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1. The first school Sachin attended as a child was Indian Education Society’s New English School in Bandra East.
2. Sachin’s elder brother Ajit Tendulkar had played cricket alongside former India wicketkeeper Chandrakant Pandit and former India opener Lalchand Rajput.
3. In 1990, while returning from the tour of England at the age of 17, Sachin met his wife Anjali for the first time at the Mumbai airport.
4. Sachin got married at the age of 22.
5. Sachin’s father-in-law is a seven-time national bridge champion.
6. Sachin’s daughter ‘Sara’ is named after the first tournament Sachin won as a captain – ‘Sahara’ Cup in 1997.
7. Sachin’s father, Ramesh Tendulkar, named him after the famous music director Sachin Dev Burman.
8. Sunil Gavaskar gifted the 14-year-old Sachin a pair of his own ultra-light pads. Those pads were later stolen while Sachin was at the under-15 national camp.
9. Dilip Vengsarkar gifted Sachin a GM bat after he was selected for the under-15 Bombay squad.
10. Dennis Lillie rejected Sachin when he went to the MRF Pace Foundation to become a fast bowler.
11. Sachin met Sourav Ganguly for the first time at the under-15 national camp in Indore.
12. Sachin scored his life’s first century for Shradashram Vidyamandir against the Don Bosco School, Matunga, in the Harris Shield quarter-final at Shivaji Park.
13. Sachin’s average in the 1988 Harris Shield was 102.5.
14. CCI amended its rules to allow 14-year-old Sachin to use its dressing room.
15. Sachin and Gavaskar were both named among the 36 Bombay Ranji Trophy probables in 1987.
16. Sachin was one of the ball boys during the 1987 World Cup held in India.
17. Sachin, Waqar Younis, Salil Ankola and Shahid Saeed made their international debuts together in the 1989 Karachi Test.
18. Sachin’s debut Test was Kapil Dev’s 100th.
19. Sachin scored a duck in his ODI debut, which was against Pakistan.
20. Sachin scored his first Test century against England at Old Trafford, Manchester, in 1990.
21. Sachin’s first bowling figures in both Tests and ODIs are identical: 1-0-10-0.
22. In the Kotla Test against Pakistan where Kumble took a perfect 10, whenever Tendulkar handed Kumble’s sweater and cap to the umpire at the start of an over, Kumble took a wicket. So he continued doing that until Kumble took all ten.
23. Sachin made his home international debut against Sri Lanka in 1990.
24. Sachin was the first batsman to be given out by a third umpire in the 1992 Test series in South Africa. The umpire was Karl Liebenberg.
25. In 1992, Sachin became the first overseas cricketer to play for Yorkshire County Cricket Club.
26. Yorkshire Television contributed 30,000 pounds to felicitate Sachin’s stint with Yorkshire.
27. A Magnum champagne bottle was gifted to Sachin when he scored his first Test hundred at Manchester in 1990. But he couldn’t open it as British rules didn’t allow those under 18 to do that. Sachin chose to wait for 8 years and popped it at his daughter Sara’s first birthday in 1998.
28. Sachin scored his first century on Indian soil in 1993 against England at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai.
29. Andrew Symonds once autographed a T-shirt especially for Sachin. It read: “To Sachin, the man we all want to be.”
30. In the second ODI on the tour of New Zealand in 1994, Sachin opened the batting for the first time.
31. Sachin has been involved in 20 century partnerships with Rahul Dravid totaling over 6000 runs.
32. It took Sachin 79 matches to score his first ODI century. After that, he scored 48 more.
33. Sachin holds the record for completing his hundred with a six the most number of times by doing it on six occasions.
34. The highest number of centuries hit by Sachin at a single ground have come at the Sharjah Cricket Association Stadium, where he has scored 7 ODI tons.
35. Sachin has also opened batting in Test cricket, but only once – with Sadagopan Ramesh in the Ahmedabad Test against New Zealand in 1999. He made 15.
36. The only Test-playing nation where Sachin has never scored a Test century is Zimbabwe.
37. Sachin has never faced Anil Kumble in a Ranji Trophy game.
38. Sachin became the most-capped Test player after overtaking Steve Waugh’s record of 168 Tests.
39. Sachin carries India’s national flag in his cricket bag and also sports it on his helmet.
40. Shane Warne accompanied Sachin to Sir Don Bradman’s house on the batting legend’s 90th birthday.
41. Sachin visited London’s Madame Tussauds for the first time in 1988. Twenty years later, the museum had his wax statue.
42. Sachin made guest appearance in a Bollywood movie titled ‘Stumped’ in 2003.
43. Sachin holds the record for scoring most Test centuries (5) before turning 20.
44. In 2007, Virgin Comics created a new superhero called ‘Master Blaster’ based on Sachin to launch a new series of comic books.
45. Sachin, Brian Lara and Steve Waugh all had MRF as their bat sponsors. Lara’s bat was called ‘Wizard’, Waugh’s ‘Champion’ and Sachin’s ‘Genius.’
46. The Future Group launched a toothpaste named after Sachin in 2010. It was called ‘Sach’.
47. Sachin’s photographer friend Atul Kasbekar convinced him to join Twitter in May 2010.
48. In 2008, Sachin appeared in an Australian reality television series called An Aussie Goes Bolly.
49. The first product endorsed by Tendulkar as teenager was ‘Band-Aid’.
50. In 1995, a sports management deal with WorldTel saw Sachin becoming the richest cricketer in the world.
As Sachin Tendulkar is about to play his last Test as Wankhade Stadium against the West Indies from November 14, we bring to you some of the interesting facts about the Master Blaster ahead of his 200th Test.
