Happy Birthday Sachin Tendulkar: There is no bigger cricketing star in India than Sachin Tendulkar. All of 5 foot and six inches, the Maharastrian-born made bowlers dance to his tunes and mind you the best of them. He was short but that never came in the way of his run-making. Sachin is such a huge star in India that very rarely will fans not know of a certain record created by the master blaster. For example, which Indian cricket fan won’t know of Tendulkar’s 200 in ODI where he became the first ever cricketer to do so. But did you know, Sachin is the only cricketer in the world to have scored 5 Test centuries before the age of 20? Very few would know this.
Here are the 10 lesser-known facts about the little master who ruled the world of cricket for two decades and more.
1: Three Out of Three: Sachin Tendulkar remains the only cricketer to have slammed a ton in Irani Trophy, Ranji Trophy, and Duleep Trophy debut (all three being premier domestic cricket tournaments in India).
2. Fitness at its peak: There came a period between 25th April 1990 and 24th April 1998, the master blaster represented India in a total of 239 matches (54 Tests and 185 ODIs) without missing a single match. This till date remains a world record.
3: SRT & the nervous 90’s: Among all the big records the big man has to his name, there comes a slight blip. Tendulkar is the only cricketer to be dismissed in the ’90s for the most number of times. The number is 27 (17 times in ODIs and 10 times in Tests). This is something he would regret considering he could have added 27 more to his kitty.
4. SRT & World Cup: They say big players rise to the occasion and Tendulkar surely did. He holds the record for the most number of runs in a single World Cup event (673 runs in the 2003 World Cup). It was a tournament where India emerged second best to Australia.
5. Been there, done that: Another rare record (also a world record) is that of most stadium appearances. In ODI cricket, till date, Sachin has played on 90 different grounds across the world.
6. Early Bird: Tendulkar was merely 17 years and 197 days old when he scored his first Test ton. He remains the youngest Indian to have scored a Test hundred. As far as the rest of the world is concerned, Sachin happens to be 3rd on the list of youngest Test centurions.
7. Jodi No 1: Tendulkar, along with Sourav Ganguly, has been involved in 38 hundred-plus partnerships in international cricket (all three forms combined). This is a world record and a big one at that.
8. Ball Boy Stint: Very few would know that he also served as a ball boy in his younger days. During the 1987 World Cup, Sachin was a ball boy for the match between India and Zimbabwe at the Wankhede Stadium.
9. Making a Difference: Tendulkar is also India’s first cricketer to be nominated to the Rajya Sabha.
10: First Car: Tendulkar’s first car was a Maruti-800. Now he is the owner of many, many more cars but Maruti-800 was his first.