I have never heard people calling any human being a God. Sachin Tendulkar is one such person who has been given the title of “The God of Cricket” after fetching all the titles, awards, prizes, name, fame and fortune that anyone on this earth could imagine.
Here are some of the milestones he achieved between 1989 to 2010:
1989: Playing for Rest of India against Delhi, Irani Trophy, Mumbai on November 3-7, at the age of 16 on debut, scored 39 & 103 not out, the youngest to score a ton in Irani Trophy at 16.
1990: At the age of 17 years and 107 days he played an innings of 119 not out against England at Manchester in August and became the youngest Indian and the second youngest in the world to notch up a century in test cricket.
1991: Playing for West Zone against East Zone during the Duleep Trophy match at Guwahati on January 11-15, Tendulkar scored 159 & 8 and became the first player to muster hundred on debut in each of the three premier domestic championships.
1994: His maiden ODI hundred out of his world record tally of 45 centuries came in his 79th match, a power packed knock of 110 in 130 deliveries against Australia at Colombo in September.
1995: he notched up a dozen centuries in international cricket before touching 22 years of age, With his hundred against Sri Lanka in Sharjah ODI on April 9.
1997: He was named among Five Wisden Cricketers of the Year. This was in recognition of his superb 122 at Birmingham and 177 at Nottingham during India's Test tour of England in 1996.
1998: He amassed 1894 runs in the one-day internationals with the help of 9 centuries and 7. With his 18th ton while playing against Zimbabwe at Bulawayo, he surpassed Desmond Haynes' old record to become the highest century maker in ODIs.
1999: His innings of 186 not out against New Zealand at Hyderabad in November is the highest ever score in an innings by an Indian in ODIs and now the sixth highest by any player in the world.
2000: In the ICC Knockout Trophy in Nairobi, he became the highest run-getter in the history of one-day internationals. He eclipsed the previous best of 9378 runs by the former Indian captain Mohammad Azharuddin.
2001: In the Test series against Australia, he became the first player in ODIs to amass 10000 career runs. He accomplished the coveted feat while scoring his 28th century at Indore in the month of March. He did it in his 266th ODI game.
2004: Playing against Pakistan at Rawalpindi in March, he became the first player to reach 13000 ODI runs in the fastest time of 321 innings. And he celebrated it with his 37th ODI hundred - 141 in just 135 balls.
2005: He equaled Sunil Gavaskar's tally of 125 test appearances on the same ground where Gavsakar touched Don Bradman's record of 29 hundreds, Tendulkar became the highest century maker in test cricket with his innings of 109 against Sri Lanka in the month of December. This was his world record of 35 hundreds.
2006: Playing his 359th ODI, he reached 14000 runs and becoming the only player to cross that mark. He did it with his 39th ton, while appearing against Pakistan at Peshawar in February.
2007: He capped a phenomenal outing in the one day internationals by crossing the 1000 run mark in a calendar year on seventh occasion which remains the highest by any player.
2008: During the test match against Australia at Mohali in October, he became the highest run-getter in the history of test cricket by surpassing Brian Lara's record of 11953 runs.
2009: During his historic innings of 175 against Australia at Hyderabad on November 5, he became the first and only player to cross 17000 run-aggregate in ODIs. At the end of the series against Australia, he had an imposing tally of 29961 combined runs in all Tests, ODIs and T20 matches. He needed another 39 runs to post 30000 runs.
2010: Two major milestones which he accomplished - one each in ODI and Test - with his skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni at the non-striker's end and against South Africa. At Gwalior he became the first and only player to muster double century in ODI and now ten months later, he completed half-century of Test centuries at Centurion.