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Sachin Tendulkar‘s legacy in cricket is second to none. Over his 24-year international career, the Mumbai-born legend evolved from a short 16-year-old kid to arguably the greatest batter of all time.
But with success came the pressure. While cricket was just seen as a popular game in India upon Sachin’s debut in 1989, the game turned into a religion for millions in the country, largely because of his record-breaking career.
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The pressure of expectations of a giant country like India weighed very heavy on Tendulkar’s shoulders. His early career teammate and now commentator Ravi Shastri has revealed how the Indian maestro was expected to score a century in every match he played, and it would be considered a failure if he didn’t.
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“Every time he went out, you know, the entire nation would sit up and watch. When is he going to get a hundred? They treated it as his failure if he didn’t. I know he might have felt very lonely at times. When you reach those heights, it can be a very lonely place to be because you are the only one there who understands what’s happening.”
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Shastri discussed this, and how Sachin Tendulkar was, and still is, compared to Australian great Don Bradman in ABC Australia’s documentary ‘Bradman and Tendulkar – the untold story of two of cricket’s giants’.
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“You felt that this guy was in a different league now” – Ravi Shastri on watching Sachin Tendulkar bat from the non-striker end
Sachin Tendulkar has played and batted with dozens of Indian players from many generations across his staggering 24-year international career. Ravi Shastri, who was with the Indian National side at the start of Sachin’s career, explains how special it was to watch a teenager dominate some of the world’s best bowling attacks.
“That’s when I first saw greatness from 22 yards. It is one thing getting runs and another thing watching a kid who is 18 years of age dominate an Australian attack like the way he did. You felt that this guy was in a different league now,” said Shastri
Sachin Tendulkar made his debut in 1989 as just a 16-year-old in Karachi, Pakistan, against a lethal bowling attack of Imran Khan, Wasim Akram, and Waqar Younis.
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