1. Praveen Amre bought Sachin Tendulkar his first pair of international quality cricket shoes
2. Sachin used to ask Ramesh Pardhe to dip a rubber ball in water and hurl it at him to know whether he had middled the ball
3. During his school days, Sachin grew his hair and tied a band around it to copy tennis legend John McEnroe
4. Sachin’s father named him after the legendary music director Sachin Dev Burman
5. When Sachin was 14, Sunil Gavaskar gave him ultra-light pads. However they were stolen when he was at U15 camp in Indore
6. Dilip Vengsarkar gifted Sachin a Gunn & Moore bat after he was picked for the Mumbai Under-15 team
7. Sachin won 13 coins from his coach Ramakant Achrekar. He won a coin every time he remained unbeaten in the nets
8. Sachin wanted to be a fast bowler but was rejected by Australian great Dennis Lillee at Chennai in 1987
9. Sachin was a ball boy during the 1987 World Cup semi-final between India and England at Wankhede Stadium
10. Gursharan Singh played with one hand (despite a broken finger) to help Sachin get to a century in Irani Cup game of 1989-90
11. Sachin Tendulkar holds the unique distinction of scoring a century on debut in Ranji Trophy, Irani Cup and Duleep Trophy
12. Sachin was returning from England’s tour in 1990 when he met his future wife, Anjali, for the first time at Mumbai airport
13. Sachin’s father-in-law, Anand Mehta, is a seven-time national champion in Bridge
14. Sachin had to wait for 79 matches for his first ODI century on Sept 9, 1994. By that time he had scored seven Test hundreds
15. Sachin Tendulkar is the only Indian to find a place in Wisden’s all-time World XI
16. Sachin Tendulkar features in Sir Bradman’s all time Test XI, the only player from the current generation
17. In the team bus, Sachin Tendulkar always takes the left window seat of the front row
18. In 2008, Sachin was conferred Padma Vibhushan – India’s second highest civilian honour
19. During 2007 Lord’s Test, British actor Daniel Radcliffe queued up for an autograph of Sachin at the end of the game
20. In 1999 Sachin was conferred “Padma Shri” – India’s fourth highest civilian honour
21. In 1992, Sachin became the first overseas player to represent Yorkshire county team
22. London Times’ John Woodcock once said: “He is the best I have seen in my life. And unlike most of you, I have seen Bradman”
23. In August 1987, Sachin was ignored for Bombay Cricket Association’s Best Junior Cricketer of the Year award, Sunil Gavaskar then wrote an encouraging letter to the fourteen-year-old with the postscript: ‘Don’t be disappointed at not getting the Best Junior cricketer award from BCA. If you look at the best award winners, you will find one name missing and that person has not done badly in Test cricket!’
24. He fielded for Pakistan as a substitute during a one-day practice match against India at Mumbai’s Brabourne Stadium in 1988.
25. Playing for his school Sharadashram against St. Xavier’s at the Azad Maidan in February, 1988, he was associated in the then world record unbroken stand of 664 runs with Vinod Kambli for the third-wicket. Both players remained unbeaten on 326 and 349 respectively.
26. He sang and whistled with Vinod Kambli during their 664-run record stand in the Harris Shield tournament in 1988 to avoid eye contact with the coach’s assistant who wanted to declare while the duo wanted to bat on.
27. Two wards in Delhi’s Tihar Jail were named after Sachin and Vinod Kambli, after the duo shared a 664-run unbroken partnership in a school tournament.
28. Sachin scored a duck on his One Day International debut against Pakistan at Gujranwala on December 18, 1989
29. Sachin’s first man of the match in a Test was at Manchester in 1990 and he got Magnum champagne bottle as the prize. Sachin preserved it for eight years and finally uncorked it on his daughter Sara’s first birthday.
30. He was without a bat contract during the 1996 World Cup in which he emerged as the highest run-getter.
31. In 1992, he became the first overseas player to represent Yorkshire county team.
32. Aged 19, it made him the youngest Indian to play in county cricket
33. On November 14, 1992, playing against South Africa at Kingsmead in Durban, Tendulkar became the first batsman to have been declared run out by a third umpire.
34. In 1998 Sachin was chosen for the 1997-98 Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award.
35. When then BCCI president Raj Singh Dungarpur was asked why was Tendulkar not seen at the presentation after Pakistan won the Chennai Test of 1999 despite a brilliant hundred from Tendulkar, a distraught Raj Singh said: “He is crying in the dressing room.”
36. Tendulkar refused to do a Pepsi ad because it required him to smash cricket balls with a fly swatter. He told ad-film maker Prahlad Kakkar that this will project him as bigger than the game of cricket. The ad was modified and stumps replaced the fly swatter.
37. Launched in 2009 by a company founded by former investment banker Karl Fowler, a book on Sachin Tendulkar – Tendulkar Opus -has 852 pages edged in gold leaf with each page measuring 50cm x 50cm and weighs 37 kg.
38. In 2010, Sachin was conferred an honorary rank of the Indian Air Force which made him the first sportsperson to be conferred a rank by the IAF and the first personality with no aviation background to receive the honour.
39. In the dressing room, he chooses his spot first -Sachin always occupies a corner. Once he has exercised his choice, others rush to take their places.
40. Sachin follows Roger Federer and Formula 1 and understands music and medicine. Is fond of seafood and can hold a conversation on the merits of different wines.
41. The team has a system of monetary fines for players coming late (to the bus or a meeting or a function) and for flouting the dress code. But Tendulkar has never had to pay up in 23 years.
42. Sachin bats right-handed, bowls with his right-arm, but writes with his left hand
43. In 2002 cricket bible Wisden rated him as the second greatest Test batsman, behind Sir Don Bradman
44. In 2003 Wisden rated Sachin the greatest ever ODI player
45. In 2010 he won the ICC Award-Sir Garfield Sobers trophy for cricketer of the year
46. He is the first cricketer to receive Rajiv Khel Ratna, India’s highest sporting honour
47. Sachin features in Bradman’s all time Test XI, the only player from the current generation
48. Sachin is the only Indian to find a place in Wisden’s all-time World XI.
49. The Don, rated by many as the greatest batsman of all time, considered Tendulkar to have a batting style similar to his. “Bradman was most taken by Tendulkar’s technique, compactness and shot production, and had asked his wife to have a look at Tendulkar, having felt that Tendulkar played like him. Bradman’s wife, Jessie, agreed that they did appear similar,” his biography records
50. Tendulkar has been on Twitter since May 2010, tweeting as @sachin_rt
51. In less than a year Sachin hit the one million follower mark to become the only Indian in the million-follower club.
52. He is the only Indian cricketer to have a waxwork at Madame Tussaud’s
53. He is one of the first sportsmen, along with Grandmaster Vishwanathan Anand to receive Padma Vibhusan in 2008, which is Indian’s second highest civilian honour
54. Sachin scored a hundred (100*) for Mumbai against Gujarat at Mumbai in 1988-89 season on his first class debut, to then become the youngest to do so on debut in Indian first class cricket and the second youngest to score a hundred at the age of 15 years & 232 days.
