As part of the build-up to the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup, witness Sachin Tendulkar’s story from the school-yard to a man revered as a cricketing God in India.
ESPN Caribbean presents the world premiere of ‘The Little Master’, documenting how India’s Sachin Tendulkar achieved legendary status as one of the finest batsmen in the game’s history, on February 12 at 8 p.m. (ET). The ESPN Films production will also re-air at 3.30 p.m. (ET) on Feb 13 and lead into the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup opener between New Zealand and Sri Lanka from 4.30 p.m. (ET) LIVE on ESPN Caribbean and ESPN Play.
Directed by Gotham Chopra and narrated Deepak Chopra, the hour-long documentary shows how Tendulkar grew into an Indian superhero and arguably, the most recognized name in the sport today. It details Tendulkar’s career since debuting in 1989 which included 463 One-Day Internationals (ODI) at an impressive average of 44.83 as well as his 200 Tests including his 2013 grand finale against West Indies on his home ground in Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai. Having distinguished himself with a Test average of 53.78, ‘The Little Master’ chronicles the impact he made as one of the most prolific runmakers and most proficient strokesman in the game’s history en route to becoming the lone player to have passed 30,000 international runs. The 41 year-old is also the leading scorer in the World Cup with 2,278 runs at an average of 56.95 with a tournament-leading six centuries under his belt.
The film features interview segments from current India ODI skipper, Virat Kohli; ex-Australian captain, Ponting; cricket expert, Harsha Bhogle; as well as Bollywood stars such as Amitabh Bachchan and Preity Zinta — on how Tendulkar became revered not only as a national sporting icon but as a cultural ambassador during his tenure. The panel chats on Tendulkar’s consistent performances displaying his mental prowess, valor and an innate ability to shoulder the dreams and burdens of an entire nation. From his storied rivalry with Pakistan to his discipline and mentorship of Yuvraj Singh, a teammate struck with cancer amid their 2011 triumph, ‘The Little Master’ shows how Tendulkar balanced his competitive nature with sportsmanship and transitioned into a cricketing institution, not just in India but globally.