124; Cricket Scorecard &#124; ESPN Cricinfo |work=[[ESPNcricinfo]] |accessdate=1 June 2008}}</ref> After another Test series defeat, this time by a 0–2 margin at home against South Africa, Tendulkar resigned, and [[Sourav Ganguly]] took over as captain in 2000.<ref>{{cite news|url=|title=South Africa completes sweep with an innings and 71 runs|first=Vedam|last=Jaishankar|date=6 March 2000|accessdate=30 March 2014}}</ref><ref>{{cite journal|title='I've survived and will survive longer'|url=|magazine=India Today|first=Sharda|last=Ugra|date=9 December 2000|accessdate=18 December 2013|quote=Ganguly took over in mid-2000 during a difficult period ...}}</ref>

Tendulkar remained an integral part of the Indian team's strategic processes. He was often seen in discussion with the captain, at times actively involved in building strategies.{{citation needed|date=March 2014}} Former captain [[Rahul Dravid]] publicly acknowledged that Tendulkar had been suggesting moves such as the promotion of [[Irfan Pathan]] up the batting order which, although only temporary, had an immediate effect on the team's fortunes.{{citation needed|date=March 2014}} In 2007, Tendulkar was appointed vice-captain to captain Rahul Dravid.<ref name="SuggestedDhoni" />{{failed verification|date=March 2014}} During the Indian team's 2007 tour of England, Dravid's desire to resign from the captaincy became known. The BCCI President [[Sharad Pawar]] personally offered the captaincy to Tendulkar. However, Tendulkar asked Pawar not to appoint him captain, instead recommending [[Mahendra Singh Dhoni]] to take over the reins. Pawar later revealed this conversation, crediting Tendulkar for first forwarding the name of Dhoni, who since achieved much success as captain.<ref name="SuggestedDhoni">{{cite news|url=|title=Tendulkar suggested Dhoni's name: Pawar|newspaper=Hindustan Times |location=India|date=21 March 2008|accessdate=18 July 2010|agency=[[Press Trust of India|PTI]]|archiveurl= |archivedate=12 September 2013|deadurl=yes}}</ref>
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===Mike Denness incident===
{{Main article|Mike Denness and Indian cricket team incident}}
In India's 2001 tour of South Africa in the second [[Test Cricket|test match]] between [[Indian cricket team|India]] and [[South African cricket team|South Africa]] at [[Sahara Oval St George's|St George's Park]], [[Port Elizabeth]] match referee [[Mike Denness]] fined four Indian players for excessive appealing as well as the Indian captain [[Sourav Ganguly]] for not controlling his team.<ref>{{cite web| url= |title=ICC Match Referee confirms disciplinary action for Indian cricketers |publisher=ESPNcricinfo |accessdate=1 June 2008}}</ref> Tendulkar was given a suspended ban of one game by Denness in light of alleged [[ball tampering]]. Television cameras picked up images that suggested Tendulkar may have been involved in cleaning the seam of the cricket ball.<ref>{{cite web| url= |title=Tendulkar appears before match referee |publisher=ESPNcricinfo |accessdate=1 June 2008}}</ref> This can, under some conditions, amount to altering the condition of the ball. Denness found Sachin Tendulkar guilty of ball tampering charges and handed him a one Test match ban.<ref>{{cite web| url= |title=Tendulkar handed suspended ban |publisher=ESPNcricinfo |accessdate=1 June 2008}}</ref> The incident escalated to include allegations of racism,<ref>{{Cite news| url= |title=Indian media fury over Tendulkar |publisher=BBC News |accessdate=1 June 2008 | date=21 November 2001 | location=London}}</ref> and led to Denness being barred from entering the venue of the third Test match. The ICC revoked the status of the match as a Test as the teams rejected the appointed referee.<ref>{{cite web |url= |title=ICC sets out latest position regarding South Africa v India |publisher=ESPNcricinfo |date=23 November 2001 |accessdate=31 January 2011}}</ref> The charges against Tendulkar and Sehwag's ban for excessive appealing triggered a massive backlash from the Indian public.<ref>{{Cite news| url= |title=Indians cry foul |publisher=BBC News |accessdate=1 June 2008 | date=20 November 2001 | location=London}}</ref>

===Injuries and decline amid surpassing Bradman's haul===
Sachin Tendulkar continued performing well in Test cricket in 2001 and 2002, with some pivotal performances with both bat and ball. Tendulkar took three wickets on the final day of the famous [[Second Test, 2000–01 Border–Gavaskar Trophy|Kolkata Test against Australia in 2001]]. Tendulkar took the key wickets of [[Matthew Hayden]] and [[Adam Gilchrist]], who were centurions in the previous Test.<ref>{{cite web|title=2nd Test: India v Australia at Kolkata, Mar 11–15, 2001 &#124; Cricket Scorecard &#124; ESPN Cricinfo|url=|publisher=ESPNCricinfo|accessdate=18 December 2013}}</ref> In the five-match ODI series that followed, he took his 100th wicket in ODIs, claiming the wicket of then Australian captain [[Steve Waugh]] in the final match at the [[Fatorda Stadium]] in [[Goa]].<ref>{{cite news|title=Of Tendulkar and his Goa milestone|first=Niraj|last=Prabhu|newspaper=[[The Goan]]|page=28|date=16 November 2013|accessdate=27 March 2013|url=}}</ref>

In the 2002 series in the West Indies, Tendulkar started well, scoring 79 in the first Test. In the second Test at Port of Spain, Sachin Tendulkar scored 117 in the first innings, his 29th Test century in his 93rd Test match, to equal Sir [[Donald Bradman]]'s record of 29 Test hundreds.<ref>{{cite web|url= |title=Tendulkar equals Sir Donald Bradman's record at Port of Spain |publisher=ESPNcricinfo |accessdate=8 November 2013}}</ref><ref>{{cite news| url= |title=Sachin equals The Don |publisher=BBC |accessdate=20 April 2002}}</ref><ref>{{cite web|url= |title=Sachin equals Bradman's record – Twenty of Tendulkar's best Test hundreds |publisher=MSN |date=27 April 2012 |accessdate=8 November 2013}}</ref> Then, in a hitherto unprecedented sequence, he scored 0, 0, 8 and 0 in the next four innings,<ref>{{cite web|url=|title=Swinging 60}}</ref> getting out to technical "defects" and uncharacteristically poor strokes.{{citation needed|date=March 2014}} He returned to form in the last Test scoring 41 and 86. However, India lost the series.<ref>{{cite web|title=5th Test: West Indies v India at Kingston, May 18–22, 2002 &#124; Cricket Scorecard &#124; ESPN Cricinfo|url=|work=[[ESPNcricinfo]]|accessdate=29 March 2014}}</ref> This might have been the beginning of the "decline" phase in his career which lasted till 2006.{{original research inline|date=March 2014}} In the third Test match against England in August 2002, Sachin scored his 30th Test century to surpass Bradman's haul, in his 99th Test match.<ref>{{cite web|url= |title=A special rediff section celebrating Sachin Tendulkar's 100th Test | |accessdate=8 November 2013}}</ref><ref>{{cite news|agency=Reuters |url= |title=Sachin outdoes Bradman with 30th Test hundred – Express India |work=The Indian Express |date=23 August 2002 |accessdate=8 November 2013}}</ref>

Tendulkar made 673 runs in 11 matches in the [[2003 Cricket World Cup]],<ref>{{cite news|title=Sachin Tendulkar produced 673 runs in 2003 world cup without net practice, reveals Rahul Dravid|url=|accessdate=5 August 2014|work=Patrika Group|issue=5 August 2014}}</ref> helping India reach the final. While Australia retained the trophy that they had won in 1999, Tendulkar was given the Man of the Tournament award.<ref name="WorldCup2003" /><ref>{{cite web|title=Sachin received the Man of the Tournament award|url=|publisher=Rediff|accessdate=18 December 2013}}</ref>

He continued to score heavily in ODI cricket that year, with two hundreds in a tri-series involving New Zealand and Australia.<ref>{{cite news|url=|title=India tames the Aussies |newspaper=[[The Hindu]]|first=Vijay|last=Lokapally|accessdate=29 March 2014}}</ref><ref>{{cite news|url=|title=Sachin, Sehwag demolish NZ|newspaper=[[The Telegraph (Calcutta)|The Telegraph]]|first=Atreyo|last=Mukhopadhyay|date=15 November 2003|location=Hyderabad|accessdate=29 March 2014}}</ref>  As a part-time bowler, he dismissed an exhausted centurion, Matthew Hayden in the tri-series final.<ref><span dir="ltr">[ From the Vault: Hayden too big, too strong]</span>

The drawn series as India toured Australia in 2003–04 saw Tendulkar making his mark in the last Test of the series, with 241 not out in [[Sydney Cricket Ground|Sydney]], putting India in a virtually unbeatable position. He followed up the innings with an unbeaten 60 in the second innings of the Test.<ref>{{cite web|title=4th Test: Australia v India at Sydney, Jan 2–6, 2004 &#124; Cricket Scorecard &#124; ESPN Cricinfo|url=|publisher=ESPN|accessdate=18 December 2013}}</ref> Prior to this Test match, he had had an unusually horrible run of form, failing in all six innings in the preceding three Tests.{{citation needed|date=March 2014}} It was no aberration that 2003 was his worst year in Test cricket, with an average of 17.25 and just one fifty.<ref>{{cite web|title=Sachin's bad performance in Test|url=|publisher=King of Cricket|accessdate=18 December 2013|archiveurl= |archivedate=19 December 2013|deadurl=yes}}</ref>{{better source|date=March 2014}}

Tendulkar scored an unbeaten 194 against Pakistan at [[Multan]] in the following series. India declared before Tendulkar reached 200; had he done so it would have been the fourth time he passed the landmark in Tests.<ref>{{cite web |url= |title=India high on Sehwag's 309 |publisher=ESPNcricinfo |date=29 March 2004 |accessdate=30 January 2011}}</ref> In meeting with the press that evening, Tendulkar stated that he was disappointed and that the declaration had taken him by surprise.<ref>{{cite web| url= |title='I was taken by surprise': Tendulkar |publisher=ESPNcricinfo |accessdate=1 June 2008}}</ref> Many former cricketers commented that Dravid's declaration was in bad taste.<ref>{{cite web| url= |title='Don't worry, Sachin': Miandad |publisher=Rediff |accessdate=1 June 2008}}</ref><ref>{{cite web| url= |title='Declaration in bad taste': Intikhab Alam |publisher=Rediff |accessdate=1 June 2008}}</ref> After India won the match, the captain Rahul Dravid stated that the matter was spoken internally and put to rest.<ref>{{cite web| url= |title='The boys can be justifiably proud': Dravid |publisher=ESPNcricinfo |accessdate=1 June 2008}}</ref>

A [[tennis elbow]] injury then took its toll on Tendulkar, leaving him out of the side for most of the year, coming back only for the last two Tests when [[Australian cricket team|Australia]] toured India in 2004.<ref>{{cite news|title=Sachin's Tennis Elbow Injury|url=|publisher=NDTV|accessdate=18 December 2013|quote=In 2004, Tendulkar was diagnosed with tennis elbow, an injury that prevented him from lifting a cricket bat for almost 4 and half months.|author=NDTVCricket}}</ref><ref>{{cite web|url=|title=Wisden – India v Australia|work=[[ESPNcricinfo]]|first=Paul|last=Weaver|quote=As Australia prepared ..., even the return of Tendulkar, who had been out of cricket for two months with tennis elbow, was overshadowed ...|accessdate=29 March 2014}}</ref> He played a part in India's victory in Mumbai in that series with a fast 55, though Australia took the series 2–1.<ref>{{cite web|title=India clinch a thriller|url=|author=Cricinfo staff|work=[[ESPNcricinfo]]|date=5 November 2004|accessdate=29 March 2014}}</ref>

On 10 December 2005 at [[Feroz Shah Kotla]], Tendulkar scored his record-breaking 35th Test century, against the [[Sri Lankan cricket team|Sri Lankans]]. After this, Tendulkar endured the longest{{outdated inline|date=March 2014}} spell of his career without a Test century: 17&nbsp;innings elapsed before he scored 101 against Bangladesh in May 2007.<ref name="Lynch2011">{{cite web |url= |title=Tendulkar's tribulations, and the nervous 290s |first=Steven |last=Lynch |date=23 April 2011 |accessdate=10 September 2011 |postscript=<!-- Bot inserted parameter. Either remove it; or change its value to "." for the cite to end in a ".", as necessary. -->{{inconsistent citations}}}}</ref> Tendulkar scored his 39th ODI hundred on 6 February 2006 in a match against Pakistan.<ref>{{cite web|url=|title=Tendulkar the Strong|first=Dileep|last=Premachandran|location=Peshawar|date=6 February 2006|work=[[ESPNcricinfo]]|accessdate=29 March 2014}}</ref> He followed with a 42 in the second One-Day International against Pakistan on 11 February 2006,<ref>{{cite web|url=|title=Yuvraj and Sehwag ease India to victory|first=Dileep|last=Premachandran|location=Rawalpindi|work=[[ESPNcricinfo]]|date=11 February 2006|quote=The run-rate climbed ... when Tendulkar, who had eased to a run-a-ball 42, ...|accessdate=29 March 2014}}</ref> and then a 95 in hostile, seaming conditions on 13 February 2006 in Lahore, which set up an Indian victory.<ref>{{cite web|title='Special' Tendulkar a treat to watch, says Dravid|url=|author=Cricinfo staff|work=[[ESPNcricinfo]]|date=13 February 2006|accessdate=29 March 2014}}</ref> On 19 March 2006, after being dismissed for only one run against [[English cricket team|England]] in the first innings of the third Test in his home ground, [[Wankhede Stadium|Wankhede]], Tendulkar was booed off the ground by a section of the crowd,<ref>{{Cite journal| url= |title=Is Sachin mortal? |publisher=BBC News |accessdate=10 September 2011 | date=23 March 2006 | first=Nick | last=Byrant| postscript=<!-- Bot inserted parameter. Either remove it; or change its value to "." for the cite to end in a ".", as necessary. -->{{inconsistent citations}}}}</ref> the first time that he had ever faced such flak. Tendulkar was to end the three-Test series without a single half-century to his credit, and news of a shoulder operation raised more questions about his longevity.{{citation needed|date=March 2014}} In July 2006, the [[Board of Control for Cricket in India]] (BCCI) announced that Tendulkar had overcome his injury problem following an operation and rehabilitation programme and was available for selection, and he was eventually selected for the next series.{{citation needed|date=March 2014}}

