Sachin's record of 14,000 runs has not only proved him to be a world-class player but has also raised the standards in cricket.

The run machine, the little champion and the master blaster are some of the countless titles that have been bestowed upon cricket's favourite son— Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar. Without a doubt he is the best batsman of the modern era. He is the man who shoulders the expectations of billions of fans when he walks into a cricketing arena. And as Matthew Hayden once said, “everybody has seen God now.” He plays for India and bats at number four, he is the much celebrated— Sachin Tendulkar.  

Many laurels 

The cricket genius Sachin Tendulkar has yet again set a benchmark by becoming the first to score 14000 runs in the longest version of the game, the test rubber. The Little Master already holds the record for most number of runs in ODI's and Tests. Tendulkar reached the 14,000 runs mark during the course of his double hundred in the second Test at Bangalore. Sachin reached 13,000 runs this January and went past 14000 just nine months later. Tendulkar got to his 14000-run mark when he slapped a boundary off Hauritz through the covers. Outstanding is the word to be used for the amount of hard work that has gone into this achievement, the amount of effort he has put in.     

 Raising the bar

Tendulkar does not go for records, but records are always fond of this man, who forever will stay the pride and face of Indian cricket. Every time Sachin walks in to bat, it's prayers and prayers all over, just to see this little master score tons and tons of runs. The more you see him play, the more you will want to see him. Sachin also has more than 17,500 runs in ODIs and holds an impressive average of 56 in Test matches and 45 in ODIs. Tendulkar also holds a precious record for being the first and the only man to have scored a double century in ODIs. He also holds a unique record being the first player to score 10000, 11000, 12000, 13000, 14000, 15000, 16000, and 17000 runs in One Day cricket!! He is the most complete batsman one could ever see; the best in the business.

 I completely agree with Shane Warne's words – “Technically you never can fault Sachin. Seam, fast bowling, off-spin, leg-spin, leg-break, off-break – nothing is a problem”. When he is out to bat even the best of the bowlers panic and fail to deliver their goods. You should always be mindful of the length and the spot when you bowl to a master blaster like Sachin Tendulkar because he is a man who puts away even the best of your delivery to the boundary and in case you bowl him bad balls? They are hit outside the park!! I truly salute the most impeccable and incredible Cricketing champion, Sachin Tendulkar on his 14,000 runs in Test Cricket!  

  Praveen Iyer is a Final Year Information Technology student of Rajalakshmi Engineering College.

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