55. He remains the only player to score century on debut in Ranji Trophy, Irani Trophy and Duleep Trophy. His scoring sequence were: 100 not out for Mumbai against Gujarat at Mumbai in 1988-89 in Ranji Trophy, 103 not out for Rest of India against Delhi at Delhi in 1989-90 in Irani Trophy and 159 for West Zone against East Zone at Guwahati in 1990-91 in Duleep Trophy.
56. On his Test debut, Sachin Tendulkar was the third youngest debutant (16 years 205 days). Mushtaq Mohammad (15 years 124 days) and Aaqib Javed (16 years 189 days) debuted in Test matches at a younger age than Tendulkar.
57. When Tendulkar scored his maiden Test century in 1990, he was the second youngest to score a century. Only Mushtaq Mohammad had scored a century at a younger age by 1990. Tendulkar’s record was bettered by Mohammad Ashraful in 2001-02 season. The record for previous youngest Indian centurion was held by Kapil Dev.
58. Sachin has played the most number of Test Matches (198) in Test cricket.
59. Sachin is the highest run scoring player in Test history with 15,837 runs.
60. Sachin has the distinction of scoring the most runs at any position in Test cricket. In 273 innings, he has amassed 13408 runs at his favourite batting position (# 4) with the help of 44 centuries and 57 fifties.
61. Highest number of Test centuries (51), overtaking Sunil Gavaskar’s record (34) in December 2005 vs Sri Lanka in Delhi.
62. Sachin has scored centuries against all Test playing nations. He was the third batman to achieve the distinction after Steve Waugh and Gary Kirsten.
63. Only batsman to have scored at least TWO centuries against ALL other Test playing countries.
64. The first ball Sachin faced in international cricket was bowled by Waqar Younis. Mohammad Azharuddin was his partner.
65. Sachin’s record of five test centuries before he turned 20 is a world record, still held by him
66. Is the only player to score Test centuries more than twenty years apart. Don Bradman’s first and last three-figure scores came 19 years 7 months apart.
67. His seven centuries in 2010 are the most by an Indian batsman in a calendar year.
68. 1562 runs scored by Sachin in Test cricket in 2010 are also the most by an Indian batsman in a calendar year.
69. 12 of Sachin’s Test hundreds have come after the age of 35. England’s Graham Gooch remains the only other player to have done so.
70. 15 of Sachin’s Test centuries came under Mohammad Azharuddin.
71. Tendulkar has the distinction of scoring most fifty-plus innings (51 centuries and 67 fifties = 118) which remains the world record for any batsman.
72. Holds the record of aggregating most runs in AWAY Tests (8705).
73. Is the first batsman to have aggregated 1,000 runs against SEVEN different countries in Test cricket. The only teams missing are Zimbabwe (918 runs) and Bangladesh (820 runs).
74. Holds the record of most runs in between two dismissals with 497 runs in 2003-04 season (spread across three Tests and five innings with the sequence of 241*, 60*,194* and 2).
75. First Indian to score 300 runs in a Test without getting dismissed.
76. Has crossed 150 on 20 occasions in Test cricket – most such instances for any batsman in Test cricket.
77. Has completed his hundred with a six on SIX occasions in Test cricket – a world record.
78. When he scored his 51st hundred, which was against South Africa at Cape Town, he became the first overseas batsman to have scored 5 centuries on South African soil. The previous highest was 4 Test centuries by Wally Hammond of England and Neil Harvey of Australia.
79. Sachin holds the record of aggregating most runs by an overseas batsman in two countries- Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.
80. Became the first player to surpass the 12,000, 13,000, 14,000 & 15,000 Test run marks.
81. Tendulkar is the fastest to reach the following thousand-run marks in terms of innings: 10000 runs (195 innings- joint record holder with Brian Lara and Kumar Sangakkara), 12000 runs (247 innings – joint record holder with Ricky Ponting),13000 runs (266 innings),14000 runs (279 innings) and 15000 (300 innings).
82. Holds the unique record of having appeared in most WON (70) and most LOST (56) Tests for India.
83. Sachin has been dismissed stumped only once in Test matches. The only occasion was against England at Bangalore in 2002. Just 10 runs away from his century,Sachin got irritated by Ashley Giles’ negative bowling (bowling well outside the leg stump) and wicketkeeper James Foster effected a smart stumping.
84. In 2001-02 Sachin was dismissed LBW in five consecutive innings – an Indian record
85. Sachin has been involved in 23 run-outs. He was out on 9 occasions and his partner on 14 occasions.
86. Steve Smith dismissed Sachin Tendulkar with the first and (so far) only ball he has bowled to him in Tests.
87. If Sachin’s final Test goes to the fifth day, Sachin would have a career span of 24 years 3 days- fifth longest for any player in Test annals and longest ever for a sub-continent player.
88. Sachin played his first 32 Tests on different grounds.
89. Sachin’s 14 man of the match awards are the most by an Indian in Test cricket.
90. Sachin’s 5 man of the series awards are the most by an Indian in Test cricket (along with Virender Sehwag).
91. Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid put on 20 hundred-plus stands in Test cricket. This is a world record for the most number of century partnerships by a single pair in Test cricket.
92. Despite being dubbed as a unsuccessful captain, averaged 51.35 in 25 matches in which he captained India. His average is the highest for an Indian captain with at least 500 runs to his credit.
93. Sachin has played Test cricket with 593 players (108 teammates and 485 opponents) – most for any player in Test cricket
94. Sachin played 47 of his Tests under the captaincy of Mohammad Azharuddin – more than any other captain
95. Sachin has played 146 Tests with Rahul Dravid, 122 with Anil Kumble, 120 with VVS Laxman and 103 with Sourav Ganguly
96. Sachin hit 2 sixes off his first two balls in India’s fourth innings successful chase against Australia at Chennai in 2013.