Tendulkar's comeback came in the DLF cup in [[Malaysia]] and he was the only Indian batsman to shine. In his comeback match, against West Indies on 14 September 2006, Tendulkar responded to his critics who believed that his career was inexorably sliding with his 40th ODI century.{{citation needed|date=March 2014}} Though he scored 141 not out, West Indies won the rain-affected match by the [[Duckworth-Lewis method|D/L method]].<ref>{{cite web|title=2nd Match: India v West Indies at Kuala Lumpur, Sep 14, 2006 &#124; Cricket Scorecard &#124; ESPN Cricinfo|url=|work=[[ESPNcricinfo]]|accessdate=18 December 2013}}</ref>

During the preparation for the [[2007 Cricket World Cup|2007 World Cup]], Tendulkar was criticised by [[Greg Chappell]] on his attitude.<ref>{{cite news|title=Should have handled Sachin differently in 2007 World Cup: Chappell|url=|accessdate=25 April 2012|newspaper=The Times of India|date=4 February 2011}}</ref> As per the report, Chappell felt that Tendulkar would be more useful down the order, while the latter felt that he would be better off opening the innings, the role he had played for most of his career. Chappell also believed that Tendulkar's repeated failures were hurting the team's chances. In a rare show of emotion, Tendulkar hit out at the comments attributed to Chappell by pointing out that no coach has ever suggested his attitude towards cricket is incorrect. On 7 April 2007, the Board of Control for Cricket in India issued a notice to Tendulkar asking for an explanation for his comments made to the media.<ref>{{cite web| url= |title=Tendulkar hurt by comments |publisher=Jamaica Gleaner News |accessdate=1 June 2008}}</ref>

At the World Cup in the West Indies, Tendulkar and the Indian cricket team led by Rahul Dravid had a dismal campaign. Tendulkar, who was pushed to bat lower down the order had scores of 7 against [[Bangladesh cricket team|Bangladesh]], 57 not out against [[Bermuda cricket team|Bermuda]] and 0 against [[Sri Lanka cricket team|Sri Lanka]].{{citation needed|date=March 2014}} As a result, former Australian captain [[Ian Chappell]], brother of the then Indian coach [[Greg Chappell|Greg]], called for Tendulkar to retire in his column for Mumbai's ''Mid Day'' newspaper.<ref>{{Cite news| url= |title=Tendulkar faces calls to retire |publisher=BBC News |accessdate=1 June 2008 | date=30 March 2007}}</ref>

===Return to old form and consistency===
{{see also|List of batsmen who have scored over 10000 One Day International cricket runs}}

In the subsequent Test series against Bangladesh, Tendulkar returned to his opening slot and was chosen as the Man of the Series.<ref>{{cite web|url=|title=2nd Test: Bangladesh v India at Dhaka, May 25–27, 2007 &#124; Cricket Scorecard &#124; ESPN Cricinfo|work=[[ESPNcricinfo]]|accessdate=29 March 2014}}</ref> He continued by scoring 99 and 93 in the first two matches of the Future Cup against South Africa. During the second match, he also became the first to score 15,000 runs in ODIs.<ref>{{cite news|title=After Yuvraj breaks in, Sachin seals victory|url=|agency=[[Press Trust of India|PTI]]|location=Belfast|newspaper=[[The Indian Express]]|date=29 June 2007|accessdate=29 March 2014}}</ref> He was the leading run scorer and was adjudged the Man of the Series.<ref>{{cite web| url=;type=tournament |title=Cricket Records &#124; Future Cup, 2007 &#124; Records &#124; Most runs &#124; ESPN Cricinfo|work=[[ESPNcricinfo]] |accessdate=1 June 2008}}</ref><ref>{{cite web|url=|title=3rd ODI: India v South Africa at Belfast, Jul 1, 2007 &#124; Cricket Scorecard &#124; ESPN Cricinfo|work=[[ESPNcricinfo]]|accessdate=29 March 2014}}</ref>

[[File:Tendulkar closup.jpg|thumb|right|200px|Tendulkar celebrates upon reaching his 38th Test century against Australia in the 2nd Test at the [[Sydney Cricket Ground|SCG]] in 2008, where he finished [[not out]] on 154]]
On the second day of the Nottingham Test on 28 July 2007, Tendulkar became the third cricketer to complete 11,000 Test runs.<ref>{{cite web| url= |title=Tendulkar gets to 11,000 Test runs |publisher=ESPNcricinfo |accessdate=1 June 2008}}</ref>
In the subsequent one-day series against England, Tendulkar was the leading run scorer from India<ref>{{cite web| url=;type=series |title=Statistics, NatWest Series India in England, 2007 |publisher=ESPNcricinfo |accessdate=1 June 2008}}</ref> with an average of 53.42. In the ODI Series against Australia in October 2007 Tendulkar was the leading Indian run scorer with 278 runs.<ref>{{cite web| url=;type=series |title=Statistics, Australia in India ODI Series, 2007/08 |publisher=ESPNcricinfo |accessdate=1 June 2008}}</ref>

Tendulkar was dismissed seven times in 2007 between 90 and 100, including three times at 99, leading some to suggestions that he struggles to cope with nervousness in this phase of his innings.{{citation needed|date=April 2014}} Tendulkar has got out 27 times in the 90s during his international career.<ref>{{cite web| url=;filter=advanced;outs=1;runsmax1=99;runsmin1=90;runsval1=runs;template=results;type=batting;view=innings |title=Statistics / Statsguru / SR Tendulkar / Batting records / Combined Test, ODI and T20I records |publisher=ESPNcricinfo |accessdate=31 May 2013}}</ref> In a five-ODI series against Pakistan, he was caught by [[Kamran Akmal]] off the bowling of [[Umar Gul]] for 99 in the second match at [[Mohali]],<ref>{{cite news|url=|title=Sachin falls short of his own genius|first=G S|last=Vivek|location=Mohali|newspaper=[[The Indian Express]]|date=8 November 2007|accessdate=29 March 2014}}</ref> and in the fourth match of that series, he got out in the 90s for a second time, scoring 97 before dragging a delivery from Gul on to his stumps.<ref>{{cite news|url=|title=Sachin Tendulkar stars as India clinches series|date=16 November 2007|newspaper=[[The Hindu]]|first=Nandita|last=Sridhar|accessdate=29 March 2014}}</ref>

===2007&#8211;08 tour of Australia===
In the [[Indian cricket team in Australia in 2007–08|Border-Gavaskar Trophy, 2007–08]], Tendulkar showed exceptional form, becoming the leading run scorer with 493 runs in four Tests, despite consistently failing in the second innings.<ref>{{cite web|title=Cricket Records &#124; Records &#124; Border-Gavaskar Trophy, 2007/08 &#124; Most runs|publisher=[[ESPNcricinfo]]|url=;type=series|work=[[ESPNcrcinfo]]|accessdate=18 December 2013}}</ref> Sachin scored 62 runs in the first innings of the first Test at the [[Melbourne Cricket Ground|MCG]] in [[Melbourne]], but could not prevent a heavy 337-run win for Australia.<ref>{{cite web|title=Australia wins the first match|url=|work=[[ESPNcricinfo]]|accessdate=18 December 2013}}</ref> In the [[Second Test, 2007–08 Border-Gavaskar Trophy|controversial New Years' Test at Sydney]], Tendulkar scored an unbeaten 154, even though India lost the Test. This was his third century at the [[Sydney Cricket Ground|SCG]] and his 38th Test century overall, earning him an average of 326 at the ground at the time of completing the innings.<ref>{{cite news|title=Tendulkar lords over Sydney, cracks 38th century|url=|first=G S|last=Vivek|location=Sydney|newspaper=[[The Indian Express]]|date=4 January 2008|accessdate=29 March 2014}}</ref><ref>{{cite web|url=|title=Tendulkar's SCG success and Gilchrist bags No. 400|first1=George|last1=Binoy|first2=HR|last2=Gopalakrishna|date=4 January 2008|work=[[ESPNcricinfo]]|accessdate=29 March 2014}}</ref> In the third Test at the [[WACA Ground|WACA cricket ground]] in [[Perth, Western Australia|Perth]], Sachin was instrumental in India's first innings score of 330, scoring a well-compiled 71. India went on to record a historic triumph at the WACA, ending Australia's run of 16 consecutive wins.<ref>{{cite web|title=Inspired India end Australia's streak|url=|first=Dileep |last=Premachandran|work=[[ESPNcricinfo]]|date=19 January 2008|accessdate=29 March 2014}}</ref> In the fourth Test at the [[Adelaide Oval]], which ended in a draw, he scored 153 in the first innings, being involved in a crucial 126 run stand with [[V.V.S. Laxman]] for the fifth wicket to lead India to a score of 282 for 5 from 156 for 4.<ref>{{cite web|url=|title=Tendulkar ton lights up keen contest|first=Dileep|last=Premachandran|date=24 January 2008|accessdate=29 March 2014}}</ref> He secured the Man of the Match award.<ref>{{cite web|title=3rd ODI: India v South Africa at Belfast, Jul 1, 2007 &#124; Cricket Scorecard &#124; ESPN Cricinfo|url=|work=[[ESPNcricinfo]]|accessdate=18 December 2013}}</ref>

In the One-Day International Commonwealth Bank Tri-Series involving India, Sri Lanka and Australia, Tendulkar became the only batsman to complete 16,000 runs in ODIs.<ref>{{cite web|title=Sachin reaches to 16000 runs|url=|publisher=IBN Live|accessdate=18 December 2013}}</ref> He achieved this feat against Sri Lanka on 5 February 2008 at the [[The Gabba|Gabba]] in [[Brisbane]]. He started the CB series well notching up scores of 10, 35, 44 and 32, but could not convert the starts into bigger scores.<ref>{{cite web|url=;ageval1=age;batting_positionmax1=2;batting_positionmin1=2;batting_positionval1=batting_position;class=2;filter=advanced;orderby=start;series=3160;team=6;template=results;type=batting;view=innings|title=Batting records &#124; One-Day Internationals &#124; Cricinfo Statsguru &#124; ESPN Cricinfo|work=[[ESPNcricinfo]]|accessdate=29 March 2014}}</ref> His form dipped a bit in the middle of the tournament,{{original research inline|date=March 2014}} but Tendulkar came back strongly in India's must-win game against Sri Lanka at the [[Bellerive Oval]] in [[Hobart]], scoring 63 off 54 balls.<ref>{{cite news|url=|title=India hammer final nail|first=G.S.|last=Vivek|location=Hobart|date=26 February 2008|accessdate=29 March 2014}}</ref> He finished the series with a match winning 117 not out off 120 balls in the first final,<ref>{{cite web| url= |title=1st Final: Australia v India at Sydney, 2&nbsp;March 2008 |publisher=ESPNcricinfo |accessdate=1 June 2008}}</ref> and 91 runs in the second final.<ref>{{cite web| url= |title=2nd Final: Australia v India at Brisbane, 4&nbsp;March 2008 |publisher=ESPNcricinfo |accessdate=1 June 2008}}</ref>

===Home series against South Africa===
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South Africa toured in [[South African cricket team in India in 2007–08|March and April 2008]] for a three-Test series. Tendulkar scored a five-ball duck in his only innings of the series;<ref>{{Cite journal |url= |title=f50749 t1870 India v South Africa: South Africa in India 2007/08 (1st Test) |publisher=Cricket Archive |accessdate=3 April 2011 |postscript=<!-- Bot inserted parameter. Either remove it; or change its value to "." for the cite to end in a ".", as necessary. -->{{inconsistent citations}}}}</ref> he sustained a groin strain in the match and as a result was forced not only to miss the second and third Tests, but also the tri-series involving Bangladesh, the [[2008 Asia Cup]], and the first half of the inaugural season of the [[Indian Premier League|IPL]].<ref>{{cite web |url= |title=Tendulkar to miss Bangladesh tri-series and Asia Cup |date=29 May 2008 |accessdate=3 April 2011 |postscript=<!-- Bot inserted parameter. Either remove it; or change its value to "." for the cite to end in a ".", as necessary. -->{{inconsistent citations}}}}</ref>

===Sri Lanka Series===
Before the [[Indian cricket team in Sri Lanka in 2008|touring Sri Lanka for three Test]] in July 2008, Tendulkar needed just 177 runs to go past Brian Lara's record of Test 11,953 runs. However, he failed in all six innings, scoring a total of just 95 runs. India lost the series and his average of 15.83 was his worst in a Test series with at least three matches.<ref>{{cite web |url=;filter=advanced;orderby=batting_average;orderbyad=reverse;template=results;type=batting;view=series |title=Statistics / Statsguru / SR Tendulkar / Test matches: Series average |publisher=ESPNcricinfo |accessdate=17 August 2011}}</ref>

===Return to form and breaking Brian Lara's record===
In the following ODI series against Sri Lanka, Tendulkar was sidelined due to injury.<ref>{{cite web|url=|title=India need to fix opening problem|first=Jamie|last=Alter|location=Dambulla|work=[[ESPNcricinfo]]|date=19 August 2008|accessdate=29 March 2014}}</ref> However, during the following Australia tour of India, he returned to fitness and form, scoring 13 and 49 in the first Test<ref>{{cite web|title=1st Test: India v Australia at Bangalore, Oct 9–13, 2008 &#124; Cricket Scorecard &#124; ESPN Cricinfo|url=|work=[[ESPNcricinfo]]|accessdate=21 December 2013}}</ref> before making 88 in the first innings of the second Test, breaking the record for most number of Test runs held by Brian Lara. He also reached the 12,000 run mark when he was on 61.<ref>{{cite web|title=Sachin reaches 12000 runs and breaks Lara's Record|url=|publisher=[[The Times of India]]|date=17 October 2008|accessdate=21 December 2013}}{{Dead link|date=July 2014}}</ref><ref>{{cite news|title=12,000 and counting, but he isn't just about numbers|url=|accessdate=29 March 2014|first=Kunal|last=Pradhan|date=18 October 2008|newspaper=[[The Indian Express]]}}</ref> He described the achievement as the biggest in 19 years of his career on the day he achieved the record.<ref>{{Cite news|url=|title=Tendulkar scales another peak |date=18 October 2008|newspaper=[[The Hindu]]|author=Special Correspondent |accessdate=18 October 2008|location=Chennai, India|quote="It is definitely the biggest achievement in 19 years of my career," the 35-year-old said ...}}</ref> He made a fifty in the third Test<ref>{{cite web|title=Gambhir century sets India on course|url=|work=[[ESPNcricinfo]]|accessdate=29 March 2014|first=Brydon|last=Coverdale|date=29 October 2008}}</ref> and 109 in the fourth, as India won the series 2–0 and regained the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.<ref>{{cite web|title=India reclaim the Border-Gavaskar Trophy|url=|first=Jamie|last=Alter|date=10 November 2008|accessdate=29 March 2014}}</ref>

