Having several records to his credit, Sachin has scored the maximum runs in test matches as well as in one day internationals, and has scored the maximum centuries in test matches as well as in one day internationals. He also played the maximum number of test matches, 200, and the maximum number of one day internationals, 463.
When Sachin announced his retirement from cricket, his fans were stunned because they wanted to see him play more. It is the law of nature: We all retire one day. His mere presence kept the team motivated because he had the ability to win matches single-handedly.
The award has rightly gone to a sportsman who played the game of cricket with true sportsmanship. He was not only a great batsman but was also a charismatic bowler and fielder. An ardent devotee of Bhagwan Sathya Sai Baba, Sachin Tendulkar shall continue to inspire emerging cricketers.
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With love from Sandeep Sinha