97. Eleven bowlers have dismissed Sachin as their first wicket in Tests. They are: Hansie Cronje (South Africa), Ujesh Ranchod (Zimbabwe), Ruwan Kalpage (Sri Lanka), Mark Ealham (England), Neil Johnson (Zimbabwe), Jacob Oram (New Zealand), Monty Panesar (England), Cameron White (Australia), Peter Siddle (Australia), Peter George (Australia) and Andy McKay (New Zealand).
98. Sachin has never batted at number three in his entire Test career. He has opened once, batted 273 times at number 4, 29 times at number 5, 20 times at number 6 and 4 times at number 7.
99. Sachin has top-scored on 53 occasions in a completed innings- more than any other Test player.
100. Between November 1989 and June 2001 Sachin played 84 consecutive Tests without a break.
101. Sachin has played on 59 different Test grounds – more than anyone else
102. By an odd coincidence Sachin has aggregated same number of runs (5068) in match’s first innings as well as second innings. Incidentally Sachin holds the record of aggregating most runs in first and second innings of a Test. He has also scored most runs (1625) in match’s fourth innings. His tally of 2996 runs is the third highest in third innings of a Test.
103. Sachin has batted for 41113 minutes (685 hours 13 minutes) in Test cricket. Only Rahul Dravid has batted longer.
104. Six times Sachin has hit winning runs in a Test – most by an Indian. Only Ricky Ponting (9) and Desmond Haynes (7) have done this more often in Test cricket.
105. On his ODI debut, Sachin Tendulkar was the second youngest debutant at 16 years 238 days. Only Aaqib Javed had made his ODI debut at a younger age (16 years 127 days) than Sachin Tendulkar.
106. Sachin scored ducks in his first two ODIs, he ended his ODI career with innings of 114 and 52.
107. His 463 matches are the most by any player in ODI history.
108. Between April 1990 and April 1998 Tendulkar played 185 consecutive matches – a World record.
109. Sachin played ODIs on 96 different grounds – most by any player.
110. First to play 400 innings in ODI matches.
111. Most runs: 18426 runs at an average of 44.83
112. He is the leading run scorer in the ODI format of the game and the only player ever to cross the 14,000, 15,000, 16,000, 17,000 and 18,000 run marks.
113. First player to reach 10,000-11,000-12,000-13,000-14,000-15,000-16,000-17,000 and 18,000 ODI runs.
114. 15,310 of his runs have come while opening the innings with the aid of 45 centuries and 75 fifties in 340 innings- most by an opener.
115. Was the first batsman to score a double century in ODIs (200* against South Africa at Gwalior on Feb 24, 2010).
116. Is the only player to have made three scores of 175 or more.
117. Is the only player with five scores of 150 or more.
118. Holds the record for scoring 1,000 ODI runs in a calendar year on most occasions. He has done it seven times – 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2003 and 2007
119. Scored over 1,000 ODI runs against all major teams.
120. Is the first batsman to score over 3,000 runs against an opponent (3,077 runs against Australia).Since then he has also done this against Sri Lanka (3,113 runs).
121. His 49 centuries are easily the most by any batsman in ODIs. Ricky Ponting is distant second with 30.
122. His nine centuries against Australia are the most by any player against a particular country. He occupies the second place too, with eight centuries against Sri Lanka.
123. Is the only Indian to score a century on ODI captaincy debut (110 v Sri Lanka at Colombo RPS on 28-08-1996).
124. Most Fifties: 96
125. Highest number of 50+ scores in ODI’s – 145 (49 Centuries and 96 Fifties).
126. First player to have scored over 100 innings of 50+ runs.
127. Most Man of the Match awards: 62
128. Most Man of the Series awards: 15
129. Most ODI runs in a calendar year: 1894 ODI runs in 1998.
130. Most Centuries in a calendar year: 9 ODI centuries in 1998
131. Sachin Tendulkar with Sourav Ganguly holds the world record for the maximum number of runs scored by the opening partnership. They put together 6609 runs in 136 matches that include 21 century partnerships and 23 fifty run partnerships. The 21 century partnerships for the opening pair is also a world record.
132. Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid hold the world record for the highest partnership in ODIs when they scored 331 runs for the second wicket against New Zealand in 1999-00 at the Hyderabad.
133. Sachin was the first Indian player to score a century and capture four wickets in the same ODI (v Australia at Dhaka on October 28, 1998).
134. Had the longest career span (22 years 91 days) for any player in ODIs.
135. Sachin played ODIs with 866 players (123 teammates and 743 opponents) – most for any player in ODI history.
136. Sachin was dismissed on 99 on three occasions in ODIs – most such occasions for any batsman. Interestingly all these instances came in 2007.
137. In his first two ODIs Sachin was unable to even open his account. He got out off the second ball in both the matches.
138. Sachin’s first six in ODIs was against England at Leeds in 1990 (off Eddie Hemmings) in his sixth match.
139. The 3113 runs scored by Sachin against Sri Lanka are the most by any player against a particular country in ODIs
140. In 1998 Sachin scored 12 international hundreds – most by any batsman in a calendar year.
141. Sachin’s first six in Tests was against South Africa at Cape Town in 1993 (off Omar Henry) in his 32nd innings.
142. In Tests, December has been Sachin’s most productive month. The little master aggregated 2866 runs in 36 Tests averaging 47.76.
143. In Tests, Sachin has scored most centuries in the month of January- 10. His average of 72.91 is also his best for any month.
144. In ODIs, March was Sachin’s most productive month. He aggregated 2818 runs in 61 matches at an average of 51.23 in this month. Sachin also scored most centuries (8) in March.
145. Sachin has crossed 150 or more in ODIs on five occasions– most by any player.
146. In ODIs, July was Sachin’s best month average-wise. In 25 matches Sachin’s average was 52.33 while aggregating 942 runs. March (51.23) and June (51.20) were the other months in which Sachin averaged 50 or more.
147. Sachin was the first batsman to score a double century in ODIs (200* against South Africa at Gwalior on Feb 24, 2010).