===ODI and Test Series against England===
Tendulkar was again out of the first three ODIs of a seven-match ODI series at home against England due to an injury, but he made 11 in the fourth ODI<ref>{{cite web|title=4th ODI: India v England at Bangalore, Nov 23, 2008 &#124; Cricket Scorecard &#124; ESPN Cricinfo|url=|work=[[ESPNcricinfo]]|accessdate=21 December 2013}}</ref> and 50 in the fifth,<ref>{{cite news|url=|title=Indian juggernaut rolls on|date=27 November 2008|first=K.C. Vijaya|last=Kumar|newspaper=[[The Hindu]]|accessdate=29 March 2014}}</ref> before the series was called off due to the [[2008 Mumbai terrorist attacks]], the scoreline being 5–0 to India.<ref name="MumbaiAttacks2008.1">{{cite news|url=|title=One-Day International series called off|date=28 November 2008|newspaper=[[The Hindu]]|first=K.C. Vijaya|last=Kumar|accessdate=29 March 2014}}</ref><ref name="MumbaiAttacks2008.2">{{cite news|url=|title=England players fly back home|agency=Agencies|location=Bangalore/London|newspaper=[[The Indian Express]]|date=29 November 2008|accessdate=29 March 2014}}</ref>

England returned for a two-match Test series in December 2008, and the first Test, which was originally planned to be held in Mumbai, was shifted to Chennai following the terror attacks.<ref name="MumbaiAttacks2008.1" /><ref name="MumbaiAttacks2008.2" /> Chasing 387 for victory in that match, Tendulkar scored 103 not out and shared a 163-run unbroken fifth wicket partnership with [[Yuvraj Singh]].<ref>{{cite web|title=Tendulkar century sets up famous win|url=|work=[[ESPNcricinfo]]|first=Andrew|last=McGlashan|date=15 December 2008|accessdate=21 December 2013}}</ref> This was his third century in the fourth innings of a Test match, and the first which resulted in a win.<ref>{{cite web|url=;filter=advanced;innings_number=4;orderby=start;runsmin1=100;runsval1=runs;template=results;type=batting;view=innings|title=Statistics / Statsguru / SR Tendulkar / Test matches|work=[[ESPNcricinfo]]|accessdate=30 March 2014}}</ref> He dedicated this century to the victims of the Mumbai terror attacks.<ref>{{cite news|title='This century, this win is for victims of terror'|url=|first=Sandeep|last=Dwivedi|location=Chennai|date=15 December 2008|accessdate=30 March 2014}}</ref> Tendulkar failed in both innings in the second Test at [[Mohali]], which ended in a draw. India won the series 1–0.<ref>{{cite web|title=India v England at Mohali, Dec 19–23, 2008 &#124; Cricket Scorecard &#124; ESPN Cricinfo|url=|work=[[ESPNcricinfo]]|accessdate=30 March 2014}}</ref>

{{see also|List of highest individual scores in ODIs}}

In early 2009, India revisited Sri Lanka for five ODIs, as the Pakistan series had been cancelled due to the security situation in Pakistan and the attacks in Mumbai.{{citation needed|date=March 2014}} Tendulkar scored 5, 6 and 7 in the first three matches, being dismissed [[leg before wicket]] in all of them, and did not play in the remaining two matches.<ref>{{cite web|title=Statistics / Statsguru / SR Tendulkar / One-Day Internationals|url=;filter=advanced;orderby=start;series=4914;template=results;type=batting;view=innings|work=[[ESPNcricinfo]]|accessdate=30 March 2014}}</ref>

India's next assignment was an away series against New Zealand, consisting of three Tests and five ODIs. In the ODI series, Tendulkar made an unbeaten 163 in the third match before stomach cramps forced him to end his innings. India made 392, won the match<ref>{{cite web|title=Sachin makes 163 runs.|url=|work=[[ESPNcricinfo]]|accessdate=10 April 2014|date=8 March 2009|first=Sriram|last=Veera}}</ref> and eventually won the series 3–1.<ref>{{cite journal|title=Auckland ODI: New Zealand win by 8 wickets|url=|agency=[[Press Trust of India|PTI]] |work=[[India Today]]|date=14 March 2009|accessdate=10 April 2014}}</ref> Tendulkar made 160 in the first Test, his 42nd Test century, and India won.<ref>{{cite web|title=India end drought with thumping win|url=|work=[[ESPNcricinfo]]|accessdate=10 April 2014|first=Dileep|last=Premachandran|date=21 March 2009}}</ref> He made 49 and 64 in the second Test<ref>{{cite web|title=2nd Test: New Zealand v India at Napier, Mar 26–30, 2009 &#124; Cricket Scorecard &#124; ESPN Cricinfo|url=|work=[[ESPNcricinfo]]|accessdate=22 December 2013}}</ref> and 62 and 9 in the third, in which play was halted on the last day due to rain with India needing only two wickets to win. India won the series 1–0.<ref>{{cite web|title=3rd Test: New Zealand v India at Wellington, Apr 3–7, 2009 &#124; Cricket Scorecard &#124; ESPN Cricinfo|url=|work=[[ESPNcricinfo]]|accessdate=22 December 2013}}</ref><ref>{{cite journal|title=Wellington Test ends in a draw, India win series|url=,+India+win+series/1/35658.html|agency=Agencies|location=Wellington|work=[[India Today]]|date=14 March 2009|accessdate=10 April 2014}}</ref>

Tendulkar rested himself for the ODI tour of West Indies,<ref>{{cite news|url=|title=Tendulkar, Zaheer rested; Nehra in for Caribbean tour|agency=Agencies|location=New Delhi|date=17 June 2009|newspaper=[[The Indian Express]]|accessdate=10 April 2014}}</ref> but was back for the Compaq Cup Tri Series between India, Sri Lanka and New Zealand in early September 2009. He made 46<ref>{{cite web|title=2nd Match: India v New Zealand at Colombo (RPS), Sep 11, 2009 &#124; Cricket Scorecard &#124; ESPN Cricinfo|url=|work=[[ESPNcricinfo]]|accessdate=22 December 2013}}</ref> and 27<ref>{{cite web|url=|title=3rd Match: Sri Lanka v India at Colombo (RPS), Sep 12, 2009 &#124; Cricket Scorecard &#124; ESPN Cricinfo|work=[[ESPNcricinfo]]|accessdate=10 April 2014}}</ref> in the league matches before notching up 138 in the final, as India made 319 and won by 46 runs.<ref>{{cite journal|url=;+Harbhajan+takes+5+after+Tendulkar%27s+138/1/61652.html|title=India beat Sri Lanka in Compaq Cup final; Harbhajan takes 5 after Tendulkar's 138|work=[[India Today]]|first=AR|last=Hemant|agency=ITGD|location=New Delhi|date=14 September 2009|accessdate=10 April 2014}}</ref> This was Tendulkar's sixth century in a final of an ODI tournament and his third consecutive score of over 50 in such finals.<ref>{{cite web|url=|title=Tendulkar's final onslaught|first=S|last=Rajesh|date=14 September 2009|accessdate=10 April 2014}}</ref>

Tendulkar played just one innings in the ICC Champions trophy in South Africa, scoring 8 against Pakistan as India lost.<ref>{{cite news|url=|title=India lose Champions Trophy opener against Pak by 54 runs|agency=Agencies|newspaper=[[The Indian Express]]|location=Centurion|date=27 September 2009|accessdate=10 April 2014}}</ref> The next match against Australia was abandoned due to rain<ref>{{cite news|url=|title=India's chances watered down|first=Sandeep|last=Dwivedi|date=29 September 2009|location=Centurion|newspaper=[[The Indian Express]]|accessdate=10 April 2014}}</ref> and he was out with a stomach infection in the third match against the West Indies, as India were eliminated.<ref>{{cite news|url=|title=India beats Windies, but bows out of tournament|first=S.|last=Dinakar|newspaper=[[The Hindu]]|date=1 October 2009|accessdate=11 April 2014}}</ref>

Australia returned for a seven-match ODI series in India in October, and Tendulkar made 14, 4, 32 and 40 in the first four games.<ref>{{cite web|url=;filter=advanced;orderby=start;series=5282;template=results;type=batting;view=innings|title=Statistics / Statsguru / SR Tendulkar / One-Day Internationals|work=[[ESPNcricinfo]]|accessdate=11 April 2014}}</ref> In the fifth match, with the series tied at 2–2, Australia amassed 350/4 in 50 overs.<ref>{{cite web|title=Australia scores 350/4 in the Fifth ODI|url=|publisher=ESPN|accessdate=22 December 2013}}</ref> Tendulkar made his 45th ODI hundred, a 175 off 141 balls. Just when it seemed that he would steer India to the large victory target, he tried to scoop a slower delivery from debutant bowler [[Clint McKay]] over short fine leg only to be caught by [[Nathan Hauritz]], with India needing 19 runs to win with 18 balls and four wickets left. The Indian tail collapsed, and Australia won the match by three runs.<ref>{{cite web|title=Australia survive terrific Tendulkar|url=|work=[[ESPNcricinfo]]|accessdate=22 December 2013|first=Sidharth|last=Monga|date=5 November 2009}}</ref><ref name="2009AustraliaSeries. ODI5">{{cite news|url=|title=Tendulkar's incandescent innings in vain|newspaper=[[The Hindu]]|first=K.C. Vijaya|last=Kumar|date=6 November 2009|accessdate=11 April 2014}}</ref> During this match, Tendulkar also became the first player to reach 17,000 ODI runs,<ref name="2009AustraliaSeries. ODI5" /><ref>{{cite web|title=Sachin becomes the First Player to achieve the 17000 run mark|url=|publisher=TOI|accessdate=22 December 2013}}{{Dead link|date=July 2014}}</ref> and achieved his personal best against Australia,<ref>{{cite web|url=;filter=advanced;opposition=2;orderby=batted_score;template=results;type=batting;view=innings|title= Statistics / Statsguru / SR Tendulkar / One-Day Internationals|work=[[ESPNcricinfo]]|accessdate=11 April 2014}}</ref> as well as the third highest score in a defeat.<ref>{{cite web|url=;filter=advanced;orderby=batted_score;result=2;template=results;type=batting;view=innings|title=Statistics / Statsguru / One-Day Internationals / Batting records|work=[[ESPNcricinfo]]|accessdate=11 April 2014}}</ref>

In the five-match ODI series against Sri Lanka in 2009–10, Tendulkar scored 69, 43, 96 not out and 8 in the first four matches,<ref>{{cite web|url=;filter=advanced;orderby=start;series=5563;template=results;type=batting;view=innings|title=Statistics / Statsguru / SR Tendulkar / One-Day Internationals|work=[[ESPNcricinfo]]|accessdate=12 April 2014}}</ref> with the fifth match being abandoned as the pitch was deemed unfit and potentially dangerous.<ref>{{cite news|url=|title=Minefield of a pitch forces abandonment|first=Nandita|last=Sridhar|newspaper=[[The Hindu]]|date=28 December 2009|accessdate=12 April 2014}}</ref> India won the series 3–1.<ref>{{cite web|title=5th ODI: India v Sri Lanka at Delhi, Dec 27, 2009 &#124; Cricket Scorecard &#124; ESPN Cricinfo|url=|work=[[ESPNcricinfo]]|accessdate=12 April 2014}}</ref> In the Test series that followed, he scored a 100 not out in the first Test, which was drawn, and 40 and 53 in the second and third Tests respectively as India clinched innings victories in both the Tests, to win the series 2–0.<ref>{{cite web|title=India vs SL Test Series 2009|url=}}</ref>

Sachin rested himself for the ODI tri-series in Bangladesh in 2010, but played in the subsequent Test series.<ref>{{cite news|url=|title=Tendulkar rested for Bangladesh Tri-series|agency=Agencies|location=New Delhi|date=25 December 2009|accessdate=12 April 2014}}</ref> He made 105 not out and 16 in the first Test, and 143 in the second. India won both the Tests.<ref>{{cite web|title=1st Test: Bangladesh v India at Chittagong, Jan 17–21, 2010 &#124; Cricket Scorecard &#124; ESPN Cricinfo|url=|work=[[ESPNcricinfo]]|accessdate=22 December 2013}}</ref><ref>{{cite web|title=2nd Test: Bangladesh v India at Dhaka, Jan 24–27, 2010 &#124; Cricket Scorecard &#124; ESPN Cricinfo|url=|work=[[ESPNcricinfo]]|accessdate=22 December 2013}}</ref>

In the [[South African cricket team in India in 2009–10|two-Test Series against South Africa]], Tendulkar made 7 and 100 in the first Test.<ref>{{cite web|title=1st Test: India v South Africa at Nagpur, Feb 6–9, 2010 &#124; Cricket Scorecard &#124; ESPN Cricinfo|url=|work=[[ESPNcricinfo]]|accessdate=22 December 2013}}</ref> He then scored 106 in the first innings of the second Test, which was his 47th hundred in Test cricket. It was also his fourth hundred in successive Tests, and he was the fourth Indian to achieve this feat.<ref>{{cite news|title=Sachin Tendulkar slams 47th Test century|url=|publisher=[[The Times of India]]|agency=[[Times News Network|TNN]]|date=15 February 2010|accessdate=22 December 2013}}{{Dead link|date=July 2014}}</ref><ref>{{cite news|url=|title=Highlights: Kolkata Test, Day 2|first=Rajesh|last=Kumar|work=[[NDTV]]|accessdate=13 April 2014}}</ref> In the second match of the subsequent ODI series, Tendulkar scored 200 not out, becoming the world's first batsman to score a double century in ODI cricket and breaking the previous highest score of 194 jointly held by Pakistan's [[Saeed Anwar]] and Zimbabwe's [[Charles Coventry (Zimbabwean cricketer)|Charles Coventry]].{{refn|group=Note|1=[[Belinda Clark]] of the [[Australian women's cricket team]] was the first cricketer (of any gender) to score 200 or more in an ODI match. She scored 229* in a [[1997 Women's Cricket World Cup]] match against Denmark.<ref>{{cite news|url=view-source:|title=Before Sachin, there was Belinda Clark|first=Nitin|last=Naik|agency=[[Times News Network|TNN]]|newspaper=[[The Times of India]]|date=8 March 2010|accessdate=19 April 2014}}</ref><ref>{{cite news|url=|title=Aussie skipper scores double ton. News is it's not Steve Waugh|newspaper=[[The Indian Express]]|first=H|last=Nataranjan|date=17 December 1997|accessdate=19 April 2014}}</ref><ref name="ODI200.1">{{Cite news|url=|title=Sachin Tendulkar fires record 200 against South Africa|date=24 February 2010|publisher=BBC Sport|accessdate=24 February 2010|location=London}}</ref><ref name="ODI200.2">{{Cite news|url=|title=Tendulkar double ton leads India to series win|publisher=Rediff|accessdate=24 February 2010|location=Gwalior|date=24 February 2010}}</ref><ref name="ODI200.3">{{cite web|url=|date=24 February 2010|title=Sachin Tendulkar "The God" creates History again|publisher=DownTheWicket|accessdate=26 March 2013}}</ref>}}

{{wideimage|Tendulkar goes to 14,000 Test runs.jpg|750px|Tendulkar's shot to reach 14,000 Test runs. He was batting against Australia in October 2010.}}

