To say Sachin Tendulkar has had an illustrious career as a cricketer would be a gross and negligent understatement. He is known to many as the best batsman in history, the God of Cricket and has represented India’s national team in the World Cup six times, securing India’s victory with his superhuman batting in 2011. Here are some facts that you might not know about the Master Blaster.
1. Test Debut
Sachin Tendulkar made his Test debut at the tender age of 16. A year later he was awarded the ‘man-of-the-match’ award and a bottle of champagne which he couldn’t even drink due to his young age.
2. He was nominated to the Upper House of the Parliament of India.
Although he has won innumerous awards and distinctions Sachin Tendulkar is especially proud of being nominated by the President of India to one of the 12 seats reserved for people that have contributed greatly to the art, science, social services and literature.
3. Wings for someone that can’t fly
Sachin Tendulkar is the only member of the Indian Airforce with the rank of ‘Group Captain’ that doesn’t have a background in aviation.
4. He was also a bully
One of the reasons he got into cricket was because his elder brother Ajit was trying to curtail his bullying in school. Sachin was notorious for picking on new students that studied at his school.
5. He is very superstitious
It’s said that Sachin Tendulkar is very superstitious, and one of the ceremonies that he has is to always put on his left pad first. He also didn’t watch the final moments of the 2011 World Cup against Sri Lanka in fear that he would skew the outcome.
6. Heavy Hitter
Before his retirement, Sachin Tendulkar used one of the heaviest bats in cricket, the only other player to use a heavier bat than his was South African Lance Klusener.
7. His Ferrari is hands off
If you think that Sachin Tendulkar would let anyone touch his prized possession you’d be badly mistaken. He is so possessive of his Ferrari 360 Modena that he received as a gift from Ferrari via another champion, Michael Schumacher, not even his wife was allowed to drive it.
8. The Nicknames
Due to his young age he inherited the moniker Little Master and due to his phenomenal batting skills he was baptised (justifiably so) Master Blaster. During the height of his illustrious career, he gained the title God of Cricket.
9. The 13 Coins
A treasured relic from Tendulkar’s youth are 13 coins which he won by keeping his wickets in place for an entire batting session. Even though, he has a long list of awards and trophies, he still cherishes the 13 coins he earned practising as a young cricketer.
As cricket is considered a gentleman’s sport its only reasonable that Sachin Tendulkar would conduct himself as a gentleman. Sachin Tendulkar sponsors over 200 children of under-privileged up-bringing every year via the Mumbai based not for profit organisation Apnalaya.
The legend Sachin Tendulkar retired from all forms of cricket in November 16th, 2013. His legacy though will live on and inspire many generations to come and follow his greatness. Do you have any other interesting, fun facts about the Little Master you would like to share? Let me know in the comment section below.