148. Sachin remains the only Indian to score a century on ODI captaincy debut (110 v Sri Lanka at Colombo RPS on Aug 28,1996).
149. In his ODI career Sachin Tendulkar played with 123 different team mates. 20 of them had made their ODI debut before Tendulkar, while 101 made their debut after Tendulkar. Two players- Salil Ankola and Vivek Razdan- made their ODI debut along with Tendulkar.
150. Sachin played 245 ODIs with Anil Kumble and Rahul Dravid, 238 with Sourav Ganguly, 223 with Mohammad Azharuddin and 204 with Javagal Srinath.
151. Venkatapathy Raju played all his 53 ODIs alongwith Sachin!
152. Only six Indian bowlers have taken more four-wicket hauls than Sachin’s six in ODIs.
153. Nearly 25% of all centuries made by ALL Indian batsmen in ODIs had come from Sachin’s bat when he retired from this format in 2012.
154. Is the only batsman to aggregate 1,000 or more runs in a calendar year in ODIs on seven occasions (in successive years from 1996 to1998, in 1994, in 2000 and in 2003).
155. Holds the distinction of scoring most runs and hundreds in a calendar year in ODIs. Tendulkar aggregated 1894 runs in 34 matches with nine hundreds in 1998.
156. Only the second player (after Javed Miandad) to appear in SIX World Cups – from 1992 to 2011.
157. Most runs (2278) in World Cup history including 6 centuries & 15 fifties with a best score of 152 against Namibia in 2003 world cup.
158. 673 runs in 2003 Cricket World Cup, highest by any player in a single World Cup.
159. Player of the Tournament in ICC Cricket World Cup 2003
160. His 6 centuries are the most hit by any batsman in the World Cup.
161. His 21 fifty-plus scores (6 hundreds & 15 fifties) are the most by any batsman in World Cup.
162. Is the only batsman to aggregate 400 runs in a World Cup on THREE occasions – in 1996, 2003 and 2011
163. Only player to aggregate 500 runs in two editions of the World Cup (673 in 2003 and 523 in 1996).
164. Has won 9 Man of the Match awards in the World Cup – most by any player.
165. Only player to score four consecutive 50s on TWO occasions (in 1996 & 2003).
166. Holds the record of scoring the fastest fifty by an Indian in the World Cup (off 26 balls v Bermuda in 2007).
167. Holds the record of hitting most fours in a single edition of World Cup– 75 in 2003
168. Holds the record of hitting most fours in all World Cup matches (221)
169. Holds the record of involvement in maximum century-partnerships (12) in World Cup
170. Has most man of the match awards (8) in World Cup
171. Sachin ended a one-dayer on winning note with a six on two occasions – against Sri Lanka at Sharjah in 1995 (off Champaka Ramanayeke) and against England at Kanpur in 2002 (off Jeremy Snape) .
172. The most runs Sachin has scored in one over in ODIs is 24 off New Zealand’s Chris Drum at Hyderabad in 1999-00. Sachin hit one six, four boundaries and a couple. The four extras made it a 28-run over for team India. During the World Cup game against Sri Lanka at Delhi, Sachin scored 23 runs off one over from Ravindra Pushpakumara.
173. Sachin’s 134 against Australia at Sharjah in 1998 still remains the highest ODI score by any player on his birthday.
174. In 1998 Sachin won 12 man of the match awards in ODIs – most by any player in a single calendar year.
175. Sachin’s fastest knock in ODIs is 57* off 29 balls (SR 196.55) against Bermuda at Port-of-Spain in 2007.
176. Sachin was involved in a record 99 century partnerships in ODIs with 21 different partners– most for any player.
177. Sachin also holds the record for scoring most boundaries in ODIs
178. He is the only player to have taken 150 wickets and scored more than 15,000 runs in ODIs
179. During the Australian tour of India in 1998 Matthew Hayden said: “I have seen God. He bats at no. 4 in India in Tests”
180. 16 bowlers dismissed Sachin as their first ODI wicket!
181. In 39 innings in tournament finals Sachin aggregated 1851 runs (at an average of 54.44) – more than any other batsman in ODI history.
182. Sachin’s six centuries in ODI finals are also the maximum for any batsman. No one else has scored more than three.
183. Sachin has hit the most boundaries in international cricket. Second-placed is West Indian Brian Lara, with Ricky Ponting in third.
184. He holds the record for the most Man of the Match and Man of the Series awards in international cricket (all three forms combined). Till date, he has won the MoM award 76 times (14 times in Tests, 62 times in ODIs) and the MoS award 20 times (5 times in Tests, 15 times in ODIs). Both are world records.
185. Between 25th April 1990 and 24th April 1998, Sachin Tendulkar represented India in a total of 239 matches (54 Tests and 185 ODIs) without missing a single game. Till date, this remains a world record for the most number of consecutive matches for a team.
186. Tendulkar’s best bowling in international cricket came in a one-day international against Australia at Kochi on April Fool’s Day in 1998.
187. Tendulkar made his international debut at the age of 16 years. He is still the youngest debutant for India both in ODIs as well as in Tests.
188. Sachin set the record for most runs in an IPL season in 2010, scoring 618 runs in 14 innings with the Mumbai Indians.
189. Sachin has aggregated 2000 runs in international cricket in a calendar year on four occasions– More than anyone else.
190. Only batsman in cricket annals to score over 100 centuries in international cricket.
191. First batsman in history to score over 50 centuries in international cricket.
192. In all international cricket Sachin has aggregated 34273 runs – easily the most by any batsman. Ricky Ponting is distant second with 27483.
193. Holds the record of getting out the maximum number of times on 90s in international matches. He has been dismissed 27 times (17 in ODIs and 10 in Tests) on scores of 90-99. On one occasion in ODIs he remained unbeaten on 96. The 18 nineties in ODIs is an ODI record too.
194. Holds the record of aggregating most runs against a particular opponent in all forms of International Cricket (Tests, ODIs and Twenty20s). Sachin has aggregated 6707 runs against Australia in all international cricket with 20 centuries and 31 fifties at an average of 49.68
195. Sachin’s 20 centuries against Australia are the maximum by any batsman in all forms of international cricket against a particular country, surpassing Don Bradman who had made 19 Test centuries against England.
