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Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar: (born 24 April 1973) is an Indian cricketer widely regarded as one of the greatest batsmen in the history of cricket. He is the leading run-scorer and century maker in Test and One Day International cricket.  He is the only player to score a double century in the history of ODI cricket.  In 2002, just 12 years into his career, Wisden ranked him the second greatest Test batsman of all time, behind Donald Bradman, and the second greatest one-day-international (ODI) batsman of all time, behind Viv Richards. In September 2007, the Australian leg spinner Shane Warne rated Tendulkar as the greatest player he has played with or against.  Tendulkar was the only player of the current generation to be included in Bradman's Eleven. He is sometimes referred to as Little Master or Master Blaster.

Tendulkar sponsors 200 underprivileged children every year through Apnalaya, a Mumbai-based NGO associated with his mother-in-law, Annabel Mehta.

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 Wisden described his innings of Old Trafford as "a disciplined display of immense maturity" and also wrote:

"He looked the embodiment of India's famous opener, Gavaskar, and indeed was wearing a pair of his pads. While he displayed a full repertoire of strokes in compiling his maiden Test hundred, most remarkable were his off-side shots from the back foot. Though only 5ft 5in tall, he was still able to control without difficulty short deliveries from the English pace man."

Tendulkar's two tenures as captain of the Indian cricket team were not very successful.


Tendulkar has inspired millions of Indians in all walks of life…….

Tendulkar inspired me in my walk of life….

When I began working on the assignment, I did not want to elevate him to further heights..

But wanted to picture the man as a human being, just like you and me….

Because that is the only way you can understand him better….

For a country that is so deeply mired in mediocrity, so hopelessly tied up in bureaucracy and red-tapism that slows it down and stunts its potential, Sachin is such a breath of fresh air!

In fact, he is a blast that cleans all cobwebs of tentativeness. A certain gust of cheer that tells us what we are truly capable of. It comes as a shock to us when someone amongst us (or some sector in our economy) does really well, and shines as an example of sure genius. The I.T. companies attracted everyone's admiration for their undeniable feat of turning out highly billable man-hours from fresh-off-the-campus engineering manpower that was raw, to say the least. Bollywood came of age and taught us lessons in excellence against all adversities. But to be sure, no one and nothing draws our admiration as the genius that is Sachin Tendulkar.

I have always loved Sachin Tendulkar's style. Watching him from his primitive career, till today when he rewrote ODI & test history, has been a tremendous experience. From a budding entrepreneur's perspective, there are several important lessons I can draw from this living legend. Here they are!

Lessons in Excellence from Sachin Tendulkar

"Change is the only constant"

This is what we learn from Sachin's cricketing span. One has to constantly change himself and harness his skills. Tendulkar has incorporated several modern and unorthodox strokes into his repertoire in recent times, including the paddle sweep, the scoop over short fine leg and the slash to third man over the slips' heads, over the last seven or eight years. This has enabled him to remain scoring consistently in spite of the physical toll of injuries and a lean period in the mid-2000s. By his own admission, he does not bat as aggressively as he did in the 90s and early 2000s, because his body has undergone changes and cannot sustain aggressive shot making over a long period. He is often praised for his ability to adapt to the needs of his body and yet keep scoring consistently.


 As we all know that Rome was not built in a day, it takes several years for excellence to develop. It never happens as an accident, but is the result of a conscious belief that one has to do it, for it to happen. And it actually goes beyond that. Consistency - i.e. the spirit to go on and on and on - is the fundamental basis for all progress that mankind has made. If you don't have consistency, your talent cannot express itself to the fullest extent. It was Sachin's unflinching pursuit for excellence that made him sail through all the turbulence that he had to face in his carrier. If you are a young person just starting off in your career, do not get too excited about being successful too early. Be patient! It takes time. Use your sense of anxiety to turn yourself into a dynamo of purposeful activity. All I.T. companies that are doing so well have perfected their winning formulae over several years, painstakingly. It did not happen overnight.

Discipline and Mind-control

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 Derived from the point above, a sense of discipline and control over one's mind provides the basic template for performance that is timeless and ageless - both Sachin's attributes. Without discipline, you tend to take liberties that eat into your most precious resource - the time available per day. Discipline brings certainty into our lives. It brings predictability that helps us plan things properly. Though seemingly it cripples our freedom (and some would say individuality), it adds an element of firepower that's undeniably the bedrock of success. Mind-control springs from this sense of discipline. And needless to say, the biggest influence anyone can have on us is our parents. If one is blessed with parents who understand the importance of discipline in early years of our life, one has it rather easy later on. Habits made early on stay for a long time. Chhatrapati Shivaji became what he was due to the lasting influence and teachings of his mother, the iron-willed Jijabai.

Timelessness of performance

 Sachin never bothers what the world says about his performance, his moods, his family life, his ups and downs, or his personal likes and dislikes. He is one of the most quiet and sensible sports-person around. His belief in the fact that "work will speak louder than words" has stood the test of time. And all of us have witnessed the magic of these words! He just performs. Anyone who wants his/her success to continue for a long time must remember that while ups and downs are part and parcel of any professional's career, they do not determine who you are. Your psyche determines that. I would rate the Belgian cartoonist George Remi (Herge) who created the legendary series called 'Tin tin' at par with Sachin, as both are timeless. Steve Jobs, the boss at Apple, is another example of a genius who adjusts to the demands of the age and produces miracle after miracle!