===2011 World Cup and after===
From February to April, Bangladesh, India, and Sri Lanka hosted the [[2011 Cricket World Cup|2011 World Cup]]. Amassing 482&nbsp;runs at an average of 53.55 including two centuries, Tendulkar was India's leading run-scorer for the tournament; only [[Tillakaratne Dilshan]] of Sri Lanka scored more runs in the 2011 tournament.<ref>{{Cite journal |url=;type=tournament |title=ICC Cricket World Cup, 2010/11 / Records / Most runs |publisher=ESPNcricinfo |accessdate=3 April 2011 |postscript=<!-- Bot inserted parameter. Either remove it; or change its value to "." for the cite to end in a ".", as necessary. -->{{inconsistent citations}}}}</ref> India defeated Sri Lanka in the final.<ref>{{Cite journal |url= |title=Dhoni and Gambhir lead India to World Cup glory |first=Andrew |last=Miller |publisher=ESPNcricinfo |date=2 April 2011 |accessdate=3 April 2011 |postscript=<!-- Bot inserted parameter. Either remove it; or change its value to "." for the cite to end in a ".", as necessary. -->{{inconsistent citations}}}}</ref> Shortly after the victory, Tendulkar commented that "Winning the World Cup is the proudest moment of my life.&nbsp;... I couldn't control my tears of joy."<ref>{{Cite journal |url= |title='I couldn't control my tears of joy' |publisher=ESPNcricinfo |date=2 April 2011 |accessdate=3 April 2011 |postscript=<!-- Bot inserted parameter. Either remove it; or change its value to "." for the cite to end in a ".", as necessary. -->{{inconsistent citations}}}}</ref>
{| class="wikitable" style="float:right; margin-left:1em; width:50%;"
!colspan="7"|'''Tendulkar's results in international matches'''<ref name="Cricinfo">{{cite web|title=Statistics / Statsguru / SR Tendulkar /One-Day Internationals|url=;template=results;type=batting|publisher=ESPNcricinfo|accessdate=25 April 2012}}</ref>
|&nbsp;||Matches||Won||Lost||Drawn||Tied||No result
|Test<ref>{{cite web|title=List of Test victories|url=;filter=advanced;orderby=matches;result=1;template=results;type=batting|publisher=ESPNcricinfo|accessdate=25 April 2012}}</ref> ||200||72||56||72||0||–
|ODI<ref>{{cite web|title=List of ODI victories|url=;filter=advanced;orderby=matches;result=1;template=results;type=batting|publisher=ESPNcricinfo|accessdate=25 April 2012}}</ref> ||463||234||200||–||5||24
|T20I<ref>{{cite web|title=List of T20I victories|url=;filter=advanced;orderby=matches;result=1;template=results;type=batting|publisher=ESPNcricinfo|accessdate=25 April 2012}}</ref> ||1||1||–||–||–||–
India were due to tour the West Indies in June, although Tendulkar chose not to participate. He returned to the squad in July for India's [[Indian cricket team in England in 2011|tour of England]].<ref>{{Cite journal |url= |title=Tendulkar not thinking of 100th hundred |publisher=ESPNcricinfo |date=12 July 2011 |accessdate=18 July 2011 |postscript=<!-- Bot inserted parameter. Either remove it; or change its value to "." for the cite to end in a ".", as necessary. -->{{inconsistent citations}}}}</ref> Throughout the tour there was much hype in the media about whether Tendulkar would reach his 100th century in international cricket (Test and ODIs combined). However his highest score in the Tests was 91; Tendulkar averaged 34.12 in the series as England won 4–0 as they deposed India as the No.&nbsp;1 ranked Test side.<ref name="5 September 2011">{{Cite journal |url= |title=Tendulkar ruled out of series |publisher=ESPNcricinfo |date=5 September 2011 |accessdate=10 September 2011 |postscript=<!-- Bot inserted parameter. Either remove it; or change its value to "." for the cite to end in a ".", as necessary. -->{{inconsistent citations}}}}</ref><ref>{{Cite journal |url= |title=Swann content with team success |first=Andrew |last=Miller |publisher=ESPNcricinfo |date=16 August 2011 |accessdate=22 August 2011 |postscript=<!-- Bot inserted parameter. Either remove it; or change its value to "." for the cite to end in a ".", as necessary. -->{{inconsistent citations}}}}</ref> The injury Tendulkar sustained to his right foot in 2001 flared up and as a result he was ruled out of the ODI series that followed.<ref name="5 September 2011"/> Tendulkar created another record on 8 November 2011 when he became the first cricketer to score 15,000 runs in Test cricket, during the opening Test match against the West Indies at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium in New Delhi.<ref>{{cite news |url= |title=Sachin Tendulkar passes 15,000 Test runs |accessdate=8 November 2011 |publisher=BBC Sport |date=9 November 2011}}</ref><ref>{{cite web|title=Sachin Tendulkar becomes the first batsman to score 15,000 Test runs|url=|publisher=Cricket Country|accessdate=8 November 2011}}</ref>

[[Ian Chappell]] was not happy with Sachin's performance after India's tour of Australia. He says that Sachin's quest for his 100th hundred has proved to be a hurdle for the entire team and has hampered their performance on the Tour of Australia.<ref>{{cite news|title=Sachin Tendulkar needs to introspect: Ian Chappell|url=|date=3 March 2015|publisher=NDTV Sports}}</ref> Former India World Cup winning captain and all-rounder Kapil Dev has also voiced his opinion that Sachin should have retired from ODI's after the World Cup.{{citation needed|date=April 2014}} Former Australian fast bowler, Geoff Lawson, has said that Sachin has the right to decide when to quit although he adds that Tendulkar should not delay it for too long.<ref>{{cite news|url=|title=Why is Sachin Tendulkar still playing?&nbsp;... |publisher=International}}</ref>
The selection committee of BCCI expectedly included Sachin in the national Test squad for the upcoming series against New Zealand commencing in August 2012.<ref>{{cite web|url= |title= Sachin returns, Laxman retained in squad for NZ Tests|date=10 August 2012}}</ref>

====100th international century====
Tendulkar scored his much awaited 100th international hundred on 16 March 2012, at Mirpur against Bangladesh in the Asia Cup.<ref>{{cite web|title=Sachin Tendulkar gets his ton of tons|url=|publisher=NDTV|accessdate=16 March 2012}}</ref> He became the first person in history to achieve this feat. Incidentally, it was Tendulkar's first ODI hundred against Bangladesh. He said "It's been a tough phase for me&nbsp;... I was not thinking about the milestone, the media started all this, wherever I went, the restaurant, room service, everyone was talking about the 100th hundred. Nobody talked about my 99&nbsp;hundreds. It became mentally tough for me because nobody talked about my 99&nbsp;hundreds."<ref>{{cite web |url= |title='Been a tough phase for me'&nbsp;– Tendulkar |publisher=ESPNcricinfo |date=16 March 2012 |accessdate=16 March 2012}}</ref> Despite Tendulkar's century, India failed to win the match against Bangladesh, losing by 5 wickets.<ref name="Sachin's 100th">{{cite news | url= | title=Bangladesh beat India after Sachin's 100th | work=[[IBNLive]] | date=16 March 2012 | accessdate=17 November 2013}}</ref>

====Return To Ranji Trophy====
After getting out bowled on 3 similar instances against the New Zealand recently and hitting a slump in form, Tendulkar returned to the Ranji Trophy to get back some form ahead of the England Series at home, in a match for Mumbai against Railways on 2 November 2012.
All eyes were on Tendulkar, who was playing his first Ranji Trophy match since 2009. And he did not disappoint smashing 137 off 136 balls with 21 fours and 3 Sixes, to take his team to 344 for 4 at stumps on day one.<ref name="cricketnext">{{cite web|url=|title=Ranji Trophy: Sachin roars back to form; Sehwag, Gambhir miss out||author=Cricketnext Staff|date=2 November 2012}}</ref>

However, because of a poor form in the first two Tests in the series against England, and India being humiliated in the second match of that series by 10 wickets on 26 November 2012,<ref>{{cite web |url= |title=England spinners humiliate India |author=David Hopps |work=[[ESPNcricinfo]] |date=26 November 2012 |accessdate=30 November 2012}}</ref> some people have started to question his place in the Indian team. A report by ''[[The Hindustan Times]]'' said that Tendulkar had a discussion with the national chief selector [[Sandeep Patil]], in which he said that he would leave it to the selectors to decide on his future as he is not getting any runs.<ref>{{cite news |url= |title=I'm not getting runs, now it's your call: Sachin to selectors |author=Sanjjeev K Samyal |author2=Firoz Mirza |newspaper=[[Hindustan Times]] |date=27 November 2012 |accessdate=30 November 2012}}</ref> This speculation, however, was later considered to be false.<ref>{{cite news |url= |title=Sachin Tendulkar's mind is only on cricket |author=Vinay Nayudu |agency=[[Times News Network]] |date=28 December 2012 |accessdate=30 November 2012}}{{Dead link|date=July 2014}}</ref><ref>{{cite news |url= |title=Speculation over Tendulkar's retirement downplayed |agency=[[Indo-Asian News Service|IANS]] |date=28 November 2012 |accessdate=30 November 2012}}</ref>

Then he decided to play in the knockout stage of the [[2012-13 Ranji Trophy]]. He scored 108 in the quarter final against [[Baroda cricket team|Baroda]] before being bowled by [[Murtuja Vahora]], where Sachin was involved in a 234-run partnership with opener [[Wasim Jaffer]] (150) for the 3rd wicket at [[Wankhede Stadium]].<ref>{{cite web|url=|title=Tendulkar, Jaffer hit hundreds in Ranji quarterfinal|publisher=[[Yahoo! Cricket]]|date=6 January 2013|accessdate=14 February 2012}}</ref> [[Mumbai cricket team|Mumbai]] eventually piled on 645/9 and won on 1st innings lead.<ref>{{cite web|url=|title=3rd Quarter-final: Mumbai v Baroda at Mumbai, Jan 6–10, 2013 &#124; ESPN Cricinfo|work=[[ESPNcricinfo]]|accessdate=14 February 2012}}</ref> In the semi final against [[Services cricket team|Services]] at Palam A Ground, with [[Mumbai cricket team|Mumbai]] reeling at 23/3, Sachin scored 56 from 75 balls and had an 81-run 4th wicket partnership with [[Abhishek Nayar]] (70),<ref>{{cite web|url=|title=Spunky Services stretch Mumbai|publisher=[[Yahoo! Cricket]]|first=Kunal|last=Diwan|date=16 January 2013|accessdate=14 February 2012}}</ref> and Mumbai eventually won on 1st innings lead after the match went into the sixth day due to rain delays.<ref>{{cite web|url=|title=Mumbai demolish Services to enter 44th Ranji final|first=Sharda|last=Ugra|location=Delhi|work=[[ESPNcricinfo]]|date=21 January 2013|accessdate=14 February 2012}}</ref> In the final against [[Saurashtra cricket team|Saurashtra]], he was run out for 22 following a misunderstanding with [[Wasim Jaffer]].<ref>{{cite web|url=|title=Unfortunate that Sachin got run out: Jaffer|first=Skandan|last=Sampath|publisher=[[Yahoo! Cricket]]|date=27 January 2013|accessdate=14 February 2012}}</ref> Mumbai eventually won the Ranji Trophy 2012–13.<ref>{{cite web|url=|title=Mumbai boss their way to No. 40|first=Siddarth|last=Ravindran|location=Mumbai|date=28 January 2013|work=[[ESPNcricinfo]]|accessdate=14 February 2012}}</ref>

He also played in the [[Irani Trophy]] for Mumbai, where he scored 140* against Rest of India and helped [[Mumbai cricket team|Mumbai]] to score 409 in reply to Rest of India's 526. This was also his 81st hundred in first-class cricket, equalling [[Sunil Gavaskar]]&#39;s Indian record for most first-class hundreds.<ref>{{cite news|url=|title=It's Sachin versus Rest of India in Irani Cup|newspaper=[[The Times of India]]|agency=[[Times News Network|TNN]]|first=K Shriniwas|last=Rao|date=8 February 2013|accessdate=14 February 2012}}</ref><ref>{{cite news|url=|title=Sachin Tendulkar equals Sunil Gavaskar's first-class record|work=[[NDTV]]|first=K Shriniwas|last=Rao|date=8 June 2013}}</ref><ref>{{cite web|author=Santosh Suri, TNN |url= |title=Chance for Sachin Tendulkar to break Sunil Gavaskar's domestic record |work=The Times of India |date=19 October 2012 |accessdate=8 November 2013}}</ref>

[[File:199Sachin.jpg|thumb|Sachin fielding at 199th Test match in [[Eden Gardens]] (he is seen wearing a hat)]]
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Following poor performance in the 2012 series against England, Tendulkar announced his retirement from [[One Day International]]s on 23 December 2012, while noting that he will be available for Test cricket.<ref name="hindustantimes">{{cite news|title=Hindustan Times Article|url=|agency=Press Trust of India |location=Mumbai |date=23 December 2012}}</ref><ref>{{cite news|title=Sachin Tendulkar announces retirement from ODIs|url=|agency=[[Press Trust of India|PTI]] |location=Mumbai |date=23 December 2012}}</ref> In response to the news, former India captain [[Sourav Ganguly]] noted that Tendulkar could have played the up-coming series against [[Pakistan cricket team|Pakistan]], while [[Anil Kumble]] said it would be "tough to see an Indian (ODI) team list without Tendulkar&#39;s name in it", and Javagal Srinath mentioned that Tendulkar "changed the way ODIs were played right from the time he opened in New Zealand in 1994".<ref>{{cite web | url=| title= Tributes to Tendulkar| publisher=Wisden India |author=Wisden India staff and Agencies |date=23 December 2012|accessdate=23 December 2012}}</ref>

After playing his lone [[Twenty20 International]] in 2006 against South Africa, he stated that he would not play [[Twenty20 International|T20 Internationals]] any more.<ref>{{cite web | title= Sachin is right in not playing international T20: Rajput|url=}}</ref> He announced his retirement from IPL after his team [[Mumbai Indians]] beat [[Chennai Super Kings]] by 23 runs at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on 26 May to win the Pepsi [[Indian Premier League 2013]].<ref name="IPLRetirement"/> He retired from Twenty20 cricket and limited-overs cricket, after playing the [[2013 Champions League Twenty20]] in September–October 2013 in India for [[Mumbai Indians]].<ref>{{cite web| url= |title=Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid bid goodbye, Twitter overflows with emotion |publisher=[[NDTV]] |accessdate=8 October 2013}}</ref>

