THE PERSON I MOST ADMIRE
There are many people that one might admire. A mother, father or sister. Maybe even an internationally renowned icon such as Oprah Winfrey. But for me the person I most admire, is Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar. I admire him not only because he is one of the greatest batsmen ever to live, scoring 100 hundreds and over 150 fifties in his ODI and Test careers, but also because he has cemented his greatness through his humility, discipline and passion for the game that he has retained after so many years and after achieving so much in cricket.
Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar was born at Nirmal Nursing Home on 24 April 1973. His father, Ramesh Tendulkar, was a well-known Marathi novelist and his mother, Rajni, worked in the insurance industry. Ramesh named Tendulkar after his favorite music director, Sachin Dev Burman. Tendulkar has three elder siblings: two half-brothers Nitin and Ajit, and a half-sister Savita. They were Ramesh's children from his first marriage. To help curb his mischievous and bullying tendencies, Ajit introduced him to cricket in 1984. He introduced Sachin to Ramakant Achrekar, a famous cricket coach at Shivaji Park, in Dadar. Ajit is ten years elder and is credited by Sachin for playing a pivotal role in his life.
Tendulkar would practice for hours on end in the nets. If he became exhausted, Achrekar would put a one-rupee coin on the top of the stumps, and the bowler who dismissed Tendulkar would get the coin. If Tendulkar passed the whole session without getting dismissed, the coach would give him the coin. Tendulkar now considers the 13 coins he won then as some of his most prized possessions. This further illustrates his dedication, commitment and hard work.
Everyone knows Sachin Tendulkar and the classy nature of his game. What many don’t know is that after spending 20 years in international cricket, Tendulkar never misses a training session and is always the first to reach the nets and the last to leave them. He has...