Legendary cricketer Sachin Tendulkar turned 50 years old on April 24 and received wishes from all over the world for inspiring generations to play the sport. The current Indian team admires him and aspires to achieve the heights he did in his career. Indian captain Rohit Sharma, who has idolized Tendulkar since childhood, shared in the book ‘Sachin@50’ that growing up with Tendulkar was second to God for him.
“Growing up in Mumbai, Sachin Tendulkar was second to God for me. He was a part of my growing up. My inspiration to play the sport has made me what I am. Cricket in our household meant Sachin Tendulkar. He was the yardstick in everything that we did. If you wanted to be the best, you needed to try and bat like Sachin Tendulkar. He was the defacto coaching manual. And then, to be able to play with him meant the world to me,”
Rohit Sharma made his international debut in 2007 and had the pleasure of playing with his idol Sachin Tendulkar in the final stages of the latter’s career. Sharma scored hundreds in both matches during Tendulkar’s last series against West Indies in November 2013. He got the ‘Player of the Series’. Sharma also emulated Tendulkar’s feat of scoring a double hundred in ODI cricket in November 2013.
Rohit Sharma captained Tendulkar and won IPL and Champions League T20
In the IPL season 2013, Rohit Sharma captained Sachin Tendulkar and led Mumbai Indians to their first IPL title, giving his idol a fairytale farewell. The same year, Sharma led Mumbai Indians to title victory in the Champions League T20. Before Tendulkar bid adieu to franchise cricket. Sharma levelled Tendulkar’s record of most hundreds in ODI World Cup history (6) during the 2019 World Cup. He scored 648 runs with five hundreds. He came close to breaking Tendulkar’s record of most runs in a single edition of the ODI World Cup (673 runs).
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