On 10 October 2013 Tendulkar announced that he would retire from all cricket after the [[West Indian cricket team in India in 2013–14|two-Test series against West Indies in November]].<ref name="TestRetirement1">{{cite news|url= |title=Sachin Tendulkar announces retirement from Test cricket |work=The Times of India |date=10 October 2013 }}{{dead link|date=May 2016|bot=medic}}{{cbignore|bot=medic}}</ref><ref name="TestRetirement2">{{cite web|url =|title= Sachin Tendulkar: India batting legend to retire from all cricket|date=10 October 2013|publisher=BBC Sport|accessdate=11 October 2013}}</ref> Later the BCCI confirmed that the two matches will be played at Kolkata and Mumbai, making the farewell happen at his home ground on Tendulkar's request.<ref>{{cite news|title=Tendulkar to bid farewell in Mumbai|url= |publisher= Wisden India |date=15 October 2013}}</ref><ref>{{cite news|title=Will consider Sachin Tendulkar's request to play 200th Test in Mumbai, says BCCI|url=|accessdate=8 November 2013|publisher=NDTV|date=11 October 2013}}</ref> He scored 74 runs in his last Test innings against West Indies, thus failing short by 79 runs to complete 16,000 runs in Test cricket.<ref name="FinalTestMatch">{{cite news|title=Tendulkar exits for 74, India build lead|url= |publisher= ESPNcricinfo |date=15 October 2013}}</ref> The [[Cricket Association of Bengal]] and the [[Mumbai Cricket Association]] organised events to mark his retirement from the sport.<ref>{{cite web | url= | title=MCA honours Sachin Tendulkar | work=[[The Hindu]] | date=12 November 2013 | accessdate=15 November 2013}}</ref><ref>{{cite web | url= | title=Fans get shortchanged in build-up to Sachin Tendulkar's last Test | publisher=[[Live Mint]] | date=13 November 2013 | accessdate=15 November 2013 | author=Narula, Chetan}}</ref> Various national and international figures from cricket, politics, Bollywood and other fields spoke about him in a day-long ''Salaam Sachin Conclave'' organised by ''[[India Today]]''.<ref>{{cite web | url= | title=1.2 billion say goodbye to Little Master |date=14 November 2013 |author= Chadband, Ian |place=Mumbai | publisher=[[WAtoday]] | accessdate=14 November 2013}}</ref><ref>{{cite web | url= | title=Salaam Sachin India Today Conclave kick-starts with Ajit Tendulkar | publisher=AFAQS | date=12 November 2013 | accessdate=14 November 2013}}</ref>

In July 2014, he captained the MCC side in the [[Bicentenary Celebration match]] at [[Lord's]].<ref>{{cite web |title=MCC v Rest of the World – 5 July |url= |work=Lord's |date=5 July 2014 |accessdate=5 July 2014 }}</ref>
In December 2014, he was announced ambassador of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 event.<ref>[ "Tendulkar announced as ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 Ambassador"],"International Cricket Council" , 22 December 2014.</ref><ref>[ "Sachin Tendulkar announced as ICC World Cup 2015 ambassador"],"IbnLive" , 22 December 2014.</ref> It is his second term as he has already held the ambassador of the previous ICC Cricket world cup 2011.<ref>[ "Sachin Tendulkar Named Cricket World Cup 2015 Ambassador"],"NDTV Sports" , 23 December 2014.</ref><ref>[ "Sachin Tendulkar Named As 2015 Cricket World Cup Ambassador"],"AffairsCloud" , 22 December 2014.</ref> So he is heading the ambassador position of the ICC Cricket world cup in consecutive terms of the cricket world cup (2011 and 2015).

==Indian Premier League and Champions League==
{| class="wikitable" style="float:right; margin-left:1em; width:50%;"
!colspan="7"|'''Tendulkar's record in Twenty20 matches'''<ref name="Cricinfo"/>
|[[Twenty20 International|T20I]]<ref>{{cite web|title=Tendulkar profile|url=|work=[[ESPNcricinfo]]|accessdate=25 April 2012}}</ref> ||1||10||10||0||0||10.00
|[[Indian Premier League|IPL]]<ref>{{cite web|title=IPL Records-Most Runs|url=;type=trophy|publisher=ESPNcricinfo|accessdate=25 April 2012}}</ref> ||78||2334||100*||1||13||34.83
|[[Champions League Twenty20|CLT20]]<ref>{{cite web|title=CLT20 Records-Most Runs|url=;type=trophy|publisher=ESPNcricinfo|accessdate=25 April 2012}}</ref> ||13||265||69||0||1||20.38
Tendulkar was made the icon player and captain for his home side, the [[Mumbai Indians]] in the inaugural [[Indian Premier League]] [[Twenty20]] competition in 2008.<ref>{{cite web| url= |title=Tendulkar to lead 'Mumbai Indians' |publisher=ESPNcricinfo |accessdate=1 June 2008}}</ref> As an icon player, he was signed for a sum of US$1,121,250, 15% more than the second-highest paid player in the team, [[Sanath Jayasuriya]].<ref>{{Cite news| url= |title=Testosterone sparks Indian Premier League bidding frenzy |work=The Guardian  |location=UK |accessdate=1 June 2008 | date=20 February 2008 | first=Paul | last=Kelso}}</ref>

In 2010 edition of Indian Premier League, Mumbai Indians reached the final of the tournament. Tendulkar made 618 runs in 14 innings during the tournament, breaking [[Shaun Marsh]]'s record of most runs in an IPL season. He was declared player of the tournament for his performance during the season. He also won Best Batsman and Best Captain awards at [[2010 Indian Premier League#IPL Awards 2010|2010 IPL Awards]] ceremony.<ref>{{cite web|title=Sachin breaks Shaun Marsh's IPL record for Most Runs scored in a single season and he also Received the Best Batsman and Best Captain Award|url=|publisher=IBN|accessdate=22 December 2013}}</ref> Sachin has scored more than 500 runs in IPL in two  different seasons as a captain.<ref>{{cite web|url=|title=IPL: Virat Kohli breaks Sachin Tendulkar's record}}</ref>

Sachin Tendulkar captained Mumbai Indians in 4 league matches of second edition of the league. He scored 68 in the first match and 48 against Guyana. But Mumbai Indians failed to qualify for semifinals after losing the initial two matches. Tendulkar scored 135 runs.<ref>{{cite web|url= |title=CLT20 Mumbai Indians &#124; IPL Cricket Live, Season 5 IPL Cricket 2012, CLT20, IPL 2012 Schedule, IPL Fixtures, IPL Online, IPL Live, Champions League T20 Live Cricket | |accessdate=17 March 2012}}</ref>

In the 2011 IPL, against [[Kochi Tuskers Kerala]], Tendulkar scored his maiden Twenty20&nbsp;hundred. He scored 100 not out off 66 balls. In 51&nbsp;matches in the IPL Tendulkar has scored 1,723 runs, making him the second-highest run-scorer in the competition's history.<ref>{{Cite journal|url=;type=trophy|title=Records / Indian Premier League / Most runs|publisher=ESPNcricinfo|accessdate=23 May 2011|postscript=<!-- Bot inserted parameter. Either remove it; or change its value to "." for the cite to end in a ".", as necessary. -->{{inconsistent citations}}}}</ref>
In 2013, Sachin retired from [[Indian Premier League]] and currently in 2014 he is appointed as the Mumbai Indian Team's 'Icon'.<ref>{{cite web|title=Sachin appointed as Mumbai Indian Team Icon|url=|publisher=IBN|accessdate=28 May 2014}}</ref>

==Play style==
[[File:Tendulkar shot.JPG|thumb|200px|Tendulkar plays a wristy leg-side flick]]
Tendulkar is [[Cross-dominance|cross-dominant]]: he bats, bowls and throws with his right hand, but writes with his left hand.<ref>{{cite news|last=Sekhar |first=Senjam Raj |title=Fundamentals |url= |accessdate=25 April 2012 |newspaper=Deccan Chronicle |date=12 June 2011 |deadurl=yes |archiveurl= |archivedate=24 January 2016 }}</ref><ref>{{cite news|title=Nostalgic Sachin recalls writing letters to wife Anjali|publication-date=27 February 2014|newspaper=[[O Heraldo]]|page=16|agency=[[Press Trust of India|PTI]]|quote=Tendulkar is a righthanded batsman but uses his left for writing.|url=|accessdate=29 March 2014}}</ref> He also practices left-handed throws at the nets on a regular basis. [[Cricinfo]] columnist [[Sambit Bal]] has described him as the "most wholesome batsman of his time".<ref name="CricinfoProfile">{{cite web|url=|last=Bal|first=Sambit|title=Sachin Tendulkar—Cricinfo Profile|work=[[ESPNcricinfo]]|accessdate=14 December 2007}}</ref> His batting is based on complete balance and poise while limiting unnecessary movements and flourishes. He appears to show little preference for the slow and low wickets which are typical in India, and has scored many centuries on the hard, bouncy pitches in South Africa and Australia.<ref name="CricinfoProfile"/> He is known for his unique punch style of hitting the ball over square. He is also renowned for his picture-perfect straight drive, often completed with no follow-through. The straight drive is often said to be his favourite shot.<ref>{{cite news | url= | title=Straight drive is my favourite shot, says Tendulkar | accessdate=23 September 2011 |work=The Times of India  | date=18 September 2011}}{{Dead link|date=July 2014}}</ref> In 2008, [[Sunil Gavaskar]], in an article he wrote in the AFP, remarked that "it is hard to imagine any player in the history of the game who combines classical technique with raw aggression like the little champion does".<ref>{{Cite news|url= |title=AFP: Tendulkar a special talent, says Gavaskar |publisher=Google |date=18 October 2008 |accessdate=27 November 2008 |deadurl=yes |archiveurl= |archivedate=21 October 2008 }}</ref>

[[Sir Donald Bradman]], considered by many as the greatest batsman of all time, considered Tendulkar to have a batting style similar to his. In his biography, it is stated that "Bradman was most taken by Tendulkar's technique, compactness and shot production, and had asked his wife to have a look at Tendulkar, having felt that Tendulkar played like him. Bradman's wife, Jessie, agreed that they did appear similar."<ref>{{cite web|url=|title=Bradman never missed a Tendulkar innings in last five years|work=[[ESPNcricinfo]]|date=16 August 2001|accessdate=14 December 2007}}</ref><ref>{{cite news|title=I dream of genius&nbsp;... |url=,,766851,00.html|accessdate=26 April 2012|newspaper=Observer Sport Monthly|date=4 August 2002}}</ref>
[[File:Master Blaster at work.jpg|thumb|left|200px|Tendulkar at the crease, getting ready to face a delivery]]
Former Australian cricket team coach [[John Buchanan (cricketer, born 1953)|John Buchanan]] voiced his opinion that Tendulkar had become susceptible to the short ball early in his innings because of a lack of footwork.<ref name="Sachinweakness">{{cite web|url=|title=Buchanan spots Sachin's weakness!|work=[[Deccan Herald]]  |location=India|accessdate=14 December 2007 |archiveurl = <!-- Bot retrieved archive --> |archivedate = 2 December 2007}}</ref> Buchanan also believes Tendulkar has a weakness while playing left-arm pace.<ref name="Sachinweakness"/> He was affected by a series of injuries since 2004. Since then Tendulkar's batting has tended to be less attacking. Explaining this change in his batting style, he has acknowledged that he is batting differently because, firstly, no batsman can bat the same way for the entire length of a long career and, secondly, he is a senior member of the team now and thus has more responsibility. During the early part of his career, he was a more attacking batsman and frequently scored centuries at close to a run a ball. [[Ian Chappell]], former Australian player, remarked in 2007 that "Tendulkar now, is nothing like the player he was when he was a young bloke".<ref name="Futuresuperstars"/>

Tendulkar has incorporated several modern and unorthodox strokes into his repertoire, including the paddle sweep, the scoop over short fine leg and the slash to third man over the slips' heads, over the last seven or eight years. He is often praised for his ability to adapt to the needs of his body and yet keep scoring consistently.<ref>{{cite web|title=Sachin incorporates several Unorthodox shots|url=|work=[[Hindustan Times]]|accessdate=22 December 2013}}</ref>
[[File:Sachin Tendulkar bowling right-arm leg-spin 26 January 2008.JPG|thumb|200px|Tendulkar has taken 201 wickets across all three formats of the international game.]]

While Tendulkar is not a regular bowler, he can bowl [[medium pace]], [[leg spin]], and [[off spin]]. He often bowls when two batsmen of the opposite team have been batting together for a long period, as he can often be a useful partnership breaker.<ref>{{cite web|title=Sachin can bowl Medium Pace , Off Spin and Leg Spin|url=|work=[[The Indian Express]]|accessdate=22 December 2013}}</ref> With his bowling, he has helped secure an Indian victory on more than one occasion.<ref>{{cite web| url=| title=1st ODI: India v Pakistan at Kochi, 2&nbsp;April 2005| publisher=ESPNcricinfo| accessdate=1 June 2008}}</ref> He has taken 201 international wickets – 46 in Tests, 154 in ODIs where he is India's tenth highest wicket taker, and one wicket in [[Twenty20 International]]s.<ref>{{cite web|url=;team=6;template=results;type=bowling |title=Cricinfo Statsguru –All-Test- One-Day Internationals-Twenty20Internationals – Bowling records |publisher=ESPNcricinfo |accessdate=21 July 2012}}</ref>

==Fan following==
[[File:A Cricket fan at the Chepauk stadium, Chennai.jpg|thumb|200px|[[Sudhir Kumar Chaudhary]], a fan of Tendulkar who earned the privilege of tickets to all of India's home games]]
Tendulkar's entry into world cricket was hyped up by former Indian stars and those who had seen him play. Tendulkar's consistent performances earned him a fan following across the globe, including amongst Australian crowds, where Tendulkar has consistently scored centuries.<ref name="Tendertouch">{{Cite news|first=Chloe|last=Saltau|title=Tender touch|url=|date=9 December 2007|accessdate=12 December 2007|publisher=[[The Age]] Newspaper | location=Melbourne}}</ref> One of the most popular sayings by his fans is "Cricket is my religion and Sachin is my God".<ref name=gordon>{{Cite news| url= |title=Brown moots honour for Tendulkar |work=The Economic Times |location=India |accessdate=1 June 2008}}</ref> ''[[Cricinfo]]'' mentions in his profile that "...&nbsp;Tendulkar remains, by a distance, the most worshipped cricketer in the world."<ref name="CricinfoProfile" /> During the Australian tour of India in 1998 [[Matthew Hayden]] said "I have seen God. He bats at no. 4 in India in Tests."<ref>{{cite news| url= |work=[[The Times of India]]  | first1=CP | last1=Surendran | title=Why English fails Tendulkar | date=29 March 2010}}</ref> However, on God, Tendulkar himself is reported to have said "I am not God of cricket. I make mistakes, God doesn't."<ref>{{cite news|agency=Press Trust of India |url= |title=I am not god of cricket: Tendulkar |work=[[The Hindu]] |date=4 April 2013 |accessdate=2 August 2013}}</ref> Tendulkar made a special appearance in the [[Bollywood]] film [[Stumped (film)|''Stumped'']] in 2003, appearing as himself.<ref>{{cite web|author=Abhishek Boyanpalli |url=|title=Sachin Tendulkar retires: 100 facts about the Little Master bowing out after 24 years|work=[[Daily Mirror]]|date=10 October 2013 |accessdate=10 October 2013}}</ref>  Yet, he is the one perceived God-like national figure that unites a nation of many religions.<ref name="youtube">{{cite web|url= |title=ESPN Films Presents: The Little Master - India ||accessdate=9 November 2015}}</ref>