Bouncing back from adversity

 Even a gentle genius like Sachin faced the wrath of media that seemed to engulf all the good deeds he had done. When he did not fare well as the captain of the Indian team, everyone was bitter about his performance. It was almost as if his career had ended (and that was several years ago!). But true to his style and name, Sachin proved everyone wrong. This clearly indicates he has in ample measure what a star performer needs in ample quantity - bouncing back using self-belief. Critics will always exist - God made them to instil in us a sense of being grounded into reality. But a true performer looks beyond and questions himself - am I putting in my 100%? If yes, he plods on, without fear.


From an honest conviction towards one's goals is born a sense of self-belief. It was this that made Dhirubhai Ambani lock horns with the existing giants in Bombay, while he was just an upstart. It was this that made Sunil Gavaskar proves his genius during his maiden tour to the ferocious West Indies (in 1970s). Lata Mangeshkar and Asha Bhonsle are blessed with a pristine sense of self-belief as their sheer consistency and riyaaz over decades has turned them into performers beyond all human comparison! If you feel defeated time and again, it does not mean you truly are defeated. All it means is that either the goal you have chosen is wrong, or the efforts you are putting in are misdirected or incomplete.

Sense of belonging

 We all have seen some egomaniacs who were part of the Indian cricket team, and destroyed their own careers, and many of the careers around them due to their idiosyncrasies. Sachin has always put India and India's reputation above everything else. You can see it in his eyes, and his entire body language. Ask yourself - how many times did you feel Sachin was playing selfishly merely to score runs and add to his personal tally? It is a fact that true performers do not just think of themselves. They also focus on what matters to their nation. And when you do that, everyone responds in a big way!

Humility - thy name is Sachin! 

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It takes a true human being to not let success hit his upper floor hard. What I mean is simple - the moment people become successful (by any standards - money, fame, status), they face the inevitable choice. Either let success remain a by-product and reward of solid work, to be relished in its repetition, or to let success manifest itself in one's changed attitude and behaviour. Very few people remain unaffected (at least outwardly) when they achieve great success. Sachin is one of the finest examples of how innocent and child-like one can choose to be (probably it's natural!) despite earth-shaking achievements. Indeed, the family values with which one is brought up in the early years does have a deep and lasting impact. That's why you are lucky if your parents have repeatedly told you "to stay grounded, not to take flight at every sight. I have seen shocking examples of people, who on achieving relatively modest levels of success simply can't handle it! They take flight! And get grounded very frequently, and at times, permanently. Let Sachin's example be the shining lighthouse for one and all.

All these virtues mentioned above can be used across sectors, across professions, and across geographies. For all practitioners and students of management - if you ever needed a role-model to emulate, he is right there for you. The legendary Sachin Tendulkar. Timeless, ageless.

Three mantras that defines sachin's success


 Passion is the no one factor for his success. No doubt about it. If you want to become successful in life then you must have the passion, the zeal to succeed.

Never give up attitude

 Giving up soon is a coward's nature. Sachin has a tremendous never give up attitude. This is a major factor which contributed to his success.

Never Give Up your Dream

Never compromise on your dreams. If you are really interested in something then go for it. If Sachin had chosen to do engineering twenty years back then you can imagine where he would have been today. So always select the best that you can do.

Application of three mantras


 Passion means the burning desire to succeed. If you have a passion in something then no one can stop you from achieving it. Take for e.g. think any of your past success which you achieved in your life. It may be anything like winning awards in sports, singing, dancing or studying etc. Did you analyze why you succeeded in the above events? I will tell you. The reason you won was because of your passion, perseverance and commitment. If you have it then success is yours. It's a simple mantra.

Never Give UP Attitude

This is the famous quality of all the successful person in the world. It runs like a chain among all of them. In studies too this attitude is a must. If you are not able to solve a problem then it doesn't mean that you should close your book and start worrying about it. The way to get over this is by trying and trying again until you succeed. Try to solve the problem for 15 minutes to half an hour. Even if you are not able to solve it then no problem, at least you can improve your concepts with this technique which is very important and useful.

Never give Up your Dream

 Last but not the least never give up of what you dream. If suppose a student's wants to join arts and wants to become a journalist but due to the parental pressure he's forced to join engineering. But later he never succeeds in this field and fails just because his aptitude and interest lies in arts.

If you apply these three laws on yourself then I am sure that no one can stop you from succeeding in your life.


Tendulkar is considered as a demi god in India. But even he had to go through torrid times. He was marred by some controversies. But what stood out was the way he overcame these controversies and made a mark for himself. Tendulkar quoted "My dreams began young. But I always planned on things one step at a time. I think, later, that made all the difference, between just imagining and realizing that that imagination needed a focus." 

This is a great lesson for any budding professional. Success is not just about dreaming and working in a wayward fashion. But it is about planning, channelizing and executing your strategies.

Sachin was quoted as saying:

" In sport, we have several ups and downs, but being a sportsman of course, one doesn't like to lose. In fact, I think the only time I have intentionally allowed myself to relax in competition is against my children, because my wife tells me that you have to sometimes let your kids win.

At the same time, I still don't allow them to win every time. They have a long way to go and I think it's important to reinforce the message, as subtly as possible to youngsters that you have to earn your stripes in life; that, the world might lie ahead but you need to work towards conquering that world."

Thus at the end I would like to say that no matter the amount of hardship that we face, we should never lose hope. Instead we should relentlessly work hard to pursue success. Success is a intoxication that drives us to work hard and achieve more of its kind in future. This is a lesson that we learn from Sachin Tendulkar.

He is telling all of us - "Don't give up so easily my dear Indians.. Excellence is achievable".

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