Sachin Tendulkar’s name can bring smile on any cricket fan’s face; an institution that inspires millions around the globe to attain greatness. Even after his retirement in 2013, he continues to rule the hearts of cricket lovers. One of the best batsmen in the history of cricket, Sachin Tendulkar reigns supreme amongst his peers for his glorious play, accomplishments and the records he holds are staggering and benchmark for others. Let us find out some interesting facts about Sachin Tendulkar-
1. Early life and family
Born on April 24, 1973, in Mumbai, India, in a middle-class family, the youngest of 4 children. His father was a professor while his mother worked in a life insurance company.
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2. Named after Sachin Dev Burman
He got his name Sachin after his family’s favorite music director, Sachin Dev Burman. Because of his hitting ability, he is also called the “Master Blaster” and “Little Master”.
3. Fell from a tree and landed as a cricket star
Young Sachin fell from a tree one Sunday evening during his summer vacations, when the movie ‘Guide’ was showing on national TV. It infuriated his brother and mentor Ajit, who packed him off to cricket coaching class as a punishment.
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4. A coin for every wicket… howzat..?
His coach at Shardashram, Ramakant Achrekar, used to offer a one rupee coin as prize to any bowler who dismissed him. If he remained not out, the coin belonged to Sachin. He still has a good bunch of those coins.
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5. Rowdy Sachin
Sachin Tendulkar has always been considered as a cool and calm person, but, do you know he was a big bully in the school times. He was a prankster too, as once he put a hose pipe into Sourav Ganguly’s room and turned on the tap. His first captain, Sunil Harshe, said that he loved to pick a fight. Every time he was introduced to someone, his first reaction was, ‘Will I be able to beat him?’
6. Up and coming
Sachin showed much promise from the start. At the age of 14, along with Vinod Kambli, he scored 329 out of a world-record stand of 664 in a school match. He sang and whistled with Vinod Kambli during their 664-run record stand in the Harris Shield in 1988 to avoid eye contact with the coach’s assistant, who wanted to declare while the duo wanted to bat on.
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At the age of just 16, he made his international cricket debut in 1989 against Pakistan in Karachi. Bit it seems that the ”Little Master” took some time to bloom. He scored a duck on his first ODI debut, took 3 matches to score a run and 79 matches to score his first ODI century.
8. Bowler turned batsman
9. Colossal career stats
He scored 34,357 runs in all international matches in, 200 test matches, 463 ODI’s, with a total of 100 centuries in all formats.
At the age of just 17, on his return from the tour of England, he met his wife Anjali for the first time at the Mumbai airport. He later, married Anjali, when he was 22. The couple have 2 children Sara and Arjun.
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11. Car maniac
He has always been a car lover. His 1st car was a Maruti 800. He owned many powerhorses, such as a Mercedes-Benz C36 AMG, E63 AMG and 600SL AMG, BMW 7 Series, Ferrari Modena, Nissan GT-R etc. Sachin is so possessive about his Ferrari that wife Anjali is not allowed to drive it.
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Interestingly, in his long career of 24yrs Sachin has only been stumped once in Test matches in 2002 during a match against England at Bangalore by Ashley Gile. Apparently, Sachin remembers every dismissal and even the bowler who dismissed him.
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13. Awards and honors
Sachin Tendulkar has been conferred with prestigious awards and honors such as the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, Arjuna Award and Padma Shri, the only Indian cricketer to get all of them. Other awards includes, Wisden Cricketer of the Year, Sir Garfields Sobers Trophy, Player of the tournament in 2003 world cup, Maharashtra Bhushan Award etc.
14. A Tennis follower
15. Rajya Sabha member
He is India’s 1st active cricketer to be nominated to the Rajya Sabha.
16. Sachin at London’s Madame Tussauds
Although, Sachin endorsed uncountable products in his entire career, but do you know the 1st product that he endorsed as a teenager was ‘Band-Aid’. Later he was sponsered by various brands like Pepsi, Boost, MRF, Adidas etc.
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18. Sunil Gavaskar’s gift
When he was 14, one of his favorite, Sunil Gavaskar gifted him a pair of his own ultra-light pads. The gifted pads were later stolen while Sachin was at the under-15 national camp.
19. Law abiding citizen
Sachin was awarded a champagne as a man of the match prize for his maiden ODI ton but he refused to drink as he was underage. In fact, Sachin saved that bottle only to open it up on his daughter’s first birthday.
Sachin bowls and bats right handed but writes and eats left handed.
21. Philanthropic works
Other than cricket and cars, Sachin works towards welfare of underprivileged children. Tendulkar sponsors 200 underprivileged children every year through Apnalaya, a Mumbai-based NGO associated with his mother-in-law, Annabel Mehta.
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