The world over, football or Tennis is a phenomenon, while Indians on the contrary, are passionate over cricket. You may spot crazy fans even in your own neighborhood, especially when the cricketing season is on. Young lads just go wild after cricket. Here, film stars and cricketers are the selected few who enjoy A-list celebrity status. Now, when we’re talking about cricket, the one name primarily in our minds is none other than Sachin Tendulkar. SachinRamesh Tendulkar, whose cricketing career has spanned over two decades, is world’s one of the greatest ever batsman. Here is an attempt to explore the celebrated life and career with some mind blowing facts about the cricketing legend.
Sachin Tendulkar desired to become a fast bowler, but he was rejected by Dennis Lillee’s MRF Pace Foundation in 1987. Lillee told the young Tendulkar to concentrate on his batting. He didn’t have a contract for his bat till the start of the 1996 Cricket World Cup. At the end of the World Cup, MRF signed him to put a logo on his bat.
At 19 years of age, Sachin has been the youngest Indian player to play county cricket in England. He had to wait for 79 matches for his first ODI century and by that time he had scored seven Test hundreds. He played for Yorkshire.
Sachin Tendulkar was the first batsman to be given out by the Third-umpire. In 1992, on the second day of the Durban Test, he was run out by a direct throw from Jonty Rhodes. After watching several TV replays he was declared out.
The health drink Boost was Sachin’s first brand endorsement. In early 1990s, he was seen with senior cricketer Kapil Dev in many of their ad films. Throughout his career, he has been the face of top brands like Visa, Adidas, Pepsi, Colgate, Action Shoes, Boost, Philips, MRF and Fiat.
With a fandom of a billion plus, it has been a marvel at how controversy-free Sachin’s career has largely been. Many owe this to his grounded nature, as well as a determined effort of always doing and saying the right thing, which his critics have often labeled as ‘political correctness’.
One of the greatest batsmen in the history of cricket, Sachin has been bestowed with the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna (Highest sporting honour in India), Arjuna Award and Padma Shri by the Indian government. His name is has been proposed for the Bharat Ratna, India’s highest civilian honour, too. He is the only Indian cricketer to get all these awards.
Sachin Tendulkar is happily married with pediatrician wife Anjali Tendulkar, who is 5 yrs. senior to him. They have two kids, Sara and Arjun. His wife has been following the superstition of not eating or drinking anything whenever Sachin is batting on the crease. The Master blaster takes pleasure in collecting cars, perfumes and watches. He bats, bowls and throws with his right hand, but writes with his left hand.
Tendulkar has scored most centuries in a calendar year i.e. 9 ODI centuries in 1998. In the same year, he made 1,894 ODI runs, a record for ODI runs by any batsman in a calendar year. Earlier, Sachin Tendulkar and Vinod Kambli set a world record partnership of 664 runs in the Harris Shield, an inter-school tournament in Mumbai. He scored an unbeaten 326 runs which drove the opposition to tears.In 1992 he became the youngest cricketer to reach a 1000 runs in Test cricket. Tendulkar scored his much awaited 100th international hundred on 16 March 2012, at Mirpur against Bangladesh in the Asia Cup. By achieving this feat, he reserved a coveted place in cricketing history.
Sachin Tendulkar’s record of five test centuries, under-20, is a current world record. He is the only player who has taken 40 wickets and scored more than 11000 runs in Tests. He has 20 century partnerships as an opening pair with Ganguly, which is a world record. Sachin Tendulkar has the privilege to make most number of stadium appearances i.e. 90 different grounds.