A Miniature Sheet consisting of 2 nos of postage stamps and 2 nos of Maxim Card on the 200th Test Match of Sachin Tendulkar :
Issued by India
Issued on Nov 14, 2013
Issued for : Department of Posts salutes Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar on being the only cricketer to play the 200 test matches by issuing a set of two stamps, a miniature sheet and a mix sheetlet.
Picture : The stamp depicts the journey of his test career from his debut test to recent one.
Designed by : Kamleshwar Singh
Type : Miniature Sheet, Mint Condition
Watermark : No
Colour : Multicoloured
Denomination : 2000 Paise each
Printing Process : Wet-offset
Number Printed : 3.01 Million stamps, 2.41 Million Miniature sheets & 1.61 Million Sheet–lets
Printers : India Security Press, Nashik
Materials provided by : BCCI (The Board of Control for Cricket in India)
- Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar made his Test debut, on India’s tour of Pakistan on 15th November, 1989, when he was only 16 years and 205 days old. The teenager scored two fifties in his first series, against bowlers of the calibre of Wasim Akram, Waqar Younus, Abdul Qadir and Imran Khan. He was only 17 years and 112 days old, when he saved India with an unbeaten 119, against England at Manchester, in 1990. The knock made him India’s youngest centurion in Tests. India’s tour of Australia in 1991-92, was the turning point of his career. In a series where every Indian batsman struggled, the 18 year-old Tendulkar smashed two hundreds – an unbeaten 148 at Sydney, and 114 at Perth. He occupied the ‘no. 4’ slot in the batting order, for the first time, on that tour. The rest, as they say, is history.
- The bigger the occasion, the better Tendulkar played, throughout his career. Sir Donald Bradman paid him a memorable compliment, when he remarked that ‘Tendulkar reminded him of himself.’ In the new millennium, Tendulkar was the senior most component of a redoubtable batting order, which took India to many a famous win. In 2008, he eclipsed Brian Lara’s tally of 11,953, to become the highest scorer in Test cricket. He holds the Test records for being the highest century-maker, and the most-capped player. In 2012, he completed a century of international centuries. He also has more than a hundred catches in Tests, to his credit, as well as some key wickets. Tendulkar’s record in One-Day Internationals is second to none. He was the highest scorer in the 1996 and 2003 World Cups, and was an important member of the Indian team that won the title in 2011.
- A legendary cricketer and role model for millions, Tendulkar has played a critical role in India’s ascent to the summit of cricket, in both Tests and ODIs, in the new millennium. The Government of India honoured him with the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award in 1998, and the Padma Vibhushan, the second-highest civilian award, in 2008. He took oath as a member of the Rajya Sabha, the upper house in India’s Parliament, in June 2012.