Sachin Tendulkar Facts - A Dummies Guide
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Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar aka Sachin_Tendulkar is an Indian cricketer widely regarded as one of the greatest batsmen in the history of cricket. He is the leading run-scorer and century maker in Test and One Day International cricket. In 2002, Wisden ranked him the second greatest Test batsman of all time, next to Donald Bradman, and the second greatest one day international (ODI) batsman of all time, next to Viv Richards.

Sachin Tendulkar

In September 2007, the Australian leg spinner Shane Warne rated Tendulkar as the greatest player he has played with or against. Tendulkar was the only player of the current generation to be included in Bradman's Eleven. He is sometimes referred to as Little Master or Master Blaster.

Name : Sachin Tendulkar
Full name : Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar
Nick name : The Master Blaster, The Little Champion, The Bombay Bomber
Height : 5′4”
Born : 24-04-1973
Birth place: Bombay, India
Test Debut: Pakistan at Karachi, 1st Test, 1989/90
ODI Debut: Pakistan at Gujranwala, 2nd ODI, 1989/90
1st Class Debut: 1988
Major Teams: Mumbai, Yorkshire, India
Known As: Sachin Tendulkar
Batting Style: Right Hand Bat
Bowling Style: Right Arm Off Break, Leg Break, Right Arm Medium, Leg Break Googly
Marital Status: Married
Wife'sName: Anjali Tendulkar
Children: Two (One Boy and One Girl)
Girl'sName: Sarah Tendulkar
Boy's Name: Arjun Tendulkar
He likes
Ground : Sydney cricket ground
Movie : Coming to America
Music : Pop
Hobby : Collecting CD's.
Car : Maruti
Actors : Amitabh Bacchan, Nana Patekar
Actresses : Madhuri Dixit
Cricket Heroes : Gavaskar, Viv Richards, Imran Khan and Sandeep Patil
Other Fav. Stars : Maradona, Borris Becker
Drink : Orange / Apple juice and water
Food : Steak
Pastime : Listening to peaceful music with friends
Clothes : Official jacket and tie, else jeans and T-shirt
Magazine : Sportstar
Newspapers : Times of India, Mid-day, Afternoon Dispatch
Restaurant : Bukhara, Maurya Sheraton
Holiday Resort : Yorkshire, Headingley
Hotel : Park Royal Darling Harbour, Sydney
Other Sports : Tennis

Answer from Sachin
Hate : Rumors
Greatest Influence : Family
Dream Woman : My wife
Any Changes you desire to have : None
Ambition : To be number one in the world
Worst Day : Losing the fist ODI in RSA in 1992
Memorable Day : Beating Pakistan in the 1992 World Cup
Current Players Admired : Vinod Kambli, Brian Lara and Jonty Rhodes
Embarrassing Moment : People asking for my autograph and then asking me my name


Dad's Name : Ramesh Tendulkar
Sister's Name : Savitai Tendulkar
Brother's Name : Nitin Tendulkar & Ajit Tendulkar
Wife's Name : Anjali Tendulkar
Daughter's Name : Sarah

He is the only cricketer to receive the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, India's highest sporting honour and the only cricketer and one of the first sportsmen (along with Vishwanathan Anand ) to receive Padma Vibhushan (2008), the second highest civilian honor of India

Five greatest test innings
1) 119 not out, England v India, Old Trafford, 1990.
2) 114, Australia v India,Perth,1992.
3) 169, South Africa v India, Cape Town, 1997.
4) 155 not out, India v Australia, Chennai, 1998
5) 136 v India v Pakistan, Chennai 1999.

Interesting things about Sachin
Tendulkar's Dream
Sachin Tendulkar got the name Sachin because his family members were all huge fans of the legendary music director Sachin Dev Burman (SD Burman).

First step towards cricket
Tendulkar's sensational journey to cricket stardom sparked of when his brother Ajit made him meet Mr. R. Achrekar ( Cricket Coach ). Sachin failed to perform in the first go which made him very nervous but his brother's persuasion led Mr. Achrekar give him another chance.
Sachin originally wanted to be a professional tennis player. When he started playing cricket Young Sachin had aspired of being a fast bowler, It was this dream that made him undertake trials at Chennai based MRF pace academy,but his small stature proved to be a major hindrance to his aspiring career. Then he decided to take batting seriously.

Turning point in his career
It was his change of school to Shardashram Vidya Mandir in Dadar - close to Shivaji Park on his coach's advice which marked a turn around in Sachin's career. He says," I use to bat in four nets at one strech. Whenever, I use to get tired, Achrekar use to keep a one rupee coin on top of the stumps and say, "Anyone who gets him out will take this coin. If no-one gets him, Sachin takes it." Tendulkar till date contributes this technique in being instrumental for enhancing his concentration. He still treasures the 13 coins earned by him during the practice sessions.

Naughty Duo
Sachin and his best pal Vinod Kambli hold the World Record of 664 runs stand for Shardashram School in inter-school tournament in 1988. Tendulkar candidly admits that the total would have never assumed mammoth proportion had he and Kambli not ignored the man waving from the boundary with the coach's message to declare.

Gift from Sunil Gavaskar
Sachin was given a pair of pads by his cricket hero Sunil Gavaskar when he was a schoolboy - and he made his Test debut for India against Pakistan aged just 15-years old in 1989 wearing those very pads.

Love in MotorSport
Sachin seriously loves his motorsport. In 2002 he was given a brand-spanking new Ferrari 360 Modena by six-time World Champion Michael Schumacher at Silverstone!

Sachin in Bollywood
Sachin made a special appearance in the Bollywood film "Stumped" in 2003 as himself.

Tendulkar's Idol
Tendulkar's idol is the American Tennis superstar-John McEnore. During his young age, he argued and fought for McEnore with his colony friends who supported Swedish Bjorn Borg. Sachin sported a head-band, sweat-band and a tennis racquet showing his staunch loyalty towards his idol.

Superstitious Sachin
Like loads of other cricketers, Sachin is pretty superstitious - he'll always put on his left pad before his right whenever he's getting padded up.

Family Quirks
Sachin's wife Anjali tends to become nervous while he bats, whereas his brother has become so superstitious that he allows the family members to only watch the match recording.

His reactions to his dismissals
On pre-mature and early exits, Sachin likes to take out his anger somewhere. He prefers to be left alone, till he cools down.

God's Importance in his life
Tendulkar is a God fearing person, a staunch devotee of Sai Baba, Ganpathi and frequently visits temples during night when it's calm and quiet. He visualizes God in his parents. Religion to him is what his parents have inculcated in him, his upbringing and his way of life. Sachin strongly believes in the concept of re-birth, existence of Hell and Heaven. He loves celebrating Ganesh Chaturthi at home with his family and believes that it firms his ties with his loved ones.

Other things
Sachin was just 17 years and 109 days old when he scored his debut Test century against England at Old Trafford back in 1990, finishing up on 119 not out.

Sachin was the first ever foreign cricketer to play for Yorkshire in 1992. Before then, only players who were born in the county were ever allowed to play for Yorkshire. But the rules were changed and in came a 19-year-old Sachin, scoring 1000 runs at an average of 46.

Sachin was the first batsman ever to be given out by the third umpire when he was run out against South Africa in the first Test in Durban back in 1992.

He uses an incredibly heavy bat at the crease, weighing in at 3.2lbs - in fact, only South Africa's master blaster Lance Klusener uses a heavier bat in world cricket.

Sachin Tendulkar got his first one day international century after playing 78 matches and five years of international cricket. People were
beginning to wonder whether he will ever get to the three figure mark but on September 9, 1994 he silenced all his critics with a masterly 110

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