196. Has also hit most number of sixes (264) in international cricket for India
197. The 50108 runs scored by Sachin in all recognised cricket (first-class, list A and Twenty20s) are the most by a sub-continent player.
198. The 81 centuries scored by Sachin in first-class cricket are the most by any Indian (with Sunil Gavaskar).
199. Brett Lee has dismissed Sachin in international cricket on 14 occasions– most for any bowler.
200. In his last game across different formats (Tests,ODIs, T20Is, IPL, CLT20, Ranji Trophy) Sachin has ended on the winning side.
Sachin Tendulkar announced this morning that he will retire from cricket after his 200th Test.
And after 24 years, there are few records the Little Master hasn’t broken.
Having made his debut in 1989, Tendulkar has lit up the international stage with a majestic career of batting.
He became the first man to score 100 international centuries among and has also scored more international runs.
And in celebration of his landmark, achieved with 51 Test centuries and 49 ODI hundreds, we have compiled a century of facts for you to enjoy…
1) His full name is Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar
2) He was born on April 24, 1973, in Mumbai
3) He has two brothers and a sister. His elder brother Ajit encouraged him to play cricket
4) He was named after legendary Indian music director Sachin Dev Burman
5) His nicknames are Little Master, Tendlya, The Little Champion, and Master Blaster
6) Sachin stands just 5ft 5ins tall
7) He is a right-handed batsman
8) He is also a right-handed spin bowler
9) But he writes with his left hand
10) He attended the MRF Pace Foundation to get training as a fast bowler, Australian bowling legend Dennis Lillee was unimpressed and recommended he focus on batting
11) He was a ball boy during the 1987 World Cup semi-finals between India and England at Wankhende. England won
12) Growing up, Sachin would ask his friend Ramesh Pradhe to dip a rubber ball in water and hurl it at him. He wanted to see the wet marks left on the bat to know whether he had middled the ball
13) International teammate Praveen Amre bought him his first pair of international quality cricket shoes
14) A prankster, he once put a hose pipe into Sourav Ganguly’s room and turned on the tap. Ganguly awoke to find his gear floating
15) Sachin calls Ganguly Babu Moshai, meaning elder brother in Bengali. Ganguly calls him Chota Babu – little brother
16) He was considered a child prodigy during his high school days. He never played in under 19 league, instead moving straight into senior cricket
17) In his senior season of 1988, aged 15, he scored a century in every innings he played
18) On 11 December 1988, aged just 15 years and 232 days, Tendulkar scored 100 not out in his debut first-class match for Bombay against Gujarat, making him the youngest Indian to score a century on first-class debut
19) He is half of the world record cricket partnership of 664 runs, set with schoolfriend Vinod Kambli in an inter-school competition in 1988
20) The pair sang and whistled during their 664-run record stand to avoid eye contact with the coach’s assistant, who wanted to declare while the duo wanted to bat on. Sachin ended on 326 not out
21) He made his Test debut for India against Pakistan on November 15, 1989, scoring 15
22) On his debut he wore a set of cricket pads given to him when he was 16 by his hero Sunil Gavaskar
23) He always puts his left pad on first when kitting himself up for the crease
24) He made his One Day International debut on December 18, 1989 – but Waqar Younis got him out for a duck
25) His chosen shirt number when he played ODIs was 10 or 99
26) Sachin went 79 matches before scoring his first ODI century – by which time he had scored seven Test hundreds
27) During the England tour of 1990, he became the second youngest cricketer to score a Test Century at Old Trafford Manchester
28) He was the first overseas player to play for Yorkshire, joining in 1992
29) Aged 19, it made him the youngest Indian to play in county cricket
30) The first brand which Sachin endorsed was the health drink Boost. He was seen alongside Kapil Dev in many of their adverts from 1992 onwards
31) Other brands he has promoted include Pepsi, which saw him appear in an advert alongside king of Bollywood Shahrukh Khan. He joined cricketers Karl Hooper and Shane Warne for a commercial which ran during the 2003 World Cup
32) In 1992 Sachin became the youngest cricketer to reach 1,000 runs in Test cricket
33) Sachin’s record of five test centuries before he turned 20 is a world record, still held by him
34) 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 in 1992
35) Tendulkar’s immense popularity saw him be an early pioneer in India on cricket business dealings, signing a record sports management deal with Worldtel in 1995 worth $5.7million over five years. In 2001 he signed a new deal for $15.2million, switching to Saatchi and Saatchi’s ICONIX in 2006 for a deal worth $34.2million over three years
36) He did not have a bat sponsorship contract until 1996
37) Tendulkar holds the current record (217 against NZ in 1999/2000 season) for the highest score in Test cricket by an Indian when captaining the side
38) He also holds the record for the highest 2nd wicket partnership with Rahul Dravid against New Zealand in 1990/2000
39) In 2002 cricket bible Wisden rated him as the second greatest Test batsman, behind Sir Don Bradman
40) In 2003 Wisden rated Sachin the greatest ever ODI player
41) In 2010 he won the ICC Award-Sir Garfield Sobers trophy for cricketer of the year
42) On 3 September 2010 he became the only sportsman to be made an Honorary Group captain by the Indian Air Force
43) He was the first cricketer to score 200 runs in an ODI Game, against South Africa in 2010. He held the record for the highest individual score in ODI cricket until it was recently broken by his team mate Virender Sehwag
Sachin Tendulkar throws his arms up into the air as he celebrates scoring a world record breaking double century
44) He is the only cricketer to have featured in six ODI World Cups
45) He also has the highest number of World Cup Man of the Match awards
46) He holds the record for the most number of runs scored in a single World Cup after racking up 673 runs in the 2003 tournament
47) His hundred against England during the group stages of last year’s Cricket World Cup gave him more centuries than any other player in World Cups, with six
48) That 100 also made him the first player to score 2,000 runs in World Cup cricket
49) He is the only cricketer to receive Rajiv Khel Ratna, India’s highest sporting honour
50) He is the highest ever run scorer in ODIs
