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.
He is one of the important non-political person to be nominated to RAJYA SABHA.
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.
3. FIRST ADVERTISEMENT
Not as a cricketer, but as an actor SACHIN first appeared in the band aid advertisement in small screens.
4. NAMED AFTER A MUSICIAN
Ramesh Tendulkar, named Sachin after a legendary musician, S D Burman ( Sachin Dev Burman).
Naturally, he is a left hander. He writes using his left hand, but he bats and bowls using his right hand.
6. SLEEP WALKING
Sachin had a habit of sleep walking and also he talks while sleeping.
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.
Sachin sponsors every year about 200 under privileged children through a NGO named APNALAYA.
9. WATCHES AND PERFUMES
Sachin loves to collect watches and perfumes. He has a wide collection of watches and perfumes.
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.
Sachin admits that one of his weakness is a snack called vada-pav. He says that he loves eating them.
12. FAVORITE GROUND
Sachin loves cricket. He loves it more when he plays in Sydney ground.
Sachin Tendulkar is a devotee of Lord Ganesha. He likes to visit Siddhivinayak temple in early mornings.
He remembers everything that happened in the ground. He even remembers every dismissals and even the person who dismissed him.
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.
16. THIRD UMPIRE
Sachin is the first player to be given out by a third umpire during the Durban test.
17. NICK NAMES
Sachin calls Sourav Ganguly as ‘BABU MOSHAI’, and Ganguly calls Sachin as ‘CHHOTA BABU’.
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.
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.
20. NAUGHTY SACHIN
When he was young, Sachin used to go to fishing in a stream at Bandra East.
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.
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.
23. WORLD RECORD
Sachin has made many world records. One of such records when he scored five test centuries, before the age of 20.
Youngsters should not only enjoy his game. They should take him as a role model, and strive hard to reach a position like him.