As England prepare to face India in the first Test of the upcoming five match series, streaming service ESPN Player is giving fans the chance to relive the incredible story of The Little Master from the award-winning ESPN Films 30 For 30 series for free. The film is available without subscription from July 31st until August 5th.
Following the career of India’s greatest batsman, the hour-long documentary highlights one man’s meeting with history and a team’s meeting with greatness, showing how Tendulkar grew into an Indian superhero and arguably the most recognised name in cricket.
Cricket is the faith that unites all of India, and in that sense, Sachin Tendulkar is their god.
For over two decades, Tendulkar dominated his sport and claimed almost every record for his home nation India. But the one thing that eluded him was the ultimate prize – the cricket World Cup. In 2011, on his home turf, Tendulkar would get his one final shot, surrounded by teammates, many of whom grew up during his legendary career. The result would be dramatic campaign that spoke not just for Tendulkar’s iconic career, but India itself.
Directed by Gotham Chopra and narrated by Deepak Chopra, The Little Master features interviews with current India skipper Virat Kohli; ex-Australia captain Ricky 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 discusses Tendulkar’s consistent performances displaying his mental prowess 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.