Some Un-Known Facts About Sachin Tendulkar
- Sachin Tendulkar is an Indian cricket legend who scored over 34,000 runs, amassed 100 international centuries, and inspired millions with his unparalleled skill and commitment to the game.
- He was born at the Nirmal Nursing Home in Dadar, Bombay, to Ramesh Tendulkar, a well-known Marathi novelist.
- Rajni, his mother, worked for an insurance company.
- Sachin Dev Burman, a well-known Indian music director, inspired his name.
- Sachin has two half-brothers, Nitin and Ajit, and a half-sister, Savita. They belonged to his father’s first wife, who had died.
- He spent his formative years in the “Sahitya Sahawas Cooperative Housing Society” in Bandra (East).
- In his neighborhood, Sachin was regarded as a bully.
- He became interested in Lawn Tennis and began idolizing John McEnroe.
- Sachin’s elder brother, Ajit, recognized his cricketing talent and introduced him to the game in 1984. He met Ramakant Achrekar at Shivaji Park in Dadar, Bombay (now Mumbai).
- Achrekar recommended that Sachin transfer to Sharadashram Vidyamandir (English) High School in Dadar after being impressed with him. Sachin relocated to his aunt’s house in Dadar because it was closer to the school.
- He began working hard at Shivaji Park, and during net practice, Achrekar would place a coin on the middle stump and offer the bowlers that he would give that coin to the bowler who got Sachin’s wicket. He was so into cricket that he would practice different cricketing tricks even after returning home from the ground.
- He and Vinod Kambli set a world record with 329 points at Sharadashram Vidyamandir.
- He quickly became known as a child prodigy at his school.
- At Sharadashram Vidyamandir, he became close to Vinod Kambli.
- Sachin’s first bat had been given to him by his sister, Savita.
- Dennis Lillee, an Australian fast bowler, suggested that he concentrate on his batting instead of his fast bowling when he visited the MRF Pace Foundation.
- Sachin Tendulkar, then 14 years old, was chosen to be a ball boy for the Mumbai matches during the 1987 World Cup. He recollected this in an interview and stated,
During the 1987 World Cup, which India and Pakistan co-hosted, I saw my first “live” World Cup action. I had the good fortune to be chosen as a volunteer ball boy for the matches held in Mumbai. I kept telling myself that I had to be a part of the action in the middle as I stood there watching the Indian greats on the field.
- He first met his wife Anjali at the Mumbai airport when he was 17 years old, and they were married five years later. Later on, the pair had two children: Sara and Arjun.
- Anjali, his wife, disclosed in an interview that she initially visited Tendulkar’s home while posing as a journalist.
- Tendulkar worked at an apparel manufacturer and, like many from a middle-class background, had to work two jobs to make ends meet.
- Tendulkar directed his first Band-Aid commercial in 1990. He was promoting Pepsi two years later, in 1992, and he was on his way to becoming cricket’s first millionaire.
- Along with Prasad V. Potluri’s PVP Ventures, he is co-owner of the Kochi ISL team in the Indian Super League Football League.
- In his Test debut, he scored 15 runs, and in his ODI debut, he scored 0 (Duck) against Pakistan.
- When Sachin was a Pakistani player, Few people are aware that Sachin played his first international match two years prior, for Pakistan rather than India, even though everyone is aware that he made his debut against Pakistan in 1989. When Javed Miandad and Abdul Qadir left the field at lunchtime during an India-Pakistan festival match in Mumbai’s Brabourne stadium in 1987, Sachin was asked to field. Sachin was placed at long-on by Imran Khan, and shortly after, Kapil Dev hit the ball into the air, evading Sachin’s attempts to reach it.
- Five years after making his debut in 1989, he made his first ODI century after 79 matches when he struck 110 against Australia in the Singer World Series third match at the R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo in September 1994. On August 14, 1990, he scored his first century in a Test match against England at Manchester’s Old Trafford stadium.
- In an interview, he ranked his magnificent, undefeated 233 in the opening innings of the Ranji Trophy semi-final at the Wankhede Stadium against Tamil Nadu as one of his best performances. He declared,
“It was, in my opinion, one of the most significant innings I have ever played”
- The only player to have faced as many of the greatest and most formidable bowlers in history, including Shane Warne, Glenn McGrath, Curtly Ambrose, and Shaun Pollock, is thought to be Sachin Tendulkar.
- The highest Test average during the ten years from 1993 to 2002 was Sachin Tendulkar’s 62.30.
- In terms of his test statistics, he averaged 42 against all teams, except South Africa (42.46) and Pakistan (42.28), where he averaged less than 42.
- Unexpectedly, Zimbabwe had Sachin’s lowest test average of 40 in seven innings. It was also the only nation in which he failed to reach a century in a Test match.
- In Australia, England, New Zealand, and South Africa, where subcontinent batsmen have historically struggled, he averaged over 50.
