Sachin Tendulkar: Cricket World Cup
Full name Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar
Born April 24, 1973, Bombay (now Mumbai), Maharashtra
Current age 37 years 309 days
Major teams India, Asia XI, Mumbai, Mumbai Indians,Yorkshire
Nickname Tendlya, Little Master
Playing role Top-order batsman
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm offbreak, Legbreak googly
Height 5 ft 5 in
Education Sharadashram Vidyamandir School
Batting and fielding averages
Limited Overs Career Statistics
|World Cup span||1992-2011|
|ODI debut||Pakistan v India at Gujranwala, Dec 18, 1989 scorecard|
|Last ODI||Bangladesh v India at Dhaka, Feb 19, 2011 scorecard|
|List A debut||1989/90|
|Last List A||Bangladesh v India at Dhaka, Feb 19, 2011 scorecard|
The most complete, the most wholesome ODI batsman of all time. And it is hardly surprising because he has lasted the longest too, now owner of practically all records that have anything to do with runs, double-centuries, centuries, or match and series awards, and by a fair margin. The batting style has evolved too. He may not quite dazzle as he did in the nineties, but the runs, the average, the strike-rate have hardly suffered as a result of his more calculated, practically risk-free approach to batting. It may not appeal to the thrill-seeking senses, but the amount of skill, the knowledge of his own game and that of the bowlers’, the intuitive feel of the field, is incredible. And to imagine he wasn’t a natural opener.
Makes scoring runs at around a run-a-ball and higher risk-free. Takes calculated risks, and innovation and tradition exist seamlessly. Brings experience worth 21 years of international cricket.
Since the beginning of 2006, Tendulkar averages 48.94 in ODIs at a strike rate of 87.18, with eight hundreds and 22 fifties.
Thirty-three out of Tendulkar’s 46 hundreds have come in victories. When India win, he averages 57.85 at a strike rate of 90.53; in losses it comes down to 32.91, at a strike rate of 79.57.
Among teams against whom he has played more than one ODI, Tendulkar averages more than 39 versus all sides except South Africa (against whom he averages 34.36).
Tendulkar has struck 1929 fours in ODIs, which is 429 more than the next-best – Sanath Jayasuriya has 1500.
All stats updated till before the start of the 2011 World Cup.
World Cup tracker
Tendulkar is the most prolific batsman in World Cups, and is tied at the top with four centuries in five World Cups. More than the numbers, though, he has provided many highlight moments, the 98 against Pakistan in Centurion in 2003 being the best. Until the 2007 edition, which was a disaster for him and the whole Indian side, he averaged more than 42 in all four editions.
"A solid man for a solid foundation, Tendulkar is just what that India needs to put up match-winning totals" – Sanjay Manjrekar, commentator and former India batsman