There have been many instances when Tendulkar's fans have undertaken extreme activities over his dismissal in the game. As reported by many Indian newspapers, a person [[Suicide|hanged himself]] due to distress over Tendulkar's failure to reach his 100th century.<ref>{{cite news |url= |title=Sachin fan hangs himself |newspaper=[[The Times of India]] |agency=[[Times News Network|TNN]] |date=3 April 2011|accessdate=30 May 2012}}</ref> [[Sudhir Kumar Chaudhary]], a fan of Tendulkar from Bihar, has followed almost all the matches played by Sachin since 2003 and has sacrificed his personal life to watch Sachin's play.<ref name="bangla">{{cite web |url= |title=Sachin fan pedals to Bangladesh|date=15 May 2007|work=[[The Tribune (Chandigarh)|The Tribune]]|accessdate=15 February 2010}}</ref>

At home in [[Mumbai]], Tendulkar's fan following has caused him to lead a different lifestyle. [[Ian Chappell]] has said that he would be unable to cope with the lifestyle Tendulkar was forced to lead, having to "wear a wig and go out and watch a movie only at night".<ref name="Futuresuperstars">{{cite web|url=|title=Next change: the superstars of the future |work=[[Cricinfo]]|accessdate=31 December 2007|date=30 July 2007}}</ref> In an interview with Tim Sheridan, Tendulkar admitted that he sometimes went for quiet drives in the streets of Mumbai late at night when he would be able to enjoy some peace and silence.<ref>{{cite news|last=Murzello|first=Clayton|title=Figures, But Only of Speech|url=|accessdate=26 April 2012|newspaper=Outlook India|date=1 February 2012}}</ref> Tendulkar has a presence in the popular social networking site Twitter with the user name {{key press|sachin_rt}}, since May 2010.<ref>{{cite web|url= |title=Sachin Tendulkar joins Twitter |work=[[NDTV]] |accessdate=17 March 2012}}</ref>

==Achievements and awards==
{{Main article|Achievements of Sachin Tendulkar|List of ODI Awards for Sachin Tendulkar}}
{{see also|Player of the Match awards (cricket)}}

[[File:Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar Wax Statue in Madame Tussauds London.jpg|thumb|200px|right|Tendulkar's Wax Statue in [[Madame Tussauds]], London]]
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| <small>NA</small> || 1

Sachin Tendulkar is the leading run scorer in Tests, with 15,921 runs, as well as in One-Day Internationals, with 18,426 runs.<ref name="CricinfoProfile" /> He is the only player to score more than 30,000 runs in all forms of international cricket (Tests, ODIs and Twenty20 Internationals).<ref name="AllInternationalCombinedRecords">{{cite web|url= |title=Records / Combined Test, ODI and T20I records / Batting records ; Most runs in career |publisher=ESPNcricinfo |date=17 November 2013 |accessdate=17 November 2013}}</ref> He is the 16th player and the first Indian to score 50,000 runs in all forms of domestic and international recognised cricket ([[First-class cricket|First-class]], [[List A cricket|List A]] and [[Twenty20 cricket|Twenty20]]). He achieved this feat on 5 October 2013, during a [[2013 Champions League Twenty20|Champions League Twenty20]] match for his [[Indian Premier League|IPL]] team [[Mumbai Indians]] against [[Trinidad and Tobago cricket team|Trinidad and Tobago]].<ref name="AllCombinedRecords">{{cite web|url= |title=Records / Combined First-class, List A and Twenty20 / Batting records ; Most runs in career |publisher=ESPNcricinfo |date=27 September 2013 |accessdate=27 September 2013}}</ref><ref>{{cite web|url=|title=CLT20: Sachin Tendulkar first Indian to reach 50,000 runs in all formats|date=5 October 2013 |accessdate=27 September 2013}}</ref><ref>{{cite web|url= |author=Andrew Fidel Fernando |title=Smith puts Mumbai in all-IPL final |work=The Times of India |date=5 October 2013 |accessdate=27 March 2013|quote=Tendulkar crossed the 50,000-run aggregate for recognised cricket across all formats in ...}}</ref>

He also holds the record of the highest number of centuries in both Tests (51) and ODIs (49) as well as in Tests and ODIs combined (100). On 16 March 2012, Tendulkar scored his 100th international hundred. It came against [[Bangladesh cricket team|Bangladesh]] in the league matches of [[2012 Asia Cup|Asia Cup 2012]].<ref>{{cite web|title=Tendulkar scores his 100th international century|url=}}</ref> He is also the only player to score fifty centuries in Test cricket,<ref>{{cite news|url =|date = 19 December 2010|title = India's Sachin Tendulkar hits 50th Test century in first Test against South Africa|work=The Daily Telegraph |location=UK | accessdate =27 December 2010}}</ref> and the first to score fifty centuries in all international cricket combined.{{citation needed|date=March 2014}} He also holds the world record for playing the highest number of Test matches (200)<ref>{{cite web|url=|title=Records &#124; Test matches &#124; Individual records (captains, players, umpires) &#124; Most matches in career &#124; ESPN Cricinfo|accessdate=26 March 2014}}</ref> and ODI matches (463).<ref name="BCCI.SachinTendulkarInNumbers" /> Tendulkar has been part of most wins by an Indian in both [[Test cricket]] with 72 wins and [[One Day International|ODI]]s with 234 wins and is third in the world in ODI victories after [[Ricky Ponting]] (262 wins), [[Mahela Jayawardene]] (241 wins).<ref name="espncricinfo">{{cite web|url=;filter=advanced;orderby=matches;result=1;template=results;type=allround|title=All-round records &#124; Test matches &#124; Cricinfo Statsguru &#124; ESPN Cricinfo||accessdate=9 November 2015}}</ref><ref name="espncricinfo2">{{cite web|url=;filter=advanced;orderby=matches;result=1;template=results;type=allround|title=All-round records &#124; One-Day Internationals &#124; Cricinfo Statsguru &#124; ESPN Cricinfo||accessdate=9 November 2015}}</ref>

Tendulkar has scored over 1000 runs in a calendar year in ODIs 7 times, and in 1998 he scored 1,894 runs, the record for the highest number of runs scored by any player in a single calendar year for One-Day Internationals.<ref name="BCCI.SachinTendulkarInNumbers">{{cite web|title=Sachin Tendulkar in Numbers|url=|publisher=BCCI|accessdate=26 March 2014|date=10 October 2013}}</ref> He is the first male cricketer to score a double-century in one-day cricket.<ref name="ODI200.1" /><ref name="ODI200.2" /><ref name="ODI200.3" />

He has been [[Man of the Match]] 13 times in Test matches and [[Man of the Series]] four times, out of them twice in the [[Border-Gavaskar Trophy]] against [[Australian cricket team|Australia]].<ref>{{cite web| url=;playerid=1934;class=testplayer;filter=basic;team=0;opposition=0;notopposition=0;season=0;homeaway=0;continent=0;country=0;notcountry=0;groundid=0;startdefault=1989-11-15;start=1989-11-15;enddefault=2008-01-28;end=2008-01-28;tourneyid=0;finals=0;daynight=0;toss=0;scheduledovers=0;scheduleddays=0;innings=0;result=0;followon=0;seriesresult=0;captain=0;keeper=0;dnp=0;recent=;viewtype=aro_awards;runslow=;runshigh=;batposition=0;dismissal=0;bowposition=0;ballslow=;ballshigh=;bpof=0;overslow=;overshigh=;conclow=;conchigh=;wicketslow=;wicketshigh=;dismissalslow=;dismissalshigh=;caughtlow=;caughthigh=;caughttype=0;stumpedlow=;stumpedhigh=;csearch=;submit=1;.cgifields=viewtype |title=Statistics, Sachin Tendulkar in Tests |publisher=ESPNcricinfo |accessdate=1 June 2008}}</ref> The performances earned him respect from Australian cricket fans and players.<ref name="Tendertouch"/> Similarly he has been [[Man of the Match]] 62 times in One day International matches and [[Man of the Series]] 15 times.<ref name="BCCI.SachinTendulkarInNumbers" /> He became the first batsman to score 12,000, 13,000, 14,000 and 15,000 runs in Test cricket,{{citation needed|date=March 2014}} having also been the third batsman and the first Indian to pass 11,000 runs in that form of the game.<ref>{{Cite news| url= |title=''2nd Test England v India'' |publisher=BBC News |accessdate=1 June 2008 | date=28 July 2007 | location=London | first=Paresh | last=Soni}}</ref> He was also the first player to score 10,000 runs in one-day internationals,<ref>{{cite web|title=Sachin Tendulkar Timeline: 1989 to 2013|url=|publisher=IBN|accessdate=22 December 2013}}</ref> and also the first player to cross every subsequent 1000-run mark that has been crossed in ODI cricket history.{{citation needed|date=March 2014}} In the fourth Test of the [[Australian cricket team in India in 2008–09|2008–09 Border-Gavaskar Trophy]] against Australia at Nagpur on 6 November 2008, Tendulkar surpassed Australia's [[Allan Border]] to become the player to cross the 50-run mark the most number of times in Test cricket history,<ref>{{Cite news| url=|title=Sachin breaks Border record: he is a genius (Nagpur)|publisher=Cricket Crowd|accessdate=19 April 2014|year=2008}}</ref> and also the second ever player to score 11 Test centuries against Australia, tying with [[Sir Jack Hobbs]] of England more than 70 years previously.<ref>{{cite web|url=;opposition=2;orderby=hundreds;template=results;type=batting |title=Cricinfo Statsguru – Test matches – Batting records |publisher=ESPNcricinfo |accessdate=27 November 2008}}</ref> On 8 November 2011, Tendulkar became the first batsman to score 15,000 runs in Test Cricket.<ref>{{cite news|url=|title=Sachin Tendulkar passes 15,000 Test runs|publisher=[[British Broadcasting Corporation|BBC]]|date=9 November 2011|accessdate=26 March 2013}}</ref>

Tendulkar has consistently done well in [[Cricket World Cup]]s. Tendulkar was the highest run scorer of the [[1996 Cricket World Cup]] with a total of 523 runs and also of the [[2003 Cricket World Cup]] with 673 runs.<ref>{{cite web|title=Sachin scores the highest runs in the 1996 and 2003 World Cup|url=|publisher=Sky Sports|accessdate=22 December 2013}}</ref> After his century against England during group stages of [[2011 Cricket World Cup]], he became the player to hit most number of centuries in Cricket World Cups with six centuries and the first player to score 2000 runs in World Cup cricket.<ref>{{cite news | url= | title=Ballboy in 1987, now highest run-getter in World Cups | accessdate=10 March 2011 | date=10 March 2011 | publisher=NDTV}}</ref><ref>{{cite web|url=;type=trophy |title=Cricket Records &#124; ESPN Cricinfo |publisher=ESPNcricinfo |accessdate=17 March 2012}}</ref>

{{wide image|1=Sachin Tendulkar graph.svg|2=900px|3=An innings-by-innings breakdown of Tendulkar's Test match batting career up to February 2008, showing runs scored (red and green bars) and the average of the last ten innings (blue line)|alt=An innings-by-innings breakdown of Tendulkar's Test match batting career up to February 2008, showing runs scored (red and green bars) and the average of the last ten innings (blue line)}}

=== National honours ===
* 1994 – [[Arjuna Award]], by the Government of India in recognition of his outstanding achievement in sports.<ref>{{cite web| url= |title=List of Arjuna Awardees |publisher=Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Government of India |accessdate=1 June 2008 |archiveurl = |archivedate = 25 December 2007}}</ref>
* 1997–98 – [[Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna]], India's highest honour given for achievement in sports.<ref>{{cite web| url= |title=List of Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award Winners|publisher=Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Government of India |accessdate=1 June 2008 |archiveurl = |archivedate = 25 December 2007}}</ref>
* 1999 – [[File:IND Padma Shri BAR.png|30px]] [[Padma Shri]], India's fourth highest civilian award.<ref>{{cite web| url= |format=PDF|title=Padma Awards Directory, 1954–2007 |publisher=Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India |accessdate=1 June 2008|archiveurl= |archivedate=21 October 2013|deadurl=yes}}</ref>
* 2001 – [[Maharashtra Bhushan Award]], Maharashtra State's highest Civilian Award.<ref>{{cite web|url=|title=Sachin got Maharashtra Bhushan award |publisher=ESPNcricinfo|accessdate=2 December 2009}}</ref>
* 2008 – [[File:IND Padma Vibhushan BAR.png|30px]] [[Padma Vibhushan]], India's second highest civilian award.<ref>{{Cite news| url= |title=Tendulkar receives Padma Vibhushan |work=The Hindu  |accessdate=1 June 2008 |location=Chennai, India |date=6 May 2008}}</ref>
* 2014 – [[File:Bharat Ratna Ribbon.svg|30px]] [[Bharat Ratna]], India's highest civilian award.<ref name="BharatRatna1">{{cite news|title=Sachin Tendulkar and CNR Rao conferred Bharat Ratna |url= |newspaper=The Times of India |accessdate=4 February 2014 |date=4 February 2014 |deadurl=yes |archiveurl= |archivedate=4 February 2014 }}</ref><ref name="BharatRatna2">{{cite news|title=CNR Rao, Sachin receive Bharat Ratna|url=|accessdate=4 February 2014|newspaper=The Hindu|date=4 February 2014}}</ref>