- During his Test career, he played 329 innings, 275 of which were at number four. Sachin batted at number six or seven for the first twenty-two innings of his Test career, but that changed in 1992 when he scored 148* against Australia in Sydney. Sachin rose to No. 4 in the second innings of the second Test in Adelaide, surpassing Vengsarkar and Azharuddin. Even though he only managed to score 17 in that innings, Tendulkar’s captivating 114 in just his second innings at number four decided the match in Perth the following day. As Matthew Hayden once stated:
“I have witnessed God. In tests, he bats at number four for India”
- India defeated Sri Lanka by six wickets in the final at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on April 2, 2011, fulfilling his long-held dream of lifting the ICC World Cup trophy. He participated in six ICC Cricket World Cup tournaments (from 1992 to 2011), making two appearances in the finals (in 2003 and 2011). Soon after the 2011 ICC World Cup final match ended, all of his teammates hoisted him up on their shoulders to celebrate India’s magnificent victory. In his account of the incident, Virat Kohli stated,
“It’s time we took up his burden after 21 years of bearing the nation’s load on his shoulders”
- He thinks that Ganesh Chaturthi is the most significant day of the year and loves to celebrate it.
- He is an avid fan of Michael Schumacher, Diego Maradona, John McEnroe, and Formula 1 in addition to loving tennis, football, and cricket.
- He was the owner of “Tendulkar’s,” a restaurant in Colaba, Mumbai. The restaurant, however, was unable to continue operating and has since closed.
- At sixteen, he is the youngest player from India to appear in Tests and ODIs.
- He is the first and youngest athlete from India to receive the Bharat Ratna award.
- He was appointed to the Rajya Sabha in 2012 and held the position until April 2018.
- In 2002, the legendary Formula 1 driver Michael Schumacher gave him a brand-new Ferrari 360 Modena.
- At Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium, he served as a ball boy for the 1987 World Cup semi-final match between India and England.
- During the second day of the test match between South Africa and India in November 1992 at Kingsmead, Durban, Sachin Tendulkar became the first batsman to be run out (dismissed) using TV replays. He was dismissed by third umpire Karl Liebenberg.
- Because of his ambidexterity, he uses his left hand to write while using his right to bat and bowl.
- He appeared in a special capacity in the 2003 Bollywood movie “Stumped.”
- It is said that Sachin Tendulkar was so concerned about his game that he altered his style of play during the 2003 season when he was having trouble scoring runs. He had previously been out of the game on several occasions for driving at wide balls outside his off stump; additionally, in January 2004, during his 241* against Australia, he did not drive outside the off stump. The cricket community worldwide continues to praise his dedication to the game.
- Tendulkar has had the longest career in Test history, spanning 24 years and one day.
- Tendulkar is the third player outside of England to reach the 50,000 first-class runs club, joining Gordon Greenidge and Viv Richards with his 50,192 first-class total.
- Sachin holds the record for most Test run scores in a calendar year with six totals of 1000 or more.
- The youngest Indian and third-youngest person overall to score a century in a Test match is Sachin Tendulkar. He would have been the oldest Indian to score a century in a Test match if he had scored a ton in his final innings.
- When Tendulkar was in his nineties, he was dismissed the most times of any batsman in Test cricket—ten times.
- Tendulkar faced 848 bowlers during his twenty-four years at the wicket; if all of them lined up to give him an over, it would require nine full Test days in addition to a morning session.
- Since he was the only one who could get India to the finals and play a major role in their victory, the 1998 Sharjah Tournament is regarded as his finest tournament.
- He was declared out by the third umpire in a 1999 Test match in Kolkata after colliding with Shoaib Akhtar.
- On October 5, 2007, during Australia’s third One-Day International match, Brad Hogg and Sachin Tendulkar related an intriguing incident. Hogg was able to get rid of Sachin during the game. Hogg disclosed in an interview that he took a photo of Sachin taking his wicket and that, following the match, he asked Sachin to sign it. In addition to signing the picture, Sachin wrote that it would never happen again. This autograph was described by Hogg as a “prized possession.”
- He became the first cricket player to score two hundred and fifty in an ODI on February 24, 2010. He established this standard in Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh, India, against South Africa.
- His wax figure was installed at Madame Tussauds in London in 2008.
- He carries a painting of the Tri-color, the Indian national flag, that his daughter Sara painted in his customized kit.
- His 2003 World Cup upper-cut to Shoaib Akhtar for six is regarded by his supporters as his most epic shot ever.
- Sachin Tendulkar was renowned for using a heavy bat during his 24-year career. Despite suffering multiple injuries, he never used a lighter bat. Sachin comments on using a heavy bat:
My bat was quite heavy, and occasionally I was told to switch to a lighter one. I tried again, but because my entire bat swing depended on that weight, I never felt comfortable. To create power when hitting a drive, I required the weight. Everything had to do with timing.I believe that the bat should be used as an extension of your arm; if this is already the case, why would you need to modify?
- Because of his enormous heart, Sachin supports 200 impoverished children annually via Apnalaya, a Mumbai-based NGO connected to his mother-in-law, Annabel Mehta.
