God To Coach Mortals: Sachin Tendulkar Replaces Duncan Fletcher As Team India’s Coach

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Putting an end to the weeks of conjecture over who would succeed Duncan Fletcher as Team India’s coach, BCCI has, finally, made a decision. With the wrapping up off the World Cup 2015, Fletcher is on his way of completing his term as the team’s coach and guess who is all set to fill the place he is leaving vacant? It’s none other than our very own little master, Sachin Tendulkar. After a working committee meeting on Tuesday, the BCCI, announced the decision to give Sachin a three-year contract because who knows the Indian team better than the Master Blaster himself?

Sachin Tendulkar has been nothing less than a God for cricket fans. After all, who could forget the rather exaggerated row that followed when Maria Sharapova expressed her oblivion regarding who Sachin is? Hell hath no wrath like a Sachin Tendulkar fan disdained. There is hardly any Indian cricketer who doesn’t deify him. Indeed, blessed will be those who will be tutored by the God of cricket, himself.

The greatest batsmen of all time, Sachin began his cricketing feat when he was just 16 years old. And, he never looked back as he went on to receive accolades after accolades while representing the country internationally before retiring in 2013. Playing 664 international cricket matches in total, Sachin got accredited with as many as 34, 357 runs. While he was just half-way through his career, Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack ranked him the second greatest Test batsman of all time, as well as the second greatest ODI batsman of all time. Being a part of the 2011 World Cup team, Sachin tasted the glory of raising a toast to all cricket lovers by bringing the much coveted Cup home.

In 1994, Tendulkar received the Arjuna Award for his stupendous sporting achievement followed by the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award in 1997, which is the highest sporting award in India. Later in 1998, he went on to receive the Padma Shri and in 2008, he was accredited with the Padma Vibhushan Award, both being the fourth and second highest civilian awards, respectively. In November 2013, the Prime Minister’s office announced the decision to award him the Bharat Ratna, which is India’s highest civilian award. While being the youngest person to receive this award, Sachin is also the first ever sportsperson to have obtained such honor.

When asked about Sachin’s appointment, Dhoni said Sachin’s style of coaching will surely be the same as his playing days. “Hardworking, disciplined, very professionally driven and played to his utmost potential,” Dhoni said. “He will surely bring the same characteristics to his coaching.” A rather befitting turning point in our little master’s career, the cricket lovers have their hopes pinned on his expertise.

The above has been confirmed by IBN Live’s Cricketnext. To read the full text of  the same go to http://j.mp/SachinEmail

Sangeeta Purkayastha

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