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Sachin Tendulkar made his debut for India at the age of 16 years and 205 days. (Getty Images)

Sachin Tendulkar made his debut for India at the age of 16 years and 205 days. (Getty Images)

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Sachin Tendulkar, in his first tour to Pakistan in 1989, was out for a duck on debut for India in Karachi. (Getty Images)

Sachin Tendulkar, in his first tour to Pakistan in 1989, was out for a duck on debut for India in Karachi. (Getty Images)

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Early on in his career, his extremely youthful appearence often belied the keen cricketing mind that lay beneath. (Getty Images)

Early on in his career, his extremely youthful appearence often belied the keen cricketing mind that lay beneath. (Getty Images)

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Sachin reacts after getting his century against Kenya in the 1999 World Cup. India won by 94 runs. (Getty Images)

Sachin reacts after getting his century against Kenya in the 1999 World Cup. India won by 94 runs. (Getty Images)

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A young Sachin poses just before a Test series against Pakistan in India in 1989. (Getty Images)

A young Sachin poses just before a Test series against Pakistan in India in 1989. (Getty Images)

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Sachin went from being the youngest player on the team for a long time to one of the senior-most over a marathon career. (Getty Images)

Sachin went from being the youngest player on the team for a long time to one of the senior-most over a marathon career. (Getty Images)

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A young Sachin gears up to face the legendary Pakistani pace attack in 1989. (Getty Images)

A young Sachin gears up to face the legendary Pakistani pace attack in 1989. (Getty Images)

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June 1990: Sachin in action during a net session at Headingley in Leeds, England. (Getty Images)

June 1990: Sachin in action during a net session at Headingley in Leeds, England. (Getty Images)

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With 100 international centuries, most of Sachin's records are set to remain intact for a long, long, long time. (Getty Images)

With 100 international centuries, most of Sachin's records are set to remain intact for a long, long, long time. (Getty Images)

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In the 1990 tour of Pakistan, a Waqar Younis bouncer broke his nose. Refusing medical aid, Sachin wiped away the gushing blood, and went on to score 57. (Getty Images)

In the 1990 tour of Pakistan, a Waqar Younis bouncer broke his nose. Refusing medical aid, Sachin wiped away the gushing blood, and went on to score 57. (Getty Images)

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Before making his debut in international cricket, Sachin stitched a 664-run unbroken partnership with Vinod Kambli in a domestic match. (Getty Images)

Before making his debut in international cricket, Sachin stitched a 664-run unbroken partnership with Vinod Kambli in a domestic match. (Getty Images)

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Sachin's unbeaten 119 against England at Old Trafford was not only his first ton, his determined batting also saved the Test for India. (Getty Images)

Sachin's unbeaten 119 against England at Old Trafford was not only his first ton, his determined batting also saved the Test for India. (Getty Images)

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A young Sachin is applauded by England players as he walks off the field after a Test match. (Getty Images)

A young Sachin is applauded by England players as he walks off the field after a Test match. (Getty Images)

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Abdul Qadir, the Pakistani leggie, had thought he would rattle the baby-faced India debutante by throwing him a challenge. The sixes Sachin hit off the spinner in response clearly heralded the arrival of a genius. (Getty Images)

Abdul Qadir, the Pakistani leggie, had thought he would rattle the baby-faced India debutante by throwing him a challenge. The sixes Sachin hit off the spinner in response clearly heralded the arrival of a genius. (Getty Images)

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Sachin at the Oval during India's tour of England in 1990. He would get his first Test century in this series. (Getty Images)

Sachin at the Oval during India's tour of England in 1990. He would get his first Test century in this series. (Getty Images)

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Sachin had to wait for a year before he scored his first Test century. (Getty Images)

Sachin had to wait for a year before he scored his first Test century. (Getty Images)

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Sachin, as the captain of India with Australian Prime Minister John Howard and others of the team. Though he has had two stints as captain, they were not the team's most successful phases. Stuart Milligan/Allsport. Getty Images.

