When Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar made his test debut against Pakistan as a 16-year-old, little did the world know that the curly-haired teenager would one day become one of the greatest cricketers of the game. In his homeland, India, Sachin is more than just a popular sportsperson; he is considered an institution in himself. He is not just loved and respected, but revered. Fondly called the ‘God of Cricket’ by his fans, Sachin ruled the game for well over two decades—a very rare feat for a sportsperson. Widely considered to be one of the greatest batsmen ever, he is the only player to have scored 100 international centuries. Born into a middle-class family in Bombay, he started playing cricket while he was still a little boy, and made his international test debut at the age of 16! And thus began the journey of a cricketer who would smash several long-standing records and create new ones. Keeping in view his awesome performance, he was made the captain of the Indian team. Captaincy however did not suit him and he gave up captaincy. In spite of his iconic status, Sachin is known to be a simple and principled man, which further adds to his popularity.