=== Other honours ===
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* 1997 – [[Wisden Cricketer of the Year]].<ref>{{cite web|title=Sachin becomes the Wisden Crciketer of the Year|url=|publisher=ESPN|accessdate=22 December 2013}}</ref>
*2002 – In commemorating Tendulkar's feat of equalling [[Don Bradman]]'s 29 centuries in Test Cricket, automotive company [[Ferrari]] invited him to its paddock in [[Silverstone Circuit|Silverstone]] on the eve of the [[British Grand Prix]] on 23 July, to receive a [[Ferrari 360 Modena]] from the F1 world champion [[Michael Schumacher]].<ref>{{cite web| url= |title=When Sachin met Schumacher|publisher=[[Rediff]]|accessdate=1 June 2008}}</ref>
* 2003 – Player of the tournament in [[2003 Cricket World Cup]].<ref name="WorldCup2003">{{cite web|title=Sachin Tendulkar Timeline: 1989 to 2013|url=|publisher=IBN|accessdate=22 December 2013|quote=Makes 673 runs in 11 matches in the ICC World Cup – ... wins him the player of the tournament award}}</ref>
* 2004, 2007, 2010 – [[ICC Awards|ICC World ODI XI]].<ref>{{cite web|title=Sachin included in ICC World ODI 11|url=|publisher=MSN|accessdate=22 December 2013}}</ref>
* 2009, 2010, 2011 – [[ICC Awards|ICC World Test XI]].
* 2010 – Outstanding Achievement in Sport and the Peoples Choice Award at [[The Asian Awards]] in London.<ref>{{cite web|url= |title=Sachin Awarded in London |work=The Economic Times |date=27 October 2010 |accessdate=2 August 2013}}</ref>
* 2010 – [[Wisden Leading Cricketer in the World]].<ref>{{cite web|title=WISDEN'S LEADING CRICKETER IN THE WORLD|url=|work=2010|publisher=Wisden|accessdate=6 July 2012}}</ref>
* 2010 – ICC Award-Sir Garfield Sobers trophy for cricketer of the year.<ref name="GarfieldSobersTrophy2010.1">{{cite web| url=|title=Sachin Tendulkar named cricketer of the year|accessdate=24 November 2010}}</ref><ref>{{cite web|title=Sachin wins Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy|url=|publisher=ESPN|accessdate=22 December 2013}}</ref>
* 2010 – [[ICC Awards|LG People's Choice Award]].<ref>{{cite web|title=Sachin wins the People's Choice Award|url=|publisher=The FICA|accessdate=22 December 2013|archiveurl= |date=6 October 2010|archivedate=24 December 2013|deadurl=yes}}</ref>
* 2010 – Made an Honorary [[group captain]] by the [[Indian Air Force]].<ref name="IAFGroupCaptain">{{cite news|title=Sachin becomes IAF's honorary Group Captain|url=|accessdate=18 December 2013|date=3 September 2010|agency=[[Press Trust of India|PTI]]|newspaper=[[The Times of India]]}}</ref>
* 2011 – BCCI Cricketer of the Year award.<ref>{{Cite journal |url= |title=Tendulkar, Durani honoured at BCCI awards |publisher=ESPNcricinfo |date=31 May 2011 |accessdate=18 July 2011 |postscript=<!-- Bot inserted parameter. Either remove it; or change its value to "." for the cite to end in a ".", as necessary. -->{{inconsistent citations}}}}</ref>
* 2011 – Castrol Indian Cricketer of the Year award.<ref>{{Cite journal | url= | title=Sachin, Mohinder Bag Top Honors at Castrol Awards for Cricketing Excellence | accessdate=29 January 2011 | date=28 January 2010 | publisher=Castrol India | postscript=<!-- Bot inserted parameter. Either remove it; or change its value to "." for the cite to end in a ".", as necessary. -->{{inconsistent citations}}}}</ref>
* 2012 – Wisden India Outstanding Achievement award.<ref>{{cite news| url= | title=Wisden India Outstanding Achievement award for Tendulkar| publisher = Wisden India | date=11 June 2012}}</ref>
* 2012 – Honorary Life Membership of [[Sydney Cricket Ground]] (SCG)<ref>{{cite news| url= | title=Sachin Tendulkar presented with Honorary SCG Membership| publisher = | date=26 February 2012}}</ref><ref>{{cite news| url= | title=Sachin Tendulkar gets honorary life membership of SCG| work = The Indian Express | date=24 December 2012}}</ref>
* 2012 – [[Order of Australia#Honorary awards|Honorary Member of the Order of Australia]], given by the Australian government.<ref name="OrderOfAustralia1">{{cite news| url=| title=Australia toughened up Sachin| work =The Australian| date=8 November 2012}}</ref><ref name="OrderOfAustralia2">{{cite news| url=| title=Sachin Tendulkar receives Order of Australia| publisher =Zee News| date=7 November 2012}}</ref>
* 2013 – [[Indian Postal Service]] released a stamp of Tendulkar and he became the second Indian after [[Mother Teresa]] to have such stamp released in their lifetime.<ref>{{cite web | url= | title=Sachin's stamp released; MCA removes Kohli's hoardings from Wankhede | work=[[The Hindu]] | date=16 November 2013 | accessdate=14 November 2013}}</ref>

==Personal life==

On 24 May 1995,<ref>{{cite web|url= |title=Sachin Tendulkar, Sports Photo, Cricketing genius Sachin Tendu | |date=24 May 1995 |accessdate=21 December 2010}}</ref> at the age of 22, Tendulkar married Anjali, a [[paediatrician]] and daughter of [[Gujarati people|Gujarati]] industrialist Anand Mehta and British social worker Annabel Mehta. Sachin's father-in-law, Anand Mehta, is a seven-time national bridge champion.<ref>{{cite web|url= |title=What you may not know about Sachin Tendulkar – Rediff Cricket | |accessdate=8 November 2013}}</ref> Anjali is six years his senior.<ref>{{cite web| url=| title=Tendulkar Junior born yesterday |publisher=ESPNcricinfo |accessdate=1 June 2008}}</ref> His wife Anjali said in an interview that she first met him at the Mumbai airport when he returned from his first tour of England in 1990, after scoring his maiden Test ton and when she was there to pick up her mother and Sachin was arriving with the Indian team. They had a courtship of five years and had got engaged in 1994 in New Zealand.<ref>{{cite web|author=|url= |title=I didn't even know who Sachin was when we first met: Anjali – Economic Times | |date=14 November 2009 |accessdate=8 August 2014}}</ref> They have two children, Sara (born 12 October 1997) and Arjun (born 24 September 1999). Arjun, a left handed batsman and left arm seamer, has recently been included in under-14 probables list of Mumbai Cricket Association for off-season training camp. In January 2013 he was selected in Mumbai under-14 team for the west zone league.<ref>{{cite news| url=| title=Sachin Tendulkar's son Arjun selected for the under-14 Mumbai team| date=10 January 2013}}</ref> In 2015, he became a net bowler for English batsmen, having been a net batsman for India back in 2011 as an 11-year-old.<ref>{{Cite web|title = Arjun Tendulkar bowls in England nets|url =|accessdate = 7 September 2015|website = ESPN Cricinfo}}</ref>

Tendulkar is a practising [[Hindu]]. He is an ardent devotee of Lord [[Ganesha]] and [[Sathya Sai Baba]] of [[Puttaparthi]].<ref name="TOIARTICLE">[ Tendulkar prays for Sai Baba, cancels birthday celebrations] ''The Times of India''  {{dead link|date=May 2016|bot=medic}}{{cbignore|bot=medic}}</ref><ref>{{cite web|url= |title=Deccan Herald – Tendulkar cancels birthday celebrations, prays for Sai Baba|work=Deccan Herald|date=24 April 2011|accessdate=2 August 2013}}</ref><ref>{{cite web|url= |title=Indian Express – Sai Devotee Sachin|work=The Indian Express|date=24 April 2011|accessdate=2 August 2013}}</ref> He has visited Puttaparthi on several occasions to seek Baba's blessings.<ref name="TOIARTICLE"/><ref>{{cite web|url= |title=Sai bhakt Sachin calls off birthday celebrations |work=The New Indian Express |accessdate=2 August 2013 }}{{dead link|date=May 2016|bot=medic}}{{cbignore|bot=medic}}</ref> In 1997, Tendulkar captained the Indian National side, playing against a World Eleven team, in the Unity Cup which was held at the [[Sri Sathya Sai Hill View Stadium]] in Puttaparthi, in Baba's presence.<ref>{{cite web|url=|title=Arjuna Ranatunga's Article|work=Vedamu|accessdate=2 August 2013}}</ref><ref>{{cite web|url= |title=Tendulkar pays homage to Sri Sathya Sai|work=Zee News|date=25 April 2011|accessdate=2 August 2013}}</ref> Sai Baba died on Sachin's 38th birthday, and after his death, Tendulkar broke into tears when he saw the body of Baba in Puttaparthi, and cancelled his birthday celebrations.<ref>{{cite web|url= |title=Sachin in tears while paying last respects to Sathya Sai Baba|work=Deccan Herald|date=25 April 2011|accessdate=2 August 2013}}</ref><ref>{{cite web|url= |title=The master mourns his guru|work=Hindustan Times|date=26 April 2011 |accessdate=2 August 2013}}</ref><ref>{{cite web|url=|title=Youtube Video of Sachin crying at Prasanthi Nilayam – by TV9 Kannada News |publisher=YouTube|date=25 April 2011|accessdate=2 August 2013}}</ref> The cricketer is also known to celebrate [[Ganesh Chaturthi]] at home and frequently visits temples during night when it is calm and quiet.<ref>{{cite web|url=|title=Personal Info' on Sachin Tendulkar |work=Yehhai cricket|accessdate=2 August 2013}}</ref><ref>{{cite web|url=|title=Sachin Tendulkar|work=Liveindia|accessdate=2 August 2013}}</ref> He performed the rituals of Nāga Dosha Pooja and [[Kukke Subramanya Temple#Sarpa Samskara / Sarpa Dosha|Sarpa Samskara]] in 2006 at the [[Kukke Subramanya Temple]] in [[Mangalore]].<ref>{{cite web|url= |title='Naga Dosha' Brings Tendulkar To Temple Town}}</ref><ref>{{cite web|url= |title=How god of cricket Tendulkar visited a real god in Karnataka when his career was sagging}}</ref><ref>{{cite web|url= |title=Cloud over 'sarpa samskara' at Kukke Subramanya}}</ref>

===Business interests===
Tendulkar's immense popularity has led him to be an early pioneer in India on cricket business dealings when he signed a record sports management deal with [[WorldTel]] in 1995, the value of the deal being {{INRConvert|30|c}} over five years.<ref>{{cite web|title=Sachin signs the Sports Management Deal with World Tel |url= |publisher=NDTV |accessdate=22 December 2013 |deadurl=yes |archiveurl= |archivedate=29 January 2014 }}</ref><ref>{{Cite news| title= A Brand Name called Sachin Tendulkar | url= | date=7 August 2002 |work=The Times of India  |location=India | accessdate=21 March 2007}}</ref> His next contract with WorldTel in 2001 was valued at {{INRConvert|80|c}} over five years.<ref>{{cite web| title= $17 mn deal for Sachin | url= | date=16 May 2001 | publisher=[[Rediff]] | accessdate=21 March 2007}}</ref> In 2006, he signed a contract with [[Saatchi and Saatchi]]'s ICONIX valued at {{INRConvert|180|c}} over three years.<ref>{{cite news|title=Tendulkar signs $40-million contract|url=|accessdate=26 April 2012|newspaper=[[Mail & Guardian Online]]|date=4 May 2006}}</ref>

Tendulkar has opened two restaurants: ''Tendulkar's''<ref>{{cite web| title=Sachin opens restaurant, plans chains | url= | date=19 July 2002 | publisher=[[Rediff]] | accessdate=21 March 2007}}</ref> ([[Colaba]], [[Mumbai]]) and ''Sachin's''<ref>{{cite news|title=Tendulkar expanding restaurant business|url=|accessdate=26 April 2012|newspaper=[[The Economic Times]]|date=17 October 2004}}</ref> ([[Mulund]], [[Mumbai]]) and [[Bangalore]]. Sachin owns these restaurants in partnership with Sanjay Narang of Mars Restaurants.

In 2007, Tendulkar also announced a [[Joint Venture|JV]] with the Future Group and Manipal Group to launch healthcare and sports fitness products under the brand name 'S Drive and Sach'.<ref>{{cite web| title=Sachin Tendulkar becomes stakeholder in a joint venture | url= | date=7 February 2007 |work=[[The Indian Express]]   |location=India | accessdate=21 March 2007}}</ref> A series of comic books by [[Virgin Comics]] is also due to be published featuring him as a superhero.<ref>{{Cite news| title=Sachin Tendulkar becomes stakeholder in a joint venture | url= | date=7 February 2007 |publisher=BBC | accessdate=21 March 2007 | location=London}}</ref>

Sachin Tendulkar co-owns the [[Kochi ISL team]] in the [[Indian Super League]] [[Football]] in association with [[PVP Ventures]] owned by [[Prasad V Potluri]]. The team has been named as [[Kerala Blasters FC|Kerala Blasters]] after his nickname "Master Blaster". The first edition of the ISL is slated to be held during September to November 2014.<ref name="Kochi ISL 1">{{cite news|last=Basu|first=Saumyajit|title=Stars embrace soccer through Indian Super League|url=|accessdate=27 May 2014|newspaper=The Times of India|date=14 April 2014}}</ref><ref name="Kochi ISL 2">{{cite news|title=Sachin Tendulkar names his football team 'Kerala Blasters'|url=|accessdate=27 May 2014|newspaper=The Times of India|date=27 May 2014|agency=PTI}}</ref><ref name="Kochi ISL 3">{{cite web|last=PTI|title=Sachin Tendulkar's Indian Super League Team Named 'Kerala Blasters'|url=|publisher=NDTV|accessdate=27 May 2014|date=27 May 2014}}</ref>

Tendulkar is the 51st richest sportsman in the world according to [[Forbes' list of world's highest-paid athletes]] for the year 2013, with his total earnings estimated to be USD 22&nbsp;million.<ref>{{cite web|url= |title=#51 Sachin Tendulkar – In Photos: The World's 100 Highest-Paid Athletes |work=Forbes |accessdate=2 August 2013}}</ref><ref>{{cite web|url= |title=MS Dhoni breaks into top 20 on Forbes highest-paid athletes list – Sport – DNA |work=Daily News and Analysis |accessdate=2 August 2013}}</ref><ref>{{cite web|author=ET Bureau |url= |title=Mahendra Singh Dhoni ranked 16th on Forbes' list of highest-paid athletes – Economic Times |work=The Economic Times |date=7 June 2013 |accessdate=2 August 2013}}</ref> In October 2013, the net worth of Tendulkar was estimated at USD 160&nbsp;million by Wealth X, making him India's wealthiest cricket player.<ref>{{cite web|author=ET Bureau |url= |title=Retiring Tendullkar is India's Wealthiest Cricket Player | |date=7 June 2013 |accessdate=2 August 2013}}</ref><ref>{{cite web|author=ET Bureau |url= |title=Richest Sachin Tendulkar now worth $160m: Wealth X |work=The Times of India |date=7 June 2013 |accessdate=2 August 2013 |deadurl=yes |archiveurl= |archivedate=31 October 2013 }}</ref>