Sachin, as the captain of India with Australian Prime Minister John Howard and others of the team. Though he has had two stints as captain, they were not the team's most successful phases. Stuart Milligan/Allsport. Getty Images.

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Sachin as the Indian captain with Steve Waugh, captain of Australia and Sri Lankan captain Sanath Jayasuriya at a press conference at the Taj Samudra Hotel, Colombo, Sri Lanka. Hamish Blair/Allsport. Getty Images.

Sachin as the Indian captain with Steve Waugh, captain of Australia and Sri Lankan captain Sanath Jayasuriya at a press conference at the Taj Samudra Hotel, Colombo, Sri Lanka. Hamish Blair/Allsport. Getty Images.

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Throughout his career, Sachin has been known for the beauty and the fluidity of the shots he played. Adrian Murrell/Allsport. Getty Images.

Throughout his career, Sachin has been known for the beauty and the fluidity of the shots he played. Adrian Murrell/Allsport. Getty Images.

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Sachin has also remained a rather handy part time slow bowler for India. Darren England/Allsport. Getty Image.

Sachin has also remained a rather handy part time slow bowler for India. Darren England/Allsport. Getty Image.

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Tendulkar relaxes after a session at the nets in the Fosters Oval ahead of a one day international match. Adrian Murrell/Allsport. Getty Images.

Tendulkar relaxes after a session at the nets in the Fosters Oval ahead of a one day international match. Adrian Murrell/Allsport. Getty Images.

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When Sachin was only 14, Gavaskar had already become the first batsman to score 10,000 runs. Sachin often used the original Little Master as a sounding board during the England tour in 1990. Getty Images.

When Sachin was only 14, Gavaskar had already become the first batsman to score 10,000 runs. Sachin often used the original Little Master as a sounding board during the England tour in 1990. Getty Images.

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Sachin bats against the Minor Counties in Trowbridge. He became the first non-Yorkshireman to play for the Yorkshire county in 1992. Ben Radford/Allsport. Getty Images

Sachin bats against the Minor Counties in Trowbridge. He became the first non-Yorkshireman to play for the Yorkshire county in 1992. Ben Radford/Allsport. Getty Images

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Sachin during a Test match against Australia. The Master Blaster rarely plays without the headgear, even against spinners, since he was pushed up the order in the '90s. Clive Mason/Allsport. Getty Images.

Sachin during a Test match against Australia. The Master Blaster rarely plays without the headgear, even against spinners, since he was pushed up the order in the '90s. Clive Mason/Allsport. Getty Images.

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Indian captain Sachin Tendulkar with the trophy after winning the series against Australia at home. Despite early victories against Australia and South Africa, his spell as captain saw both the maestro's game and Indian cricket suffer. Clive Mason/Allsport. Getty Image.

Indian captain Sachin Tendulkar with the trophy after winning the series against Australia at home. Despite early victories against Australia and South Africa, his spell as captain saw both the maestro's game and Indian cricket suffer. Clive Mason/Allsport. Getty Image.

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A young Sachin poses with stalwarts Kapil Dev and Mohammed Azharuddin in Pakistan. Allsport UK /Allsport. Getty Images.

A young Sachin poses with stalwarts Kapil Dev and Mohammed Azharuddin in Pakistan. Allsport UK /Allsport. Getty Images.

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Sachin favors the Ultralite Morrant pads, first presented to him by another cricketing legend, Sunil Gavaskar. Mark Thompson/Allsport. Getty Images.

Sachin favors the Ultralite Morrant pads, first presented to him by another cricketing legend, Sunil Gavaskar. Mark Thompson/Allsport. Getty Images.

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Sachin during a Test match against Australia. His average against the Ausies is a whopping 55 in Tests and 46.3 in ODIs. Getty Images.

