Saturday, December 8, 2007

You need to know 51 things about Sachin Tendulkar

Sachin Tendulkar who is still one of the famous cricketers in international cricket is still dominating cricket world. And in his middle age, he is still in prime form. And in his way he is breaking record one by one. Now, this legendary batting great who is seems to a god to his fans is now in attraction in India vs Pakistan Test series. I know most of you are eagerly waiting to know his details history.

However, dear fans I have made a list of 51 things about Sachin Tendulkar where you will get many things from his cricket career to personal life.

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  1. Tendulkar was born in a Saraswat Brahmin family in Bombay, now known as Mumbai.
  2. He father is a Marathi novelist.
  3. His father named him after his favourite music director Sachin Dev Burman.
  4. He was encouraged to play cricket by his elder brother Ajit. He has 2 more siblings - brother Nitin and sister Savitai.
  5. In 1995, Sachin Tendulkar married Anjali, the paediatrician daughter of Gujarati industrialist Anand Mehta.
  6. Tendulkar sponsors 200 under-privileged children every year through Apnalaya, a Mumbai-based NGO associated with his mother-in-law, Annaben Mehta.
  7. He has many pseudonyms like 'The Little Master’ or 'The Master Blaster'.
  8. His date of birth is born 24 April 1973 and according to his date of birth his zodiac sign is Taurus.
  9. He is 5ft 5inch (1.65m) tall.
  10. He is the only Indian cricketer who has got Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna. He got this highest sporting honor for his performance in 1997-98.
  11. Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar debut his Test career against Pakistan in Karachi in 1989 under the leadership of Krish Srikkanth.
  12. Sachin Tendulkar scored 15 runs in his debut match before being bowled out in the ball of Waqar Younis, who also made his debut in this match. However, after few days he scored his maiden fifty at Faisalabad.
  13. He debut his One Day International cricket on December 18, 1989 against Pakistan team at Gujranwala.
  14. But his debut ODI match was disappointed. He got out before making any score in the ball of Waqar Younis.
  15. He was 16 year old boy when he debut in international cricket. And he was the youngest boy in ODI cricket who debut in early age.
  16. He got his maiden Test century in tour of England in August 1990 at Old Trafford. He scored 119 against England in 1990.
  17. He was 17 years and 112 days old boy when he scored his maiden century. He was 30 days older than Pakistani batsman Mushtaq Mohammed when he became the youngest player to score a Test century against in 1990.
  18. Tendulkar is still playing both Test and ODI for Indian team and he is the highest Test centurion in Test cricket. Now he has already played 142 Test matches where he scored 37 Test centuries.
  19. Most of you already know that Sachin Tendulkar has broken the record of Pakistani batsmen Inzamam-ul-Haq’s highest Test fifty. Now, Sachin Tendulkar has 47 Test fifty where Inzamam is one fifty away from him.
  20. He has been ‘Man of the match’ 11 times in Test matches and ‘Man of the series’ twice, both times in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy against Australia.
  21. He has become the first Indian cricketer to surpass 11000 Test run mark and the third international cricketer behind Allan Border (11174) and Brain Lara (11953).
  22. He is the second Indian batsman after Sunil Gavaskar who scored 10,000 runs in Test matches.
  23. However, this world famous batsman got his first century against Australia in Sri Lanka at Colombo in 1994. He scored 110 runs in his maiden century.
  24. It had taken him 79 ODIs to score a century.
  25. Tendulkar made 673 runs in 11 matches in the 2003 World Cup, helping India reach the final.
  26. Sachin Tendulkar is the second player in the world after Sri Lankan Sanath Jayasuriya who has played 400 ODIs.
  27. Both Sachin Tendulkar and Brain Lara are the fastest to score 10,000 runs in Test cricket history. They have achieved this in 195 innings.
  28. Only four players could surpass 11,000 runs mark in ODI cricket where Sachin Tendulkar is in top position. His total score in ODI is 15962.
  29. Sachin Tendulkar is the first and only one cricketer in the world who has scored 15000 runs in ODI cricket.
  30. He reached his 15000 mark in his 387th match against South Africa.
  31. Before this match, Tendulkar had 14950 ODI runs under his belt with 41 centuries against his name and an average of 44.10.
