It’s Sachin Tendulkar’s birthday! ‘The God of Cricket’ has turned 45 on April 24, 2018, and to mark this occasion, we bring you 15 interesting facts about the life of Master Blaster that you probably don’t know.
1. Sachin Tendulkar may now have become calm and composed, but he wasn’t like this in school. He used to get bullied at school and would often end up in fights.
2. He is named after Sachin Dev Burman, as his father was an ardent fan of the legendary music director.
3. Impressed with Tendulkar’s talent, his coach Ramakant Achrekar asked him to move to Sharda Vidya Ashram – a place reputed to produce good cricketers. During the 1988 Harris Shield tournament, Tendulkar along with Vinod Kambli put up a record of 664 runs for St. Xavier’s High School.
4. Tendulkar used to sleep with cricket gear in his young days and is still very superstitious about the game. He always wears his left pad first and sits in the same position in the dressing room, if he sees his team performing well.
5. Sachin idolized Sunil Gavaskar in his young days. When he did not win the Junior Best Cricketer award, he felt dejected. Seeing a sad Sachin, Gavaskar gave him his ultra-light pads which became an immense inspiration for him.
6. During the 1987 World Cup, he served as a ball boy in the semi-final match when India played with England at Bombay.
7. Although Sachin was selected to represent Bombay in the 1987-88 Ranji Trophy season, he could never play as he did not make it to the playing XI.
8. Sachin became the youngest Indian player to make a test debut when he played for India against Pakistan in Karachi. He was only 16-years-old and had gotten out on a duck.
9. As surprising as it sounds, Sachin’s first car was a Maruti 800. Now he owns a fleet of luxury cars, including a bright red Ferrari that was gifted to him.
10. The first commercial brand that Sachin endorsed was the drinking powder ‘Boost’ in 1990. He featured along with Kapil Dev in it.
11. For the 1996 World Cup, Sachin had no sponsors for his bat. However, when he emerged as the highest run-getter in the tournament, MRF became a sponsor and continued to remain one for a decade till Adidas signed him up.
12. Tendulkar became the richest cricketer in 1995 when he signed a Rs 31.5 crore deal with WorldTel.
13. During the inaugural Asian Test Championship, while galloping to complete his run, he collided with Shoaib Akhtar and got run-out in the process. Seeing their favourite player getting out, the crowd reacted wildly, making Sachin ask them to keep calm. Soon, the match resumed.
14. In 2001, umpire Mike Denness had imposed a ban for one match on Sachin for alleged ball-tampering against South Africa. However, this ban met with strict opposition and Denness was barred from entering the venue for the remaining matches.
15. He is the leading run-scorer in Tests with 15921 runs and leading run-scorer in ODIs with 18426 runs. He is the only player to have scored in excess of 30000 runs in international cricket. He has over 50000 runs in all forms of the game.
We wish him many more years of happiness and a long-run at life. Happy Birthday, Sachin Tendulkar!