===Commercial endorsements===
Sachin Tendulkar has been sponsored by several brands throughout his career including [[GlaxoSmithKline|Boost]] (1990–present),<ref>{{cite news|last=Prabhakar|first=Binoy|title=No new endorsement after century of centuries; is Sachin Tendulkar's brand aura on the wane?|url=|accessdate=26 April 2012|newspaper=The Economic Times|date=1 April 2012}}</ref> [[Pepsi]] (1992–2009),<ref>{{cite web| title=Pepsi celebrates Sachin at 29 | url= | date=25 April 2002 | work=[[Business Line]] | accessdate=21 March 2007}}</ref> Action Shoes (1995–2000),<ref>{{cite web| title=The Don and the New Master | url= | date=7 September 1998 | work=[[India Today]] | accessdate=21 March 2007}}</ref> [[Madras Rubber Factory|MRF]] (1999–2009),<ref>{{cite web| title=Tendulkar Closes MRF Innings after Decade at Crease | url= | date=18 September 2009|archiveurl= |archivedate=11 August 2013|deadurl=yes}}</ref> [[Adidas]] (2000–10), [[Britannia Industries|Britannia]] (2001–07),<ref>{{cite web| title=Sachin to bat for Britannia | url= | date=2 November 2001 |work=[[The Financial Express (India)|The Financial Express]] | accessdate=21 March 2007}}</ref> [[Fiat Palio]] (2001–03),<ref>{{cite news|last=Chatterjee|first=Dev|title=Sachin's Fiat tie-up may end soon|url=|accessdate=26 April 2012|newspaper=The Indian Express|date=30 August 2003}}</ref> [[TVS, India|TVS]] (2002–05),<ref>{{cite web| title=TVS signs Sachin as brand ambassador | url= | date=16 February 2002 | work=[[Business Line]] | accessdate=21 March 2007}}</ref> [[ESPN Star Sports]] (2002–present),<ref>{{cite web| title=Sachin to bat for ESPN-Star Sports | url= | date=7 February 2007 |work=The Indian Express |location=India | accessdate=21 March 2007}}</ref> [[ITC Limited|Sunfeast]] (2007–13),<ref>{{cite news|title=ITC signs Sachin Tendulkar as co-creator|url=|accessdate=26 April 2012|newspaper=The Economic Times|date=14 November 2006}}</ref> [[Canon (company)|Canon]] (2006–09),<ref>{{cite web| title=Canon clicks Sachin as brand ambassador | url= | date=7 November 2006 | work=[[Business Line]] | accessdate=21 March 2007|archiveurl= |archivedate=14 November 2009|deadurl=yes}}</ref> [[Bharti Airtel|Airtel]] (2004–06),<ref>{{cite web| title=Airtel drops Tendulkar as brand ambassador | url= | date=3 November 2006 |work=The Indian Express   |location=India | accessdate=21 March 2007}}</ref> [[Newell Rubbermaid|Reynolds]] (2007–present),<ref>{{cite news|title=Clark and Reynolds extend contracts|url=|accessdate=26 April 2012|newspaper=Sport Gnome|date=12 January 2012}}</ref> G-Hanz (2005–07),<ref>{{cite web| title=G-Hanz unveils 'safe' mobiles | url= | date=24 January 2007 |work=The Indian Express   |location=India | accessdate=21 March 2007}}</ref> [[Sanyo|Sanyo BPL]] (2007–present),<ref>{{cite news|last=Badrinath|first=Raghuvir|title=Sachin to bat for Sanyo-BPL|url=|accessdate=26 April 2012|newspaper=Business Standard|date=4 January 2006}}</ref> [[Toshiba]] (2010–present),<ref>{{cite web| title=Sachin Tendulkar is the new face of Toshiba | url= | date=1 July 2010 | work=[[Business Standard]] | accessdate=17 March 2012}}</ref> [[Colgate-Palmolive]],<ref name="visa">{{cite web| title=Sachin Tendulkar makes money faster than runs | url= | date=19 May 1999 |work=The Indian Express | accessdate=3 March 2008}}</ref> [[Philips]],<ref name="visa"/> [[Visa (company)|VISA]],<ref name="visa"/> [[Castrol India]] (2011–12),<ref>{{cite web| title= Sachin to Bat for Castrol|url=| accessdate=25 January 2011| publisher=Castrol India}}</ref> Ujala Techno Bright,<ref>{{cite web|url= |title=Ujala Techno Bright |publisher=[[Jyothy Laboratories]] |accessdate=2 August 2013 |deadurl=yes |archiveurl= |archivedate=5 June 2013 }}</ref> [[Coca-Cola]] (2011–13)<ref>{{cite web|url= |title=Coke ropes in Sachin as its 'happiness ambassador' |work=The Economic Times |date=24 January 2011 |accessdate=2 August 2013}}</ref> and [[]] (2013–present).<ref>{{cite web|author=Our Bureau |url= | to invest Rs 100 crore in India |work=Business Line |accessdate=8 November 2013}}</ref>

He has also been a spokesperson for [[National Egg Coordination Committee]] (2003–05),<ref>{{cite news|title=Hatching a new game plan|url=|accessdate=26 April 2012|newspaper=Business Line|date=2 December 2010}}</ref> AIDS Awareness Campaign (2005)<ref>{{cite web| title=Sachin & BCCI to spread AIDS Awareness message | url= | date=22 March 2005 | publisher=Thatscricket | accessdate=21 March 2007 |archiveurl = <!-- Bot retrieved archive --> |archivedate = 30 September 2007}}</ref> and [[Luminous Power Technologies|Luminous India]] (2010–present).<ref>{{cite web|url= |title=Luminous Signs the legend Sachin Tendulkar as Brand Ambassador |publisher=Technics Today |date=3 May 2010 |accessdate=17 March 2012|archiveurl= |archivedate=26 October 2013|deadurl=yes}}</ref>

===Rajya Sabha nomination===
In April 2012, Tendulkar accepted the [[Rajya Sabha]] nomination proposed by the [[President of India]] and became the first active sportsperson and cricketer to have been nominated.<ref name="RajyaSabhaNom2">{{cite news|title=Rajya Sabha stint|url=|accessdate=4 June 2012|newspaper=[[Hindustan Times]]|date=4 June 2012}}</ref><ref name="RajyaSabhaNom1">{{cite news| url= |title= Sachin Tendulkar accepts Congress's Rajya Sabha nomination offer: reports |location=India| accessdate=26 April 2012| publisher=[[CNN-IBN]]}}</ref> Former cricketers [[Sanjay Manjrekar]],<ref>{{cite news|url= |title=Sachin Tendulkar in Parliament: House that? |newspaper=[[DNA India]] |date=28 April 2012 |accessdate=3 May 2012 |first=Vijay |last=Tagore}}</ref> [[Ajit Wadekar]], [[Madan Lal]]<ref>{{cite news|url= |title=Not everyone game for Sachin in Rajya Sabha |newspaper=[[Hindustan Times]] |date=28 April 2012 |accessdate=3 May 2012 |location=New Delhi}}</ref> expressed their surprise over this move.

On 2 May, Tendulkar was elected to seat number 103 in the Rajya Sabha<ref>{{cite news|url= |title=Mixed reactions to Tendulkar's RS nominationAV-News Videos |newspaper=[[Hindustan Times]] |date=28 April 2012 |accessdate=3 May 2012 |author=ANI}}</ref> and took the oath on 4 June.<ref>{{cite news| url= | title=Sachin Tendulkar sworn in as Rajya Sabha MP | date=4 June 2012 | work=The Times of India}}{{Dead link|date=July 2014}}</ref> He refused to take the bungalow allotted to him in New Delhi calling it "waste of tax payer's money" as he resides in Mumbai.<ref>{{cite web|url=|title=Sachin Tendulkar turns down government quarter|accessdate=10 June 2012|publisher=DNA Media, Mumbai}}</ref> He met with some controversy over his attendance in Rajya Sabha proceedings.<ref>{{cite news| url= | title=Sachin Tendulkar yet to attend parliament this year | date=7 August 2014 | work=The Times of India}}</ref> Tendulkar has also been accused of not using development fund Rajya sabha members receive.<ref>{{cite news| url= | title=Sachin Tendulkar, Rekha spent nothing from MP development fund | date=24 February 2014 | work=The Times of India}}</ref>

Tendulkar sponsors 200 underprivileged children every year through Apnalaya, a Mumbai-based NGO associated with his mother-in-law, Annabel Mehta.<ref>{{cite web|title=Sachin sponsors 200 children|url=||accessdate=19 August 2013}}</ref><ref>{{cite web|title=Sachin sponsors 200 children of apnalaya |url= |accessdate=19 August 2013 }}{{dead link|date=May 2016|bot=medic}}{{cbignore|bot=medic}}</ref> A request from Sachin on Twitter raised {{INRConvert|1.02|c}} through Sachin's crusade against cancer for the Crusade against Cancer foundation.<ref>{{cite web|url= |title=Sachin Tendulkar raises Rs 10 Million for Cancer Charity | |date=29 May 2010 |accessdate=17 March 2012|archiveurl= |archivedate=11 August 2013|deadurl=no}}</ref><ref>
{{cite web|url=|title=Sachin's social responsibility – – General News – Sachin Tendulkar Apnalaya||accessdate=3 August 2009}}</ref> Sachin Tendulkar spent nine hours on the 12-hour Coca-Cola-NDTV Support My School telethon on 18 September 2011 that helped raise {{INR}} 7&nbsp;crore – {{INR}} 2&nbsp;crore more than the target – for from the creation of basic facilities, particularly toilets for girl students, in 140 government schools across the country.<ref>{{cite web|url= |title=Humble Sachin Tendulkar helps telethon raise Rs 7 crore for schools – Sport – DNA |work=Daily News and Analysis |date=19 September 2011 |accessdate=17 March 2012}}</ref>

Sachin Tendulkar’s autobiography [[Playing It My Way]] published by Hachette India was released on 6 November 2014 and broke all records for an adult hardback across both fiction and non-fiction categories with 1,50,289 copies confirmed on order subscriptions. The book’s orders, on day one, already saw it pulling ahead of both pre-order and lifetime sales of the world’s top adult hardbacks Dan Brown’s Inferno, Walter Issacson’s Steve Jobs and JK Rowling’s Casual Vacancy. It was entered in [[Limca Book of Records]] for<ref>{{cite web|title=Bestselling adult hardback on release (orders on first day of publication)|url=|publisher=Limca Book of Records|accessdate=30 June 2016}}</ref> 2016.


Sachin Tendulkar has been the subject of various books. The following is the listing of books focused on Tendulkar's career:

* ''Sachin: The Story of the World's Greatest Batsman'' by Gulu Ezekiel. Publisher: Penguin Global. ISBN 978-0-14-302854-3<ref>{{cite book | title=Book: Sachin: The Story of the World's Greatest Batsman|isbn=0143028545 <!-- |accessdate=11 May 2007 --> }}</ref>
* ''Sachin Tendulkar Opus''<ref>{{cite web|url=$-350000/1/162845.html |title=One Sachin Tendulkar Opus to cost $350,000 : Cricket, News |work=India Today |date=5 December 2011 |accessdate=2 August 2013}}</ref>
* ''The A to Z of Sachin Tendulkar'' by Gulu Ezekiel. Publisher: Penguin Global. ISBN 978-81-7476-530-7<ref>{{cite web| url= |title=Man of letters |publisher=ESPNcricinfo |accessdate=1 June 2008}}</ref>
* ''Sachin Tendulkar-a definitive biography'' by Vaibhav Purandare. Publisher: Roli Books. ISBN 81-7436-360-2<ref>{{cite news| url= |title=Willow talk |work=The Telegraph |location=Kolkota, India |accessdate=1 June 2008 |date=12 March 2005}}</ref>
* ''Sachin Tendulkar – Masterful'' by Peter Murray, Ashish Shukla. Publisher: Rupa. ISBN 81-7167-806-8<ref>{{cite web| url= |title=Sachin Tendulkar – Masterful |publisher=ESPNcricinfo |accessdate=1 June 2008}}</ref>
* ''If Cricket is a Religion, Sachin is God'' by Vijay Santhanam, Shyam Balasubramanian. Publisher: [[HarperCollins India]] ISBN 978-81-7223-821-6<ref>{{cite book| title=Book: If Cricket is a Religion, Sachin is God|isbn=8172238215 <!-- |accessdate=18 June 2009 -->}}</ref>
* ''Master Stroke: 100 Centuries of Sachin Tendulkar'' by Neelima Athalye. Publisher: Sakal Publications. ISBN 978-93-80571-84-3<ref>{{cite web|url= | title=Book: Master Stroke: 100 Centuries of Sachin Tendulkar |accessdate=28 March 2012}}</ref>
* ''Dhruvtara'', a book on cricket maestro Sachin Tendulkar, was launched as an audio book on Monday, 15 October 2012 to mark White Cane Day.<ref>{{cite news|title=The Indian Express|url=}}</ref>
* ''Sachin ke sau shatak'' by Dharmender Panth, a book on Tendulkar's 100 centuries written in Hindi. ISBN 9788123765242<ref>{{cite web | title = Sachin ke sau shatak | url = | accessdate = 12 September 2013 }}</ref>
* ''Sachin Tendulkar: Masterful'' by Peter Murray, Ashish Shukla. Publisher:Murray Advertising. ISBN 81-7167-806-8<ref>{{Cite book| first=Peter |last=Murray |last2= Shukla|first2= Ashish | year=2002 |publisher=Murray Advertising |isbn= 81-7167-806-8 |title=Sachin Tendulkar: Masterful}}</ref>
* [[Playing It My Way]] – an autobiography. ISBN 978-14-736-0520-6<ref>{{cite web|title=Sachin Tendulkar's 'Playing It My Way' autobiography to release on November 6|url=|publisher=Deccan Chronicle|accessdate=2 September 2014}}</ref><ref>{{cite web|title=Sachin Tendulkar to launch his autobiography "Playing It My Way" on November 6|url=|publisher=Zee News|accessdate=2 September 2014}}</ref><ref>{{cite web|title=Sachin Tendulkar's autobiography releasing on Nov 6|url=|publisher=The Hindu|accessdate=2 September 2014}}</ref>
* ''Sachin: A Hundred Hundreds Now'' by V. Krishnaswamy<ref>{{cite web|url=|title='Sachin: A Hundred Hundreds Now' is a potpourri|last=Srivastava|first=Prateek |date=13 June 2012|publisher=IBN Live|accessdate=18 December 2015}}</ref>

* [[Sachin (film)|Sachin: A Billion Dreams]], an upcoming Indian film directed by James Erskine is based on the life of Tendulkar<ref>{{cite web|title=Sachin Tendulkar’s movie teaser on April 14th|url=|website=[[The Indian Express]]|accessdate=11 April 2016|date=11 April 2016}}</ref>

==See also==
* [[Achievements of Sachin Tendulkar]]
* [[q:Sachin Tendulkar|Collection of quotations related to Sachin Tendulkar]]
* [[Indian national cricket captains]]
* [[List of fastest to reach multiples of 1000 runs in ODI]]
* [[List of international cricket centuries by Sachin Tendulkar]]
* [[List of ODI awards for Sachin Tendulkar]]
* [[List of One Day International cricket records]]
* [[Politics and sports]]

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