- In May 2019, Tendulkar posted an image on his official Instagram account with Neha and Jyoti from the Uttar Pradesh village of Banwari Tola (the barbershop girls whose video went viral online; depicting the incredible story of taking over their father’s barbershop back in 2014 when he fell ill). Tendulkar captioned the image, “A First for me! I have never shaved someone else before, in case you didn’t know. Today, that record has been broken. Getting to know the Barber Shop Girls was such an honor. #DreamsDon’tExclude Anyone
- Sachin Tendulkar’s bat was used by a young Shahid Afridi in 1996 when he broke the world record with a brilliant maiden century off just 37 balls against Sri Lanka. According to reports, Waqar Younis received Sachin’s bat before passing it on to Afridi.
- filed a civil lawsuit against Australian bat manufacturer Spartan Sports International in June 2019, during the ICC Cricket World Cup in England. The lawsuit claimed that the defendant had used the player’s name and image to promote products, but had not paid the player two million dollars in royalties. In 2016, he signed a $1 million annual contract with the company to use his image, logo, and promotional services for “Sachin by Spartan” apparel and sporting goods.
- Growing up, Sachin and Sourav Ganguly were friends. In July 2019, on Sourav Ganguly’s birthday, Sachin posted a picture of the two of them on Instagram.
- Because he loves to drive, Sachin tried his hand at driving some vintage cars in London during the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup.
- He also took a Formula Car for the first time in June 2019 in Prague, where he is an avid auto enthusiast.
- He retired from cricket and now primarily plays golf and lawn tennis.
- Tendulkar has been seen drinking alcohol on a few different occasions.
- During his career, Tendulkar was dismissed 681 times; of those dismissals, he was found out in slightly over 60% of cases.
- He said that to play aggressively, he had to “beg and plead” for the opening position in a September 2019 LinkedIn video. He stated in the video:
When I began opening the batting for India in 1994, all the teams were trying to save wickets. I made an attempt at something a little unconventional. I believed that I could move forward and challenge the opposing bowlers. However, I had to implore them to give me an opportunity. I promise not to pursue you again if I fail.
- He gave his fans a trip down memory lane in September 2019 when he shared old footage of him working out on a soggy pitch. On a pitch with standing water, the young master is seen practicing. The bowler is using rubber balls and is bowling from a short distance.
“You can always find new ways to practice and, most importantly, to enjoy what you do when you have love and passion for the game”
- In October 2019, he disclosed that he had not been chosen in his initial selection trials in a conversation with a group of students in Maharashtra. He declared,
Playing for India was my only thought when I was a student. I was eleven years old when my journey began.I even recall that the selectors did not choose me during my initial selection trials.I was upset at the time because I felt like I batted well, but the outcome did not meet my expectations, and I was left off the roster. But after that, I was even more dedicated, focused, and capable of working hard. Shortcuts won’t help you achieve your goals if you want to.
- A video featuring an interview from 1996 between Sachin Tendulkar and Sunil Gavaskar, in which Gavaskar predicted Tendulkar’s ascent to superstardom, began making the rounds online in June 2020. Gavaskar states in the interview,
“I will personally go and strangle him if, by the end of his career, he does not score at least fifteen thousand runs and forty Test hundreds. Even though my hands wouldn’t be as strong in 20 years and he might still live, I think I’ll hire someone to do it for me. That’s how talented he is!”
- He invited well-known American journalist Graham Bensinger to India in February 2022 for a comprehensive three-day photo shoot. It was during this interview that he disclosed that, before his farewell series in November 2013, he had spoken with the BCCI and asked the board to move his final match from Mumbai to a stadium where his mother could attend and watch him play. Additionally, he disclosed that it was the sole occasion on which his mother had visited the stadium to watch him play. He declared,
I informed the BCCI board as I was ready to play my final match that these two matches would be my last, but all I asked for was to play my final game in Mumbai so that my mother could attend and watch from the stadium. She had never seen me play live in 24 years until they kindly agreed to host the final game in Mumbai.
- Sachin Tendulkar and Arjun Tendulkar became the first father-son team to compete in the Indian Premier League (IPL) on April 16, 2023, when Arjun Tendulkar made his IPL debut for the Mumbai Indians against the Kolkata Knight Riders.
- His on-field accomplishments during a significant portion of his career were solo endeavors. When Sachin was at the height of his career, people would tune in to watch him bat because they thought victory was out of the question. However, as soon as he was out, they would turn off the TV and return to their jobs.
- In the presence of Chief Election Commissioner Rajiv Kumar, he was named the Election Commission of India’s National Icon on August 23, 2023.
Delhi: In the presence of Chief Election Commissioner Rajiv Kumar, former cricket player Sachin Tendulkar was acknowledged by the Election Commission as the “national icon.”
— August 23, 2023
- The International Cricket Council (ICC) named Sachin the 2023 ODI World Cup Global Ambassador on October 3, 2023.
- On November 1, 2023, at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium, a statue of Sachin Tendulkar by well-known Ahmednagar, Maharashtra painter-sculptor Pramod Kamble was unveiled. The important contributions Sachin Tendulkar made to Indian cricket are commemorated by this statue. Several notable people, including Maharashtra’s Chief Minister Eknath Shinde, Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, and Secretary of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Jay Shah, attended the unveiling ceremony.
- To check his daily status Click on his official Instagram link.