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Sachin Tendulkar: My Favourite Hero
A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself
- Joseph Campbell
The Ramayana has Lord Rama, the Mahabharata has Lord Krishna and cricket has the Little Master Sachin Tendulkar. Well, it is rightly said that if cricket were a religion, Sachin would be the god. The hero of Indian cricket, Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar is a national icon to fans all over the world. He has given his life to the game of cricket. He is my favourite hero, because he is the one who is born to break all records. The Zimbabwean player, Andy Flower once said, I have seen two kinds of batsmen in the world. One is Sachin and the second are all the others. He has broken many records till date and even today he is getting stronger and stronger. He is the leading run scorer and century maker both in Tests and ODIs. He is the first cricketer to cross 14, run bar in the Test cricket and 18, mark in ODIs. He is the only batsman to score a double hundred in ODIs.
Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar, the name itself strikes terror in the hearts of bowlers and captains all over the world. He is famously called the Little Master or Master Blaster. This legend and star of Indian cricket was born on April 24, in Mumbai. He studied in Sharadashram Vidyamandir, a high school in Mumbai, where he began his cricketing career under the guidance of his coach and mentor dfknj.wz.cznt Achrekar. When Sachin was young, his coach would place a one-rupee coin on top of the stump and the player who got him out world be rewarded. In case he was not dismissed, then that reward was passed on to Sachin. He attended the MRF Pace Foundation during his schooldays to train as a fast bowler, but Australian fast bowler Dennis Lillee, who saw him training, was not much impressed and suggested that Tendulkar should focus on his batting instead.
While at school, his extraordinary batting skills got noticed by the sports circuit. The young boy soon became one of the greats in cricket. When he was fourteen, he Indian batting legend, Sunil Gavaskar, gave him a pair of his own light pads. This touching gesture greatly encouraged the budding cricketer, who twenty years later, broke Gavaskars world record of 34 Test Centuries.
He stepped into international cricket in , playing his first Test against Pakistan and was bowled by Waqar Younis on Within a month, he played his first debut in the ODI against Pakistan scoring a Duck. When Sachin entered the world of cricket, experts criticized him a lot with regard to his height, but the tallest of the bowlers like Curtley Ambrose, Courtney Walsh, etc., have proven short in front of him. This man 5 ft 5 inch, with his amazing talent, today has become the tallest player in the world of cricket. With each passing year in the international area, he became more and more consistent and a permanent top-order batsman in the Indian team. He became the super hero of a billion people in India. If Sachin plays well, then India sleeps well. Matthew Hayden once quoted I have seen GOD, he bats at no.4 for India in Tests.
In , Sachin married Anjali, a doctor and the daughter of a Gujarati industrialist, Anand Mehta. They have two children, Sara and Arjun. Tendulkar now sponsors underprivileged children every year through a Mumbai based NGO. In the Cricket World Cup, he made runs in 11 matches which enabled India reach the final. Although Australia won the trophy, Tendulkar was given the Man of the Tournament Award. Till the last World Cup, he had played in five World Cups and finally in his Sixth World Cup in , his dream of lifting the Cup came true.
Every individual has his own style, his own way of presenting himself on and off the filed, says Tendulkar.
There are no apparent weaknesses in Sachins game. He has his own style and own way. He can score all around the wicket, off both front foot and back foot. He can tackle any kind of bowler.
His technique is impeccable and he is very professional in his approach and has made the highest runs in a single calendar year. He packs tremendous power and strength into his short, stocky frame and his ability to time the ball is exemplary. He has been consistent, aggressive, physically fit and most importantly, always down to earth.
He has been improving on his excellence every day. He has been hitting Fifties, Centuries, Double Centuries consistently in all forms of the game. If you have observed his game nowadays, you might have noticed, many a time he steps out of crease and if bowlers try to confuse him by bowling bouncers or off stump, one can easily discern that in that situation also, he places the ball in gaps and that is really awesome. He runs in between the wickets like a Cheetah. In his 30s he is running like year-old runner.
He has been honoured with many prestigious awards including Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan, Padma Shri, Arjuna Award and the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award, Indias highest sporting honour. Today, Sachin Tendulkar is the most admired cricketer in the world. He is a role model. He is passionate about his game. He enjoys every moment of his profession. His dedication, hard world, and sincerity make him achieve success consistently and so he is not only successful in his career, but the is at the top in his profession also. Still he is down to earth. He respects his game, country and his fans. He is very much honest and loyal to cricket, country, his family and his fans. His fame, popularity never make him complacent. Every Indian should be proud of him. Every Indian should be proud of him. None of the batsmen can replace him and no words can express his amazing talent, power and achievement.
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IELTS Cue Card Sample - Describe your favourite sport
- Last Updated: Friday, 09 February
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IELTS Speaking Part 2: IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card.
Describe your favourite sport.
You should say:
- what it is
- how often you play/ watch it
- how to play it
and explain why it is your favourite sport.
Sample Answer 1:
Cricket is my favourite sport and I love to play it more than any other sport. I used to play it every day in my childhood and adolescent period but nowadays I play this sport once in a week, mostly on my days off. However, I often watch international cricket tournaments on TV and never miss the event when my country plays cricket in an international tournament.
