Snapshot on Master Blaster!

November 12, 2013 Snapshot on Sachin Tendulkar @TheRoyaleIndia 718 0 0

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Cricket’s most prolific run-scorer Sachin Tendulkar to play his 200th and final test match at his home ground in Mumbai against West Indies before bringing the curtain down on a glorious 24-year international career. Tendulkar, who made his international debut against Pakistan in 1989 as a 16-year-old, would retire from all forms of the game. So far, he has accumulated 15,837 runs in 198 tests and 18,426 runs in 463 one-day internationals.

Sachin Tendulkar’s hero worship has no limits, but many are unaware of the legend’s several facts and figures. We travel down memory lane to list ten little-known facts about the Master Blaster.

Ten little-known facts about the Master Blaster

  • Sachin Tendulkar’s father named him after the legendary music director Sachin Dev Burman.
  • During his school days, he grew his hair and tied a band around it to copy his idol tennis legend John McEnroe.
  • 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.
  • Dilip Vengsarkar gifted Sachin a Gunn & Moore bat after he was picked for the Bombay Under-15 team.
  • Sachin wanted to be a fast bowler but was rejected by Australian great Dennis Lillee at the MRF Pace Academy at Chennai in 1987.
  • Sachin was a ball boy during the 1987 World Cup semi-final between India and England at Wankhede.
  • 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.
  • In 2010, Sachin was conferred the 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.
  • Sachin follows Roger Federer and Formula 1, and understands music and medicine. He is very fond of seafood and can hold a conversation on the merits of different wines.
  • Tendulkar holds the unique distinction of scoring a century on debut in Ranji Trophy, Irani Trophy and Duleep Trophy. He also scored a duck on his One-day International debut against Pakistan at Gujranwala on December 18, 1989.

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