A thoroughbred champion or a statistical wonder?
The more the runs Sachin Tendulkar has scored, the deeper he's grown into the cricket world's heart. But it's his humility that has made him ever-popular with his fans. Even though much-cliched, wherever Tendulkar goes at least one poster of 'Cricket is our religion, Sachin is our God' follows!
On the occassion of his 35th birthday, a rewind to the most memorable 'Sachin' moments!
Much before Sachin Tendulkar was Sachin Tendulkar, came this epic partnership with his schoolmate Vinod Kambli in 1988.
Playing in the Mumbai heat, over two days, two youngsters, oblivious of the history they were scripting, thrashed an unbeaten partnership of 664 runs for their school Shardashram Vidyamandir in the Harris Shield semi-final. Tendulkar stood at 326 not out, Kambli a shade better at 349.
Though the world record has been bettered since (Hyderabad's Manoj Kumar and Mohammed Shaibaz Tumbi rattled off 721 runs in 40 overs), its place in Indian cricket's folklore can never be replaced.
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