Here are some little known and interesting facts about batting legend Sachin Tendulkar who started his career against Pakistan (Karachi) in 1989, facing one of the most versatile and fearsome bowling attacks of that time.
1. Named After a Music Director
Sachin Tendulkar was named after legendary Bollywood music director SD Burman. Sachin’s father Ramesh Tendulkar is a fan of Sachin Dev Burmans’s music.
2. Early Days
Even a player like Tendulkar has faced rejection in life. Sachin was rejected by Australian bowling great Dennis Lillee in 1987 when he came to the MRF Pace Foundation, aspiring to become a fast bowler. Imagine if Lillee had selected Tendulkar!
3. Sachin Played for Pakistan
Believe it or not!, Sachin Tendulkar played as a substitute for Pakistan during an exhibition one-day match against India at the Brabourne Stadium in 1988. He fielded for 25 minutes near the boundary line and missed a difficult catch. (Skier which was too far away from him)
Tendulkar made his debut against Pakistan in 1989 at the age of 16 years and 205 days, becoming the youngest Indian to play in Test cricket. The first ball that he faced in international cricket was bowled by Waqar Younis who was also making his debut for Pakistan.
5. Heavy Bat
You must have seen how the ball races to the boundary once it meets Tendulkar’s bat. This is due to his perfect timing and a heavy bat. Tendulkar plays with a very heavy bat (3.2lbs). Only South Africa’s Lance Klusener has used a bat heavier than 3.2 lbs.
6. Late Bloomer
Tendulkar has amazing records both in One day and Test cricket. Going by records, it appears that Tendulkar took some time to adapt to one day cricket (By his standards!)
- Tendulkar scored a duck on his One Day International debut against Pakistan at Gujranwala in December 18, 1989.
- It took Tendulkar 3 matches to score his first ODI run – He got out off the second ball in his first 2 ODI matches.
- Despite being an opening batsman, Tendulkar took 79 matches to score his first ODI century.
7. Left Hander While Writing
Tendulkar bats right-handed, bowls with his right-arm, but writes with his left hand. This probably explains why Tendulkar is so strong and precise off his pads.
8. Stumped only once
During his long international career spanning 24 years, Tendulkar has only been dismissed stumped once in Test matches. This was during a Test match against England at Bangalore in 2002. Tendulkar was annoyed by Ashley Gile’s negative bowling tactics and ended up being stumped by English wicket-keeper James Foster.
9. Hates Losing
Tendulkar hates losing – According to Raj Singh Dungarpur (BCCI President), Tendulkar was found crying in the dressing room despite scoring a brilliant test hundred against Pakistan in 1999 Chennai Test won by Pakistan.
10. Daniel Radcliffe
British actor Daniel Radcliffe is a huge Tendulkar fan, he queued up for an autograph of Sachin during 2007 Lord’s Test. Speaking about this event Daniel Radcliffe says that Sachin never looked up and did not recognize him.
11. Loves Cars
Tendulkar’s first car was a Maruti-800. He now own many cars including his favorite Ferrari gifted by Michael Schumaker. He is so possessive about this car that he does not even let his wife Anjali to drive it.
12. People Sachin Likes
During his school days Tendulkar was a huge fan of Tennis legend John McEnroe. He even grew his hair long, tied a head band and wore wrist bands just like his idol McEnroe. Sachin Tendulkar is also a big fan of boxing legend Mohammed Ali and musician Mark Knopfler.
13. Anjali Tendulkar
Tendulkar’s wife Anjali does not eat or drink whenever Sachin is batting at the crease. She gets so nervous and stressed that she prefers to watch recordings of his matches rather than watch Tendulkar playing live.
14. Encouraged by Amre and Gavaskar
Sachin’s first pair of international quality cricket shoes were gifted to him by Praveen Amre and he played his first Test match wearing pads gifted to him by batting legend Sunil Gavaskar.
15. No Sponsors for Tendulkar’s Bat
You may be surprised to know that Tendulkar played without a bat contract until the start of 1996 Cricket World Cup.
Tendulkar sponsors 200 under-privileged children every year through Apnalaya, a Mumbai-based NGO associated with his mother-in-law, Annabel Mehta, who has been involved with social work in Mumbai slums for the last 40 years.