Sachin during a Test match against Australia. His average against the Ausies is a whopping 55 in Tests and 46.3 in ODIs. Getty Images.

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Though he has reached the pinacle of success in the sport and is one of the most celebrated cricketers in history, humility remains his greatest asset. Getty Images.

Though he has reached the pinacle of success in the sport and is one of the most celebrated cricketers in history, humility remains his greatest asset. Getty Images.

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For someone of his small frame, Sachin plays with one of the heaviest bats. His current willow weighs 1250 to 1300gms. Shaun Botterill /Allsport. Getty Images.

For someone of his small frame, Sachin plays with one of the heaviest bats. His current willow weighs 1250 to 1300gms. Shaun Botterill /Allsport. Getty Images.

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An advertisement showing Sachin during the 1996 World Cup in India. As of 2012, he earns $16.5 million every year from endorsements. Getty Images.

An advertisement showing Sachin during the 1996 World Cup in India. As of 2012, he earns $16.5 million every year from endorsements. Getty Images.

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Sachin signs cricket bats for fans. The status he enjoys in India is literally godlike. Getty Images.

Sachin signs cricket bats for fans. The status he enjoys in India is literally godlike. Getty Images.

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The path has not always been easy for the genius though. A tennis elbow injury in 2005 almost threatened to finish his career off. Getty Images.

The path has not always been easy for the genius though. A tennis elbow injury in 2005 almost threatened to finish his career off. Getty Images.

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Tendulkar walks off the pitch after being dismissed by Ben Hilfenhaus. Though he is the only man to have scored 100 tons, 47 of those have come for a losing cause. Getty Images.

Tendulkar walks off the pitch after being dismissed by Ben Hilfenhaus. Though he is the only man to have scored 100 tons, 47 of those have come for a losing cause. Getty Images.

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Sachin's stumps are rattled in a one day match. Glen McGrath and Muttiah Muralitharan are the bowlers who have dismissed him the most number of times (13 each). Getty Images.

Sachin's stumps are rattled in a one day match. Glen McGrath and Muttiah Muralitharan are the bowlers who have dismissed him the most number of times (13 each). Getty Images.

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Though compliments have been showered on him from all quarters, the cherry on the top came when cricket's all time great Sir Don Bradman said Sachin reminded him of his younger self. Getty Images.

Though compliments have been showered on him from all quarters, the cherry on the top came when cricket's all time great Sir Don Bradman said Sachin reminded him of his younger self. Getty Images.

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Sachin leaves the field after being dismissed during a One Day International match against Sri Lanka. The master hung up his ODI boots in December 2012. Getty Images.

Sachin leaves the field after being dismissed during a One Day International match against Sri Lanka. The master hung up his ODI boots in December 2012. Getty Images.

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Sachin watches on from the Royal Box on Centre Court on day 11 of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships. Always a tennis fan, Sachin once looked upon John McEnroe as his idol. Getty Images.

Sachin watches on from the Royal Box on Centre Court on day 11 of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships. Always a tennis fan, Sachin once looked upon John McEnroe as his idol. Getty Images.

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A wax figure of cricket star Sachin Tendulkar is displayed at the Sydney Cricket Ground in Sydney. (AFP)

A wax figure of cricket star Sachin Tendulkar is displayed at the Sydney Cricket Ground in Sydney. (AFP)

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Sachin waves the Indian tricolour as he celebrates his team's victory over Sri Lanka in the 2011 World Cup final. AFP

Sachin waves the Indian tricolour as he celebrates his team's victory over Sri Lanka in the 2011 World Cup final. AFP

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Anjali Tendulkar, wife of Sachin Tendulkar, offers him a piece of cake during his 40th birthday celebrations in Kolkata, India. (AP Photo)

Anjali Tendulkar, wife of Sachin Tendulkar, offers him a piece of cake during his 40th birthday celebrations in Kolkata, India. (AP Photo)

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