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How do you demystify a man who has been on the cricket ground for 21 long years and at the ripe age of 37, still wanting to continue playing the very taxing and physically demanding game of cricket? A man who went on to break nearly all the batting records that was there to break. The man who scored the highest individual ODI unbeaten score of 200, the man who has the most number of first class centuries against his name. The man who has the highest number of runs on board in all formats of the game. The man who has been instrumental in winning the ICC World Cup 2011 again after 5 world cups and 28 long years! The man who has most probably the maximum number of trophies scattered around in his Mumbai home. We are talking about the little master blaster Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar who celebrates his 38th birthday today.

From being a fighter to the core on the cricket field, off field, Sachin is very demure man, not one to argue or raise his voice. Raised in a middle class family, like others his age, Sachin too grew up staunch religious and was duly supported by his family including elder brother to pursue his dream of playing cricket. Incidentally, his elder brother Ajit saw the potential in him as a cricketer and it was his coach Ramakant Achrekar who honed his skill to make him the player that he is today.

Among his other noted distinctions is being voted the second best batsman of all time by Wisden next only to the late Sir Don Bradman. However between 2003 and 2006, Sachin saw a major slump in his form but the fighter that he is, he overcame all his demons that saw him reach the pinnacle of his cricketing career by the time the last world cup took place in April 2011.

Sachin is happily married to his pediatrician wife Anjali since 1995 and has two children Sara and Arjun. 11-year old Arjun is already following his father’s footstep and is an avid cricket player.  Sachin being the shy guy, supports countless charities and makes sure that the media stays away from his philanthropic acts as far as possible. He firmly believes in the adage that the left hand shouldn’t know what the right hand is doing.

Where his game of cricket is concerned, there couldn’t have been a better compliment then this. The late Sir Donald Bradman one day happed to watch Sachin Tendulkar play on television and was quick to call out to his wife and commented that this was most probably how he (Bradman) must have played in his hey days. For Sachin, no compliments could have better then this. He must have received thousands and thousands of compliments from people from all over the world but this is something he cherishes dearly.

Another noteworthy aspect of this great man is his responsibility towards his countless teenage and grownup fans as a result of which he has time and again refused to endorse any alcohol, cigarette or any other tobacco products that is harmful to the human body. Big money failed to lure him to do these ads knowing that what he’ll do on screen, others are surely going to follow suit in real life.

In this personality what stands out is his humility, responsibility towards others and passion to play the game as long as possible. These two aspects of his personality that is the core reason for him overcoming every boundary there has been to the game so far. That is what keeps the man going. That is what inspires him to do better every time – his passion. Some rightly said that take up a job you love and you’ll never work a day in your life. This adage is true to this great man. This is what every youngster should emulate of this great man – his humility and his passion. Today, the man who’s been pushed in the limelight by his fans for the highest civilian award, the Bharat Ratna, despite all the glory and wealth and the adulation at the hands of millions of people around the world, this man is still rooted to his culture, to his humble life, devotion towards his family and to his religious upbringing. We salute this little master blaster on his 38th birthday and wish him many more innings to come!