Award Name : Arjuna Award
Year of Award : 1994
Award for : Sports and Games
Location : Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Sachin Tendulkar is a popular Indian cricketer and one of the greatest batsmen of the world. He is the leading scorer of runs in both ODI and Test matches, the only male player from India to score double century in ODI cricket history. He was born on 24th April 1973 in Mumbai. He was 11 years old when he was given his first cricket bat, and his talent in the sport was immediately apparent. At the age of 14, he scored 326 out of a world-record stand of 664 in a school match. As his accomplishments grew, he became a sort of cult figure among Bombay schoolboys. He is the first one to score 10,000 runs in one day cricket. He reached this milestone in his 266th match. He has scored 28 centuries and 50 half centuries in his 10,000 runs. He is a great genius in cricket and made his International debut in both ODI and Test matches when he was only 16. He played his first match against Pakistan. He is specialized in straight drive, square cut, late cut, lofted shots, mid-on and mid-off. He has so much power that the ball often rockets to the fence.
His tenures as captain of the Indian cricket team were not successful. He is the only person to have scored 11,000 runs in ODI. He has got most number of Man of the Matches in one day international cricket. He is the second Indian to cross 10,000 in Test matches. He has got highest individual score in One day International cricket among Indian batsmen. He is the fastest batsman to score 10,000 runs in test matches which he got in his 195th innings. He played a vital role in winning the 2011 World Cup with 482 runs totally at an average of 53 runs per match. This includes two centuries. His remarkable achievements helped India to taste its victory against Sri Lanka in the final match. He said that winning the World cup made him shed tears of joy marking the proudest moment of his life. Tendulkar received the Arjuna Award in 1994 for his outstanding sporting achievement. To honor his achievements, he was nominated as the member of Rajya Sabha by the Government of India on 27th April, 2012 and he took his oath on 4th June 2012. It was announced in November 2013 that Tendulkar will be awarded with the Bharat Ratna, India's highest civilian award, making him the youngest recipient to date and the first ever sportsperson to receive the award.