23 Lesser Known Facts About Sachin Tendulkar

India v South Africa: Group B - 2011 ICC World Cup

India is a land of cricket lovers, or you can say that it is a temple with cricket as a religion, and cricketers as gods. India has filled with fans for cricket. They don’t take cricket just as a sport, or as an entertainment. They view cricket, as a thing which makes our country proud. Cricketers are visualized as heroes of our nation.  One of such heroes of our nation, who has made the country proud, by his astonishing skills and great captaincy is Mr. Sachin Tendulkar. Jersey on, he is completely a batsman, who smashes all the balls he faces. Starting his career at the age of eleven, he battled out all the matches, he participated. He is the only person in the history of cricket to score a one hundred centuries in the international tournaments. We should be proud to have such a legend in our country. He makes every Indian proud by his extraordinary skills. Let us see some of the interesting facts about him. Although he is retired now, he still remains as a role model for many youngsters in our country.

India v South Africa: Group B - 2011 ICC World Cup

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1.RAJYA SABHA

He is one of the important non-political person to be nominated to RAJYA SABHA.

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2. BALL BOY

During the 1987 world cup, Sachin was the ball boy for India-Zimbabwe match at the age of 14. Later, he played in the world cup match of 2011.

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3. FIRST ADVERTISEMENT

Not as a cricketer, but as an actor SACHIN first appeared in the band aid advertisement in small screens.

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4. NAMED AFTER A MUSICIAN

Ramesh Tendulkar, named Sachin after a legendary musician, S D Burman ( Sachin Dev Burman).

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5. AMBIDEXTROUS

Naturally, he is a left hander. He writes using his left hand, but he bats and bowls using his right hand.

Australia v India - Tri-Series Game 10

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6. SLEEP WALKING

Sachin had a habit of sleep walking and also he talks while sleeping.

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7. CAR LOVER

Sachin is a great car lover. His first car was Maruti 800, but now he owns many cars including his favorite Ferrari.

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8. APNALAYA

Sachin sponsors every year about 200 under privileged children through a NGO named APNALAYA.

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9. WATCHES AND PERFUMES

Sachin loves to collect watches and perfumes. He has a wide collection of watches and perfumes.

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10. HEAVY BAT

Sachin plays with a heavy bat weighing 3.2 lbs.  Only South Africa’s, Lance Klusener, used a heavy bat before with the same weight.

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11. VADA-PAV

Sachin admits that one of his weakness is a snack called vada-pav. He says that he loves eating them.

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12. FAVORITE GROUND

Sachin loves cricket. He loves it more when he plays in Sydney ground.

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13. DEVOTEE

Sachin Tendulkar is a devotee of Lord Ganesha. He likes to visit Siddhivinayak temple in early mornings.

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14. REMEMBRANCE

He remembers everything that happened in the ground. He even remembers every dismissals and even the person who dismissed him.

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15. COINS AS A REWARD

During his early days, his coach, Ramakant Achrekar, used to give him a coin whenevr he played throughout a session without getting dismissed. Sachin has 13 such coins.

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16. THIRD UMPIRE

Sachin is the first player to be given out by a third umpire during the Durban test.

India's Tendulkar is bowled by Australia's George for 214 runs during the fourth day of the second cricket test match in Bangalore

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17. NICK NAMES

Sachin calls Sourav Ganguly as ‘BABU MOSHAI’, and Ganguly calls Sachin as ‘CHHOTA BABU’.

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18. FIRST CRICKETER TO SCORE 1000 RUNS

Sachin became the first  youngest cricketer to score 1000 runs in the test cricket in the year 1992.

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19. HATES LOSING

Sachin hates losing. He was found crying in his dressing room despite scoring a brilliant century, in 1999 test, but Pakistan won the match.

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20. NAUGHTY SACHIN

When he was young, Sachin used to go to fishing in  a stream at Bandra East.

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21. SUPERSTITIOUS

Sachin is quite superstitious. Once during a game against Pakistan, Sachin gave Kumble’s cap and sweater to the umpire before Kumble had started the over. By doing so Sachin believed that Kumble picked up a wicket, every time he did that.

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22. GREAT SCORER

He is the only proud batsman to score over 2000 runs in world cup cricket. He has scored 2278 runs in 45 matches, which shows that Sachin is a very effective player.

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23. WORLD RECORD

Sachin has made many world records. One of such records when he scored five test centuries, before the age of 20.

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Youngsters should not only enjoy his game. They should take him as a role model, and strive hard to reach a position like him.

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