There are basically three different formats of this sport which are widely popular. They are ‘test matches’ one day cricket’ and ‘T20’. The rules of the game slightly change based on the format of the cricket. One day cricket tournament is the most popular format and two teams, each with eleven cricket players, fight each other to win the match. The captain who wins the toss decides either to bat or bowl first. Each team play for 50 overs, each over consists of six bowls, and the team that bats first sets a run target for the opponent. If the first team can restrict the second team not to collect as many runs as they have scored, then the first team will win the match. On the contrary, if the second team can cross the run their opposite team has accumulated, they will be declared as the winner. A tie is very unlikely, though not impossible! When two teams’ scores stand as exactly the same, it is a tie. Two umpires in the field and another one in front of computer devices monitor the game and decide the rules. The test format and T20 have their own sets of rules but the fundamentals remain almost the same –score runs and restrict the opponent from reaching this run, or accumulate more runs than the opponent has collected.
I have started playing cricket from a very early stage of my life. I have practised a lot and I had been a member of our local cricket team. I would say I am an all-rounder in cricket and I love to score runs. This is the most popular sport in our country and I have an acute enthusiasm for playing and watching this sport. This sport requires fitness, practice, use of techniques, muscle-power, strategy, teamwork, and inherent abilities which are quite exciting to have in a single game. The thrill and excitement the sports offers are the main reason I like this sport. In fact, most of the people in my country would say that cricket is their favourite sport. We play cricket on the international level and that makes this sport very popular among our countrymen.
Sample Answer 2:
I love to take part in outdoor sports and football is my favourite one. In fact, it helps me to get entertained and at the same time, I remain healthy. I would like to thank you for the opportunity to let me talk about my favourite sports.
Football is a popular form of sport. Besides, this is a great way to develop a good health and mental stability. When the players take part in the sport, they are to run after the ball for a certain period of time. Thus, they have their physical exercise and at the same time enjoy the game. It also helps to increase focus on any issues and the most important issue is that it builds the capacity to play in a team. Actually, without a teamwork, it is not possible to win a football match. Further, a football game is also a great source of entertainment for the spectators. They also derive much pleasure in watching the games.
Before joining the college, I had plenty of leisure hours to spend with football. But now due to my academic pressure, I hardly can manage times for practising and participating in matches. Now I play once or twice in a week based on my leisure. I used to join the practice matches every day in the local club. But now I am unable to practice once in a week. If there are any matches available, I practice on that day only. As a result, my performance is decreasing gradually. But if I get a chance, I usually do not miss the football matches on television. Most of the times the matches are held at night (as this is limited time game), I watch them before going to bed. This is the most impressive sport I have ever experienced, I think.
Playing football is easy. It requires two teams of players and each of the team will consist of 11 players. Besides, there are some specific positions in the team. Not everyone is allowed to play with the ball always. The team division helps to decide priority with the ball. Some of the players are to attack with the ball while there are some other players to prevent the attack from the opposition attackers. Besides, there are two goalkeepers who try to prevent the football to enter the net. The game runs for 90 minutes and there is a break after 45 minutes. All the players take the break to energise themselves. The team which can score more goals becomes the winner.
This is my favourite sport for some reasons. First of all, it is able to remove tiredness from the body and helps to concentrate on a specific issue. Besides, the football players are able to endure a huge amount of physical labour. They are to run for over one hour and thus they become flexible with physical labour. Further, I like the sport as this is a great one that helps to reduce stress. On the other side, it improves the cardiovascular functions and bone strengths. If someone wants to reduce body fat, this is a great source for them. Continuous running helps to burn unwanted fat from the body. Another important aspect of the sport is it helps to enhance the confidence level. This game requires fewer costs. Considering all the issues, I like this game very much.
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Cue Card Topic: Describe your favourite sport.
1. Participation in basketball is my favourite form of sport. I frequently take part in the sport in my college in Adelaide. Playing the game requires a ball, several players (5 in a team) and two sets of baskets. Free movement is a must in the game. I love basketball as it is helpful for having a fit body. It also needs to run across the court and thus the players get benefits of running. Moreover, it also teaches teamwork and other issues which are applicable in real-life as well.
2. Field hockey appears an interesting sport to me. This is a special type of competition and not everyone is able to play it. I play it twice in a week in my college playground. In fact, it requires lots of preparations and fitness. The sport needs hockey and a ball. The players try to score goals by pushing the ball on the opponent’s net. This is my favourite sport because it gives me immense pleasure. Moreover, it also helps me keep fit and relaxed. I do not need to have some extra exercises as I regularly;y play this sport.
3. At present, skateboarding is not considered as a popular form of sport but I love skateboarding. I usually take part in the sport almost every day in the week. Actually, I have my own skateboard and I use it whenever I need. Riding a skateboard needs some special set of balancing skills. Losing balance will result in the downfall of the rider. I love skateboarding because it helps me to move to places easily and avoid traffic congestions. I do not need to ride on external transports here in New York as I am a skateboarder.
4. From my childhood, I have a dream to be a boxer. Unluckily, I failed to make the dream come true but still, boxing is my favourite sport. I take part in the sport occasionally. Boxing needs regular practice or there are chances to get hurt. This is my favourite sport because it helps learn to protect one’s self. In fact, it has some real-life applications. You can save yourself from untoward events. So, I like it.
5. Undoubtedly badminton is a great form of sport. I play it once in a week. Playing badminton requires badminton racquets and shuttles. It is played in singles or doubles. When played double, two teams compete with each other to defeat by making higher scores. This is my favourite sport as it helps to build muscles. Besides, it is an exciting game as well both for the audience and the players.