  32. South African pace bowler Andre Nel also the part with his record. Because he reached his 15000 runs in his over. In his 387th match, Tendulkar hit Andre Nel for an awesome six, then the fourth ball of 18th over to get 45 after and after a dot ball, he drove the pacer into covers and darted for a single, while the overthrow from covers raced to the boundary to complete his half century.
  33. This batsman has already made a record of highest ODI century. He scored 41 ODI centuries in 407 matches.
  34. On December 10, 2007, at Feroz Shah Kotla, he delighted his fans after breaking the record of 35th Test century against Sri Lanka.
  35. And he has set his record in a place where no one can reach or it takes many times for any players to reach in this place after scoring his 39th ODI century against Pakistan on 6 February 2006.
  36. In 2003 the list was revised and Viv Richards was re-ranked at number 2 behind Sachin Tendulkar making Tendulkar the greatest ODI batsman of all time.
  37. He attended Sharadashram Vidyamandir high School where he began his cricketing career under the guidance of his coach and mentor Ramakant Achrekar.
  38. He went to the MRF pace academy during the early days as a school boy cricketer but he went back home.
  39. Legendary fast bowler Dennis Lilee told him ‘Just focus on your batting’ and that word turned him back. And this simple comment would result in the birth of one of the greatest batsmen in the world.
  40. When Sachin was young then he would practice for an hour and would often get bored. So, his coach used to put coin on the top of the stumps. If the bowlers dismissed Sachin would get this coin. On the other hand, if Sachin passed the whole session without getting dismissed then coach would give him the coin.
  41. Sachin says even today that those 13 coins are his most prized possessions.
  42. While he was at school, he was involved an unbroken 664-run partnership with his team mate Vinod Kambli in a Harris Shield game in 1988. Vinod Kambli also went to represent in India team.
  43. Sachin scored over 320 in this innings and scored over a thousand runs in the tournament.
  44. Until 2006 it was the record partnership in any form of cricket but now, it was broken by two under-13 batsmen in a match held at Hyderabad in India.
  45. He started first-class cricket in 1988-89. He scored unbeaten 100 in his first class match for Bombay against Gujarat. At an age of 15 year and 232 days, he is still the youngest cricketer to score a century on his first-class debut.
  46. Tendulkar is the only player to score a century while making his Ranji Trophy, Duleep Trophy and Irani Trophy debut.
  47. Sachin Tendulkar has got out 23 times between 90 and 100 in his international career. Recently he got out on 99 against Pakistan in an ODI on 8 Nov 2007 at Mohali to the bowling of Umar Gul caught by Kamran Akmal.
  48. Tendukar has effective performance being not regular bowler. He has already taken 41 wickets in 137 Tests and 152 wickets in 388 ODIs.
  49. He can bowl medium-pace,leg spin and off-spin with equal ease.
  50. He got 5 wickets against Australia at Kochi in the 1997–98 Series. His destructive bowling set India 269 runs to win.
51.He has scored 11289 runs in 55.06 average. It is the average among those who have scored over 10,000 Test runs.

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Vadivel said...

Though most of the points I have heard already ... it was a good to read it again :)

May be you want to also check out this: "Is Sachin really performing badly as people say"? --

SMS said...

I always admire Kapil Dev for his bold approach and the confidence he brought to Indian cricket when we had ample talent not getting converted into positive results. However Sachin is a Genius par excellence. While people say he is gifted etc. which is true, but the difference he brought in was Single minded devotion for the game, the innovation in batting techniques to tackle the best bowlers (he had a way for each bowler), the consistency of purpose, the brilliance of the way he batted in difficult situations, the dexterity not only in batting but bowling as well and above all the HUMILITY, HARD WORK, PERSEVERENCE AND THE PASSION. That was the difference between Sachin Tendulkar and Vinod Kambli. Both to me are very talented and gifted. One chose to throw it away and the other NURTURED it to PERFECTION. God bless Sachin and wish him all the very best. One thing is sure World cricket will not have another Sachin and cricket will be different without him.