15 interesting facts about Sachin Tendulkar
1.Sachin Tendulkar was named ‘Sachin’ by his father after legendary musician SD Burman.
2.Sachin Tendulkar is the youngest player to play in a Ranji Team at the age of 14 years.
3.Tendulkar’s dream of becoming a fast bowler was rejected during 1987 in Chennai at the MRF Pace Academy by Australian great Dennis Lillee.
4.Sachin Tendulkar bats and bowl using his Right hand but writes using his left hand means he is an ambidextrous.
5.Sachin Tendulkar holds the record for most man-of-the-match awards won by a player on losing side which is 6 times.
6.Sachin Tendulkar scored five Test centuries which is a world record before the age of 20.
7.Sachin Tendulkar is the only batsman to have scored over 2,000 runs in World Cup cricket. He has scored 2,278 runs in 45 matches. He has also been the top run scorer in an individual World Cup tournament twice – 673 runs in 2003 and 523 runs in 1996.
8.Sachin Tendulkar is Superstitious,During the game against Pakistan in Ferozshah Kotla, where Anil Kumble scalped his record 10 wickets in an innings, a superstitious Tendulkar, handed Kumble’s cap and sweater to the umpire before the latter began his over. Kumble picked up a wicket each time Sachin did so.
9.When Sachin Tendulkar won the man-of-match award for his first Test century in 1990, he was given a champagne bottle. Although he could not use it as he was below 18 and age limit for alcohol was 18, he opened that champagne bottle on his Daughter’s first birthday in 1998.
10.Sachin had a habit of sleepwalking as well as talking in his sleep.
11. He has a passion for collecting watches and perfumes.
12. Sachin’s passion for his Ferrari is quite well know. His possessiveness is so intense that even his wife, Anjali, is not allowed to drive it.
13. He is the first Indian active cricketer to be nominated to the Rajya Sabha.
14. Sachin Tendulkar was the first international batsman to be given out by a third-umpire.
In 1992, on the second day of the Durban Test, a Jonty Rhodes throw caught Tendulkar short of the crease. After watching TV replays, he was adjudged out. Karl Liebenberg of South Africa was the third umpire in the match.
15. Tendulkar is the only player who has 40 wickets and more than 11000 runs in Tests.