51) Sachin also holds the record for most hundreds in ODIs with 41
52) But he doesn’t always make it to a century – he also has the largest number of ODI innings in the 90s
53) He was the first cricketer to pass 10,000 runs in ODIs
54) He went on to become the first cricketer to pass 15,000 runs in ODIs too
55) Sachin also holds the record for scoring most boundaries in ODIs
56) He is also the first batsman to cross 15,000 runs in Test cricket
57) Run machine Sachin is the first player to reach 25,000 international runs
58) And the first to reach 30,000 international runs
59) He is the only player to have taken 150 wickets and scored more than 15,000 runs in ODIs
60) And the only player to have taken 40 wickets and scored more than 11,000 runs in Tests
61) Sachin also holds the record for most number of Test appearances at 198
62) He has the most Test 50s in history
63) Despite all his success, Sachin has never scored a Test century at Lord’s, the only major venue where he has not notched 100
64) Sachin’s career average in Tests stands at an impressive 53, while his ODI average finished at 44.83
65) Tendulkar features in Bradman’s all time Test XI, the only player from the current generation
66) The Don, rated by many as the greatest batsman of all time, considered Tendulkar to have a batting style similar to his. “Bradman was most taken by Tendulkar’s technique, compactness and shot production, and had asked his wife to have a look at Tendulkar, having felt that Tendulkar played like him. Bradman’s wife, Jessie, agreed that they did appear similar,” his biography records
67) In August 2008 Sachin became the first Indian cricketer, and only the third player in Test match history, to play 150 matches when he was selected for the third Test against Sri Lanka in Colombo
68) Sachin’s talents extend beyond batting. While he is not a regular bowler, he can bowl medium pace, leg spin, and off spin, and is often used as a partnership breaker
69) He has taken 45 Test match wickets and is the 10th highest wicket taker for India in ODIs
70) Tendulkar has scored more than 1,000 runs in a calendar year in ODIs seven times
71) In 1998 he scored 1894 runs, easily the record for the highest number of runs scored by any player in a single calendar year for one day internationals
72) Sachin has also had success in Twenty20. He was made captain for the Mumbai Indians in the inaugural Indian Premier League (IPL) T20 competition in 2008
73) He was also made the team’s “icon player” – signing for more than $1million
74) Tendulkar set the record for most runs in an IPL season in 2010, scoring 618 runs in 14 innings with the Mumbai Indians
75) He was declared player of the tournament for his performance during the season. He also won Best Batsman and Best Captain awards at the 2010 IPL Awards ceremony
76) Sachin had less success in his two short spells as international captain, with only four Test wins in 25 matches
77) Tendulkar has been on Twitter since May 2010, tweeting as @sachin_rt
Networker: Sachin’s Twitter page
78) He is the only Indian cricketer to have a waxwork at Madame Tussaud’s
79) He is known for his unique punch style of hitting the ball over square. He is also renowned for his picture-perfect straight drive, often completed with no follow-through. The straight drive is his favourite shot
80) Sachin is rated as the best batsman in his generations by many contempories, including Glenn McGrath and Allan Donald. “There’s Steve Waugh and there’s Brian Lara, who was wonderful in 1995, but Tendulkar is a class above, consistently special,” said Donald
81) Tendulkar has been a partner in two restaurants Tendulkar’s at Colaba, Mumbai, and Sachin’s in Bangalore
82) His favourite actor is Amitabh Bacchan, after watching the films Deewar and Zanjeer
83) Tendulkar is a Hindu
84) He is one of the first sportsmen, along with Grandmaster Vishwanathan Anand to receive Padma Vibhusan in 2008, which is Indian’s second highest civilian honour
85) His favourite cricket ground is the Sydney cricket ground
86) He uses an incredibly heavy bat, weighing in at 3.2lbs
87) Tendulkar’s sporting idols are John McEnroe, Sunil Gavaskar, Imran Khan and Sir Vivian Richards
88) Sachin made a special appearance in the Bollywood film Stumped in 2003, appearing as himself
89) Sachin Tendulkar waved the chequered flag at the Indian F1 Grand Prix in 2011
90) He is a big fan of motorsport and once received a Ferrari 360 Modena presented by F1 world champion Michael Schumacher, given to mark him equalling Don Bradman’s record of 29 Test centuries in 2002
91) The car caused him a few headaches, though, with Fiat India eventually paying the import duty after the then finance minister’s decision to waive the tax created a political storm
92) His favourite movie is Coming To America
93) He is set to star in a series of Virgin Comics as the strip’s superhero
94) He married Anjali in 1995. She does not eat or drink while he is batting
95) Being married to the world’s most successful cricketer has its problems. The couple abandoned a trip to the cinema to see Roja when Sachin mislaid the glasses he was using as a disguise, along with a beard, in the interval
96) The couple have a son named Arjun and a daughter named Sara. Arjun is a budding cricketer who bats left-handed and bowls right arm
97) The children would be eligible to play for England – his mum’s mum Annabel is English. Don’t bet on it happening though…
98) He sponsors 200 underprivileged children every year through Annabel’s Mumbai-based NGO Apnalaya.
99) Shane Warne once said: “I would go to bed having nightmares of Sachin dancing down the ground and hitting me for sixes”
100) His 100th 100 reinforced Tendulkar’s position as the most worshipped cricketer in the world. During the Australian tour of India in 1998 Matthew Hayden said: “I have seen God. He bats at no. 4 in India in Tests”
Here 39 interesting facts about the legend:
1. April 24, 1973 – The Indian batting mastero and cricketing legend was born.
2. 1987 – At the age of 14, Sachin was a ball boy for the match between India and Zimbabwe at the Wankhede Stadium during the 1987 World Cup.
3. Feb 25, 1988 – Sachin Tendulkar, 14, and Vinod Kambli, 16 compiled a 664-run unbroken partnership for Shardashram Vidyamandir against St Xavier’s. Kambli made 349 not out and Tendulkar 326 not out.
4. Dec 11, 1988 – Makes his first class debut. At 15, scores an unbeaten century against Gujarat at the Wankhede Stadium to become the youngest Indian to make a hundred on first-class debut. He is the only player to score centuries on debut in the Ranji Trophy, Duleep Trophy and Irani Trophy.
