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Sachin Tendulkar: Unveiling Little-Known Facts and Mighty Records

Sachin Tendulkar: Unveiling Little-Known Facts and Mighty Records
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From the little-known facts to the mighty batting record of the 'God of Great' - Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar. 

I am taking the liberty to explore the little-known facts to the mighty batting record of the 'God of Great' i.e, about all-time India's biggest sports icon - Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar.

We are just going to walk down memory lane about the inside stories and some interesting facts about the legend two nights before the Little Master's birthday.

I am sure all of our readers know who Sachin Tendulkar is, what he has done in cricket, and his number of Hundreds and Fifties and Matches Played, etc. But very few know about the inside stories and some interesting facts about the legend. 

To become someone like Sachin Tendulkar it takes a lot of sacrifices and a lot of time away from family to become the greatest ever.

Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar, born on 24th April 1973 is an Indian former international cricketer who captained the Indian national team. He is regarded as one of the greatest batsmen in the history of cricket.

He started his journey started from Azad Maidan with his coach Ramakant Achrekar who used to take him from match to match on his scooter in one day. 

Tendulkar took up cricket at the age of eleven, made his Test match debut on 15 November 1989 against Pakistan in Karachi at the age of sixteen, and went on to represent Mumbai domestically and India internationally for over 24 years.

He is the all-time highest run-scorer in both ODI and Test cricket with more than 18,000 runs and 15,000 runs, respectively.

He also holds the record for receiving the most man-of-the-match awards in international cricket. Sachin was a Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha by Nominated from 2012 to 2018.

Back in 2002, halfway through his career, Sachin was ranked the second-greatest Test batsman of all time, behind Don Bradman, and the second-greatest ODI batsman of all time, behind Viv Richards.

Later in his career, Tendulkar was part of the Indian team that won the 2011 Cricket World Cup, his first win in six World Cup appearances for India. He had previously been named "Player of the Tournament" at the 2003 World Cup.

Tendulkar has received several awards from the government of India: the Arjuna Award (1994), the Khel Ratna Award (1997), the Padma Shri (1998), and the Padma Vibhushan (2008).

After Tendulkar played his last match in November 2013, the Prime Minister's Office announced the decision to award him the Bharat Ratna, India's highest civilian award.

He was the first sportsperson to receive the reward and, as of 2021, is the youngest recipient.

In 2010, Time included Tendulkar in its annual list of the most influential people in the world. He was awarded the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy for cricketer of the year at the 2010 International Cricket Council (ICC) Awards.

Having retired from ODI cricket in 2012, he retired from all forms of cricket in November 2013 after playing his 200th Test match. Tendulkar played 664 international cricket matches in total, scoring 34,357 runs.

Let's go through some unknown facts about Sachin Tendulkar which are interesting and unknown to us.

1. Sachin Tendulkar is superstitious like most of us. He always wears his left pad first before his right pad before going out to bat so he at least has one human quality like us, mere mortals.

2. Sachin never spent Diwali at home once he got married to Anjali and once Sachin was asked who was his dream woman and without thinking twice he very sweetly said "My Wife". Such an amazing husband he is and now he can spend all his Diwali festivals with his family.

3. Here is a weird one, when he scored 664 runs with Vinod Kambli he was wearing wet pants and he did not have a spare one and so after that being the superstitious person, he used to put some water on his pants before going out. Now this is an interesting story.

4. His first international quality cricket shoes were given to him by his teammate Pravin Amre and one can imagine how special it must have been for him.

5. Almost everyone knows Sudhir Kumar, the fan with Sachin on his body and dresses from head to toe in paint. Sachin Tendulkar promised him tickets to all the India matches and he lived up to his promise. This is why even after retirement everyone loves him.

6. Sachin Tendulkar is a rare person who bowls and bat with his right hand but signs autographs or even plays table tennis with his left hand. Only very few people are able to do this.

7. One interesting fact is that Sachin Tendulkar wanted to become a fast bowler and he went to the MRF pace academy in 1987 and was turned down by Dennis Lillee and was told to focus on his batting.

8. The first batter to be given out by the third umpire in 1992 was Sachin Tendulkar vs South Africa when Jonty Rhodes ran out Sachin short of his crease.

9. Sachin Tendulkar has played in the most number of cricket stadiums In the world In history with 90 different cricket grounds. That is an astonishing fact.

The Rise of Sachin Tendulkar

During the years 1994-1999, Sachin Tendulkar was in his twenties and his performance was at its peak. He opened the batting against New Zealand in 1994 and made 84 runs from just 49 balls, He then went on and scored his first ODI century against Australia. It took him around 78 ODI's to score his first century but it was worth the wait. 

During the 1996 World Cup, Sachin went on and became the leading run-scorer in the tournament and he also scored two centuries during that tournament.

After the World Cup tournament, Sachin played great innings against Pakistan in Sharjah. Tendulkar made another century and also had the highest second-wicket partnership with Navjot Singh Sidhu. India then went on to win that match against Pakistan.

Sachin Tendulkar was again tested when India toured Australia in the year 1998. Tendulkar had scored three consecutive centuries before the Australian tournament.

Sachin Tendulkar's performance in the ICC 1998 quarterfinal at Dhaka paved the way for India's entry into the semifinals in which he scored 141 runs and also took four Australian wickets.

In March 1999, the inaugural Asian test championship was held between India, Pakistan, and Srilanka in which during the second test Tendulkar went on and scored his 19th international test century.

During the 1999 Cricket World Cup, Sachin faced a tragic loss as his father, Professor Ramesh Tendulkar passed away. Sachin flew back to India to attend the final rituals of his father which led him to miss the match against Zimbabwe. 

However, Sachin returned to the world cup and scored another century against Kenya. India went on and won the match. This shows the character that Sachin has for the country. Despite his father's death, he was determined to make India win the match and progress further in the tournament.

During the 2003 Cricket World Cup tournament, Sachin was the highest run-scorer where he scored 673 runs in 11 matches and helped India reach the final. In the final match, India lost the world cup to Australia but Sachin Tendulkar was given the Man of the Tournament award.

Sachin Tendulkar and His Greatest Innings.

There are many innings of Sachin Tendulkar that are remembered to this day. Some of his innings are:

1. Sachin Tendulkar became the first batsman to score a double century (200 runs in just 147 balls) in a one-day international match. That inning is remembered by many crickets as it showed the caliber of Sachin Tendulkar to the world.

2. The second most memorable inning of Sachin Tendulkar was his knock against Pakistan in Rawalpindi where he scored 141 runs in just 135 balls. Despite Pakistan winning the match, Sachin Tendulkar was declared the man of the match.

3. Before getting recognized by the world for his talent, Sachin Tendulkar played a school cricket tournament match where he had a 664 runs partnership with Vinod Kambli. Sachin was only 16 years old when he played that match and is considered to be the turning point in Sachin Tendulkar's life.

Legacy of Sachin Tendulkar.

Sachin Tendulkar was the perfect vehicle for heroism in New India. He inspired many future cricket players such as Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni to pursue their careers in cricket.

His career in test cricket started in 1989 when he was just 16 years old and expanded in the 1990s. He was the poster boy who helped the Indian cricket team to be recognized by the world. 

Sachin Tendulkar is the first and the only batsman to score 100 international centuries. 

He was the first batsman to excel in all three formats of the game. He finished his career as the highest run-scorer in the history of test match cricket.

India is a country where cricket is treated like a religion and Sachin Tendulkar is the God of cricket. Above facts are enough to justify the achievements of Sachin Tendulkar.

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