5. Nov 15, 1989 – He was only 16 when he made his International Test debut against Pakistan at Karachi.
6. Dec 14, 1989 – On the last day of the last Test of his first Test series, in Sialkot, gets hit on the nose by Waqar Younis – also in his first series. Falls down, gets up, and wipes away the gushing blood. Medical assistance was declined and he eventually was out for 57.
7. Aug 14, 1990 – His first Test hundred, a match-saving one at Old Trafford, came when he was 17 as he scored 119 not out with 17 fours against England at Old Trafford and helped India to save the match.
8. April 1992 – Became the first overseas signing for Yorkshire.
9. 1992 – Tendulkar was the first player to be given out by the third umpire in an international game.
10. Feb 12, 1993 – Hits 24 fours and a six in his 165 against England to notch his first Test century at home, as India win by an innings and 22 runs.
11. Nov 24, 1993 – With South Africa needing six runs to win off the last over of their Hero Cup semi-final against India, bowls a sensational over, giving them just three, and India victory.
12. Mar 27, 1994 – Opens in an ODI for the first time – against New Zealand. Goes on to make 82 off 49 balls.
13. Sept 9, 1994 – Scored his first ODI ton in his 79th match against Australia at Colombo during a quadrilateral tournament involving hosts Sri Lanka, Australia and Pakistan.
14. Oct 1995 – Signs a five-year contract worth Rs 31.5 crore with WorldTel, which makes him the richest cricketer in the world.
15. Jul 4, 1996 – Scored his 10th Test century (177) during the third Test against England at Trent Bridge, Nottingham.
16. Apr 24, 1998 – Scored back-to-back centuries against Australia at Sharjah in a tri-series also involving New Zealand, which helped India to go all the way. Brought up his 20th ODI ton at Sharjah against the Zimbabweans.
17. 1998 – 1998 was truly Sachin’s annus mirabilis. He scored the most ODI runs by any batsman in a calendar year – 1,894 – and for good measure the most ODI centuries by any batsman in a calendar year – 9. In 34 ODIs during the year he had a strike rate of over 100 – 102.15 to be precise.
19. Oct 29, 1999 – Scored his first Test double century (217 runs against New Zealand) in Ahmedabad.
20. 2000 – He became the first batsman to have scored 50 international hundreds
21. Mar 20, 2001 – After Harbhajan and VVS Laxman’s heroics in the series against Australia at home, Sachin scores a century in a famous decider of a famous series, against Australia. India win 2-1, denying Australia the ‘final frontier’.
22. Mar 31, 2001 – Completed 10,000 runs in ODIs in his 266th match. Became the first batsman in ODI history to score 10,000 runs. Brought up his 30th one-day century at Johannesburg against South Africa. Completed his 100 wickets in ODIs. Also completed a unique double of 10,000 runs and 100 wickets.
23. Aug 23, 2002 – In his 99th Test appearance, surpassed Sir Don Bradman’s record of 29 centuries scoring 193, his 30th Test ton, against England at Headingly, Leeds. Only his mentor, Sunil Gavaskar was ahead of him at 34 centuries.
24. Mar 23, 2003 – Scored 673 runs in 11 matches in the ICC World Cup – most by any batsman in a single World Cup that won him the player of the tournament award.
26. Dec 10, 2004 – Equalled Sunil Gavaskar’s world record 34 Test centuries in the first match against Bangladesh and also became only the third player in history, after Gary Kirsten and Steve Waugh, to score centuries against all Test playing nations.
27. Mar 16, 2005 – Completed 10,000 runs in Test cricket in his 122nd match at the age of 31 years and 326 days.
28. Dec 10, 2005 – Exactly a year after equaling Sunil Gavaskar’s world record of 34 test centuries Sachin scored 109 against Sri Lanka in Delhi, his 35th hundred on the first day of the second Test against Sri Lanka in New Delhi, surpassing Gavaskar’s record.
29. Sept 14, 2006 – Scored his 40th ODI century at Kuala Lumpur against the West Indies during a tri-series competition also including Australia.
30. Dec 1, 2006 – He has played only one T20 International vs South Africa at Johannesburg in 2006. Charl Langeveldt bowled him for 10 though India eventually won by 6 wickets. He had earlier taken the wicket of Justin Kemp.
31. Feb 5, 2008 – During the second match of the CB series involving hosts Australia, India and Sri Lanka, Tendulkar became the first batsman to go past 16,000 runs in ODIs.
32. Oct 17, 2008 – Tendulkar became the highest run-scorer in Test cricket at Mohali against Australia, surpassing Brian Lara’s tally of 11953 runs.
25. Mar 16, 2005 – Became the fifth man to score 10,000 Test runs in course of his 52 against Pakistan in Kolkata. India won the match by 195 runs.
18. Oct 10, 1999 – Brought up his 20th Test ton vs New Zealand at Mohali.
33. Feb 24, 2010 – At 36 years and 306 days he reached greater peaks by scoring the first double-century in one-day cricket vs South Africa at Gwalior.
34. Sept 2010 – Tendulkar was the first individual without an aviation background to be awarded the honorary rank of Group Captain by the Indian Air Force.
35. Dec 19, 2010 – Brought up his 50th Test century at the Centurion against South Africa also becoming the most capped player in Test cricket, surpassing Steve Waugh’s tally of 168 Tests.
36. Feb 19, 2011 – Became the most capped player in ODIs with the World Cup opening game vs Bangladesh, surpassing Sanath Jayasuriya’s tally of 444 matches.
37. Apr 2, 2011 – Hits two hundreds and is first to score 2000 runs in World Cups as India win the World Cup beating Sri Lanka in the final at Wankhede. He also scored a 85 in the semi-final against Pakistan, and was the second-highest run-getter in the tournament with 482 at an average of 53.55.
38. Mar 16, 2012 – More than a year after scoring his 99th international hundred, Tendulkar reaches the landmark that might never be equaled, scored his 100th international ton against Bangladesh in Dhaka.
39. Tendulkar has 13 coins from his coach Ramakant Achrekar. He would win a coin if he could get through an entire session of nets without being dismissed.